KEEPING COMMUNITY, LEARNING REMOTELY
SLPS’ virtual learning program officially began on April 6th with hundreds of SLPS teachers creating video lessons and online workgroups for their students. “We’ve been missing our students for over three weeks and we are eager to reconnect,” said Dr. Shawn Williams, Assistant Principal at Gateway Elementary School. The virtual learning program is designed to allow for continuity in teacher-student relationships and classroom instruction. Grade-level virtual lesson plans in English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art and Languages have been prepared by SLPS’ curriculum specialists; and teachers are building on this material and customizing for their students. Click here to read the plan. Each day, SLPS teachers are offering video lessons and office hours during which students can check in for individualized support.
Even before the official learning program began, teachers and school staff were reaching out creatively to students. Schools like Mann and Mullanphy did virtual “parades” for their students, other schools provided inspirational messages from their principals, and some sent their students on daily scavenger hunts that included word and math problems for student “sleuths” to solve.