To support schools in the effective implementation of technology to support learning, the California Digital Learning Integration and Standards Guidance provides strategies to build educator and system capacity. The Guidance is based on foundational, research-based digital learning practices, including engaging in personal interaction, building classroom communities, promoting collaboration, incorporating authentic assessment, designing active learning activities, and cultivating student-centered opportunities to build agency.

The Guidance connects decades of research on digital learning to inform specific topics outlined in Senate Bill 98 (SB 98, 2019-2020). SB 98 identifies the topics for the development of a draft distance learning curriculum and instructional guidance for mathematics, English language arts, and English language development that includes a framework for addressing critical standards and other topics related to distance learning. Furthermore, two nationally-recognized sets of standards, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators and the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching, were used as a framework to align recommendations for effective technology use. Finally, input from the California Distance Learning Advisory Committee, parents/caregivers, and students was used to inform the Guidance and recommended strategies for educators.

The California Digital Learning Integration and Standards Guidance is available in multiple formats:

  • Full version and excerpts in PDF
  • Full version in EPUB
    • (Note: The EPUB is a part of a California Department of Education pilot project and the PDF version may be more useful to all users. For questions and comments, contact the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division at

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Overview of the Guidance

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President of the California State Board of Education, Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE, Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Education at Stanford University, and Dr. Hallie Yopp Slowik, Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, describe the vision and goals of the California Digital Learning Integration and Standards Guidance.