In Spring 2020, school districts across the United States closed schools and transitioned to online learning following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent report by the World Bank estimates that five months of school closures may decrease the effective years of schooling from 7.9 years to between 7.0 and 7.6 years. Furthermore, nearly seven million K-12 students may drop out of school because of COVID-19’s economic impact. These life-long consequences require quick and careful planning from school districts as well as effective instruction and support from teachers.
To aid teachers and staff in the event of ongoing school closures and virtual instruction, we created this report, Best Practices in Online Math and Reading Instruction. Our researchers offer best practices for delivering online math and reading instruction to students in Grades K-12 with two sections:
- Section I: Online Math Instruction identifies best practices for teaching math through fully online instruction. This section highlights three strategies to consider at the elementary, middle, and high school levels: facilitating group discussions, using interactive programs, and implementing self-reflection tasks; and
- Section II: Online Reading Instruction identifies best practices for teaching reading through fully online instruction. This section highlights three strategies to consider at the elementary, middle, and high school levels: using interactive programs, providing digital texts, and encouraging parent involvement.
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