Supporting all students (Part I) USDOE

This year, providing effective and engaging instruction to meet the individual needs of every student will look different whether it is presented remotely or in-person. Effective instruction is a means of providing knowledge in a systemic way that helps students intellectually engage and advance toward content mastery.

Best Practices for Creating Take-Home Packets to Support Distance Learning

This infographic by the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Pacific for district leaders, school leaders, and teachers provides strategies for designing and distributing take-home packets and assessing student learning.

Teaching and Learning

Learning Remotely in the Age of COVID-19: Lessons from Evidence and Concerns for Equity

This webinar and accompanying blog from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic shares evidence-based practices and approaches in supporting effective remote learning —with or without the Internet, web enabled devices, and comprehensive educational supports, to inform decision making by state leaders, district leaders, school leaders, and teachers in responding to remote learning.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

10 Strategies for Online Learning During a Coronavirus Outbreak

This report from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)’s professional learning networks for district and school leaders identifies key practices for successful online learning.

Instructional Technology Tips

Reopening Instructional Programs for Our Most Vulnerable Students: A Reopening Guidebook for the 2020-2021 School Year

This guidebook by the Region 3 Comprehensive Center for educators addresses the pressing issues that students face, and particularly the most vulnerable learners, face as schools reopen their programs. The guidebook includes four chapters: (1) Virtual Learning, (2) Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 3 Parent Supports, (3) English Learners and Spanish Learners, and (4) Students with Disabilities.

ELs, Elementary, Special Education

Promising Practices Brief: Improving Student Engagement and Attendance During COVID-19 School Closures

This brief by Insight Policy Research and the American Institutes for Research through the National Student Attendance, Engagement and Success Center provides promising state and district practices in measuring and improving attendance and engagement during extended school closures. The brief explores research on monitoring and promoting attendance and engagement in online learning settings and summarizes the findings from conversations held in spring 2020 with a small number of school districts about their transition to remote learning as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded.

Teaching and Learning, Student Engagement

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OESE, OSEP, & IES

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), and Institute of Education Sciences (IES) would like to share resources for district leaders to support school leaders in leading educators to provide effective and engaging instruction. Below are some of the featured resources followed by websites and offices that could provide additional support.

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Brandon Langer serves as the Program Administrator of Instructional Technology at MCIU where he oversees the Montgomery Virtual Program and supports the integration of instructional technology in the Office of Professional Learning. As a former teacher and an instructional coach, Brandon has conducted numerous professional development sessions centered around technology applications and integrating student-centered instruction into the classroom. He has also worked closely with fine and performing arts teachers throughout the northeast to create and advocate for arts programs and modernize arts assessment practices. His passion for student success is grounded in his belief that teachers, not the computer, are the most powerful asset in the classroom today.

Brandon is the host of the OPL Podcast from MCIU and has earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. He is a regular participant in many online PLN Twitter chats and can be followed @BrandonLanger.