Virtual Learning at Stevens Cooperative School
Stevens Cooperative School is committed to maintaining continuity of teaching and learning during this unprecedented time. Our ongoing curricula will not only address our students’ intellectual needs but also emphasize their social and emotional connections with others, virtually. Our lessons and activities are designed to promote continued student exploration, and encourage inquiry, critical thinking and collaborative problem solving.
As we embark on this new way of learning, we remain guided by our mission: to assure that our students are well informed, engaged citizens that explore, question, and communicate in ways that inspire the future. And this will only succeed if we work in partnership - the faculty, staff, and families.
The first week of virtual learning at Stevens will allow faculty and students and their families to establish new routines. Students will connect with their teachers in a variety of ways, using different platforms including: Class Dojo, Zoom, and Google Classroom. Some teachers may use other platforms, but all assignments and activities will be shared with families via Email and Google Docs, which will be clearly outlined and communicated by the classroom teachers.
GUIDING PHILOSOPHY TO STEVENS VIRTUAL LEARNING
- We understand that our families and teachers have different work and personal realities in their homes during this time. Our approach to virtual learning has been designed to be intentionally flexible so that our families, faculty and students can feel supported through everything that everyone is working to accomplish.
- In line with the Stevens approach to communication and transparency, we are asking for continuous feedback from students, families and faculty, to ensure the most successful outcome for all involved.
- Teachers continue to be available to answer any questions, as they would be if we were attending school in our usual environment.
Establishing Daily Routines
- Wake up and get dressed in dress-code appropriate clothing, and be ready to learn each morning.
- Move to a comfortable, quiet space to support learning.
- Check the class assignments daily.
- Complete assignments with integrity, showing your learning.
- Communicate with your teachers and classmates regularly using the platforms outlined by your classroom teachers.
- Take breaks. Play, and remain active and creative.
- Practice reading skills by always having an independent reading book nearby.
All students will need an Internet-connected device. If you are experiencing any technical difficulties with the platforms your teacher is using, please email your child’s teacher from a cell phone or working device.
- Will Attendance be Taken? Who do I contact in the event of absence?
- What do I use for learning materials and books?
- When will students receive assignments? What about assessments?
- What if we need to reach a teacher?
- What happens if a student needs emotional support during this time?
- Will all classes meet live?
- What should students do if they are struggling with the remote workload?
- What can my child, family or Stevens Cooperative School do to help those in need?
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Helping Students Understand COVID-19
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