How Districts Can Support Families in the Transition to Remote Learning


This is an unprecedented time and one that has been particularly difficult on district leaders, students, and parents. While districts navigate how to manage the transition to virtual learning and shifting federal and state guidelines, families are tasked with entertaining and educating their children while still managing their work lives remotely.

These are substantial demands, and they are affecting different families in different ways. The sudden shift to eliminate all social interactions and stay home as much as possible is not easy for anyone, but can be a particularly difficult transition for teenagers and their parents.

Fortunately, there are practical strategies districts can share with families to help manage the new demands of educating their students while still juggling work and family life. In this podcast we discuss how districts can offer guidance and support while also fostering a sense of community among students, parents and teachers. 

This is an unprecedented time and one that has been particularly difficult on district leaders, students, and parents. While districts navigate how to manage the transition to virtual learning and shifting federal and state guidelines, families are tasked with entertaining and educating their children while still managing their work lives remotely.

These are substantial demands, and they are affecting different families in different ways. The sudden shift to eliminate all social interactions and stay home as much as possible is not easy for anyone, but can be a particularly difficult transition for teenagers and their parents.

Fortunately, there are practical strategies districts can share with families to help manage the new demands of educating their students while still juggling work and family life. In this podcast we discuss how districts can offer guidance and support while also fostering a sense of community among students, parents and teachers. 

Amy Valentine, the executive director of the Future of School, formerly known as the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, joined us for the podcast. Future of School is a national nonprofit designed to support the growth of innovative school models integrating blended and online learning. And Dawn Holmes, an education expert who works with districts to provide increased learning opportunities, particularly for those who may be struggling, also joined us for the episode. Both Dawn and Amy provided valuable insight and advice on how to support families in navigating these challenging times.


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