COVID-19 and Our Schools: Remote Learning

As the news about COVID-19 changes daily, our schools are put in a unique position about how to handle the uncertainty around absences, school closures, and remote learning.  The last week has been full of faculty meetings to discuss contingency plans and technology departments have been buzzing making sure students and faculty alike are well-equipped for the possibility of extended, remote learning.

Joy Lopez, Director of Technology (@technomaven, jlopez@shschools.org), and Diana Neebe, Director of Teacher Development (@dneebe, dneebe@shschools.org), at Sacred Heart Preparatory, Atherton, CA shared their comprehensive Flexible Plan for Instructional Continuity.  In consultation with colleagues on campus and from around the world on best practices, they developed plans for a multitude of scenarios.  Joy and Diana’s document includes expectations for faculty, grading rubrics, tips for running online classes, as well as links to tutorials for various technologies.  If you adapt or build on their work, they would appreciate hearing from you so they can continue to revise the plan that is being made stronger each day by talented educators around the world.  The document is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 License.

As always, NAIS is a great resource with regularly updated guidance on how schools can navigate this event successfully.  Hopefully as schools confront the realities of teaching during the Coronavirus, this will be a useful learning experience for all, particularly in the realm of academic technology.

Stay healthy!

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