Nora,I'm so happy to hear from a kindred spirit. :)I agree completely.Erica Willard, Executive Director from Michigan AEYC, is reaching out to Gwen Simmons at NAEYC to get the ball rolling and see where this goes. I hope to be a facilitator of sorts... But would love to have Margie and Ann as the thought leaders.
Maybe a couple of us can be part of this to help guide! alongside the authors?Be well,Chris
Count me in! I have this book and begun reading, and I would really like to be part of a book study and discussion around the important ideas and topics these authors present!
Hello Luann,Thanks for the question regarding Michigan. :) Late last week, Governor Whitmer gave direction to the school districts to offer hybrid learning. So teaching and learning will continue in our state, although we do not have 1:1 technology for students. In pursuit of equity, we are reaching children with printed materials, books, letters, texts, and phone calls, as well as using virtual learning methods. Our districts will have to provide a plan later in April to show how they will accomplish this within reason K-12. We've also been given guidelines and a template to create these plans.For my own local state-funded preschool program, we felt connection was our first and most important priority, and so we began in mid-March to reach out, listen, and give needed resources, like food drop locations. We created a printed Home Learning Book, gathered books and learning supplies for a Home Learning Kit, and safely distributed these prior to shelter in place directions.
Since then, we've made dedicated efforts to set up learning groups, communicate a reasonable time to connect each day, and use multiple methods to teach from the Home Learning Book, which is full of simple learning activities based on HighScope's COR using household goods. We've also launched a letter writing campaign with stamps provided for three "volleys" of writing with the help of a local funder. We have experimented with Loom for read alouds as well as many other tech-enabled methods.
Our survey indicates a total of 66% of our 145 families in 9 classrooms have Internet and an enabled device, with a low of 40% in one classroom and a high of 94% in another. What we've learned after three weeks of engagement, is to make connection with families a priority and press in to care for staff, meeting very regularly with the bare bones of a plan for moving forward. We meet with staff two times a week to support each other during this difficult time.
More about the National Book Study on From Teaching to Thinking will be coming out soon, and I look forward to connecting with each of you as we assess the future. I remain hopeful that great good can come from this time.
Thank you Christine!
I misunderstood the news when it said just MI School was cancelled through the end of the year. I took it literally wish they would of said closed and planning for distance learning but sounds like Governor came out later with the distance learning plan.In MN School was cancelled for two weeks for teachers to plan. Then our district had a week of spring break. We start distance learning in our district tomarrow. My team is Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) we offer classes for families and there children ages birth to 5 years old one time a week for two hours. I'm the Early Childhood Teacher and my colleague is the Parent Educator. After 1 hr of EC the parents go with PE for 1 hr of checkin child development topics discussion and home connection. We will be using zoom for real-time meetings and Seesaw for at home activities and sharing student work. We are planning for this plan until May 1st but will see as things change day by day.Thank you again for brining this National Study forward. I appreciate your response to how you are distance learning in MI and your practices. I'm not familiar with the read aloud platform you mentioned and I will look more into that.Wishing you well!
I can make this happen. Will follow this thread!