A short and non-definitive guide for students (and parents)
COVID-19 Distance Learning Expectations and Resources
The Newman School is committed to delivering a dynamic educational experience for all students. However, there are rare occasions when external circumstances or world events may hinder our ability to operate the campus or a teacher’s ability to deliver lessons on campus. To address these circumstances, we have developed alternate methods to ensure the continuity of learning and intellectual engagement for our students.
The distance-learning plan outlines an approach to maintaining instruction and learning using digital and online resources in the event of an extended period of distance learning or campus closure. This document focuses on the distance-learning platforms and approaches teachers will use to ensure continuity of student education should an event cause a disruption to life on campus.
In a distance learning mode, teachers make use of a range of technological tools and online platforms. Our goal is to use digital tools that our community is already accustomed to, although there may be an additional application or two needed to supplement distance learning. We will select these additional resources with care, with an eye toward their ease of use, and widespread availability and access on a global basis. Students continue to engage in learning by reading a range of texts and materials designed to develop critical reading skills as well as provide content knowledge in specific subject areas. Students also continue to develop math skills by solving problems on paper as well as using online platforms to submit work and receive feedback. While not an exact substitute for classroom learning, teachers can maintain productive and developmentally appropriate lessons using a broad range of resources, approaches, and methodologies.
This document has been adapted with gracious permission of The Sidwell Friends School.