The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) identified four sample instructional models for remote learning to ensure students are equitably prepared for success in subsequent courses. Division staff devoted many hours evaluating the options for a Continuity of Learning Plans (COLP) for students in grade 6-12, to select the model that best provides for equity and support in the absence of ideal learning conditions for many of our students.
Throughout the week of April 13, students will complete a final week of review work in their courses while teachers participate in professional development and planning for the remainder of the school year.
Beginning the week of April 20, teachers will begin providing instruction of new and essential content for students in grades 6-12 through learning modules. Learning modules will be posted weekly, based on the course and remaining essential curriculum in that course. As part of the COLP, VDOE encourages schools to:
- identify specific content that has not been taught as of Thursday, March 12, 2020, and
- develop an equitable plan to incorporate the missing content into the curriculum for all students, with special consideration given to specific groups of students.
A learning module is a set of engaging activities and tasks that cover a specific set of essential standards and content. The modules provide instruction and learning activities/assignments, opportunities for student practice and feedback, and the ability to determine student competency, if appropriate.
The purpose of these modules is to offer ongoing learning experiences to prepare students for subsequent coursework and further develop Virginia’s 5 C skills (critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship). Teachers will work closely with families to individualize learning to support students with disabilities, English Language learners, and advanced learners.
Learning Modules will be posted on Monday mornings, and students are encouraged take time to review information from all teachers to develop a schedule for their week so they do not feel overwhelmed. To help you better understand Learning Modules, we have developed a short video explaining various features a Learning Module and and sample student schedules.
Learning modules are not meant to replicate the school day and should take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete, per course, each week. Teachers will post weekly learning modules each Monday morning and will work closely with families to individualize learning to support students with disabilities, English Language learners, and advanced learners.
Additionally, to ensure student mastery of content from the 2019-20 school year, teachers will embed pre-assessments into their units of study during the 2020-21 school year. Student performance on these assessments will be used to provide targeted remediation through the year and will not be included in a student’s grade.