Online Learning - Digital Promise

We are compiling some of the best resources and exemplars for schools and families preparing for online learning in response to COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads rapidly in the United States, schools and districts are facing difficult decisions around how to protect their students and staff while continuing to prioritize learning and equity.

To support planning, preparation, and response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Education has published COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel, and the CDC has published Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs.

According to Education Week’s Coronavirus and School Closures map, more than 124,000 schools have been closed to ensure social distancing is maintained, impacting some 55 million students. Schools have been ordered or recommended to close for the remainder of the academic year in 48 states, the District of Columbia and 4 U.S. territories. Many school systems are now implementing online or home-based learning in response to extended closures.

There are few examples for large-scale emergency online learning, making it difficult to identify best practices. The education community is working quickly to develop resources and guidance to assist educators and families during this unprecedented time. Digital Promise has assembled high-quality materials, examples, and thinking from our trusted partners and networks in the FAQ below. We hope you find these helpful as you strive to quickly meet the challenges imposed by COVID-19.

We will work to update this page regularly with the best available guidance as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

May 11 Updated FAQ Section

  • How do we plan for moving learning online while ensuring equity?

May 18 Updated FAQ Section

  • How do we begin to plan for a return to school?
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