Distance Learning

Distance Learning Playbook


In collaboration with our county office of education, local educational agency, and other technical assistance partners, CCEE presents these playbooks for planning a safe return to school that maximizes future equity outcomes and addresses the diverse needs of California’s students while adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Building on the guidance and resources provided by the California Department of Education and other experts, our research, reviews of publicly available resources, and input from our county office and district partners, these playbooks highlight best practices for promoting equity, access, and strong teaching and learning. The purpose of this resource is to support LEAs and districts by providing suggestions to use or adapt as you see fit. We hope it can help districts avoid having to reinvent the wheel. 

Considerations of equity underlie all considerations and suggestions in the playbooks. Our historically underserved and under resourced students may be inequitably challenged by remote and hybrid learning scenarios, and we felt it was important to incorporate actions to promote equity throughout this resource. 


For more information about how this tool was created and answers to other questions, see the FAQ section.  

Key Questions for Launching a Distance Learning Plan

Start with the question(s) that resonates most with your current needs:

Set Goals

How do we set goals and define success?
  • Are stakeholders aligned around what success looks like during hybrid learning?

Create Schedules

How do we help students and teachers structure their day?
  • How well are teaching teams aligned around balanced, reasonable, and appropriate daily schedules?

Communicate Plan

How do we inform, listen to and engage families?
  • How well is our communication strengthening relationships between caregivers, teachers, administrators, and students ?


How do we efficiently identify needs to inform support?
  • How aware is your team about the data on the diverse needs of your learners, and is it able to put it into action?

Trauma Informed SEL

How do we best support students’ well-being?
  • How prepared is your team to maximize resources and relationships to bolster students' well-being and learning?

Capacity Building

How do we best support teachers and staff?
  • How well are teachers and staff supported with a continuum of training opportunities needed to manage distance teaching?

English Learners

How do we put English Learner needs at the center of our instructional plans?
  • How can we leverage best practices for ELs in our outreach, schedules, resources, and curriculum tools?

Special Education

How do we effectively serve students with disabilities in a distance learning model?
  • How well are your teams prepared to serve students with unique needs as they return to campus?

Support Programs

How do we holistically leverage ancillary support programs to support families?
  • How well is your team leveraging resources beyond the classroom to accelerate learning and support families?
The Continuity of Learning Playbooks
The Continuity of Learning Playbooks were developed in collaboration with our county
office of educations, local educational agencies, and other technical assistance partners, including: