2020-21 School Year

Instructional Plan for Distance Learning

 

Resources & guidance to help increase equity and engagement in 2020-21 regardless of what school will look like.

Plan with 3 Goals & 4 Futures in Mind

We don’t know how long COVID-19 will keep schools closed, but we do know that educators need to design environment agnostic learning. That is, high-quality learning that can happen at home or at school and with or without an on-demand teacher. Below are guidance, tools, and resources that will help instructional leaders create a proactive plan for ensuring instructional continuity and student engagement and equity during the 2020-21 school year, regardless of the circumstance.

With this in mind, school leaders can create instructional plans that are ready to address 3 Strategic Goals:

In order to determine strategies to meet these goals, it is important to think about all possible futures for 2020-21 and backwards design a strategy that will work regardless of the scenario. Our team recently took on the challenge of scenario planning 2020-21, and it became apparent that there are four possible scenarios that could happen across and/or within districts at any given time. The strategies selected for the resources and guidance provided below are those that will work in any combination of the following four future scenarios:

2020-21 Instructional Plan & Resources

Here is e2L’s recommended 3 phase approach to help school leaders structure and plan for an uncertain school year. Each phase also includes a list of recommend resources, many of which are free to public school educators.

Phase 1: Mitigate Learning Loss by Scaffolding Standards (May 15 - June 15)

The first priority is to create a modified scope and sequence based on the intentional alignment of standards missed as a result of lost instructional time. This is done first by scaffolding the standards from the last 9 weeks of 2019-20 vertically into clusters within the 1st 9 weeks of 2020-21. Once the standards are scaffolded, the standards need to be leveled and then all resources are aligned to the leveled standards.

Free Resources:

  • Scaffold the Standards Workspace (FREE): This workspace provides a step-by-step for how to scaffold and align standards.
  • 3 Steps to Mitigating Learning Loss + What Not to Do (FREE): This blog by e2L Founder & CEO, Shannon K. Buerk, provides a step-by-step guide for how school leaders can scaffold standards and align resources to different learning levels.
  • Lead4ward (FREE): Lead4ward has tons of resources available for helping educators identify standard clusters for effective scaffolding.

Available e2L Services & Products:

  • Unit Design Days: e2L facilitates in-person and/or virtual unit design days where teachers learn to create standards-aligned, differentiated learning units for students.
  • eSuite Unit Design Platform: eSuite’s unit design platform allows teachers to create standards-aligned learning units with leveled rubrics and resources. Users also have access to a database of 37,000+ standards-aligned units with leveled rubrics.
Phase 2: Increase Engagement and Equity by creating Learner Agency (June 16 - July 15)

Learners stay engaged when they have a clear process and tools to own the learning, set goals, make choices, and track their growth. In turn school leaders must be intentional in creating an environment agnostic learning process that creates relevant and meaningful learning experiences for learners, regardless of the context in which learning occurs. 

This process must include tools and protocols that build in learner agency, so that learners are able to make choices about their own learning. By putting the learning in the hands of the students with the teacher as a coach–instead of relying on parents/families–learners from every demographic are able to remain engaged and flourishing. An “environment agnostic” learning process also overcomes the challenge of only delivering random activities for learners to experience by establishing the processes and tools learners need to create personalized pathways that make autonomy and equity truly possible. 

Free Resources:

  • GROWE Learning Process (FREE): The GROWE Learning Process provides teachers, students, and parents a structured learning process that is goal-oriented and easy to follow. This process supports learner agency and increases engagement and equity by allowing learners to personalize their growth toward mastery throughout the learning experience.
  • e2L Learning Model (FREE): The e2L Learning Model provides defined structure and protocols that guide the design and facilitation of each learner’s experience across your entire district. This learner-driven learning model includes behavioral protocols that clearly define and describe what learning should look like and what both teachers and learners should be doing during each step of the model.
  • Distance Learning that Increases Engagement and Equity (FREE): This blog by e2L Founder & CEO, Shannon K. Buerk, outlines how educators can use a learner-facing model to increase engagement and equity even in a distance learning environment.

Available e2L Services & Products:

  • Online Courses on Best Practices: e2L’s online professional learning courses provide access to e2L’s Life Ready Best Practice Rubrics, detailed implementation guides, and actionable classroom tips and resources via a self-paced, online course.
  • Unit Design Days: e2L facilitates in-person and/or virtual unit design days where teachers create standards-aligned, differentiated learning units and leveled, standards-aligned rubrics and tracking tools for students.
  • eSuite Unit Design Platform: eSuite’s unit design platform allows teachers to create standards-aligned learning units with leveled rubrics and resources. Users also have access to a database of 37,000+ standards-aligned units with leveled rubrics.
Phase 3: Create a System to Support Educators through Change (July 16 - August 15)

Educators need on-going, job-embedded support during this time MORE THAN EVER, and the best way to support them is by providing ongoing coaching. Scheduling at least 7 individual coaching sessions with each teacher, campus leader, and coach over the first 7 months of 2020-21 will ensure that educators have the support to face any change and make adjustments along the way.  Furthermore, if each campus creates a Virtual Professional Learning (VPL) team by combining the expertise of an assistant principal, technology or instructional coach, and library/media specialist, that team can be an effective tool for supporting the campus if and when another shift virtual learning should that occur .  To see other ideas that have been working this spring to support educators through change, visit our Virtual Learning Resource page or attend our free 2-day Redesign PD Unconference.

Free Resources:

  • Redesign PD Unconference (FREE): This conference is designed to ensure districts can provide the most relevant and meaningful professional learning to teachers in a virtual environment. Tips and tools for maximum impact will be shared and experienced. This event will be repeated throughout the summer of 2020.
  • Virtual Learning Resources (FREE):  The e2L team has been creating and publishing free resources and guides to help educators transition to the new paradigm of virtual learning.

Available e2L Services & Products:

  • Virtual Teacher Coaching: e2L coaches facilitate individualized virtual coaching sessions directly to campus teachers to provide support as they implement virtual learning. Each session is focused on how to utilize virtual learning resources and design virtual learning to ensure engagement and equity by focusing on the 7 best practices for virtual learning including standards alignment, differentiation/scaffolding, assessment/formative feedback, and communication.
  • Virtual Admin/Coaches Academy Coaching: e2L supports campus administrators and district coaches through a structured coaching process and timeline, building capacity within your district to support every teacher in every classroom.
  • Virtual Professional Learning Teams: e2L coaches conduct virtual coaching sessions with a campus-based Virtual Professional Learning (VPL) support team comprised of assistant principals, instructional coaches, librarians, counselors, and campus testing coordinators. These teams then support teachers implementing virtual learning through coaching sessions with campus teachers. With coaching and guidance from e2L, the VPL team supports campus teachers on implementing virtual learning through the local LMS with 7 high yield best practices for virtual learning. To learn more, Start Your Partnership with e2L.
  • eSuite Coaching Platform: eSuite’s comprehensive coaching platform, eGrowe Coach, is specifically designed to accelerate growth and innovation through evidence-based coaching. With eSuite, educators can create detailed records of their coaching efforts and to both standardize and personalize coaching and growth for everyone. rubrics.
  • Online Courses on Best Practices: e2L’s online professional learning courses provide access to e2L’s Life Ready Best Practice Rubrics, detailed implementation guides, and actionable classroom tips and resources via a self-paced, online course.

Need Help Planning for 2020-21?

While we can’t work with everyone, we would love an opportunity to explore whether a partnership with e2L can help you create and support an actionable plan for equity and engagement in your school district.

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