6 Ways to Help Teachers Prepare for Remote Instruction Next School Year

6 Ways to Help Teachers Prepare for Remote Instruction Next School Year

6 Ways to Help Teachers Prepare for Remote Instruction Next School Year

We don’t know what the 2020-2021 school year will bring, but we know it’s very possible we could be social distancing yet again. This time, educators will be expected to be fully competent remote instructors. 

There is so much the EduSmart Team has learned in the past few months about remote learning. And there’s so much more we still need to learn.

We don’t know what the 2020-2021 school year will bring, but we know it’s very possible we could be social distancing yet again. This time, educators will be expected to be fully competent remote instructors. 

Summer break is already here for some and around the corner for others. So how can districts, schools, and educators prepare for the fall? 

After talking with our district and teacher partners, we've come up with six ways administrators can help their teachers prepare:

  1. RESEARCH: Explore different digital platforms to find the ones that best fit the needs of your stakeholders. Encourage your teachers to adopt these platforms so that there is consistency across classrooms.  
  2. TRAIN: Provide educators (and maybe even students) with enough training on these platforms to become proficient. 
  3. CONNECT: Promote excitement about the coming school year by giving teachers an opportunity to connect with students before school starts. 
  4. FLIP: Consider maintaining a semi-digital learning experience in the fall even if there’s a normal start to the school year. By making remote learning part of the learning experience upfront, there will be less disruption when/if it does happen. This will also give educators time to troubleshoot. 
  5. ALIGN: Create and institute pacing guides and common grade-level lesson templates and assessments so that teachers, classes, and/or departments are aligned. This consistency will make it easier to provide teachers with support and give students structure and routine.
  6. DIFFERENTIATE- We’ve learned that it’s far more difficult to differentiate instruction on-the-fly. Help teachers to create standards-based lesson plans that meet the needs of all students ahead of time.