Center for Distance
& Online Learning

The Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) provides educators, support staff, counselors, school mental health professionals, students, families, and non-profit agencies with a unique combination of technology-enhanced Collective Impact Implementation services via in-person, hybrid, and online learning opportunities.

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Creative AWARE Project

The Creative AWARE Project proposes to develop a sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental health programs and services by leveraging collaborative partnerships at the state, county, and local regional level. This project’s purpose is to support Los Angeles County districts to implement mental health related promotion, awareness, prevention, intervention, and resilience activities to ensure that school-aged youth have access and are connected to appropriate and effective behavioral health services. Four school districts in LA County, one of which is Keppel Union, are receiving additional services in our partnership, including funding, training, and on-site lesson support.

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Empower Staff, Engage Family and Community, Elevate Student Voice and Leadership in your district!

Los Angeles County Office of Education's, Center for Distance and Online Unit (CDOL) SCALE UP! 2.0 Project is an opportunity for districts to support grades TK-12 educators, students, parents and the community with interdisciplinary approaches and instructional materials. SCALE UP! 2.0 is aligned with content standards, increasing knowledge through culturally inclusive arts/social emotional-learning engagement, specifically in Visual and Performing Arts. This customized hybrid project will allow you to include Arts Integration to best meet the needs of your staff, students, and community with LACOE's CDOL educational and technology innovative team and our talented Collective Impact Community Partners throughout Los Angeles County, including, but not limited to Disney, Spotify, and Teaching Artists throughout California such as Conga Kids, 24th Street Theatre, The Cheech Marin Art Museum in Riverside, and Cal Arts Teaching Artist.

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Technology Enhanced Arts Learning

The TEAL project offers quality professional development in K-6 arts integration education to Los Angeles County school districts, charter networks and institutions of higher Education using the blended learning model.

TEAL online and in person resources go beyond the five Visual and Performing Arts disciplines to include a separate module and resources on STEAM learning as well as ways in which the arts benefit the social, emotional, and behavioral growth of students in the Social and Emotional Learning through the Arts module.

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Engage California! English Learners through the Arts

The Engage California! English Learners through the Arts (ECELA) Project provides research and evidence-based professional development and family literacy programs that integrate arts in the content areas, with strategies that increase literacy for English Learners (ELs) and support Social Emotional Learning. This project creates greater equity and inclusion for ELs to participate in the arts aligned with the California English Learner Roadmap, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and California English Language Development Standards.

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Arts & STEAM

Arts & STEAM provides support to districts and schools in delivering systematic, sustainable, standards-based Arts & STEAM education and curriculum. The Arts encompass all arts disciplines including dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts in grades TK-12. Arts Integration and STEAM are approaches to education that integrate arts with other subject areas such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics, English Language Arts, English Language Development, social studies, and/or physical education.

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Poetry Out Loud

An annual recitation of classical poetry by high school students in grades 9-12.

Qualified contestants compete at an annual event hosted virtually by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

The winner of the L.A. County Poetry Out Loud advances to the California state contest to compete for a spot in the National Poetry Out Loud finals in May.

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Promising Learners Project

The Promising Learners Project (PLP), supports Baldwin Park, Keppel, Monrovia, and Norwalk-La Mirada school districts in creating positive learning experiences through a multi-tiered system of support using social-emotional learning and the arts at a total of 11 school sites and 110 classrooms. This grant was awarded through the California Department of Education's Learning Communities for School Success Program (LCSSP) in the fall of 2020.

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Suicide Prevention Ongoing Resiliency Training

The Suicide Prevention Ongoing Resiliency Training (SPORT) project provides training, support, and resources to implement a sustainable system to deliver suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, and social emotional learning content to school leaders. Additionally, this project braids in support for Local Educational Agencies to align local services and plans to the California Statewide Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) initiative. The focus of the training series is to develop and guide site and district-level teams to develop the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality professional development, focused on the inclusion of LGBTQ+ youth, families, and school community in their multi-tiered system of support.

High-quality Professional Development is offered at no cost. Participants receive training on how to align local services and plans to AB 2246 and AB 1767.

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The Better Together Arts Project 2022

The Los Angeles County Office of Education's Center for Distance & Online Learning has established a collective impact partnership with Legacy Arts Foundation and SoFi Stadium to host The Better Together Arts Project. This project celebrates culturally relevant student artwork that exemplifies learning within the classroom through Visual Arts, and tells a personal story of who/what "Better Together" means to each student.

All artwork showcased at SoFi Stadium in December 2022 is created by talented students from the following Los Angeles County districts: Baldwin Park, Hacienda La Puente, Inglewood, Monrovia, Mountain View, Norwalk-La Mirada, and Rosemead.

Students have expressed so much passion in these projects, demonstrating the Power of the Arts and its importance to their education and personal development. This community art exhibit is powered by the Technology Enhanced Arts Learning (TEAL) Project. The TEAL Project provides equitable culturally responsive arts integration and social emotional learning for ALL!

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TeachStar* Online Academy

The TeachStar* Online Academy (TOA) 500 series courses are collaborative, online professional development courses that are Common Core aligned for English-Lanugage Arts and Mathematics. Our courses are moderated by experienced educators, and tailored to fit your busy schedule with on demand 24/7 access to participate from any location with internet connection.

The TeachStar* Online courses are specifically designed to enhance your teaching strategies. All teachers within different subject areas are welcome to participate.

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Directing Change

Elevate student voice and leadership. Get inspired. Get involved. Through our long-standing partnership between LACOE's Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) unit and the Directing Change program, students in Los Angeles County can receive targeted support to participate in Directing Change's categories that uplift student voice and build student leadership around topics related to social justice and health topics (Ages 12 and up), mental wellbeing (middle school), and suicide prevention.

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COVID-19 LACOE Curriculum & Instructional Services Open Educational Resources

The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) Curriculum & Instructional Services-Center for Distance and Online Learning recognizes the support districts and schools need with this priority. Below are no-cost Open Educational Resources for teachers and administrators to access and adapt in online learning environments.

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