Welcome to Distance Learning 2.0
As you know, the EAB Board and Leadership team made a decision after getting feedback from our community, to prioritise the health and safety of everyone in our community, and open the school in Distance Learning for the first three weeks.
We have read all of the feedback received from parent and faculty surveys, listened carefully to our staff consultation group and talked for hours as a leadership team about how we can improve our strategies offered in the Distance Learning Plan. We believe we can! It is time for us to launch EAB's Distance Learning 2.0 plan.
We have made changes in the way each of the school's divisions will operate. Firstly in ECP and the Lower School, there will be more direct live teaching and learning sessions via Zoom every day. These sessions will be with your child's classroom teacher, Portuguese or PLL teacher each day and also their Art, PE and Music teachers, as per the usual schedule. We know that this direct connection between teachers and students is extremely important, especially at the beginning of a school year. While our LS students will continue to work within a Google Slides environment, there will be fewer transitions from one online program to another.
In the Middle and High Schools, we will continue to use a set schedule of classes, but there will be more breaks in the day between classes, both so that students can keep up with their own learning assignments that are to be done independent of the teacher and also to provide students with timely breaks from the computer screen. Teachers will continue to work directly with their students in whole class groups, but will also supplement this with group and individual support sessions.
We are also setting up a clear set of instructions for parents and students to follow that will be available in a centralised location, as a way of supporting everyone as they navigate their way through the various online systems that we will have in place. We are keen to support parents as much as possible, as we know that navigating your way around the distance learning platforms can be a stressful situation.
As the school year begins, teachers and others will focus on building a sense of community with students. EAB believes that developing positive relationships is a vital ingredient for successful learning. Through individual, small group and whole class conversation everyone will share their hopes for the year ahead and prepare to launch curriculum content. They will learn, at age appropriate levels, the various technical skills required to manage the online environment, what it means to be respectful and keep safe while online. There will also be individual conferences hosted by teachers with students and their families. The day and time of these conferences will be provided very soon.
Once again, the wellness of all students, faculty and families will remain a priority. Counselors, specialists and others will be talking and showing students ways to stay physically, mentally and socially active and well during Distance Learning.
Please know that here at EAB, we really do care for your children, our staff, and you, as our EAB families. We are a community and with everyone working together we will be able to get through this difficult time.
If you have any further questions regarding Distance Learning, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Como você sabe, o Conselho da EAB e a Equipe de Liderança tomaram a decisão, após receber o feedback de nossa comunidade, de priorizar a saúde e a segurança de todos em nossa comunidade, e abrir a escola em Ensino à Distância durante as primeiras três semanas.
Lemos todo o feedback recebido das pesquisas de pais e professores, ouvimos atentamente nosso grupo de consultores e conversamos durante horas como uma equipe de liderança sobre como podemos melhorar nossas estratégias oferecidas no Plano de Ensino à Distância. Acreditamos que podemos! É hora de lançarmos o Plano de Ensino à Distância 2.0 da EAB.
Fizemos mudanças na forma como cada uma das divisões da escola irá operar. Primeiramente no ECP e no Ensino Fundamental, haverá sessões mais diretas de ensino e aprendizagem ao vivo via Zoom a cada dia. Estas sessões serão com o mesmo professor do seu filho(a), professor de Português ou PLL todos os dias e também com seus professores de Arte, Educação Física e Música, de acordo com a programação habitual. Sabemos que esta conexão direta entre professores e alunos é extremamente importante, especialmente no início de um ano letivo. Enquanto nossos alunos do Lower School continuarão a trabalhar dentro de um ambiente Google Slides, haverá menos transições de um programa online para outro.
No Ensino Fundamental II e Médio, continuaremos a usar um calendário de aulas definido, mas haverá mais intervalos entre as aulas, tanto para que os alunos possam cumprir com suas próprias tarefas de aprendizagem que devem ser feitas independentemente do professor, quanto para proporcionar aos alunos intervalos pontuais da tela do computador. Os professores continuarão a trabalhar diretamente com seus alunos em grupos inteiros, mas também complementarão isto com sessões de apoio em grupo e individualmente.
Estamos também criando um conjunto claro de instruções para pais e alunos seguirem que estará disponível em um local centralizado, como forma de apoiar a todos enquanto navegam pelos vários sistemas on-line que teremos em funcionamento. Estamos interessados em apoiar os pais tanto quanto possível, pois sabemos que navegar pelas plataformas de ensino à distância pode ser uma situação estressante.
Quando o ano letivo começar, professores e outros se concentrarão na construção de um senso de comunidade com os alunos. A EAB acredita que o desenvolvimento de relações positivas é um ingrediente vital para o sucesso do aprendizado. Através de conversas individuais, em pequenos grupos e em turmas inteiras, todos irão compartilhar suas expectativas para o ano que vem e se preparar para lançar o conteúdo curricular. Eles aprenderão, em níveis adequados à idade, as várias habilidades técnicas necessárias para administrar o ambiente on-line, o que significa ser respeitoso e manter-se seguro enquanto estiver on-line. Haverá também conferências individuais promovidas por professores com alunos e suas famílias. O dia e a hora dessas conferências serão fornecidos muito em breve.
Mais uma vez, o bem-estar de todos os estudantes, professores e famílias continuará sendo uma prioridade. Conselheiros, especialistas e similares falarão e mostrarão aos estudantes formas de permanecer fisicamente, mentalmente e socialmente ativos e bem durante o Ensino à Distância.
