EEI Framework: Resources for Remote and Hybrid Learning

The Elements of Effective Instruction is a framework for accessing research, tools, and strategies that build student engagement in and ownership of their learning. We designed that framework for classroom environments that might include virtual and synchronous instructional strategies, but not to focus specifically on them. This tool highlights the specific features, strategies, and resources that bring powerful instruction into virtual spaces.

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Key Traits
Strategies for Remote and Hybrid Environments

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students (Caitlyn Tucker; August 2, 2020)

A list of suggestions for teachers of younger learners that includes specific technology tools that integrate the home environment, offer students choice, and encourage peer sharing.

Using Social Stories to Establish New Routines (Edutopia; October 6, 2020)

A video example and an interview that show how social stories can be used to orient young students to virtual learning.


8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students in Active Learning Online (Caitlyn Tucker; July 9, 2020)

A list of suggestions for teachers that includes specific technology tools that encourage collaboration, creativity, and independent work.


8 Strategies to Improve Participation in your Virtual Classroom (Edutopia; August 21, 2020)

A list of synchronous and asynchronous strategies that includes a video of “discussion mapping.”

Bringing Humanity to the Virtual Classroom: Lessons Learned from My Desk (Ben Chase for GSP; January, 2020)

A teacher from a Maine high school shares his lessons about virtual learning from a year of challenges.

How Can We Make the Most of Synchronous and Asynchronous Time in Distance Learning? (Katie Martin; Summer 2020)

A blog that identifies challenges and considerations for effective remote learning; it includes four structures for synchronous learning and four structures for asynchronous learning.

How to Create Community in a Virtual Classroom (Edutopia; August 17, 2020)

An article that emphasizes the importance of students feeling a sense of belonging; it also provides a list of several activities for building community in a virtual setting.

Keeping Students Engaged in Online Learning (Edutopia; April 8, 2020)

A video with six tips from veteran teachers with strategies to help students navigate, focus, and actively participate in online learning.

How to Forge a Strong Community in an Online Classroom (Edutopia; April 15, 2020)

An article that emphasizes strategies for building and maintaining connectedness in online learning.

7 Activities to Build Community and Positive Classroom Culture During Online Learning (New York Times; August 27, 2020)

An article that Includes audio and visual examples and specific descriptions of activities to encourage students to share and reflect in a virtual setting.

Key Traits
Strategies for Remote and Hybrid Environments

Students Unpack a Learning Target (EL Education; January 2011)

A video of a teacher guiding a 4-5 grade class through a learning target on transitional words and phrases in writing.


Standards-Based Learning (CVU Learns)

An outline of standards-based learning that includes design, assessment, grading, and reporting considerations and provides links to scales for teachers plus examples of “know, understand and do” templates.

Promoting Metacognition (Brown University)

An article that provides prompts for students to practice thinking and reflecting about their learning.


Meet the Single Point Rubric (Cult of Pedagogy; February, 2015)

A blog post and tool that makes the case for simplifying rubric language to one point to provide clarity and inform feedback and self-assessment.

Power Standards: Focusing on the Essential (Heather Clayton; 2016)

An article that promotes the prioritization of standards to ensure depth and rigor; it also outlines criteria and a process for selection.

The Why, What, and How of Learning Scales (Bill Rich; February 6, 2019)

A blog that explains the difference between rubrics and learning scales and offers tips to improve writing and using learning scales.

Writing Good Learning Outcomes (UC Davis)

An article that provides a model and an interactive tool for generating observable and measurable learning outcomes.

Varied Content, Materials, & Methods
Key Traits
Strategies for Remote and Hybrid Environments

7 Choice Board Examples for Remote Learning (Kodable; August 3, 2020)

A blog that showcases samples of choice boards for remote learning.

Keeping Kindergartners Engaged in Distance Learning (Edutopia; August 10, 2020)

An article that outlines pros and cons for several virtual strategies aimed at keeping kindergarteners engaged in virtual learning.


A Flipped Flow for Blended or Online Classes (Caitlyn Tucker; July 24, 2020)

A blog that lists examples of digital tools that can be used to assist teachers in planning for asynchronous learning.


A 5-Step Guide to Making Your Own Instructional Videos (Edutopia; August 20, 2019)

A blog that provides helpful tips for teachers to create and record authentic videos for instruction.

How to Improve Distance Learning for Students with IEPs (Edutopia; June 29, 2020)

A blog that outlines the importance of parent involvement and provides strategies for synchronous and asynchronous learning.

How to Make Station Rotation Work During Hybrid Learning (Edutopia; September 29, 2020)

A blog that helps teachers design flexible learning stations that can be applied in a variety of settings.

Practice & Feedback
Key Traits
Strategies for Remote and Hybrid Environments

Focusing on Feedback in Distance Learning (Edutopia; November 10, 2020)

An article that suggests strategies for communicating feedback to students throughout the learning process.


3 Strategies for Personalizing Feedback Online (Caitlin Tucker; April 20, 2020)

A blog that describes how to use technology to provide personalized audio and video feedback to students.

A Guide to Remote Critiques of Art

A blog that outlines a process and provides sample illustrations and technology tools for art critiques in a virtual setting.


Assessment in Asynchronous Learning (Crafted Curriculum; March 31, 2020)

A blog that illustrates examples of ways to provide asynchronous feedback and assessment in virtual settings.

Formative Assessment During Distance Learning (WA OSPI)

An article that describes the process of formative assessment with adaptations for young learners and online learning; it also includes a table of explanations, sample actions, and possible actions.

How to do the Feedback Loop in Distance Learning (The Teaching Channel; April 28, 2020)

A blog that suggests strategies for systems, structures, sharing the load, and closing the loop for providing feedback to students in distance learning environments.

Complex Thinking & Transfer
Key Traits
Strategies for Remote and Hybrid Environments

10 Tips for Teaching Kids to be Awesome Critical Thinkers (Marlana Martinelli; March 7, 2018)

A blog that lists sample activities for students to dig deeper into learning and developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


How to Lead Students to Engage in Higher Order Thinking (Edutopia; December 9, 2019)

An article that describes a process for using a thinking inventory and essential questions to prepare students for deep engagement.

Teaching Problem Solving (Brown University)

An article that describes the problem-solving process and outlines strategies for incorporating communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and reflection activities to help develop these skills to reach a goal.


Five Ways to Help K-12 Students Transfer Their Learning to New Situations (Edutopia; November 20, 2020)

A blog that lists tools for helping students apply and transfer content knowledge across disciplines and contexts.

Questions to Provoke Critical Thinking (Brown University)

A table of hierarchical question stems to develop higher levels of thinking.

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