Professional Learning Guidelines to Prepare for Continuous Learning Opportunities

 

Professional Learning Guidelines to Prepare for Continuous Learning Opportunities

Prior to Five Day Plan

  • Ensure you have worked with all stakeholders, including, teacher leaders, SPED departments, technology departments, food service, local education coops, etc. and involve them in discussions and decision making
  • Send out surveys on technology
  • Review survey results
  • Begin groundwork for developing a five­day plan
  • Identify teacher leaders in curriculum and technology integration
  • Identify learning platforms that are already in place that teachers will utilize

Day 1

  • District administration meets
    • Review survey results
    • Establish continuous learning philosophy, expectations, and overview
    • Problem solve local issues such as internet access and availability of materials
    • If teachers need a small group to come in it must be approved by building administration. Examples such as SPED, students without access, and specific content area needs.
  • Develop a more detailed schedule for professional learning for the following days
  • Plan with teacher leaders to lead their teams and provide technology training

Day 2

  • Whole staff meeting school­wide (Honor the latest CDC guidelines on numbers) This may mean you rotate in small groups or have join a Zoom in small groups
  • Establish philosophy, expectations and broad overview
    • Share plans for food service, IEP services, child care, technology, and results of surveys
  • Meet in grade bands (PreK­-5, 6-­8, 9-­12)
    • Establish norms for student and teacher time and workload expectations
    • Establish a singular communication platform, learning management systems, and content delivery methods (Limit diversity of options to create coherence across all ages)
    • Determine essential outcomes to focus on while adhering to the continuous learning philosophy of workload expectations (less is more ­ establish the CRITICAL outcomes necessary for remainder of year)
  • Train staff on technology
    • Practice, practice, practice
  • Administration communicates with school community
    • Share expectations, philosophy, and plan
    • How and where to pick up breakfast and lunches
    • When to expect communication from teachers and who will receive the communication
    • How can students get materials and technology from the building if needed
    • How to set up free Wifi if needed

Day 3

  • Work time
    • Plan lessons
    • Create content
    • Continue working on essential outcomes (less is more ­ focus on critical outcomes; Quality over Quantity)
  • Meet in grade levels and content bands, adhering to CDC guidelines
  • Share content
    • Reflect on expectations
    • Continue collaborating on best practice
    • How will students demonstrate their learning
  • Whole staff meeting. This may mean you rotate in small groups or have join a Zoom in small groups.
    • Answer new questions that have come up
    • Collaborate and problem solve
  • Train staff on technology (could be done virtually, using links shared for app support)
    • Practice, practice, practice

Day 4

  • Work time
    • Plan lessons
    • Create content
  • Meet in grade levels and content bands
    • Share content
    • Reflect on expectations
    • Continue collaborating on best practice
  • Communicate with students and guardians
    • Establish expectations
    • Detail what students will need in order to be successful (Materials and technology)

Day 5

  • Meet as a staff. This may mean you rotate in small groups or have join a Zoom in small groups
    • Answer final questions
    • Problem solve any new challenges
  • Teacher prep time
    • Plan lessons
    • Create content
    • Answer questions from teachers and students
  • Collaborate with grade level or content teachers as needed. This can be done virtually or meeting in small groups.
     

Sample 5 Day Professional Learning Plan

Before Starting

  • Administrators will develop the district philosophy for continuous learning opportunities
  • Notify staff of 14­-Day quarantine requirement if they have traveled to affected areas and work out distance professional learning opportunity for them
  • Team leaders and technology leaders will be notified of the need for their expertise 

Monday, March 23rd 8:30­-11:00 Administrators, team leaders, and technology integration leaders meet at a central location. The goal here is to communicate safety expectations and continuous learning philosophy to team leaders and answer questions that team leaders have. A few thoughts to share with them:

  • Establish clear communication on your team
    • Team agreements/norms/wellness checks
  • What will your team do to stay connected moving forward?
  • What time each week will you meet, and how? Zoom? Google Hangout?
  • Private Facebook Group?
  • What are the essential outcomes to be addressed for the remainder of the school year?
  • Develop daily expectations
    • How much time do we expect students to spend each day and how is that broken up?
    • Specials Teachers (Library, Music, P.E., & Counselors) will work with classroom teachers to develop cross­curricular content to meet a variety of standards. These will be provided to teachers to be uploaded to Seesaw at their discretion.
      PreK 30 minutes
      Grades K­-1 45 minutes
      Grades 2-­3 60 minutes
      Grades 4-­5 90 minutes
      ​Grades 6­-12 30 minutes per teacher (3 hours max in a day)
  • Remember everyone processes differently; this is a traumatic situation
  • Show empathy to others
    • Have gracious assumptions towards others; people are having different life experiences than normal right now.

