Whatever the circumstances that cause a large-scale shift to virtual learning, it is often important to act quickly to avoid serious gaps in student learning. Administrators often leverage digital curriculum as a resource to keep students learning from a distance.
Converting an entire traditional school into a remote learning program in a matter of days or weeks is certainly daunting, but there are ways to simplify this process and experts available to walk you through it. Below we outline four steps to quickly pull together an implementation that will continue to provide meaningful learning opportunities for your students even when they are unable to attend school.
Step 1: Identify program goals and determine the scope of curriculum needed.
Prior to implementation, identify the scope of the curriculum needed to support your district needs in the event of a closure. After clearly defining the scope, determine how digital curriculum will be implemented.
Involve both administrators and teachers in this process, and allow teachers to preview the curriculum to explore units of instruction and to validate its rigor and quality. Once you’ve outlined the scope and curriculum required, create an implementation plan with a timeline and a breakdown of resources needed to execute the program successfully.
Stage 2: Establish infrastructure and gather resources.
Once you identify the curriculum you plan to use, work together with your digital curriculum experts to ensure you have the correct infrastructure in place to support a district-wide digital learning implementation. This step should include initial training for staff to fulfill distance learning technology needs.
Stage 3: Communicate program guidelines.
Implementing a complete district-wide digital program may bring up many questions from educators, staff, students and parents. Once the program implementation plans are created and developed, it will be important to provide very clear guidelines for students, administrations, staff and parents. These guidelines should include staff roles and responsibilities and student participation requirements. Setting clear expectations of the program upfront will ensure a digital transition with fewer hiccups.
Stage 4: Provide best practices and regular support for staff, students and educators.
Once the digital program is launched, orient students to program policies and procedures and explain how they will use the digital curriculum throughout the duration of the school closure. During this stage, many teachers may feel overwhelmed. Your digital curriculum expert should work together with educators and staff to provide coaching and support (even remotely) that could benefit their instruction.
Many provides also offer online professional development resources and support tools where they can chat in real-time with other educators and share best practices. Working together with your digital curriculum provider, you can determine how the program is doing or if there are any changes that need to be made midstream to better accommodate student, educator or administrator needs.
How Apex Learning Can Help
Apex Learning is committed to meeting the learning needs of your students in the event of any school closure. We are able to work together with you to quickly and efficiently develop a digital curriculum program that can serve all of your district needs.
All of our implementation services are coordinated by our Implementation Success Managers. These experts are committed to guiding you throughout the implementation process to build and execute thoughtful implementation strategies that will ensure the success of your program and keep your students learning through any unusual circumstances. Learn more at www.ApexLearning.com.