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The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents

How to Support Your Child's Academic, Social, and Emotional Development in Any Setting
By: Rosalind Wiseman, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, John Hattie

Foreword by Former National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling

This essential guide will arm you with the tools and insight to create an environment conducive to learning, establish routines, and most importantly, taking care of yourself and your child.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071838327
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: September 18, 2020

Price: $22.95

Price: $22.95
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We are in this together and will get through this together
Parent involvement has always been a vital part of any child’s education, but the pandemic and resulting remote instruction require that parents and educators partner at a deeper level.
Following the tremendous success of The Distance Learning Playbook, K-12, education authorities Doug Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie have teamed up with New York Times bestselling author and parenting expert Rosalind Wiseman to bring you the consummate guide to support your child's academic, social, and emotional development in any learning environment – while not overwhelming you in the process.
This essential guide will arm you with the tools and insight to
  • Create an environment conducive to learning, establish routines, and most importantly, take care of yourself and your child
  • Maximize the time you spend supporting learning by focusing on what is proven to work best in education
  • Help your child develop the cognitive attitudes and habits that foster creativity, critical thinking, and increased responsibility for their learning 
  • Support the development of your child’s social and emotional learning skills, including the ability to navigate social interactions, build friendships, and regulate emotions at a time when they have never been more important to have, and more challenging to maintain 
The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents outlines supportive strategies for navigating virtual environments to ensure effective and impactful learning that aligns the needs and expectations of teachers, parents, and students alike.

To purchase from an Authorized Corwin Distributor click here.
A Spanish translation of the Distance Learning Playbook for Parents, Aprendizaje a Distancia en Casa, Guia para Padres, can be purchased by contacting Irene Yepez at vigaexporta@trillas.mx or online at etrillas.mx.


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Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman is the founder of Cultures of Dignity, an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional well-being by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities—young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders. Her other recent Corwin publication is Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Create Cultures of Dignity and Confront Social Cruelty and Injustice (2020), a comprehensive social justice program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world. She is the author of the New York Times Best Sellers Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the groundbreaking book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls; and Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which addresses the social lives of boys and was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life. Follow her on Twitter at @cultureodignity.
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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

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Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Nancy has published in The Reading Teacher, Theory Into Practice, Reading Psychology, Early Childhood Education Journal, and Educational Leadership on research related to literacy, school leadership, and effective instruction. Current books include The Teaching Reading Playbook, Teaching Students to Drive Their Learning, Welcome to Teaching, and The PLC+ suite of books. In 2008 she was given the Early Career Achievement Award by the Literacy Research Association and is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame. She is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California, and is a co-founder and administrator at Health Sciences High and Middle College.

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John Hattie

John Hattie, Ph.D., is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly 30 years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly 30 years synthesizing more than 1,700 meta-analyses comprising more than 100,000 studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over 350 international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to education. His notable publications include Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12, and 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Letter From the Authors


How to Use This Book

Hold Up! Please Read This!

Distance, Remote, and Blended Learning


Establish Routines

Create a Learning Environment

Learn the Learning Management System

Follow Zoom Etiquette

Ensure That Your Children Sleep

Monitor Screen Time

Communicate With Teachers

Take Care of Yourself

2. THE VALUE OF . . .

The Value of Reading Volume

The Value of Reading Widely

The Value of Reading Aloud

The Value of Vocabulary Games

The Value of Oral Language Development

The Value of Foundational Reading Skills: Phonemic Awareness

The Value of Foundational Reading Skills: Alphabetics and Phonics

The Value of Foundational Reading Skills: Fluency

The Value of Writing Across the Day

The Value of Scaffolded Writing Experiences

The Value of Mathematics Across the Day

The Value of Supplemental Mathematics Instruction

The Value of Arts and Music

The Value of Guiding, Not Telling

The Value of Wait Time

The Value of Practice


Social Emotional Learning Is Not Just Soft Skills


The Power of Dignity

Separating Dignity From Respect

Putting Principles Into Action

Understanding Emotional Regulation

Emotional Granularity



Managing Conflicts

Friendships in COVID-19

Teasing: It’s Complicated


Communication With Other Parents

Pod Teaching: Learning Pods



Student Mindframe 1: Know your current level of understanding.

Student Mindframe 2: Know where you are going and have the confidence to take on the challenge.

Student Mindframe 3: Select tools to guide your learning.

Student Mindframe 4: Seek feedback and recognize that errors are opportunities to learn.

Student Mindframe 5: Monitor your progress and adjust your learning.

Student Mindframe 6: Recognize your learning and teach others.


Family Mindframe 1: I am an evaluator of my impact on my children’s learning.

Family Mindframe 2: I see the power of collaborating with others in parenting our children.

Family Mindframe 3: I value what my child brings to the family and world.

Family Mindframe 4: I understand the centrality of my child.

Family Mindframe 5: I have appropriately high expectations.

Family Mindframe 6: I listen, build trust, and know how to gradually release responsibility.

Family Mindframe 7: I know the balancing act between developing autonomy, relatedness, and competence.

Family Mindframe 8: I appreciate the power of feedback and the place for praise as well as errors.

Family Mindframe 9: I know how to work with the school.

Family Mindframe 10: I am a parent, not a schoolteacher.



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