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Posted: August 25, 2020

Learning in Red (Remotely)

Albuquerque Public Schools will continue remote learning through the fall semester.

Here's an overview of what learning in red looks like: 

(As presented to the APS Board of Education on Aug. 19: APS Reentry Plan Update)

Student's Day

  • Students have a daily schedule that includes at least three hours of online instruction.
  • Students are expected to attend their online classes daily and turn in assignments, just as they would during a more traditional year.
  • Attendance during remote learning is based on engagement. This could include logging into learning platforms such as Google Meets, See Saw, and Google Classroom.
  • Students have breaks throughout the day.
  • Teachers have office hours to meet with students as well as to provide guidance and assistance for families. 

Essential Standards 

  • Essential Standards are enduring and relevant standards that spiral from one grade to the other and are foundational to learn in one grade to move on to the next grade.
  • Students should have a strong understanding of the Essential Standards before they can progress to the content in another grade.
  • Curriculum & Instruction created a list of essential standards for teachers using the Teacher Learning Network (TLN).
  • The TLN are Level III teachers with a strong understanding of content and the skill-set to support other teachers.
  • TLNs worked in teams using information identified by national organizations like Achieve the Core to identify the essential standards.
  • TLNs prioritized the standards and left room for teachers to add in other standards

Measuring Student Progress

  • Constant feedback in the teaching process
  • Communicating with students and families frequently about student progress
  • Asset-base approach
  • Acknowledging the impact of educational disruption and addressing the "COVID-19 slide"
  • Using the essential standards to define grade-level pre-requisites that may need to be re-taught and focus on essential grade-level standards to target student learning
  • Embedding Social Emotional Learning and relationship building into classroom routines and core content
  • Providing an interim assessment schedule and strategy to monitor student academic progress and adjust instruction
  • Outlining focused academic interventions and data collection systems for students who are not making adequate academic progress

Grading & Attendance

  • In a red or remote learning model, grades will be based on demonstrated progress on the essential standards aided by grade level rubrics.
  • Attendance during remote learning is based on the extent to which a student has engaged in remote learning. 
  • Attendance is not based on student understanding of their classwork or their grade in the class.
  • Attendance is measured on a student's engagement during the remote learning time period. 

Student Engagement

Students will need to:

  • Attend scheduled classes online
  • Access and complete assignments online
  • Engage in and spend time learning

Teachers will need to:

  • Communicate with students and families
  • Understand individual needs of their students
  • Assess and evaluate level of student engagement and progress

Schools and Departments will need to:

  • Work cooperatively to determine student and teacher needs – resources, supports, professional development
  • Continue to reach out to families to assess and evaluate needs – resources, supports, technology, connectivity

Social-Emotional Learning

  • Integrate SEL, especially strategies for self-awareness and self- management skills as they apply to multiple learning environments
  • Build relationships in online environments
  • Build relationships with families to see what their needs are and prepare them for their role in red and yellow
  • Mobilize teachers to coach parents for at-home learning
  • Scaffold assignments and learning experiences to re-build attention and academic stamina while ensuring students experience success in their efforts

Advisory & Class Meetings 

  • Academic learning cannot take place fully without creating an environment of emotional safety and connectedness for students
  • We recognize the challenge in a distance-learning environment at a time when teachers normally focus on relationship-building and establishment of a classroom culture.
  • Schools need additional tools to adapt to this new environment while continuing to meet student needs.
  • Secondary schools will have weekly advisory meetings with students and elementary schools will provide support through class meetings.
  • The Office of School Climate, in collaboration with the Special Education Department, has developed classroom lessons designed to teach and support the development of social-emotional skills.
  • The counseling department provides individualized supports to students as well as in-class lessons.