The purpose of USD 231's Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) is to ensure students have opportunities to learn through experiences that focus on key concepts, knowledge, and skills. These opportunities emphasize interaction and creativity and involve a balance of on-screen and off-screen tasks that help connect to concepts previously taught, the current curriculum, and new learning. Teacher interaction with - and feedback to - students are critical components to ensure new learning.
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In unprecedented times, our community (students, staff, families, community members) are coming together as never before to support our children. USD 231 teachers and administrators are working together to meet the challenges of Continuous Learning. We recognize families and caregivers are collaborating with us in ways never before anticipated. Parents are moving home to work and now must balance the education of their children as well. We are here to lead and assist by sharing our expertise and time to provide learning opportunities which are accessible and respectful of the many demands on our families.
Using the Kansas Continuous Learning 2020 framework, the Gardner Edgerton Continuous Learning committee has developed a plan for schools, teachers, and our community to work together during this transition.
Additionally, you can expect educators to communicate with your children (their students) in order to reconnect them to school continuing the relationships that were built during the previous three quarters of this school year. Teachers will be using platforms you are familiar with such as SeeSaw, Zoom, Google Classroom, and new technologies such as Flipgrid, Bloomz, and others.
To our students we say, “We miss you!” Our teachers get up every day to inspire and teach our children. Our Continuous Learning model will be no different.
Grace is more necessary than ever. We are all learning and all want to do our best. Please communicate with us. Let us know how we can continue to support you and your family during this time.
We love each and every one of the students who attend our schools. We look forward to seeing you soon but, in the meantime, we can’t wait to connect with you online. WE ARE USD 231!
FAMILY ROLE IN THE CONTINUOUS LEARNING PLAN
Families play an important role in continuous learning. Understanding what is expected of your child, creating a daily schedule, and identifying a dedicated learning space are some ways to support continuous learning. Suggestions to support in-home learning include:
- Visit the district website weekly to access the educational information.
- Assist your student in understanding and following the directions.
- Assist your student in selecting the appropriate level of reading material for choice options (see resources below for ebook access)
- Discuss the assignment and the completed work with your student.
- Set up a daily schedule and routine for your child(ren)
USD 231 is maintaining a comprehensive list of resources for families. Please visit our website frequently for the most up-to-date information.
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UPDATE - Monday, March 30, 2020 - 07:15 a.m.
The USD 231 Continuous Learning committee, made up of teachers and district administrators, continued work through the weekend to ensure our plan was ready for release today, March 30, as recommended by the Kansas State Department of Education. Please keep an eye on your email inbox for details later today.
UPDATE - Thursday March 26, 2020 - 05:46 a.m.
The Kansas State Department of Education has provided guidelines for the development of each district's unique Continuous Learning Plan. Even though these guidelines were only released last Thursday, March 19, 2020, through the sheer determination of our teaching staff, we are ahead of what KSDE recommended as an implementation timeline. We are on track to begin our plan the week of March 30, 2020.
UPDATE - Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 11:32 a.m.
While modeling social distancing, over 65 of our teachers are working to finalize the details of of our Continuous Learning Plan. The plan will be focused on student learning opportunities through experiences that focus on key concepts, knowledge, and skills. All buildings, grade levels, and content areas were represented and will continue working in small groups on development of the new learning.
We know you have a multitude of questions. We will continue to provide answers as they become available.
Thank you for your continued understanding and incredible display of grace during these unprecedented times.