State and local education leaders around the country are tackling the tremendous and urgent task of planning, launching, and sustaining a strong school year in the wake of COVID-19 related school closures. While school may look different this fall than what families are accustomed to, the focus remains the same: every student receives a high-quality education. This is true whether that means learning remotely, in person, or through a hybrid of the two.
To support leaders as they strive for equity, are mindful of health and safety, and focus on teaching and learning, CCSSO today released Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning. This resource builds on other critical resources aligned with CCSSO’s Restart and Recovery Framework, which is designed to assist states as they work to reopen school buildings and recover student learning loss in the 2020-21 school year.
“State education leaders are working to reopen school buildings as safely as possible this fall, but whether school is conducted in person, remotely, or a combination of both, we must deliver a quality education to all students” said CCSSO Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller. “Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning is designed to help states and districts deliver on their promise to provide every student, across circumstances, with a high-quality education.”
Developed to respond to requests from state education leaders, Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning was created with a wide body of organizations and experts, as well as state and local education leaders from more than 30 states across the country. The resource aims to help districts make decisions about operations, instruction, and social-emotional learning while delivering on their promise to ensure an excellent, equitable education for all students.
Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning provides actionable plans, curated and vetted tools, and fully adaptable documents covering key questions in the following areas:
- System-level considerations:
- How will the needs of students and families, especially those most impacted, and the voices of teachers and school leaders be incorporated into school systems’ structures and decisions?
- How will students attend school, whether in-person or remote, in a manageable and safe way that supports learning coherence?
- How will students be supported by teachers so they experience strong and integrated teaching, whether in-person or remote?
- Wellbeing, connectedness and mental health supports:
- How can we create a culture of care in which staff and student growth and wellbeing are prioritized, and all feel safe, connected, supported, engaged, and efficacious, both individually and collectively?
- How can we identify the range of mental health and wellbeing needs in our students, and provide them with or connect them to effective, culturally relevant supports?
- What must students learn?
- How will students learn this content, whether in-person or remote?
- How prepared and how well are students learning this content?
- How will teachers be prepared to teach this content, whether in-person or remote?
Please find these resources and others as part of our Restart and Recovery Framework at ccsso.org/coronavirus.
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