Administrator Resources for Quality Learning at a Distance

Keep Michigan Learning Website by Michigan Virtual (Link)

This website houses a collection of tools and resources intended to support and empower teachers and school leaders as they design remote and blended learning experiences for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Key Concepts: Learning for All Considerations, Learning at a distance Teaching, Professional Learning, Accessibility, Parent Resources, Team Building

MAISA Remote Learning Guidance for Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plans (Link)

The purpose of this guidance is to provide information to educators for implementing remote learning, focusing on several key tenants including whole child, equity and communication as you consider creating learning opportunities for students under conditions that prohibit the learner and instructor from being in the same physical space. This guidance provides information to district teams as they design and implement their Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plans as outlined in Executive Order No 2020-35. Guidance included in this document provides suggestions to help districts, schools, and educators grapple with the challenges of delivering remote learning to meet the needs of all students across Michigan.

Key Concepts: Social/Emotional Learning Considerations, Student Accommodations, Learning at a Distance Teaching, Student Assessment, Professional Learning

Return to Learn Playbook: Promoting Engagement, Feedback, and Communication in any Learning Environment (Link)

This guide was created from June-August 2020 as a resource to help prepare educators for an uncertain school year. It is centered around the themes of digital engagement, feedback, and communication and how these themes will look in both a fully remote learning setting, and a hybrid model. It contains a collection of instructional strategies, tools and platforms, best practices, templates, and other resources under the aforementioned themes.

Key Concepts: Learning at a Distance Teaching, Hybrid Teaching, Student Accommodations, Social/Emotional Learning Considerations, Family Involvement, In-Person Learning Modifications, Video Conference Support, Support for Coaches

#Return2School (Link)

Use this guide as a starting point for what you will do related to each “Strongly Recommended” item from the Governor’s Roadmap. Do not treat it as everything and anything you could and/or should do related to the item. Based upon your community and context, there may be other actions you want to plan for and take.

Social/Emotional Learning Considerations, Student Assessment, Professional Learning, Family Involvement, Instructional Design

Teacher Self-Assessment Tool for Remote Learning by Michigan Virtual (Link)

In a collaborative statewide effort by REMC, MAME, and the Michigan Virtual Learning Continuity Workgroup, this free, interactive resource was produced for teachers and school administrators alike to help understand and develop the knowledge and skills needed for teaching in a remote learning environment. Teachers and school leaders may find this web-based resource valuable as a personalized self-assessment tool to determine their degree of readiness for teaching remotely. It is a checklist-style, interactive self-assessment spanning the categories of culture, equity, and relationships; technical skills; instructional design; and providing accommodations to students in need.After completing the self-assessment, the tool provides personalized recommendations for professional learning resources that educators can use to develop knowledge and skills identified as growth areas through the completion of the self-assessment. 

Key Concepts: Social/Emotional Learning Considerations,Technical Skills, Instructional Design, Student Accommodations

Creating Fluid Continuity of Learning using a Blended Approach in K-12 School Districts by University of Michigan (Link)

The self-paced professional development targeted at school district leaders is composed of six modules:

Module 1: Defining and understanding what a blended approach to fluid continuity of learning means for a school district

Module 2: Addressing the issues of equity for fluid continuity in blended learning (Digital Access, Students on IEPs, racial equity, ELLs, time, literacy).

Module 3: Explicitly supporting teachers and caregivers in being digitally legal when selecting, designing and using tools for a blended approach (FERPA, COPPA, EULA, Copyright)

Module 4: Selecting and setting up tools to support a district-wide system of fluid continuity of learning between school and home

Module 5: Defining district teaching strategies, communications, norms and routines for fluid continuity of learning between school and home

Key Concepts: Learning at a Distance Teaching, Instructional Design, Accessibility, UDL, Assessment

COVID 19 Online Learning (Link)

Digital Promise has assembled high-quality materials, examples, and thinking from our trusted partners and networks.

Key Concepts: Accessibility, IT Assessment, Professional Learning

Learning Continuity: Planning Considerations for School Leaders (Link)

The following guide offers school leaders actionable advice on how they can leverage digital instructional content and remote teaching practices to provide learning opportunities for all students in the event of unanticipated and extended school closures.

Key Concepts: Professional Learning, Family Involvement, Social/Emotional Learning Considerations, Learning at a Distance Teaching, Instructional Design, Accessibility