Continuity of Learning
Distance & Hybrid Learning Playbooks to Support California LEAs
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this resource for?
Is this the same as the state’s guidance on distance learning and pandemic response?
Why do I need these playbooks?
What about information that is not in these playbooks?
What if not all my students have a device or access to the internet?
How can I serve children who are English Learners?
How can I serve children who have disabilities?
What if I already have a distance learning plan? Is this playbook relevant for me?
What is most important to remember as I design my continuity of learning plan?
Each playbook covers the following ideas in detail, but we want to remind you of them here:
- Put relationships and well-being for students and adults first.
- Don’t underestimate the degree to which this will require new ways of thinking, learning, and collaborating.
- Go slow to go fast when planning over the summer. Gather input and be careful not to steamroll your community and team.
- Create positive culture through consistent routines, school practices, and rituals that can foster a sense of connection and regular contact between teachers and students.
- Build momentum around learning gains by balancing acceleration and working with students at their learning levels, while also keeping an eye on grade-level content.
- Leverage new approaches; adopt a flexible mindset to embrace creative ways to meet students’ needs and build team capacity.
- Be responsive to individual and community needs by adjusting your plans and programming flexibly.
- Focus on literacy throughout your community and ways to promote it through all modes of learning (remote, hybrid, and beyond). Give all teachers, students, and parents a way to come together (including in their home languages).
- Remember that you are not alone and that you can learn from others.
Why is there no equity section in this playbook?
As educators, parents, and leaders, we felt it was important to highlight equity considerations in each section rather than make it a standalone, add-on item, as equity should underlie all that we do.
If you want to see equity-related recommendations at a glance, you can look at this table.
If you’re looking to dive deeper into this work, our colleagues at Pivot and Unbound Ed have developed a great Equity Toolkit with some ready-to-use surveys and tools. And the great folks at SDCOE offer these additional guides on supporting particular subgroups of students:
Who created and contributed to this playbook?
These playbooks were written and developed by Copernicus Solutions, a consultancy for education and nonprofits, on behalf of the CCEE and with support from the Riverside County Office of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education. They adapt from and build on the original distance learning playbook created by Entangled Solutions with support from Silver Giving Foundation and Silicon Schools Fund. The content for the playbooks is informed by: our review of CDE guidance, as well as guidance and research from AAP, AEI, AFT, Catalyst Ed, CCSSO, the CDC, CRPE, Harvard, Opportunity Labs, UNICEF, and others; the insights and expertise of dozens of school/district leaders and subject matter experts in K-12 education, to whom we are deeply grateful; and resources from other consulting teams like Entangled Solutions, Education First, TNTP, Instruction Partners, and many others. These playbooks do not constitute legal or administrative guidance; CDE guidance and your own county and district policies should help you determine whether and how to use the resources offered here.
We would like to thank Grace Alvarez, Fabiola Bagula, Ken Berrick, Jeanette Chien, Elise Darwish, Chase Davenport, Tom Davis, Allison Carter, Nancy Brownel, Tommy Chang, Holly Edds, Mindy Fattig, Juliana Finegan, Edwin Gomez, Carrie Goux, Joshua Heideman, Michael Horn, Magaly Lavadenz, JoDee Marcellin, Lisa McIntyre-Hite, Toshia Mears, Bob Mueller, Pedro Noguera, Courtney Ochi, Tina Ochoa, Sam Olivieri, Michelle Parker, Jennifer Peck, Mickey Porter, Glen Price, Michelle Rainey, Arun Ramanathan, Rachel Roberson, Anissa Sonnenberg, Susan Tandberg, Almetria Vaba, Conor Williams, Bob Wisel, Cynthia Woods and Alison Yoshimoto-Towery.