Is it possible to build meaningful relationships with students (from a distance)?

In our 17th episode of Opportunity Thrives, a podcast committed to better supporting the needs of today’s secondary students, we explore this very question. We know that education leaders are doing all they can to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff for this fall. For many districts, that has meant starting off the year with fully virtual learning programs.
In fact, as of September 2, 73 percent of the 100 largest school districts, have opted for remote learning only as their back-to-school instructional model. That means more than eight million students in urban city centers are learning solely online this fall.
We know this shift to fully virtual learning has brought with it many challenges for educators, students and their families. And as we all learned this past spring, building relationships with students is critical to the success of our virtual programs.
Kerrie Torres, the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Brea Olinda School District in Orange County California, joined us for this episode to share how her district is providing opportunities for educators and students to connect in a meaningful way. With more than two decades of experience in education, Kerrie has successfully leveraged digital curriculum to keep students on track with intervention and remediation programs. Her experience lends itself well to supporting student success in what has become a vastly virtual world. Kerrie shares their district’s plans for the fall and how she believes there are still opportunities to connect with students in a unique way using digital curriculum. Even though the relationships with students looks different this year, staying flexibility and creating new learning options has been the key to their success.

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