Teacher Support

 

General Recommendations for all populations

  1. Social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter, or designated areas on KSDE’s website.
  2. Keep teacher stress down by “sharing our calm, don’t join the chaos”
    1. Zoom other teachers
    2. Use #KansansCan on social media
    3. Create grade level wide assignments or options for statewide access
    4. Make and share “How-to” videos
  3. Utilize familiar resources such as Google, SeeSaw, Nearpod, Office 365
  4. Set up platform for teachers to share, talk, and work through this as a profession


Specific Grade Bands and Content Areas

EARLY CHILDHOOD ELEMENTARY SECONDARY- ELA
  • Reach out to PAT and early intervention programs - they will have great support!
  • Weekly collaboration with other early childhood teachers (online or in-person)
  • Follow district and KDHE/KSDE guidance for home visiting early childhood programs
    • (Home Visiting programs might already have structure in place for virtual learning)
  • Virtual Conferencing Tools and Collaboration Tools (Zoom, Skype, Google Drive, Office 365)
  • Social Media
  • Utilize tools on Technology Resource Page
  • #KansansCanELA
  • Generate and update frequently asked questions document for each resource/ community board
  • List contact information/ office hours to help each other - identifying experts in different resources/platforms
  • Create or share screen video tutorials on how to use resources for teachers
SECONDARY - MATH & SCIENCE SECONDARY - SOCIAL STUDIES SPECIALS
  • #KansansCanSTEM
  • Virtual meetings
  • Facebook groups divided by content
  • Shared platforms for teachers to share lessons and/or projects
  • #KansansCanSS
  • Once a day, offer a meeting for teachers for professional collaboration
  • Utilize KEEN Network of teachers and other professional organizations for support
  • Utilize the Twitter Chat for Kansas and National organizations to share ideas
  • #KansansCanMusic,
    #KansansCanBand,
    #KansansCanArt,
  • Collaborate with teachers in-district so that 1 project could count towards 2-3 classes.
  • Provide a forum for questions and sharing of resources for content specific areas.
  • Consider grouping teachers in a building/district to create broad resources that can be used by multiple classrooms or grade levels (K-2, 3-5, etc.) to work toward the same learning objectives. This may reduce strain on families by simplifying the home support needed to complete activities.
  • Utilize state-wide and national Facebook groups for resources and ideas. Groups for Art, Music, FACS and Ag, Health and Physical Education teachers have already been created on Facebook.
  • Create a local group (or utilize a Group Me App, Zoom, Voxer) so teachers can seamlessly collaborate within their own districts.
CAREER AND TECH ED STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL
  • Collaborate with teachers in-district so that 1 project could count towards 2-3 classes.
    • Create a project with the science, math, English, etc. to show the ways CTE incorporates each and every one of the core subjects.
  • Provide a forum for questions and sharing of resources for content specific areas.
    • Collaborate with CTE teachers from neighboring districts to share content and ideas for lessons and projects.
    • Utilize resources to keep it simple for yourself and students
  • Consider helping other teachers in the district with ideas for projects and hands-on activities for students to complete at home. Share your resources as an expert in the field of Learning by Doing in your classrooms and through work-based learning.
  • Utilize state-wide and national Facebook groups for resources and ideas. Groups for CTE, FACS and Ag, and Health teachers have already been created on Facebook.
  • Create a local group (or utilize a Group Me App, Zoom) so teachers can seamlessly collaborate within their own district.
  • Keep access at the forefront during collaboration,
  • Teachers could have a daily/weekly PLC for virtual learning
  • Focus on trauma-informed learning in teacher PLCs
  • Connect families to community resources (based on needs in community)
  • Utilize older students within families if they are willing
  • Make plans with all staff that reflect the needs of your students
  • Staff should be provided with the mental health service options in their area through their employee assistance program.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION ESOL
  • Participate in intentional collaboration (virtual meeting rooms, instant messaging, group calls, face-to-face, etc.).
  • Communicate to staff from special education administrators about changes at the State/Federal level and what will be done locally.
  • Develop contingency plans to make-up services/substitute IEP support if providers are ill.
  • Utilize current in-district resources, departments, and partnerships.
  • Generate and update frequently asked questions document for each resource.
  • List contact information/ office hours to help each other - identifying experts and or points of contact for different resources/platforms.
  • Create supports, communication, and training around ILP compliance.
  • Create or share screen video tutorials on how to use resources for teachers,including how to maximize tools on learning platforms that aid ESOL instruction (e.g. Microsoft/Google Translate, subtitle features, voice type speaker notes, etc.).