How do you create an engaging environment during online learning? How do you make sure students are getting the support and learning they need, despite a potential lack of resources and access?
These are just some of the questions teachers are grappling with, as tens of thousands of schools across the country have closed their doors in the wake of a widespread coronavirus outbreak, with many considering a pivot to online learning. To help, several educators have launched virtual professional learning communities to share resources, ask questions, and give advice.
Many school districts have provided some professional development for teachers before turning to remote instruction. But the situation has changed so rapidly that teachers may not feel prepared. And some districts that are considering online learning don’t have much prior experience, or resources in places to make the transition seamless. There are also equity issues to consider—not all students have access to devices or Wi-Fi.