The educational community has never experienced an event like the current pandemic in which they must contend with teaching and learning without any face-to-face contact for weeks and months. In the not too distant past, remote instruction for this duration would have been impossible. With today’s technology, however, school systems can have a readiness plan in place.
In an effort to help schools prepare for distance teaching and learning, Schoolwide, Inc., based in Huntington, New York, tasked its team of literacy experts to develop a series of cohesive, standards-aligned remote learning modules that can be implemented as needed in print and digital form and are adaptable to the individual needs of schools and districts. Such flexibility and customization capability are especially important for schools and teachers serving special education students.
Schoolwide’s “Remote Learning Modules” are essentially interactive eBooks that can be distributed to students and teachers, and include standards-aligned and research-based instruction (e.g., lessons and assessments); quality literature and reading materials (e.g., eBooks and digital short texts); instructional/teaching videos; and professional development support for educators. If internet access is a challenge, remote learning resources can also be made available in print (e.g., as teacher’s guides and student “packets”).
At the moment, many schools are just trying to keep their heads above water with remote learning. But it may become the new norm. Schools will need the ability to provide quality instruction that matches the New York State curriculum standards. Schoolwide has over 10,000+ standards-aligned resources and over 150 units of study/teaching modules in our curriculum database. They can make these resources available “as-is” or tailor them to meet the specific needs of any school district. The customizing process requires a few consultations with one of Schoolwide’s literacy experts and can all be done remotely.
On WEDNESDAY, MAY 27 at 3:00 PM Schoolwide is hosting a FREE WEBINAR presented by Pat Pollack, Director of Professional Development. The webinar will focus on the vital elements of effective distance teaching and learning, including:
- Convenient access to standards-aligned instructional resources (e.g., lessons and assessments) and engaging literature in organized and easily distributable print and digital formats.
- Flexible options for teachers to easily modify or adapt resources to meet the varying learning needs of their students.
- Professional development support for teachers in a distance learning environment.
To register, visit www.bit.ly/3fEzYyp