This presentation will provide an overview of the responses of school leaders to the Covid-19 pandemic and the results that school closures have had on teachers, students, and parents, with a focus on steps school leaders at all levels can take in strategically planning for unexpected disruptions to the educational process. The goal is for school and teacher leaders to know they are not alone as they discuss common challenges, best practices, and strategies to better prepare for future events.
This will be an interactive session in which participants have an opportunity to share their experiences and discuss topics relevant to the goal of preparing the school community for unplanned events that might result in school closures. Topics of discussion will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
Responses to the Pandemic
· Strategies taken on your campus to prepare teachers, students, and parents for virtual learning
· Timeline of decisions and responses
· Instructional strategies that were most effective
· Strategies or procedures that did not work well
· Crucial steps that were overlooked or skipped
· Challenges for teachers in transitioning from face-to-face to online learning
· Challenges for students and parents while schooling at home
· Accommodations for students who did not have access to technology at home
· Techniques for connecting with students (or staff) who disappear
· Decisions about grading
Strategic Planning for Future Unexpected Events
· What training / PD would help teachers incorporate more technology/virtual learning in the classroom?
· What resources/websites/technology were most helpful to teachers and students?
· What is the biggest lesson learned from this experience that will affect future practice?
· How will you incorporate more virtual learning in the future?
· What is your number one recommendation for how schools, administrators, teachers, and students can prepare for future unexpected events that might result in school closures?