Resources for Teachers & Families

Virtual Tools and Resources for Distance Learning

DC Public Schools has approved the following platforms for Distance Learning.

Microsoft Teams – Students should download Microsoft Teams from products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software to their computer and phones using the following information:

Login: StudentID#@students.k12.dc.us
Password: Reach out to your school administrator if your student doesn't know his/her password

Learn How to Create Class Teams in Office 365: https://youtu.be/fBsjroLg-r8.

Canvas – Students can access through dcps.instructure.com/login

User ID: DCPS Student ID Number
Password: Reach out to your school administrator if your student doesn't know his/her password

Aspen – Students can access through aspen.dcps.dc.gov/aspen/logon.dc

If you need a password reset, please contact your school

Additional Tools.

Zoom – Students can download Zoom from zoom.us/ to their phones and computers using a personal email to be able to login for any synchronous meetings with teachers

There has been a recent rise in reports of “Zoom-bombing” incidents in which uninvited participants disrupt video conferences with inappropriate content. This has happened to schools, businesses, and colleges and universities using Zoom. Due to recent warnings from the FBI and the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, DCPS staff should not use Zoom for video or audio conferencing.

If you make the choice to utilize Zoom, please follow these best practices.


Share My Lesson – from the AFT


To help you prepare for possible school closures, Share My Lesson launched a new community for educators, school staff, parents and community members to find and share ideas, tips, resources and free lessons. This Remote Learning Community has content on the coronavirus, learning-at-home lesson plans for teachers and parents, and resources on social-emotional learning, mental health and trauma-informed practices.

In this online community, you can:



Finally, the AFT just published an important checklist of questions you should ask your school or school district now to ensure everyone is prepared for distance learning. This checklist covers important questions on topics such as technology access, preparation and training, and technology support for English language learners and for students with disabilities. Use this checklist to ensure your school, students and parents are prepared.


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