It’s been more than a year since schools abruptly shut down nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools struggled to provide the same level of education when students and teachers turned to remote instruction. Families struggled as parents worked from home or lost their jobs and tried to help their children adapt to a type of instruction.
I applaud those families who were able to meet or exceed the expectations of their child’s education during this time. Sadly, this is not the case for millions of American families.
Intervention During COVID: Now What?
As schools have opened (and continue to open) for in-person instruction, it has been—and will continue to be—a challenge for school administrators to implement intervention programs (like this) for students who have fallen behind.
What can be done to help those students who have felt the impacts of unfinished learning? School leaders will have to come to terms with two key facts:
- Students have fallen behind; and
- There is not a one-size-fits-all intervention for kids.
By admitting these truths, you can take strategic steps to accelerate learning and bring students up to grade level.
Fact #1: Students Have Fallen Behind
Let’s address fact number one: Students have fallen behind. This is particularly true for students with disabilities and from low socio-economic backgrounds.
If possible, have teacher leaders from each grade level meet over the summer to vertically plan and revise their curriculum maps. With millions of Americans getting vaccinated and social distancing measures in place, having this discussion in person would be ideal, though virtually meeting is always an option.
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