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CAIS Top 12
#1: Vision, Mission, Values & Strategy
Sarah Prevette, Founder and CEO, and Sandra Nagy, Director of Learning at Future Design School, believe that the COVID-19 crisis presents an incredible opportunity for a full re-imagination of our education system. Prevette and Nagy recommend that schools adopt a personalized, project-based approach to learning, with the assessment tools to match and say that shifting to a new personalized learning model requires a holistic approach that builds skills from the inside out.
#2: Co-Curriculum & Learning Environments
Also worth a read: Students, a Zoom Session - and Loss
#3: Academic Program
After speaking with educators and students from all over the world, Tim Klein, Project Lead for the True North Program at Boston College, reports that Zoom fatigue has set in, and students are turning off their videos and microphones. In this EdSurge article, he details three elements that educators can focus on to foster intrinsic motivation: autonomy, competence and relatedness.
Writing for NAIS, Donita Duplisea and Katie Young of Holy Trinity School share their experience using a multidisciplinary salon model to expose their students to new ideas, powerful questions, and learning.
#4: School Leadership
The authors of this EdSurge article, who are all leaders at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, stress that maintaining a school community that supports the well-being of faculty, staff and students and the continuation of high-quality instruction is paramount to achieving educational goals. To support a positive virtual school climate, they provide potential action steps organized into the following domains:
- Physical and emotional safety
- Respect for diversity, equity and inclusion
- Supportive teaching practices
- Sense of community
#5: Human Resources
#6: School & Community
In this Inside Higher Ed article, Martin S. Edwards, an associate professor in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, says that schools often lack narratives about how their faculty members make a difference. He encourages schools to understand all the contributions that a faculty member makes since doing so can have a significant impact on student recruiting and fundraising.
#7: Enrolment Management
- Work with discipline-both individually and collectively.
- Focus simultaneously on short- and long-term decisions.
- Set aside the conventional committee structure for the next nine to 12 months and instead organize the board into two teams. One would work with the administration on urgent fiduciary issues. The second team would have a long-term focus.
Restrictions on access to facilities, such as libraries and laboratories, for an uncertain period of time, are causing prospective post-secondary students to question whether they will get their money's worth from post-secondary education. Writing for Forbes, Nick Morrison says that if schools are not willing to offer discounts, they must mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown by ramping up the support they provide in academic engagement and helping students connect outside of class.
#10: Physical Plant, Health & Safety
This tool, which is shared on the NBOA website, was developed by The St. Paul's Schools so they could determine how many people (children and faculty/staff) may safely be in a classroom (or other space) at a time when social/physical distancing guidelines are in effect.
Also worth a read: Is Testing Students for COVID Feasible?
#11: Commitment to School Improvement
- Transfer familiar routines and relationships from the classroom to the virtual setting.
- Model why and how to use metacognition
- Engage families in discussing and defining the role of SEL in their homes.
#12: Boarding Program
- All residence rooms will be single occupancy (one student per room, no roommate)
- Assigned washroom locations for each resident
- An extension of the residence deposit refund deadline
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