Continuity of Learning Resources

WE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL DECISIONS!

Maine Department of Education (DOE) is modeling the flexibility we are asking school administrative units (SAU) to exercise during this COVID-19 pandemic. We honor the professionalism and judgment of the local SAU and school board to approve plans regarding continuity of education, graduation, and school days and will not require any additional documentation.

LD 2167 (the omnibus emergency bill passed last week) included additional flexibility with respect to the required number of school days: “the Governor, in consultation with the Commissioner of Education, may implement for elementary and secondary schools a plan to: (1) Waive the compulsory attendance requirements of Title 20-A, chapter 211 and any rules regarding compulsory attendance, including the minimum number of school days, or allow the compulsory attendance requirements to be met through nontraditional learning systems, including but not limited to remote access;”  Therefore, we will waive the minimum number of required school days and attendance requirements for this school year.

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What to Keep in Mind for Teachers
  • Focus on what works best for YOUR students based on age, content, and technology access.

  • Create asynchronous learning experiences.

  • Less is more for quantity of assignments and instruction.

  • Offer a variety of options and experiences to allow for personalization of the learning.

  • Give explicit instructions and time expectations.

  • Specify expectations for students and parents.

  • Be empathetic and flexible to the circumstances.

  • Communicate consistently and constantly.

  • Become familiar with the technology and tools needed to participate in the work and stick with them.

  • Schedule online “office hours”.

  • Encourage collaboration among your students.

  • Connect with other educators and the DOE for support.

  • Take care of yourself!

What to Keep in Mind for Students
  • Check your email & communicate.

  • Plan your time each day and schedule breaks.

  • Have a distraction free place to work/study.

  • Focus on learning styles that work best for you.

  • Become familiar with the technology and tools needed to participate in the work.

  • Collaborate with others.

  • Take care of yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an effort to help schools offer educational continuity during extended school closures we have curated a list of free web-based resources. While there is no expectation that SAUs require academic instruction or provide material, we encourage SAUs to provide opportunities for students to stay connected and engaged during an extended school closure.

There is no expectation that you offer web-based instruction, especially if you are not comfortable replacing classroom instruction with web-based instruction, but if you would like to pursue this option, please determine which students in your community don’t have home access to internet and/or a device. Also, please always plan for ways of providing academic material to students who cannot access web-based programs such as printed packet work, textbooks, and other hard-copy resources.

We recognize that the multitude of resources for remote learning can be overwhelming so we have collected and organized material by grade level, content area, and activity that may be useful as you develop plans for your students.  Due to the great need for resources during this pandemic, we have broadened our criteria for sharing resources and ask that, before using any of the resources below, you ensure that it aligns with your local SAU policy.

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