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Remote Learning Roadmap: Belmont Public Schools


As child advocates with expertise, we must be primarily focused on what is best for students in the coming months.  In response to the public conversation about what teaching and learning should look like during this time away from the classroom, it is the responsibility of professional educators to articulate this new reality.

Our shared vision is based on the following principles:

  • We are deeply concerned about the physical and emotional health of everyone in our school communities, and must prioritize learning that lessens stress and anxiety.
  • At the foundation of learning are the relationships between teachers and learners; In future years, when children reflect on this time in their lives, what they will remember most are the positive connections they felt at an uncertain time.
  • Equity and access matter; we feel the responsibility of continuing to develop skills and provide meaningful and productive learning opportunities, and must do so in a way that allows every student to participate.
  • There is no way to truly replicate a school environment in a digital format, especially in the middle of a pandemic over weeks or months; whatever the model, it will not look exactly like a regular school day.
  • There are countless challenges for identified learners who need specialized instruction in content delivery and know that we will not be able to solve all of these challenges in the short term.
  • No school has the freedom to function independently in this work; our work will always be informed by the Secretary of Education and the Federal Department of Education, Commissioner of Education and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Governor of Massachusetts.
  • It will be important to also envision what education will look like after Phase II.
  • We are learning new things, and we’re doing the best we can.  Forward progress is being made (even if it is not quite at the pace that some would prefer).  We will continue to get better at this work as time goes on.

 

Phase I

Phase II

Dates

3/20/2020 – 3/31/2020

4/1/2020 – Continuing to Evolve

Mode

  • “Online Educational Support & Enrichment”
  • Student-led learning
  • “Remote Learning”
  • Educator-directed learning

Focus Area(s)

  • SEL connection
  • Resources
  • Re-teaching
  • Enrichment
  • SEL Connection
  • Resources
  • Curriculum advancement as the learning circumstances permit
  • New, meaningful and productive learning opportunities

Student Expectation

  • Role: Leaders of their own learning and collaboration
  • Engage in the work that teachers are providing
  • Check email each morning for messages from teachers
  • Reply to messages
  • Read daily for at least 60 minutes
  • 50% of the time of a regular school day (~3 hrs), per Commissioner Riley’s recommendation
  • Complete and submit opportunities within deadlines (5-12)
  • Engage in daily specified activities that families will receive by email (K-4)
  • Check email each morning for messages from teachers (5-12)
  • Reply to messages (5-12)
  • Read daily for at least 60 minutes (5-12), 30 minutes (K-4)

Teacher Expectation

  • Role: Facilitator and Supporter
  • Post assignments that allow students to practice (re-teaching) or deepen understanding (enrichment) of previously learned content
  • Curating resources
  • No posting of recorded lessons
  • “In-facing” meetings with colleagues & “Out-facing” meetings with students
  • Hold office hours or send regular messages (email, photos, or recorded video messages) to classes to connect in a human way
  • Address individual questions from students or parents/guardians in a timely fashion
  • Direct students to online learning resources
  • Role: Facilitator and Instructor
  • Collect and assess assignments for completion (for credit or no credit) (5-12)
  • Prepare and send via email to families daily specific schedule of activities/learning opportunities (K-4)
  • Creating resources
  • Post pre-recorded lessons (original or sourced online; i.e. Khan Academy)
  • “In-facing” meetings with colleagues & “Out-facing” meetings with students
  • Hold office hours or send regular messages (email, photos, or recorded video messages) to classes to connect in a human way
  • Address individual questions from students or parents/guardians in a timely fashion
  • Direct students to online learning resources

Platforms Used

  • Google Meet
  • PlusPortal
  • Google Classroom
  • Zoom
  • Google Meet
  • PlusPortal
  • Google Classroom
  • Teacher-directed platforms





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