Distance Learning in Kern County

The transition to distance learning has been a huge undertaking, and especially difficult for small districts. The Office of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools in California’s San Joaquin Valley has coordinated a common approach. All teachers and their students in participating districts — 22 out of 47 districts so far — will sign onto the same platform. There will be activities and lessons to choose from in every grade and every subject. The districts have helped shape the system over the past month. Lisa Gilbert, deputy superintendent of instructional services with the office of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, who is leading the effort, spoke about the effort with John Fensterwald for EdSource’s podcast This Week in California Education. John then spoke with Anthony Davis, the office’s chief technology officer, about the county’s goal of helping to see that every student has a Chromebook and an internet connection.