After a challenging start to 2021-2022 superintendents are sharing their lessons learned. Lessons our testing professionals can apply as we prepare for upcoming testing.
Reflecting on pandemic response
- Strong leadership and communication have been critical.
- Districts are expanding their reach:
- creating cabinets made up of school and district leaders to look at every single problem and work to find solutions on how to get there.
- creating social media accounts to improve communication efforts.
- refine and create very good processes moving forward.
- plan for now and for the future.
- With unique problems come unique solutions.
- We’re better than we thought we were.
- We switched to remote learning in one day with technology ready, teachers came in and do PD, all without having to have a long, drawn-out plan.
- Everybody came together and worked to make it happen.
- Leadership beyond the superintendency matters.
- Teachers are the most impactful to student success at the school level.
- Principals are the most impactful overall.
- (Clear) Communication is huge. If parents don’t feel communicated with, you issues arise.
- Being very transparent with parents has been a huge lesson learned.
- Being proactive, not overextending resources and remaining focused on families has made a big difference.
- Work smarter, not harder:
- utilizing existing resources
- reallocating staff to meet individualized needs of students
- creating more learning opportunities for parents and students – parents need to be as well-educated as our students are so they can support their kids at home.
- Virtual is not for everybody.
- Remote learning did not work for everyone, but allowed for students to experience some learning.
- When we came back this year, we really doubled down on learning loss.
Biggest Lessons Learned
- Students need to be in school where they can get all the support districts offer.
- Focus on social and emotional learning for our kids.
- We need to collectively do everything we can to keep students face to face.
- Have time to let our teachers collaborate.
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