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ACS fosters the development of innovative, relevant, and effective chemistry and chemistry-related education. Educators, students, and parents are tapping into ACS resources, information, and connections as the chemistry education community transitions to teaching and learning remotely.

Responding to the changing educational landscape

ACS Exams Institute offers ‘nonsecure’ versions of its general and organic chemistry exams (Chemical & Engineering News)

Contribute to a special issue of the Journal of Chemical Education on insights gained while teaching chemistry in the time of COVID-19  

Use a collection of ACS Webinars that are free to watch through May

The Statement on the Use of Virtual Instruction from the ACS Committee on Professional Training, addresses concerns about maintaining ACS Approval and certifying graduates.

Tips for teaching in the time of coronavirus from veterans in online instruction (Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine)

Resources for Teaching Your Chemistry Class Online, the free-to-read virtual Journal of Chemical Education issue

How to Succeed in Online Classes during the COVID-19 Pandemic (InChemistry, the ACS student member magazine)

COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs in the Chemical Sciences (Graduate & Postdoctoral Chemist)

Digital educational resources

Use activities and information for K-12 student enrichment, posted by topic at Chemistry at Home

Increase the impact of secondary and post-secondary education with the Journal of Chemical Education, Chemical Education Xchange, and resources from the Division of Chemical Education

The New Faculty Workshop collection of teaching resources includes additional resources for research-based instructional strategies.

The American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) offers resources for members, along with a collection of unlocked resources that include simulations.

To connect chemistry lessons to society use online interactives for the ACS textbook for non-science majors Chemistry in Context (available in e-book) and Energy Foundations for High School Chemistry.

Increasing accessibility and inclusiveness

Presentations from the symposium The Bond between Science & Disability: Forging new Capabilities for Inclusion, including Designing for accessibility in a blended-learning course and Expanding biomedical training to the deaf/hard-of-hearing community.

Fostering chemical and laboratory safety
ACS offers resources for developing safety knowledge, skills, and culture across educational levels and the chemical enterprise.

High school

ACS high school resources

Select ChemMatters articles (in English and Spanish), include free digital resources and associated high school lesson plans

 Chemistry in the Community, an ACS high school chemistry textbook (available in e-book for instructors)

National Historic Chemical Landmarks high school lesson plans 

Elementary & middle school

ACS elementary & middle school resources

Adventures in Chemistry

Inquiry in Action

Middle School Chemistry