A new way to learn from home
The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. Online resources also support educational equity, which is critical to transforming the lives of all students, especially those with disabilities and who are multilingual learners. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources.
Getting through this together
Wide Open School began as a way to meet the change in learning needs of students, teachers, and families due to the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the invaluable role that teachers play in students' lives. It has also made the connection between schools and families more essential than ever.
Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.
Our joint team is here to support you and welcome your suggestions and contributions.
—Wide Open School and NYC Department of Education
We gratefully acknowledge and are thankful to the generous supporters who have helped make Wide Open School possible.
The digital divide is creating a learning gap
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the digital divide's toll. Right now, up to 16 million students in the U.S. don't have access to the technology they need to participate in distance learning. Lack of access to the internet and devices during school closures puts students at risk of significant learning loss. Communities of color and rural communities are disproportionately affected, and it's not just students—up to 400,000 teachers are without adequate internet access for teaching remotely.
Advocating to connect all students
Internet access is essential for each and every student and young learner today. Wide Open School and our partners are committed to closing the digital divide for good, starting with a national campaign to Connect All Students. Wide Open School will continue to work to ensure that students, their families, and their teachers can access technology where they live and learn.
Get free or low-cost internet today
If you or anyone you know is struggling to get set up for distance learning or unable to access low-cost internet or devices, there are resources to help. You can find a list of providers and more useful info in the Family & Teacher Center. Learn how families qualify, what kinds of discounts are available, and more.