As we prepare to open schools in a fully remote (in-home learning) model on Sept. 2, we are working to modify and improve instruction and support services given that we now have time to plan more thoughtfully.
In May, we pulled together over 100 teachers to help develop instructional models for the upcoming school year, including a full remote model, based on their experiences, current research, and feedback from students and families.
How will instruction be different in the fall?
- More consistency, clarity, and organization
- Increased feedback on learning progress
- Opportunities for connection
We will use two learning management systems (LMS) which function as the overall platform that organizes assignments, information, resources, assessments, feedback, collaboration and communication with students and families. At elementary school, Google Classroom will be the LMS. In middle and high school, Canvas can be used in addition to Google Classroom. Students can log into these platforms as well as other digital tools directly through one login through the RSD Login Portal (see more at the link below).
We’re also working on clear expectations around the types of learning activities that will occur in the in-home learning model. Our students will have access to live instruction daily, with predictable schedules and routines, as well as:
- Opportunities to connect with teachers and classmates about academic content and for social/emotional connections
- Structured time and support for students who receive Special Education and/or ELL services.
- Access to recordings of instruction so they may view again or at another time
- Opportunities to receive 1:1 or small group support, as needed
- Feedback on assignments and learning progress; grades will be issued
Additionally, special education teachers and therapists and teachers of students receiving English language learning services will consult with families on instructional strategies to support families.