Remote Learning for the 2020-2021 School Year
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) Initial Fall School Reopening Guidance outlines requirements and considerations for fall reopening plans with the goal of safely returning as many students as possible to in-person school settings to maximize learning and address students' holistic needs. In all reopening scenarios, remote learning will be necessary for students who will not be attending school in-person, as part of a hybrid learning model, and in case changing COVID-19 conditions require a shift to full remote learning as determined by local and state leaders.
This web page contains remote learning guidance and expectations, remote learning program models and supplemental information, and related resources.
Remote Learning Resources
Sustaining Progress in Access and Equity: EdTech Strategic Planning Guide
Sustaining Progress in Access and Equity: EdTech Strategic Planning Guide is a guide for Massachusetts School Leaders prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in close partnership with state and national stakeholders. The guide presents an overview of information related to K–12 EdTech and provides insights and suggestions to support administrative teams as they plan for the future of EdTech in their districts and schools. Click the blue and white cover page below to view or download the PDF.
Building Blocks of Equitable Remote Learning
To support districts with preparing for remote learning needs, DESE is partnering with LearnLaunch to give district and school leaders access to a free and state-aligned planning framework: The Building Blocks of Equitable Remote Learning.
LearnLaunch is hosting a series of virtual workshops over the course of the summer and throughout the school year on these critical components of remote learning. Workshops feature content experts and are fully aligned with DESE's principles, priorities, standards, and reopening guidance.
Districts can learn more about and register for workshops by visiting The Building Blocks: Workshops.
Remote Learning Practice Profiles
EdTech Spotlight — Rural Internet Pilot
Simultaneous Instruction in Hybrid Models
T-Mobile Project 10Million
T-Mobile is offering free internet access and mobile hotspots to schools across the country. As part of Project 10Million, Massachusetts schools and districts will receive nearly 42,000 hotspots for the 2020-21 school year, each arriving with 100GB of data each year for 5 years. Districts and charter schools interested in participating can read more about the program and explore T-Mobile's coverage map and ZIP code list .
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Staffing and Scheduling Considerations for Remote and Hybrid Learning
DESE recently partnered with ERS to deliver a two-part webinar on how districts and schools can apply strategic scheduling and staffing models for hybrid and/or remote environments, understand and plan for the tradeoffs involved in those models, and explore model schedules and plans.
ERS presented tools, guiding principles, and sample schedules and staffing considerations curated specifically for remote and hybrid school models, which can be found on their website.
Remote Learning Resources for Educators
The Center for Instructional Support is offering resources and support tailored to educators who are preparing to deliver instruction remotely. You can find more information about these offerings, including additional guidance, content-specific webinars, and learning modules on DESE's Teaching and Learning During COVID-19 page.
Last Updated: June 10, 2021