Preparing for Fall 2021
By. Teresa Marchant
Yes, it’s summer but I’m already thinking about next school year. Last year was crazy, but I am hopeful next year will be somewhat normal. Stakeholders can help educators be ready for back to school by lessening our loads. Resources that include the following will ensure seamless and effective implementation.
- Professional development opportunities to learn more about implementation.
- Videos or short tutorials that explain your products and services.
- Templates (letters and lesson plans) that are compatible with Google Products.
- Quick resource guides that are easy to understand.
This past year we have learned a lot, some of which we should consider when planning the next school year.
By providing various platforms for your resources or versatile products that can be used in small and whole groups are essential will be more cost-effective. Even though we are returning to more traditional ways, there will still be the need to provide for in-person and digital models. Many students and staff enjoyed the flexibility of these types of materials.
Consider having resources to meet the diverse needs of our students including those that encourage and increase vocabulary usage. Many of our students have been isolated and lacked social interaction. There are school districts that returned to in-person learning late in the school year or not at all. There are students that haven’t interacted physically with any other people outside their own home for over a year! Having resources to support social-emotional learning would be a great addition.
We have learned that customer support is vital. With so many users wanting instant help, it is comforting to know we have support for products and services we use every day. This takes a huge load off the shoulders of teachers and districts.
Resources and ideas that encourage relationships are necessary! Collaboration can occur in virtual and traditional ways but allows learning from each other. These types of products are changing how we educate our students. Education is no longer a “sit and get” model. Stakeholders, like you, are helping us to transform education.
We will continue to learn from previous years’ successes and failures. For some, the next school year will bring a whole new set of challenges. As we work together we will have the confidence to not only meet these challenges but to lift education to a higher level!