Planning for Back to School: Virtual Round Tables June 23-25

  • Published: Thursday, June 4, 2020

The fourth quarter of our school year, schools were thrown into distance learning trial by fire. Teachers, students and parents all adjusted to meet the demands of state-wide shelter-in-place orders and federal recommendations. Our members have shared stories that covered the spectrum of ending the school year early, to maintaining the base of knowledge, to aggressive online classes. The theme of every conversation has been to first assess the physical and mental health of our students and families.

Not only were people challenged with ad-hoc video conferences and telephone check-ins, but many were also coordinating in-home or parking lot connectivity as well as meal and worksheet delivery.

With the crisis mode behind us a bit, we now have the benefit of hindsight. What would you do differently if you had the opportunity to strategically plan a well-structured online distance education system? With the gift of time to plan, how would you utilize instructional designers, academic tutors, technology coordinators, librarians, media specialists and guidance counselors? What will look different for your school in the fall?

Based on the popularity of our virtual round tables in March and April, we are hosting another series with the theme of planning for the new school year.