March 30-April 3
We are committed to providing meaningful yet manageable learning opportunities for our students in the weeks ahead. Learning activities will be aligned to our local curriculum and designed to set students up for success when they return to school in the fall.
Elementary: #keeplearning Choice Board #2
A team of teacher leaders developed a group of activities that are displayed on a grid, called a choice board, for each grade level and content area. We have titled the project #keeplearning. Elementary students will use choice board #2 this week. Many teachers are beginning to reach out to students via phone calls or video conferencing. Additionally, specials teachers may begin to share resources.
Click here to access the Week Two #keeplearning choice boards
Here is a short description of the #keeplearning choice boards:
- This is a soft launch of learning outside the classroom so the approach is designed to meet two important goals:
- To encourage students to get and stay connected with their teachers and schools, and
- To provide some resources for adults and caregivers as they structure the day for students.
- These activities represent voluntary options for students. Some students will not be in a position to do any of this learning while others may be in situations where they can do much more. There will be no grades or credit assigned for these activities.
- The following considerations were priorities in the creation of the #keeplearning activities:
- There are digital and non-digital options
- There are modified and accommodated components
- There are real-world applications in these activities
- There is a recognition of the social/emotional impact of this situation in the activities
- There has been an eye toward equity in the product
- There are opportunities to do a little or a lot in each area
Teachers will be in touch with students individually to ensure access to Google Classrooms in the core areas. Elective teachers will begin to share resources, activities and other supports as well. Textbooks and learning packets will be delivered to provide learning opportunities to those students who may not have internet access.
Packets, digital tools, virtual meetings, phone calls, etc. will all be used to establish and maintain teacher/student contact around some very essential learning targets. We are not able to replicate the school experience your student would receive if they were physically with us, but we will design relevant activities to further their learning. We will be following the guidelines set by the Kansas State Department of Education and keeping in mind the needs of all of our students, from high schoolers in honors classes, to preschool students with disabilities or English language needs.
We realize that technology devices and Internet services are not assumed. Many parents responded to the survey your student's teacher shared with you. These preliminary numbers have allowed us to plan for distribution of chromebooks at the secondary level starting this week, and the elementary level starting the week of April 6. Internet access may be more challenging for some households. Local internet companies are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding coverage and service packages. If you live in an area that is covered by Cox Communications, a package called cox.com/connect2compete that will offer service through the end of the school year for a total of $19. If you live outside of the Cox coverage area, please call the providers in your area to inquire about special programs that last through the end of May. Your school's principal, support staff, and/or teachers may be reaching out to you to provide guidance about internet services as well. However, it is important to remember that students will be provided with learning opportunities in print form too.
We are working on a website for parents and guardians that will house all the curriculum and learning opportunities and supports for grades Pre-K through 12. We will launch that site this week and send a message out through Parent Portal when it goes live.
This is a new world; I thank you for the opportunity to create a new learning experience for your student and we take that responsibility to heart. We will adjust and improve each week as we learn more. Please reach out to your student's teacher with any concerns you may have. If we are missing an important consideration, please let us know so we can improve.
Dr. Ann Matthews
Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
Auburn-Washburn, USD 437