Being Prepared for What’s Ahead Instructionally and Emotionally

What will school schedules look like when the new academic year commences in September? Which teaching methods are appropriate for continued school building closure? How can teachers compensate for the “COVID melt” or the “COVID slide” and meet students where they are academically and take them where they need to go? Whether based on the effects of trauma, the impact of the digital divide or differences in access to educational supports, any lost learning time from distance-learning is detrimental to students and will worsen if not immediately addressed.

As state and national leaders continue to debate when school buildings will reopen and what it will look like when they do, NYSUT is working to anticipate the needs of educators so they are prepared to engage, instruct and assess students where they are.

Through the Education & Learning Trust, training is available starting this summer on the following topics:

  • Assessment as a Tool - determining where students are and where they need to be.
  • Differentiating Instruction and Curriculum for Learner Needs - meeting the learning needs of all students, including vulnerable students who may have had limited or insufficient exposure to remote learning opportunities.
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching - bringing curricular programming into line to meet students where they are and transitioning students from online/remote learning back to in-person learning in a classroom.
  • Social Emotional Supports - addressing the emotional and mental health needs of students and staff and providing support, as needed.
  • Technology Training – equipping teachers with the knowledge and skills to expand the possibilities for teaching and learning.