To ensure appropriate social distancing, OSDE staff members are available by appointment only. Please reach out to any staff or department for help.

Covid-19 Instruction Support

As Oklahoma teachers prepare to take on the task of distance learning, the Oklahoma State Department of Education is working to support teachers in designing their distance learning plans and increase available options for enriching learning opportunities. All resources are summarized and linked below and provided in this presentation. For comments and questions, please contact or

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Distance Learning Guidance for Instruction (updated 4/3)

These documents are designed to support Oklahoma teachers and districts as they provide distance learning opportunities for students. Each document provides guiding questions, practical advice, example activities, resources, and options for staying connected. While many example activities are linked within each document, please visit our full activity and resource database to find activities you can use with students. screenshot of distance learning guidance

Elementary Level Guidance

Secondary Level Guidance

Distance Learning Tasks Database (updated 4/6)

In addition to the hundreds of sample learning tasks made available through the Distance Learning Guidance for Instruction documents, there are many resources being developed and shared by educators across the state. We have created a database designed to help you find and share the very best activities that are engaging for students so that you can focus your attention on taking care of yourself, your family, and on connecting with your students. 

  • For a step-by-step guide on how to utilize the database and how to share lesson and activity ideas of your own, visit a brief tutorial here.

  • Looking for other websites with lists of activities? Check out the links provided here.
  • Want to share a lesson, activity, or a link to another database right now? Submit your ideas here.

Video Conferencing and Digital Instruction Guidance and Support (updated 4/7)

Image of video conferencing guidance documentAs April 6 marks the beginning of Oklahoma schools relaunching under within the new Distance Learning requirements, many teachers are being asked to learn brand new technologies to engage and support their students. Through the Curriculum and Instruction virtual meetings, we have heard many your needs and concerns, including that it would be useful to compile some straightforward guidance that will help you to learn more about how to leverage digital tools effectively and safely. 

We are happy to announce that we’ve made some progress in this effort and have a few resources to share. Please bookmark these resources as we will continue to update them as we find opportunities to improve them. 

Video Conferencing Guidance (download - updated 4/7)

  • Provides guidance on federal laws that are pertinent to the safety of students in online activities.  
  • Provides general considerations to ensure video conferences are safe, accessible, and well-organized.
  • Recommends clear expectations for students, providing a sample set of Student Expectations.
  • Links to further guidance for best practices for Zoom and Google Meet

Digital Tools Tips and Tutorials (downloadupdated 4/7)

  • Provides links to the best tutorial and guides for various digital tools.
  • Digital tools and tutorials are provided in the following areas:
    • Discussion Tools
    • Content Delivery Tools
    • Video Conferencing Tools
    • Screencasting Tools
    • Assessment Tools
    • Other Tools

OETA Educational Programming and Instructional Resources (updated 3/30)

Learning At Home banner - mother looking over sons shoulder pointing at computerThe Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) is collaborating with the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) to provide in-home learning opportunities for students. The goal is to bring parents, students and teachers together with content and curriculum to meet educational needs while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Beginning Monday, March 30, OETA will be adjusting its daytime schedule to provide curriculum-based programming for students Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. which will last until the end of the school year​.​ 

Teachers and parents are encouraged to visit ​​ to view an updated program schedule, OETA’s statewide channel list, curriculum and activities. There is also more information about PBS LearningMedia, which provides videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. It is free for students, teachers and parents, however users must sign up for an account.    

OETA and OSDE hosted a joint webinar on Monday, March 30, at 2:00 pm as a way for teachers to learn more about this opportunity. Teachers can view the webinar at ​​. The webinar provides an introduction to resources and lessons to help teachers learn how to leverage OETA programming available at​ as they work to respond to their district distance learning plans. Teachers are also introduced to a virtual course available at that they can access anytime to gain further support and connect with other educators who are using OETA resources.

Ongoing Virtual Meetups for All Grade-Levels and Disciplines (updated 3/30)

Beginning the week of March 30, weekly virtual meetings will be made available to all grade-levels and disciplines. Participants will have an opportunity to gain resources and collaborate with other teachers around the state to plan for distance learning. While the platform limits participation to 300 people, we will record the meeting and share the recording through the Newsletter. Please join only 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting to help us ensure we are able to have all speakers join the meeting. 

K-12 Elementary Level Secondary Level

Computer Science


English Language Arts

Fine Arts

Grades 1-2


Gifted and Talented Education

Grades 3-5

Advanced Placement

Health and Physical Education

Reading Sufficiency Act




Social Studies


World Languages


Initial Distance Learning Virtual Meetings for Instruction (updated 4/2)

Virtual meeting for all areas were held on Friday, March 27, and Monday, March 30. Participants had an opportunity to gain resources and collaborate with other teachers around the state to plan for distance learning. Choose any grade level or topic below to view the recorded the meeting on YouTube.

K-12 Elementary Level Secondary Level
Computer Science Early Childhood (PK-K) 6-12 ELA
Physical Education and Health Grades 1-2 6-12 Math
Gifted/Talented Grades 3-5 6-12 Social Studies
Music Reading Sufficiency Act 6-12 Science
Visual Arts Educational Technology Advanced Placement
Drama/Theatre & Dance   Educational Technology

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Last updated on April 7, 2020