Por favor, saiba que aqui na EAB, nós realmente nos preocupamos com seus filhos, com nossa equipe e com você, como nossas famílias EAB. Somos uma comunidade e, com todos trabalhando juntos, seremos capazes de superar este momento difícil.
Se você tiver qualquer outra pergunta sobre o Ensino à Distância, envie um e-mail para email@example.com.
EAB Reunites Webinar: The Road Ahead
Here we share our plans for the first 3 weeks of school with our parents, going through the next steps, the Distance Learning 2.0, and the changes we are making on campus.
Allan Bredy - Head of School
Lesley Tait - Deputy Head of School
Liz Sullivan - Admin/Business Director
Lower School Webinar
Our principals share details on schedule and how the ECP and Lower School will work during Distance Learning.
Darik Williams - Lower School Principal
Teri Lynn Ferentz - Lower School Assistant Principal
Upper School Webinar
Our principals share details on how the Middle School and High School will work on Distance Learning 2.0
Adele Gott - Middle School Principal
David Bair - High School Principal
Guidelines for Parents
Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may or may not be suitable for an extended period of time, as will be the case if this DLP is implemented. We encourage families to establish a space/location where their children will learn most of the time. This should be a public/family space, not in a child’s bedroom. It should be a place that can be quiet at times and have a strong wireless internet signal, if possible. Above all, it should be a space where parents are present and monitoring their children’s learning when feasible.
From the first day EAB implements its DLP, parents need to establish routines and expectations. EAB encourages parents to set regular hours for their children’s school work. We suggest students begin their studies at 9:00am. Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children and expect the same from your MS- and HS-aged children, too. Your children should move regularly and take periodic breaks as they study. It is important that parents set these expectations for how their children will spend their days starting as soon as distance learning is implemented, not several days later after it becomes apparent a child is struggling with the absence of routine.
Teachers will communicate with parents through email, when and as necessary. The frequency and detail of these communications will be determined by your children’s ages, maturity, and their degree of independence. EAB wants parents to contact their children’s teachers. However, we ask parents to remember that teachers will be communicating with dozens of other families, if not 100+, and that communications should be essential, succinct, and self-aware. We also encourage parents to have their children explain the technology systems (e.g. Seesaw, Google GSuite) teachers are using.
Parents are encouraged to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. In the morning, ask what is your child learning today? What are their learning targets or goals? How will they spend their time? What resources do they require? What support do they need? This brief grounding conversation matters. It allows children to process the instructions they’ve received from their teachers. It helps them organize themselves and set priorities. Older students may not want to have these check-ins with parents, but they should nevertheless. Parents should establish these check-ins as regular parts of each day. Not all students thrive in a distance learning environment; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure. These check-in routines need to be established early, before students fall behind or begin to struggle.
In the course of a regular school day at EAB, your son or daughter engages with other students or adults dozens if not hundreds of times. These social interactions and opportunities for mediation include turning to a peer to exchange a thought or idea, participating in small or large group discussions, asking questions for clarification, collaborating on group projects, and countless other moments. While some of these social interactions will be re-created on virtual platforms, others will not. Human beings learn best when they have opportunities to process their learning with others. Beyond the check-ins recommended at the start and end of each day, parents should regularly circle back and engage with their children about what they’re learning. However, it’s important that your child own their work; don’t complete assignments for them, even when they are struggling.
A challenge for families with multiple children will be how to manage all of their children’s needs, especially when those children are different ages and have different needs. There may be times when siblings need to work in different rooms to avoid distraction. Parents may even experiment with noise-cancelling headphones to block out distractions.
Make sure your children remember to move and exercise. This is vitally important to their health, wellbeing, and to their learning. EAB's physical education teachers will recommend activities or exercises, but it is important for parents to model and encourage exercise. Think also about how your children can pitch in more around the house with chores or other responsibilities. Don’t let your children off the hook – expect them to pitch in.
EAB will only implement this DLP if a serious emergency has occurred. Should this happen, it is imperative for parents to help their children manage the worry, anxiety, and range of emotions they may experience. Difficult though it may be, do your best not to transfer your stress or worry to your children. They will be out of sorts, whether they admit it or not, and need as much normal routine as parents can provide.
EAB does not want its students staring at computer screens for 7-8 hours a day. We ask that parents remember most teachers are not experts in distance learning and that it will require some trial-and-error before we find the right balance between online and offline learning experiences. Division Heads or teachers will periodically check in with you to assess what you’re seeing at home and what we need to adjust. We thank you in advance for your patience and partnership!
There’s always excitement when school closes. If EAB implements this DLP, the initial excitement of school being closed will fade quickly when students start missing their friends, classmates, and teachers. Help your children maintain contact with friends when circumstances permit. Please also monitor your children’s social media use, especially during an extended school closure. Older students will rely more on social media to communicate with friends. Social media apps such as SnapChat, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Facebook are ?not? official, school-sanctioned channels of communication. EAB asks parents to monitor their children’s use of social media. Remind your children to be polite, respectful, and appropriate in their communications and to represent your family’s values in their interactions with others. A student’s written words and tone can sometimes offend or cause harm to others.
Alert and Notification Procedures:
The mechanisms utilized to communicate emergency information among faculty, staff, students, and visitors will incorporate a variety of communication channels. The sharing of information in the event of a school closure currently proceeds as follows:
from the Head of School to all community members including start date plan.
WhatsApp Broadcast Group
WhatsApp to all EAB members registered. How to register
Notice on the school website and divisional newsletters