The coronavirus crisis has forced school districts, colleges and universities to shift to teaching and learning online. But distance learning poses myriad challenges in a state of 40 million people where many students still lack reliable access to the internet and the devices they need to succeed in online learning. On this page, you will find EdSource’s stories exploring these challenges and strategies to overcome them.
Free online tools can help teachers fill in the inevitable gaps caused by distance learning.
Some parents are also opting for preschool because a more familiar environment offers comfort during the pandemic.
Lucerne Valley Elementary in San Bernardino County was one of the first public schools in the state to get approval to reopen.
Parent leaders can be crucial for helping low-income families and those who do not speak English navigate distance learning.
Teachers should nurture relationships with parents, just as they do with their students.
Some teachers report less engagement with cameras off, but anxiety, tech glitches and privacy concerns could keep some students from turning them on.
Massive wildfires have become an annual event in California, and they are the first test of how schools can handle a crisis while distance learning.
During this crisis, schools and teachers should focus on keeping students engaged and learning.
Conflicting direction from the state added to confusion over whether schools could continue in-person instruction in Mendocino County.
One of the smallest districts in the state in a county with comparatively low infection rates, Indian Diggings Elementary School District opened for in-person instruction but with safeguards against the coronavirus.
Power outages due to heat wave could affect California residents through Wednesday, governor promises flexibility if schools are affected.
Parents are skeptical that distance learning will ever work for children with disabilities.
Oakland Unified reached a tentative agreement on distance learning which, if approved, will go into effect immediately upon ratification.
The governor wants to reimagine the state’s Broadband Council and ramp up efforts to connect all students to technology during distance learning.
Mentoring provides essential academic and social support to students; and a renewed sense of purpose to isolated teachers.