Remote-Hybrid Learning Program

Launch’s Remote-Hybrid Learning Program will work to create a multi-disciplinary approach that will allow students to master knowledge and skills related to each subject area, produce high-quality work, and develop the habits of scholarship and character that are specific to a distance learning program with a focus on personal organization, positive mindset and self-reflection. 

We will utilize restorative practices, trauma-informed practices, and best practices in social-emotional development education to support each student academically and with social-emotional learning. 

Teachers will collaborate in grade teams and/or in departments to support best practices and to ensure that students with IEPs are provided with access to the curricular modifications required for their own success.

We believe that the success of our program is incumbent upon:

  • All teachers prioritizing knowing their students well and forming relationships with them
  • The social-emotional development and support of our students 
  • Assignments being meaningful, rigorous, and relevant to our students
  • Differentiated instruction and personalized feedback from teachers to students
  • Individualized goal-setting opportunities for students
  • The content and rigor we expect from an in-person lesson to remain consistent in our remote model while delivery and engagement strategies used are modified to be best suited for remote setting

 

Distance Learning Orientation - The Welcome Weeks
In order to set the stage for a productive and inclusive year of learning, Launch will begin our school year on-line for a two and a half week Distance Learning Orientation starting on August 24. The goal of starting our programming online is to:

  • Support all students and families in understanding our new remote-hybrid model
  • Build a community of engaged and motivated learners
  • Build an understanding of our health and safety policies and procedures
  • Gather information about the social-emotional needs and development of our students. 

The Distance Learning Orientation will allow our students to build background knowledge about what to expect in our remote-hybrid model and to get to make connections with their teachers. Students will engage in:

  • social-emotional learning
  • restorative practices
  • initiatives
  • building background knowledge about Launch’s alignment with and commitment to the Black Lives Matter movement
  • relationship building with peers and teachers
  • learning how to use our on-line platforms for remote learning

Additionally, we will plan several outdoor learning opportunities for each grade level to take part in socially distant activities with their teachers and fellow classmates and build a stronger sense of community.

Lesson Planning for All Content Areas 
The purpose of remote lesson planning and design in Distance Learning at Launch remains the same as our in-person lessons:  strong plans set the stage for achievement in all 3 dimensions of student achievement - Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, Character, and High-Quality Student Work. At Launch, we plan and design lessons with care and effort for our students. As an EL Education school, we take our guidance on lesson planning and design from EL Education Core Practices, namely Core Practice 10: Planning Effective Lessons.

Therefore, all effective lessons - synchronous remote lessons or in-person -  are always standards-aligned, have a clear beginning, middle and end, and a clear target written in student-friendly language that is linked to a long-term learning target. Lesson plans always embody our belief in student-engaged assessment: if students understand the end goal and criteria for success and are given multiple opportunities for peer and teacher feedback, student achievement will increase.  Effective lessons challenge, engage and empower students to achieve more than they thought possible academically and to demonstrate Launch’s Habits of Character. They maximize opportunities for curiosity, student voice, critical thinking, skills mastery, and leadership. Effective lesson plans take considerable time and thought to plan whether one is a first year teacher or a veteran, but the rewards of a well-planned lesson are always evident in its delivery and resulting student achievement.    

Lesson Planning Criteria for Success

We have delineated for our staff what effective planning looks like through the following criteria for success:

Content Specific Program Features

Across all of our content areas, we believe that students learn best when the following three conditions are in place: they feel like they belong in their classroom space, will be able to succeed there, and are trusted to make wise decisions. In order to bring these three conditions to life, teachers have to invest in building relationships with students from the moment they meet them and to foster relationships and build strong class norms in their room to create a safe and welcoming learning community. Social emotional learning does not happen solely during advisory time - it lives throughout the day in all content areas. In every class at Launch, we attend to incorporating “habits targets” (learning targets based on our Habits of Heart and Mind) to support building relationships, growth mindsets and attending to our norms. We also have a designated time for SEL circles which are a component of our Crew (advisory) structure which we will define later on.

Additionally, we are committed to using data to ensure that all students across all subgroups receive an equitable education and are given opportunities to thrive in our academic model. All teachers at Launch analyze and plan around their students’ data to recognize strengths of the class and individual students as well as the next steps for growth. We collect data informally each lesson through exit slips, surveys, checklists, etc. Throughout our courses, we collect more formal data in the form of longer assessments or projects that assess specific skills and learning standards. Throughout, our teachers collaborate with our students to share the data and to invest them in their learning.
 

Student Engaged Assessment

At Launch, we believe at effective planning and lesson delivery are contingent on accurate assessment and data analysis of each student’s needs. We are committed to ensuring that students are involved in their assessment process so that testing is not “done to students” but rather is a shared process where students are engaged in their own learning, academic growth and goal-setting. As an EL Education school, we believe that student-engaged assessment is one of the most important aspects to a child’s educational experience. What we mean by this is that we want every student at Launch to be able to articulate their academic strengths, their progress, and their areas for growth. In order to get there, we must ensure that every teacher has sufficient and reliable data to support their practice and the tools necessary to analyze student growth.

We employ a variety of assessments and data analysis structures as a whole school.

Supporting Launch Staff

Launch staff is supported in a number of ways to deliver high-quality instruction.  
Staff will be supported in the following ways: 

  • Professional Development
  • Technical Development
  • Social/Emotional Development