INSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY
Summer break is not only a time for students and families to pause and reflect, it is also a time for our School to reflect on the previous year, assess the successes and challenges, and plan for new and exciting opportunities for the upcoming academic year. We have been working intensely and diligently to plan for all possible learning and teaching scenarios.
The School and the Instructional Technology Task Force have been working on a comprehensive teaching and learning plan to ensure that we implement the most intuitive, all-inclusive, and robust educational program. We are building out our distance learning tool box - new hardware, software, novel applications, a comprehensive resource library, new and innovative forms of assessments, and much more - to design a dynamic, engaging learning experience. These tools are not only relevant for distance learning, but are an incredible asset to our in-person learning environment as well.
We are conducting faculty training to prepare for the implementation of best practices, teaching frameworks, and protocols. The multitude of professional development opportunities will equip our faculty with the tools to not only uphold our teaching standards and ensure a high level of student engagement, but to incorporate more rigor and to provide even more real-world learning opportunities.
Our Implementation plan includes creating an intuitive, user-friendly environment for our Distance Learning program. To mitigate the confusion among the plethora of tools and options available, we plan on creating a Single Sign On (SSO) for most of our platforms with a clear road map of App alignment and specific learning outcomes. Families can also use our Distance Learning Resources right now to properly equip themselves with all the technology tools necessary for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The teaching and learning framework Pilibos Faculty follow in preparation of their lesson plans and teaching strategies, will incorporate even more frequent summative and formative assessment opportunities. These assessments will provide accountability data to check for understanding and learning. They will also guide day-to-day instruction and help determine individualized learning needs for students.
Students, can also use these assessment opportunities to discern their level of understanding, create additional practice opportunities, and make decisions about furthering their learning. More importantly, assessing frequently allows for teachers and students to collaborate in an ongoing process using assessment information to improve learning outcomes. By receiving feedback from the teacher, Scholars increase ownership of their own learning and success.