Student Learning

Educators know that every school year there are students who require support in addressing unfinished learning from prior grades, a challenge that will be felt more prominently in the 2020–21 school year. It is vitally important that educators are supported to make deliberate instructional choices that allow all students to effectively engage with grade-level work.

Planning Considerations

Preparing for School
  • Build a Return to Instruction working group
  • Set goals
  • Develop plan for assessing learning progress and loss
  • Inventory all intervention programs and services
  • Identify the most vulnerable students
  • Keep updated on changes to testing, grading, reporting, and promotion policies and communicate to schools
  • Ensure that schools and teachers are engaging in intentional curriculum planning
  • Secure resources and plan restorative support and professional learning offerings for teachers
  • Maintain regular communication with district/school leadership
  • Establish virtual structure for teacher teams
  • Create a technology use survey
  • Solidify and communicate an overall plan for assessment
  • Share a comprehensive account of academic interventions and social-emotional and mental health support services
  • Assess the capacity of structures outside of the regular school day (before/after school programs, summer learning, etc.)
  • Align expectations around onboarding school communities
  • Develop parent communication strategy
  • Survey teachers about their needs
  • Assess the effectiveness, appropriateness, and sustainability of certain digital and online tools
School in Session
  • Review assessment data to identify overall trends and specific gaps
  • Conduct checkpoints with school leaders
  • Develop targeted intervention plans
  • Assess the efficacy of all academic and social-emotional interventions
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of any remote learning experience and adjust where needed

Special Education Resources

COVID-19 Toolkit Outline

Resources for Parents