Removing Barriers to Effective Distance Learning by Applying the High-Leverage Practices: Tips and Tools

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Distance learning offers a unique opportunity to individualize and personalize instruction and establish inclusive learning environments for the range of diverse learners in every district, school, and virtual classroom. Applying high-leverage practices (HLPs) to lesson design and delivery, both in-person and virtually, empowers educators to provide the enabling conditions that ensure diverse learners are provided equitable access to high- quality instruction, across all grade levels and in all content areas. Taking advantage of digital technologies can increase and improve opportunities for building in supports and scaffolds to help all students understand, navigate, and engage in distance learning environments. HLPs, often referred to as the fundamentals of teaching when used intentionally to meet students’ needs, provide a solid foundation for students’ access
to the curriculum and learning new content in any learning context.
This special issues brief from the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR Center) and the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) outlines how HLPs can be employed to strengthen distance learning instruction for a diverse range of students by providing strategies to address common challenges students experience.