12:30-4:00 Whole staff report to buildings for staff professional learning . Use Zoom meeting (Use Zoom meeting within grade level groups ­adhering to 10 person guidelines from KDHE)

  • Video from district administration
  • 15 minutes to process and list top questions for district administration
  • Answer questions
  • What and when are we sharing with parents
  • Overview of the week
  • Length of learning expectations: (maximum time allowed per day)
  • Introduction to platforms to be used
  • Communicate plans for foodservice, learning kit pickups, and technology access.
  • Share needs and platform for staff to care for each other
  • Spend more time checking in on kids rather than delivering content

Tuesday, March 24th 8:30-11:00 Meet with district teams

  • Establish grade level vision
  • Determine essential outcomes
  • Create schedule of each day
  • Plan first three weeks (Divide and conquer tasks if possible)
  • Develop “responsibilities” and “possibilities” ideas
  • Learn MUST USE technology as a team 11:00-­11:30 Staff check in (Use Zoom meeting within grade level groups ­adhering to 10 person guidelines from KDHE)

12:30-­3:00 Meet in building teams OR grade level teams

  • Depending on where everyone is in the curriculum, etc...
  • Reflect together on personal teaching schedule, teaching environment, etc...
  • Start making stuff (Videos, materials, schedules, resources lists)
  • Group reflection and problem solving
  • Personal work time
  • Learn from technology leaders in library as needed
  • 3:00-­3:30 Staff check in (Use Zoom meeting within grade level groups ­adhering to 10 person guidelines from KDHE)

Wednesday, March 25th 8:30-­9:00 District Update Zoom call (With chat for questions) 9:00-­11:00 Personal work time

  • Continue making videos and materials
  • Begin gathering supplies for students as needed
  • Learn from technology leaders in library as needed 12:30-­1:00 Staff check in (Use Zoom meeting within grade level groups ­adhering to 10 person guidelines from KDHE) 1:00-­3:30 Collaborate and continue prep work
  • Check in with district and content teams (On Zoom if needed)
  • Continue preparing lessons, videos, and materials
  • Learn from technology leaders in the library as needed meeting KDHE guidelines

Thursday, March 26th 8:30-9:00 District Update Zoom call (With chat for questions) 9:00-11:00 Personal work time

  • Continue making videos and materials
  • Finish gathering supplies for students as needed
  • Ensure each students’ supplies are available and clearly labeled
  • Organize so that they are easy to find by last name or family 12:30-3:30 Staggered pickup of student supplies/devices/materials
  • Plan for pickup created by each building

Friday, March 27th 8:30-11:00 Work Day

  • Work on own or with team as needed 12:30-3:30 Staggered pickup of student supplies/devices/materials
  • Plan for pickup created by each building

Stuff to do/will need to be done/shared

  • Gather supplies for students
  • Make sure iPad and Chromebook chargers are available
  • Admin develop plans for food service, distribution of materials, and technology, mystery science materials
    • Communicate and problem solve a coherent plan for pickup of student technology and property
  • Graphics/handouts for staff and parents for continuity across schools
  • Read alouds MUST happen in private groups only available to students
  • Student passwords/clever logins shared w/ parents
  • Chart showing what each grade/content level will be using as far as resources go
  • Buildings need to create shared documents so that specials teachers can drop their assignments in for classroom teachers to add them into seesaw.
  • Norms and expectations for students using devices at home
    • Student-created video?

Questions

  • What about SIT? Progress Monitoring? AIMS?
  • What does this look like for students with adaptive/resource services?
  • Can librarians do book checkout? (Help from specials teachers, interventionists)
  • If K-2 is non-technology, will Sheri need help at the copy center?
  • Tech issues for students- whom do they contact?
  • Will students be able to download new apps while at home?
  • Tech Questions- who do families contact? Teachers? Tech Dept?

During Worktime, these Learning Opportunities Exist: Below are examples of technology - Must Use and May Use Must Use (Unique to local districts)

  • Seesaw (PK-5, +)
  • Google Classroom (6-12)
  • Flipgrid (K-12)
  • Lexia (K-5)
  • PowerUP (6-8)

May Use (Unique to local districts)

  • Facebook Private Page, Remind.com, Bloomz (how to use for parent engagement/communication)
  • Screencastify and Screen Recording on iPad
  • Zoom
  • Content-based resources from task force(6-12)
  • Document Camera Recording
  • Additional apps you use with students 

Philosophy/Expectations

  • Comment on at least one piece of student work each day or call a student each day to check in
  • Weekly touchpoint meeting between district/building admin and staff to troubleshoot/promote positive culture/answer questions/help each other
  • Weekly touchpoint meeting with district grade or content team

Information for School Closure (Parent Survey)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XQOo6VJbyk11W43jMmPP59HMWqGSxkdDMuRR_yyd5E8/view

This confidential survey is for staff to thoughtfully plan for school closures due to COVID-19.

Our school is calmly planning for continuous learning for all students. We want to ensure that we are equipped to transition to a continuous learning environment, and are responsive to the needs of all families.

Student name(s)

Please enter the names of all your children who are currently attending our schools. Please indicate the school they attend. ie: (Sally Smith, Washington Middle School) The information in this survey will not be shared publicly.

Access to Technology at Home

Does your child have access to a device at home that is capable of supporting online platforms like Google Classroom, Zoom, video player, etc. ?