Common Sense has launched Wide Open School, a free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus. At Wide Open School, teachers and parents can find high-quality resources quickly and easily covering kids' educational, emotional, and physical development.

Common Sense Education

San Francisco, United States of America
Non-profit organization
Established : 2003
Education and COVID-19 Response

Support the equitable continuation of learning
During the COVID-19 pandemic
Ensure a full and fair return to education
Following the pandemic
Strengthen learning systems
For the future
Close digital divides and enhance connectivity for education

#ConnectAllStudents: We are calling on the U.S. Congress to close the digital divide
Right now, 12 million students in the United States do not have access to the technology they need to participate in distance learning. On behalf of millions of families and educators across the nation, Common Sense and our partners are calling on Congress to connect all students and close the digital divide now. Access to home broadband is critical for learning during school closures.

"The students that need support the most aren’t able to access it, and teachers who want desperately to support them aren’t able to reach them. We are separated by an unequal technological divide." —Isabelle, Memphis, Tennessee

For more information about Common Sense’s efforts to close the digital divide, please visit

Regional Focus

Europe and North America

Countries of Interest

United States of America, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Italy

Member Video

Common Sense has launched a free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus. It's called Wide Open School and it can be found here: Why? There are so many online resources to support kids' educational, emotional, and physical development that Common Sense editors are noticing yet another challenge for parents and educators: How can you find high-quality resources quickly, easily, and in one place?

Curated and coordinated by the experts at Common Sense, Wide Open School is the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits, and education and technology companies. Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.

We know that Wide Open School can only fulfill its mission if all kids and families can access it; Common Sense is committed to ensuring connectivity now. And, as always, we will continue to offer guidance and support as you navigate privacy and safety in all you do online.

Action areas

Learner Wellbeing

Learning opportunities
Social and emotional support

Universal Connectivity

Strengthen infrastructure to expand the reach of connectivity

Digital Learning Content

Develop or provide free and contextually appropriate learning content
Build or strengthen learning platforms
Create or enable access to teacher training resources

Capacity Development

Capacity development to support distance learning

Advocacy and Communication

Outreach to parents and communities on the right to education

Primary Contact

Mr. Jon Goodspeed

Managing Editor

Senior Contact

Ms. Liz Kline

Vice President, Education