In their own words

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Kenneth McCants-Pearsall, Chief Academic Officer

 “What makes remote learning work, first and foremost, is a commitment to our mission… [From this] came our remote learning design principles: 

  • Health and Safety

  • Equity and Access

  • Empowering Families

  • Connection, Joy and Hope

  • Continuity of Learning

Having design principles grounds us and having a core group of people that we could tap - teachers, leaders, and administrators - not too many people, but a variety of people allowed us to iterate on plans before we roll them out. I feel that having a clear communication plan was really helpful: letting people know what is the process [and] when will people hear updates. That's for staff, for families, for all stakeholders - especially now when things are changing all the time.”

Our mission has always been our True North. Despite the quarantine, the ideas that it articulates  - of nurturing a diverse group of active learners to become responsible and compassionate  - matter greatly. Our design principles help us navigate this particular moment in time. Our decisions will be rooted in the health and safety of our students and staff. We can’t live out our mission if those in our charge are not safe and healthy - physically and emotionally. 

We must ensure that our program is accessible to all students, particularly our Black students, EL students, and students with special needs. While this is always true, it is even more important to call out during this time where inequities are exacerbated. 

Now more than ever, parents/guardians are being asked to do more with regard to educating their children. As we reimagine school, we must empower families by seeking input throughout the design and implementation process, providing tools and resources for families to support successful remote learning, and communicating frequently about updates.

Regardless of what mode of instruction students participate in, our program must ensure that students are able to have meaningful opportunities for connection with staff and each other and that their learning is not only rigorous, but joyful. By designing instruction with connection and joy in mind, we will create a learning environment that engenders hope among our students and families for our path forward.

Continuity of learning: Because our families will have the opportunity to move between learning modes at points throughout the year, our in-person and remote learning programs should be as aligned as possible.