When it comes to remote learning, many parents and caregivers across Illinois have quickly learned that supporting their child’s education means more than just computer troubleshooting. In particular, parents and caregivers alike have faced challenges when it comes to fostering social emotional learning while still supporting traditional academic learning.
The LTC SPARK program has recognized this need and responded by creating a new, self-guided course titled “Parenting in a Pandemic” that centers SEL skills in an at-home learning environment.
In this course, written by SEL educator and coach Abby Lyons, participants will learn how to develop learning spaces at home, support student engagement, and encourage self-regulation. Parents and caregivers will also walk away from this course with the skills needed to manage their own social emotional well-being – no matter what challenges remote learning throws at them.
Sign up for “Parenting in a Pandemic” today and begin working toward completing this engaging new course at your own pace.
The LTC also offers a library of self-guided online courses on a variety of other topics, from Google Drive basics to integrated cybersecurity. You can sign up for these courses at any time, for free, on the LTC’s Online Courses page.
As a parent, you may be asking yourself, "How can I best talk to my children about the election?" I'd like to share some great conversation starters for kids and family members of all ages, that help your children understand how people vote, and how they decide how to make political decisions for themselves when the time comes.
Here are some questions you can ask around the dinner table, when riding in the car together, and when enjoying each other's company, especially when children ask the questions first:
Instead of framing discussions around politicians and political parties (because these change dramatically overtime), frame the conversation around our values and definitions. How do we see the world? What does that mean for how we as a family make political decisions?
The U.S. Department of Education today released a new Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide, a resource to help parents and guardians understand how digital tools can provide tailored learning opportunities, engage students with course materials, encourage creative expression, and enrich the educational experience.
“As technology continues to iterate and benefit every part of our lives, all students need more opportunities to leverage the potential of technology in education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “We hope families can use the information we release today as many of them are relying on technology more so than ever before and are navigating learning from home.
”Digital learning can help families and educators meet the specific needs of individual students, understand a child’s progress, and connect families and students with resources in their school community and beyond. As an increasing number of school systems implement digital learning both inside and outside of the traditional classroom, this guide demystifies digital learning for parents and empowers them to be effective advocates for high-quality digital learning.
The Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide includes guidance and best practices for caregivers around topics including:
The guide can be viewed here.
Need help with Blended learning? Call Ms. Rae at 815-838-0737 x 1124!
Remote only learning can have some challenges for your family and your home. One of the best ways is to overcome these challenges is to put routines and structure in place. Some key opportunities for structure are:
Quickly see upcoming work and latest announcements
See all your work for a class- You can see a list of all your work for a class. You can check your grades, review assignments and due dates, and see any work that’s late or missing. You can also filter your work by class.
Check for late or missing assignments
Your teacher sets the late-work policies for your class. However, Classroom doesn’t prevent you from turning in work after the due date.When your teacher assigns work, it’s marked Assigned. If you don't turn in your work on time, it's marked Missing or Done late as soon as the due date or time arrives. For example, if work is due at 9:00 AM, turn it in by 8:59 AM. If you turn it in at 9:00 AM, it's late.
See work arranged by topic
If you are struggling with WIFI at your home for remote learning, please contact the district. Additionally, the state has made some WIFI drive up spots available. Many students may be left behind this fall as school districts find themselves navigating fully remote or blended learning platforms, like we are! All students are on a full remote schedule from August 31 until September 25. Beginning September 28, we begin our blended schedule of Green, Gold, and White groups (our school colors!). Access to broadband internet varies widely across the state; such access often is necessary to engage in teaching and learning through these platforms. Several state agencies, including the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois Office of Broadband, ICCB, the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology, ISBE, and the Illinois State Library, launched an interactive map in the spring to combat this problem by providing displaced students and their familieies with detailed information on free drive-up WI-FI hotspots at schools, colleges, libraries, and other locations across the state. The tool also provides detailed guest log-in instructions for each hotspot and will be updated in real-time. The tool is available in both interactive map in English and interactive map in Spanish.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.