Are you an NYC school leader implementing Remote Learning?
Here's how we can help:
1. Review your Remote Learning plans - let us provide an outsider's view on practicality, clarity on processes and outcomes
2. Build tools to track data and provide analysis - see student trends across and within digital platforms. For example:
- See how students are doing across subject areas, or from one assessment to the next in Google Classroom,
Compare iReady and Google Classroom results, or
Compare Google Classroom engagement with pre-transition attendance data
3. Research - for tech support questions, best practices in Remote Learning, solutions to pressing problems. Contact us to set up a consultation.
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What we've learned so far:
Here's a list of best practices in transitioning to Remote Learning that we've gathered from research and conversations with school leaders. Stay tuned for more updates!
1. Keep equity top of mind.
Think through the impact of each decision on the student with the most need first. Incorporate plans for students with IEPs.
2. Use backwards design.
Ask the big questions first: what outcomes do we want, what do we want students to learn, etc, then design your remote learning systems and processes to meet those outcomes. (Instead of building a system first, then trying to make it achieve the desired outcomes). The grade 3-8 NY state tests have been cancelled and the June Regents are in question - this is an opportunity to move beyond test prep and ask what we want our students to have learned in preparation for the next grade level.
3. Group families by need.
Create 2-3 groups based on need, and consider how you can deliver support to those families as a group.
4. Minimize the number of platforms used.
Keep it simple. Stick with 1-2 platforms and accept their limitations, rather than adding new ones that students, parents and teachers need time and mental energy to learn.
5. Establish a single source of the truth (SSOT).
Have one source that parents, teachers, and students can feel confident is offering consistent, accurate, reliable and up-to-date information that applies to the whole school.
6. Maintain structure.
Make sure teachers keep a structure and schedule for students - students need structure to feel safe, especially in this scary time.
7. Center asynchronous learning, but keep some synchronous activity.
Make sure students with greater constraints can access all key learning. Accept that not all students will be able to get online at set times, especially students who are sharing devices with family members, have limited internet access, or are managing family obligations. But build in synchronous experiences that don't cover critical content so that students can experience a sense of solidarity and community.
8. Don't shy away from discussing Coronavirus.
While it's a scary topic, students are eager for information and want to talk about their fears. Build in time for discussing what is happening and answering questions.
9. Be realistic.
Plan to cover less. Keep lessons tight and focused and accept that technology and life constraints will keep you from covering as much content as normal.