Remote Learning

Resources, professional learning opportunities, and consulting for Illinois school districts as they plan remote learning days and create e-learning plans.

Remote Learning in Illinois

ISBE implemented remote learning in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Note that this is different from statutory e-learning plans. According to Emergency Rules: Part 5 – Remote Learning Days, the Remote Learning Day may be met through a district’s implementation of an e-learning program. Districts that do not have an e-learning plan must adopt a Remote Learning Day Plan approved by the school’s or district’s superintendent or chief administrator.

Professional Learning

The LTC facilitates professional learning opportunities for administrators and educators on remote learning days, e-learning plans, and online learning. You can also access our live and recorded webinars, free online courses, or contact us to discuss custom professional learning for your district.

Upcoming Events on Remote Learning and E-Learning

Mon 30

Introduction to G-Suite for Education

November 30 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dec 01

Google Level 2 Training Workshop

December 1 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dec 01

E-Rate 470 Workshop: Champaign

December 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dec 01
Dec 03

Be Connected: The Hot Discussion on Firewalls

December 3 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Dec 04

Get Google Certified! Level 1 Workshop

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dec 04

E-Rate 470 Workshop: Belleville

December 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dec 07

E-Rate 470 Workshop: Charleston

December 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dec 08

Get Google Certified! Level 2 Workshop

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Featured Recorded Webinars

Best Practices to Transition to Online Learning Today
Join Nicole Zumpano and the LTC in exploring best practices for teachers and students to help with this current reality. The focus will be on overarching ideas for all, not tools. This webinar is applicable to all stakeholders in education.

E-Learning and Remote Learning Strategies
Ben Songeroth shares basic e-learning and remote learning resources, strategies, tools, and more.

E-Learning Pilot Districts
District leaders from West Chicago 94, Gurnee 56, and Leyden 212 share how the e-learning day option provides an opportunity to engage students during building closures. Speakers will share their unique approaches to planning, implementing, and evaluating e-learning days.

Online Learning Resources

The LTC curates online learning resources to assist school districts with remote teaching during school district closures.


Student Privacy and Special Education: An Educator’s Guide During and After COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted education and has forced schools to pivot quickly to a distance learning approach, which is often virtual. Using virtual learning products comes with concerns about student privacy, including for students receiving special education and related services. Federal privacy laws don’t explicitly address how to handle every situation, but concerns about privacy should not be a barrier to serving students as best as educators are able. This guide, developed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities and Future of Privacy Forum is designed to provide an overview of major relevant privacy laws and to help educators think through common scenarios that might present privacy concerns, particularly for students with disabilities.

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Student Privacy Compass

A website that helps all education privacy stakeholders learn the basics, keep informed about the latest news, laws, and resources, and better communicate how to ensure education privacy while allowing for the good use of data and technology in education. It includes specific resource pages for K-12 officials, higher ed officials, parents, students, industry, and policymakers.

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National Data Privacy Agreement + Illinois Exhibit

The National Data Privacy Agreement (NDPA) streamlines application contracting and sets common expectations between schools/districts and marketplace providers. The LTC created an Illinois-specific exhibit that modifies the NDPA for use in Illinois, making it compliant with SOPPA regulations. Learn more about NDPA and the Illinois Student Privacy Alliance.

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Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA)

A legislative brief that introduces requirements under the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA), which provides additional guarantees that student data is protected when collected by educational technology companies, and that data is used for beneficial purposes only (105 ILCS 85).

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Illinois Student Data Privacy Laws

A legislative brief that provides a high-level overview of all Illinois student data privacy laws.

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Curriculum & Lesson Plans

Net Smartz

NetSmartz is NCMEC’s online safety education program. It provides age-appropriate videos and activities to help teach children be safer online with the goal of helping children to become more aware of potential online risks and empowering them to help prevent victimization by making safer choices on- and offline.

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