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On-Your-Feet Guide: Distance Learning for Instructional Leaders



6 pages | Corwin

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The pandemic teaching of mid-2020 was really not distance learning. It was also not homeschooling, which is a choice parents make for very specific reasons.  It was crisis teaching.  Now, we have time to be more purposeful and intentional with distance learning. What should not be lost is that as a field we learned more about what works by, at times, experiencing what didn’t work in a virtual setting. It heightened our sense of what we already knew in face-to-face classrooms (Hattie, 2020):

  • Fostering student self-regulation is crucial for moving learning to deep and transfer levels
  • Learning accelerates when the student, not the teacher, is in control of learning
  • There needs to be a diversity of instructional approaches (not just some direct instruction and then some off-line independent work)
  • Well-designed peer learning impacts understanding
  • Feedback in a high trust environment must be integrated into the learning cycle 

Let’s use what we have learned and are continuing to learn, whether in a face-to-face or distance learning environment. As a part of face-to-face teaching, let’s build our students’ capacity (and our own) for distance learning. Now we have time to use evidence about what works best to impact students.  Inspired by The Distance Learning Playbook, this On-Your-Feet Guide for Instructional Leaders will apply the wisdom of Visible Learning research to distance learning for principals, superintendents, and district leaders in a quick, easy-to-navigate guide. 

On-Your-Feet Guides (OYFGs) provide you with the ultimate “cheat sheet” to implement effective change in your classroom while in the moment of teaching. Designed for accessibility, and providing step-by-step guidance, the OYFGs are written by experts who take research-based practices and make them doable for the busy teacher.

Each On-Your-Feet Guide is laminated, 8.5”x11” tri-fold (6 pages), and 3-hole punched.

Use the On-Your-Feet Guides

  • When you know the “what” but need help with the “how”
  • As a quick reference to support a practice you learned in a PD workshop or book
  • To learn how to implement foundational practices
  • When you want to help your students learn a specific strategy, routine, or approach, but aren’t sure how to do it yourself

Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and most recently, How... More About Author

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Her published titles include Visible Learning in Literacy, This Is Balanced Literacy, Removing Labels, and Rebound. Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California and learns from teachers and students every day. More About Author

Nicole V. Law

Dr. Nicole Law is a passionate educator who provides professional learning to schools and districts across the country. As a Corwin Professional Learning Consultant, Nicole presents content on Culturally Fortifying Practices, dimensions around equity and creating equitable teaching spaces, teacher clarity, Visible Learning, professional learning communities, organizational analysis, literacy instruction, leadership improvement practices and structures, data analysis models, school improvement practices, metacognitive teaching and learning, strategies for success in cognitively rigorous instruction and effective teaching methods for English... More About Author

Dominique B. Smith

Dominique Smith is a social worker, school administrator, mentor, national trainer for the International Institute on Restorative Practices, member of ASCD’s FIT Teaching (Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching®) Cadre and Corwin’s Visible Learning for Literacy Cadre. He is passionate about creating school cultures that honor students and build their confidence and competence. He is the winner of the National School Safety Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council.Smith's major area of research and instruction focuses on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement. In... More About Author