The Covid-19 pandemic has changed education like we never imagined. Overnight, the Sparta school district had to turn on a dime and teach virtually. As the District reopened in September, at least there were a few months to plan. Our administrators and teachers have had to reinvent education to meet the needs of all students with virtual learning. It isn’t an ideal situation for anyone, but I am comforted knowing that the Sparta teachers are doing their best to keep our students engaged and moving forward.
Our students, from the youngest in Pre-K to those beginning their senior year, are having to quickly adapt to this new reality in education. We can help our teachers succeed by providing them with the necessary professional development in providing content online in age appropriate ways. Digital versions of textbooks that deliver the curriculum offer many features that can help both the students and teachers in this new setting.
Another area of professional development focus needs to be technology. As an educator, I even admit to needing more training in the area of technology given that we are now required to either educate our students virtually or be ready to educate them virtually at the drop of a hat. The ability to do both - tech virtually and teach in person needs to be a seamless transition for both teachers and students and more technology professional development can help us get there.
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