As we move into the early winter, sharp raises in the number of COVID-19 cases are creating additional disruptions in districts and schools’ plans. For example, the West Virginia Governor recently announced an executive order moving students to remote learning for a week following Thanksgiving. And, in hotspots across the country, including New York, Boston and Central Indiana, there are similar stories of schools cancelling in–person instruction and moving back to remote or hybrid learning.
District and schools leaders need resources and supports to ensure learning continues for each student, to support families as they address learning at home, and for staff as they engage in distance learning. The National Comprehensive Center released a collection of resources designed to support states, districts and schools as they make needed shifts to address the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning. Three of these resources could be help as stricter measures take place:
- Tools for Success in Disruptions: Immediate Recovery and an Opportunity for Change provides key questions related to specific topics including operations, systems, and teaching & learning to consider during and post a disruption. The questions are designed to probe thinking and identify current and future needs.
- Foundations of Scenario Planning explains what scenario planning is and offers an eight-step process to create and use scenarios to make immediate decisions and to pivot as conditions change.
- Returning to School: A Toolkit for Principals is organized around four key concepts: change, communication, collaboration, and care, each of which delve into school and classroom level practices, structures, and systems that support both staff, students, and their families.
- Better Together: A Coordinated Response for Principals and District Leaders highlights the important role that principals play in operating school buildings every day (with even more responsibilities during a disruption), and how districts can support them to do that job.
For more information or support in using any of these resources please contact the Region 5 Comprehensive Center.