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The Santa Cruz County Office of Education offers this resource to support our community in delivering high-quality educational opportunities to students as we move from Distance Learning into in-person & hybrid instruction. This website is being updated on an ongoing basis. Return often to find new resources!


A Message from Faris

The County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Faris Sabbah, with a special message for all Santa Cruz County Educators regarding hybrid instruction.

March 2021

We're here to help!

If you would like one-on-one support with Distance or Hybrid Learning from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education's Tech+ department, please reach out! Click the button below to get started.

Keep scrolling for our full collection of resources!

Grab & Go Resources

Hybrid Quick Start Guide

Use this as a jump start for ideas on how to make hybrid work for you & your students.

Communicate, Connect, Teach & Assess

A bigger collection of resources organized around the 4 themes of effective practice.

Building Community in a Socially Distanced Classroom

Tips & tricks for building community in an elementary classroom from a safe social distance.

Lesson Planning for Hybrid

Kathy Petersen created this guide to the hybrid lesson planning workflow.

Hybrid Tips

Kathy Petersen compiled tips & advice on hybrid from teachers into one infographic.

Best Practices for a Hybrid Environment

Kathy Petersen's list of best practices for hybrid.

Professional Development

*Santa Cruz COE_ Help for Hybrid PD Series, Spring 2021.pdf

Level Up with Hybrid Learning

featuring hybrid expert Mike Flynn

We are thrilled to announce that the Santa Cruz County Office of Education has partnered with guest speaker Mike Flynn to offer a very special professional development series focused on hybrid instruction. The entire series will be held via Zoom and is FREE to all TK-12 Santa Cruz County Educators.

Latest Hybrid Articles - COE's Top Picks

"Four Learning Models That Are Working in Remote (and Concurrent Classrooms Right Now"

A.J. Juliani

"Hybrid Hangups: What Teachers Struggle with Most in Hybrid Instruction"

EdTech Magazine

Relevant Recordings

In this video, watch educators from across the country discuss their firsthand experiences with hybrid instruction.

This is a recording of Santa Cruz County's Townhall "Safely Bringing Students Back to Class" held on February 25, 2021.

This free event was conducted in collaboration with UCSF, Monterey County Office of Education, San Benito County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and Santa Cruz County Office of Education.

Learn about safety protocols Santa Cruz County Schools have put in place to ensure student and staff safety.

Tech Tips

Basic Hybrid Set-Up

Let us walk you through our recommendation for a simple way to add on to your existing classroom tech to make it ready for livestreaming.

Shopping List

This document is the complete shopping list for our Hybrid Showcase at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.

Two Screens for Teachers

This organization seeks to provide two screens for teachers to improve their ability to connect with students during remote & hybrid instruction.

Tech Guide: Computer Cables & Ports

Created by Kathy Petersen, this guide helps to outline some key tech components.

Teacher Toolkit: Instructions

Technology User's Manual

This walks you through how to use some key pieces of technology to support your hybrid instruction. It includes directions on using a webcam, document camera and extra monitor. It also demonstrates a sample classroom setup for hybrid.

Hybrid Trackers

Santa Cruz County's current timeline for return organized by district & grade level. Please note that this timeline was last updated on February 25, 2021. Some dates have changed since it was created.

CA Safe Schools Reopening Tracker

Burbio's K-12 School Opening Tracker

The New York Times Education Briefing is an excellent resource for tracking the latest developments in education all the way from preschool up to Grad School. Click the image at left or link above to subscribe for updates right to your inbox.

Help from Humans

COE Office Hours

The Curriculum & Instruction Team at the COE host both regularly scheduled & by appointment office hours if you need support in a particular content area.

One on One Consultations

The Tech+ Department offers One-on-One support in Distance & Hybrid Learning. Use this form to sign up.

Think Tank

Sometimes the best resources & ideas come from your colleagues. Join us at our monthly Distance & Hybrid Learning Think Tank to join collaborative discussions and problem-solving.

Where Else to Turn

Dr. Catlin Tucker

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She has multiple resources on teaching in a concurrent classroom.

"Designing & Facilitating Learning for an Alternating A-B Hybrid Schedule"

"Teaching in the Concurrent Classroom: 4 Strategies to Make it Work"

"The Concurrent Classroom: Using Blended Learning Models to Teach Students In-Person and Online Simultaneously"

Mike Flynn

Mike Flynn is an author and educator and has helped teachers and school districts in hybrid instruction.

"Tackling Challenges with Distance Learning Session 3: Hybrid Learning"

"Tackling Challenges with Distance Learning Session 4: Hybrid Learning Part II"

"Monitoring Students' Work During Remote Teaching"

Jennifer Gonzalez

Former teacher and now teacher of teachers, Jennifer Gonzalez's blog Cult of Pedagogy shares tips on all things education.

"It's Time to Give Classroom Jobs Another Try"

"How to Teach When Everyone is Scattered"

"Creating Moments of Genuine Connection Online"

Twitter is like a giant professional learning network (PLN) that helps teachers step outside of their classrooms and schools to connect with other professionals. To use Twitter to get insight into hybrid try these hashtags:

#hybridlearning #concurrentclassroom #hybridteaching

EL Education has an extensive collection of resources on reopening with the aim of moving towards more equitable schools. These materials include a full set of recommendations complete with measurement tools, as well as "Flex Curriculum," designed for use in full remote, hybrid or in person instruction.

Even More...

Message Board

Visit our Padlet, or virtual message board, to post questions and view answers to questions about hybrid instruction.

SEL & Wellness

Don't forget to visit our SEL & Wellness Resources found on the Distance Learning Website.

Don't see what you're looking for?

We are will be continually updating and adding information to this page as new resources become available. If you have something specific that you'd like to add, we would love to hear from you!

For more information about Distance & Hybrid Learning, please feel free to contact:
Stephanie SumarnaDistance Learning ToSAssumarna@santacruzcoe.org