Administrators’ 2021-22 Back-to-School Planning Guide
Administrators’ 2021-22 Back-to-School Planning Guide
As you begin planning for what the 2021–22 academic year will bring, you’ll want to incorporate all the best practices and lessons learned from the previous school year that promote and prioritize student safety and success. To support you during this planning process, we’ve curated a list of our best resources and recommended solutions aligned to your goals for this upcoming school year.
Ready the Right Learning Models for Success
As communities prepare to welcome back larger populations of students into the physical classroom, taking an early survey on education preferences is a great way to inform the allocation of resources. While many students will be ready to return to the brick-and-mortar classroom, still others may now expect a more flexible approach. Do you have the right makeup of up learning options to keep students in your district?
Edmentum Courseware provides completely customizable digital curriculum that, with the guidance and support of your own teaching staff at the helm, will allow you to provide both in-person and virtual instruction, and pivot swiftly between them. Consider the many different ways that online curriculum can be used with our online curriculum guide.
Additionally, if virtual instructional services are needed, our EdOptions Academy allows for a fully accredited learning option that keeps students in your district and provides a state-certified virtual teacher. You may pay for only the course enrollments you need with post-pay billing options. Use our Virtual Learning workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school.
Establish an Academic Baseline and Provide Targeted Intervention
Students will begin the 2021–22 school year with larger gaps in learning and a greater variety of learning needs than most educators have had to navigate in their teaching careers. Assessments that evaluate each student’s starting point, strengths, and weaknesses are essential for learning.
Using an adaptive diagnostic assessment, Exact Path works to understand each student’s specific competencies and skill gaps regardless of grade level and then meets students where they are by automatically creating an individualized learning playlist for each student. Review our step-by-step guide to help develop your own personalized learning plan.
Identify Essential On-Grade Concepts and Skills
Following another year of disrupted summative testing, make sure you have the right tools to ensure students are still achieving grade-level mastery. Study Island offers K–12 formative assessments and meaningful practice to build proficiency with embedded high-stakes test preparation. Use this formative assessment workbook to plan for effective, data-driven instruction.
Offer Opportunities to Recover Missing Credits
The need for credit recovery for secondary learners has already begun to rise and experts project that it will continue to increase in the coming school year. Use our Credit Recovery Program Planning Worksheet to discern how you can set up or enhance your current offerings for those in need. Courseware offers proven curriculum perfect for credit or unit recovery, and EdOptions Academy provides a complete credit recovery solution by pairing a state-certified teacher with Courseware curriculum.
Focus on Reading Foundations
It’s a well-known fact that a strong foundation in literacy is key to future academic success in any subject. Reading Eggs offers learn-to-read support for your youngest students. Leverage our Reading & Literacy workbook for even more support in ensuring that students are on track to become successful and lifelong readers.
Consider the Social-Emotional Impact to Learning
Social-emotional learning (SEL) has proved to be essential not only to protecting and maintaining a positive and healthy school culture, but also to paving the way for whole student success. In fact, many schools and districts are utilizing coronavirus relief funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to acquire resources for counseling and addressing the SEL needs of students, as well as their academic needs.
Helping your students cope with change and navigate through crisis will continue to be an important part of the school experience. Edmentum is proud to partner with BASE Education, developer of evidence-based SEL courseware, to give students access to resources that will help them develop coping skills and general SEL awareness. BASE Education can now provide 100 courses across grades 1–12, explore our course catalog to learn more and explore you options.
Know Your Way Around Federal Funding
The federal funding landscape can be daunting to navigate. That is why Edmentum created this Crosswalk for Federal Funding and Allowable Uses to help state and local education agencies align their priorities to federal funding streams. This chart provides a crosswalk of the allowable uses and flexibility of activities authorized by a variety of federal funding sources and includes specific references to each act’s language as it pertains to the desired solution.
Don’t forget to visit our Back to School & Success Toolkit for even more great planning resources, printables, best practices, webinars, and more!
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