“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
― James Baldwin
Solutions for learner readiness in a box, outside of it, and in new packages for the multiple layers of digital equity and access.
1. From food security to wifi access I'm seeing a lot of leaders around the country package next steps in a box, outside of one, and/or in new delivery modes.
2. This does not mean they assume everyone is ready to learn. It means they may have the food plan, device rental, wifi hot spot, and supplies packaged with postcard instructions for the families who need it the most in trial form and in effective ways.
3. The leaders are also looking at ways to timebound outcomes based on readiness. On Monday for example on https://www.remind.com/, schools know how many families have access to devices versus mobile. They may give learning prompts, reading resources in the box, and say try to complete upload to a folder by Friday on a chrome book. This upload might be picture evidence of work or parent pledges that work was done and completed by Friday. And they might drive through a school parking lot enabled by wifi to do the report. And time-bound essential outcomes can be bi-weekly or monthly until you know more about related readiness for equity and where folks are.
4. Remember, online learning is not emergency remote learning. My children go to a school that pre-COVID 19 was year-round and had intercessions. During these intercessions, many kids took them off, went to district-sponsored events or camps, and some families like ours did enrichment camps or sports camps. How can we reimagine a similar structure for emergency remote work and supplemental supports? Part of the answer is assessing the need ongoing and in weekly and monthly PDSAs so children do not fall behind. What part of this approach can be virtually brought to you on a school bus, delivered over TV, and/or sent as a text message. I'm really tired of hearing opinions on digital equity. Show me the data on where access is and how do you know. Then let's hack the digital equity problem.
5. Talk to folks who have done this work for over a decade.