About This Site

Originally launched in April 2020 in response to the sudden suspension of in-person instruction in New York public schools, EssentialEd was a collaborative effort between Capital Region BOCES and its 24 component school districts to offer curated resources for P-12 educators to support them with online learning.

For the 2020-21 school year, Capital Region BOCES continues to provide this resource to educators, focusing its efforts on lessons mapped to the priority curriculum standards for K-8 ELA, math, science and social studies.

The content on this site is intended to provide a common starting point for districts. Individual teachers should connect with their supervisor regarding how best to make use of these resources and follow the direction of their district leadership.

This site is not intended for students or parents, and teachers should not direct students to this website since it is organized and optimized for educators. For each unit, teachers can download a customizable unit lesson plan, which they may choose to use with their students through their own learning management systems and/or online learning platforms.

Although conceived of and created for Capital Region educators, we welcome educators throughout New York who may find it helpful.

Launching this website in Spring 2020 would not have been possible without the collaboration and dedication of teacher volunteers throughout our region, who took on this work in addition to their own teaching responsibilities. Our thanks to the many professionals from our component districts:

  • Albany City
  • Berne-Knox-Westerlo
  • Bethlehem
  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
  • Cobleskill-Richmondville
  • Cohoes
  • Duanesburg
  • Green Island
  • Guilderland
  • Menands
  • Middleburgh
  • Mohonasen
  • Niskayuna
  • North Colonie
  • Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
  • Schalmont
  • Schenectady
  • Schoharie
  • Scotia-Glenville
  • Sharon Springs
  • Shenendehowa
  • South Colonie
  • Voorheesville
  • Watervliet