Remote Learning Days and E-Learning Resources

By PrinciPal Connection posted 03-28-2020 11:27


Remote and E-Learning Resources

E-Learning and Student Privacy Considerations

We have received several questions regarding e-learning platforms and student privacy requirements. It is critical for teachers to create an e-learning environment that imitates the classroom environment as closely as possible. Below are tips to ensure student privacy compliance.

1. Make sure that your e-learning platform is FERPA and COPPA compliant. The following platforms advertise that they are FERPA / COPPA compliant: Google Classroom, Class Dojo, Blackboard and Seesaw. There are many others as well. See the legal / compliance section on an e-learning platform's website to determine if it is FERPA / COPPA compliant.  IASA compiled this quick reference spreadsheet.

2. Use any available security features to limit or lockdown the e-learning platform to current students only. For example, require a user identification code and make sure the code is only distributed to current students in the class.

3. Rules regarding parent observation of e-learning instruction should be made at the local level. The U.S. Department of Education has opined that parent observation of e-learning instruction does not generally violate FERPA.

4. Teachers may record and distribute to students e-learning instructional modules. Teachers should not record and distribute videos showing student participation without parent permission.

5. Teachers should remind students not to record e-learning instruction without express teacher permission.

6. Teachers should be reminded not to share personal student information through an e-learning platform.

7. It is important to make sure that any transmittal of student personal data and information is encrypted.

8. Assure that e-learning platforms do not sell user data to third parties. Any e-learning platforms that are FERPA/COPPA compliant meet this requirement.

For more information, see guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

IPA Connect Discussions (Members Only)

The most important resource we have is one another. These remote learning discussion threads provide the thinking of your colleagues.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts by clinking on a link below, or ask a new question.  Chances are, someone else is wondering the same thing.

Social and Emotional Resources

Jostens has compiled 9 videos addressing social and emotional well-being that are applicable to middle and high school. They also screened the videos with some upper elementary students and believe they are applicable for that age group as well.

There are two pieces:

  1. The video itself for each episode
  2. The critical thinking guides for each episode (available from either a Dropbox link or Google Drive link)

If you have questions or need any additional information, reach out to Dr. Tara Campbell, Sr. Manager of Program Development Jostens Renaissance Education at


Season 1, Episode 1 – Judgement

Season 1, Episode 11 – Aaron Davis (dreams, friends, perseverance)

Season 1, Episode 17 – Brent Aragon (changing your world)

Season 2, Episode 17 – Pressure

Season 3, Episode 19 – Insecurities

Season 3, Episode 24 – Failure

Season 4, Episode 6 – Ross Szabo (mental health)

Season 5, Episode 12 – Health and Wellness

Season 6, Episode 6 – Self Confidence

Season 6, Episode 7 – Self Reflection


Dropbox folder -

Google Drive folder -

Coping with Anxiety and

IPA Officer Hours Presentation from Dr. Sue Homes, IPA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Learning

Resources for At-Home Activities

The Office of Student Health and Wellness at Chicago Public Schools has put together a fantastic spreadsheet of resources to keep students healthy and active during the current stay at home order. You can access it here.

Additional Resources

Leader In Me
Franklin Covey is opening their award-winning library of educational and 7 Habits content to help support educators and students. Below you will find links to access a growing collection of resources for families, teachers and administrators to help navigate challenges related to COVID-19 school closures.

  • CLICK HERE to read about Achieving Results in Unpredictable Times - a great tool for Principals and Superintendents
  • CLICK HERE for family resources
  • CLICK HERE for teacher resources
  • CLICK HERE for Administrator resources
  • CLICK HERE for our new LiM Talks- bite sized inspirational videos, trainings and content created by principals, coaches, and parents sharing their two cents on how to navigate this difficult time

Retired Teachers to Mentor Students Virtually
Members of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association are volunteering during this pandemic to assist students tackling the unprecedented challenge of finishing the school year at home. Parents desiring to match their student with a retired teacher may sign up on the Association’s website, Mentors are on a first come, first serve basis. Mentors will meet with students in virtual environments. Mentorships will last from now until the end of the school year or June 1st. Mentorships are at the sole discretion of the teacher-mentors.

Other Related Info

Stay Connected to the IPA

School Closure Information for Building Administrators (FAQs)

General Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates