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
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 on-line 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
- 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.