Teacher Resource for Instructional Continuity
Student, faculty, and staff well-being is of utmost importance to Medfield Public Schools. As such, we plan for any potential interruption that may infringe upon our community. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the MPS Leadership Team crafted a contingency plan to address both student safety and instructional support. This website is just one outcome of our current plan to support learning within the district. It aims to respond to the rapidly changing context in a targeted and impactful manner. As such, this website will grow and evolve, providing additional resources and information to best meet the needs of our teachers and students.
As you read through this document, you will see a variety of instructional tools that Medfield Public School teachers can use in case of COVID-19 disruption. We encourage teachers to familiarize themselves with the variety of instructional methods and communication protocols listed within each link. Regardless of the method of delivery or the context of our learning, we encourage teachers to continue to sustain the caring environment that has been a hallmark of Medfield Public Schools.
Meeting the Needs of All Students
The Medfield Public Schools is committed to meet the needs of all our students. Education materials should be differentiated to address your students' needs and you are encouraged to work with colleagues within the special education, interventionists, and other student support units to help. Moreover, you can reach out to the Office of Student Services for assistance if needed.
The Medfield Public Schools leadership team continues to work diligently to address various instructional challenges poised by the COVID-19 virus. In addition to introducing multiple tools for teachers to use to craft enrichment or review sessions, we plan on introducing teacher professional development in digital-enhanced learning. Check back for dates & times!
We aim to support learning in a developmentally appropriate manner, as such, students in grades 4-12 will have access to ipads or chromebooks as part of our COVID-19 preparations. Moreover, teachers in grades K-3 will soon have access to digital tool and non-digital enrichment and reinforcement lesson plan ideas.
If you have any questions regarding the content of this website, please contact the following:
General Inquiries- cpower (at) email.medfield.net
Student Services- mbruhl (at) email.medfield.net
Technology-gmailsupport (at) email.medfield.net
Email to Faculty (3/23/20)- Technology/ PD/ Disclaimer
Dear MPS Team,
I hope you had a great weekend! As we start week two of the School at Home experience I hope that things are settling down in your neck of the woods. Michael, my Blake Middle Schooler, misses seeing his friends, however, between texting and Facetime, he is doing his best to stay socially active. Besides these iPhone apps, another social-connecting activity he appreciates is the regular check-ins he receives from his teachers. Thanks to the Stars Cluster- and all MPS Teachers- for being there for our kids.
I anticipate that we will provide more details soon about lessons and instruction in the next few days, however, I wanted to reach out to share some important updates.
We hope to finalize the list of students who need devices or internet access. Please let your principal know by Wednesday, if you are concerned that one or more of your students/families have not received your outreach.
TECHNOLOGY TOOLS/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Have you checked out our teaching support website?
www.tinyurl.com/mpsteacherresource has scores of ed-tech tools and teaching suggestions that can enhance instruction. Moreover, thanks to the amazing work of the Tech Integration Team (Marissa Foley, Julie Lowrie, Diane Horvath, Neal Sonnenberg, Beth LaDouceur, and Kerry Cowell) daily PD sessions have launched! Check out the website home page for times and links to these optional sessions.
As I mentioned in my last email, we ask that you include a disclaimer on any third-party resource you share with parents and students. We’ve refined the language to be more specific. Please use this version on any future communication when sharing third-party websites and links:
Disclaimer: This resource may contain links to third-party websites that may contain links to other websites with banners or other advertising. The Medfield Public Schools nor its teachers do not warrant, endorse, guarantee, or assume responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any information offered by third-party websites linked through the site or any website or feature linked in any banner or other advertising.
If you have any questions or concerns about this, please let me know.
Finally, THANK YOU for your support of our students, parents, and each other these past few days. It's been quite the adjustment, however together we can do this!
Email to Faculty (3/18/20)- Guidelines and Website
Dear Medfield Public Schools Educators,
As you know, we are following Governor Baker’s directive that all Massachusetts schools stay shuttered until April 7th. As such, Medfield Public Schools is committed to supporting our students in the days and weeks to come. To help you prepare for the resumption of teaching tomorrow, I’m sharing this set of guidelines that provide information on developing meaningful distance-focused enrichment and reinforcement experiences for our students.
LEARNING EXPERIENCES DEVELOPED ON FRIDAY 3/13:
Distance review/enhancement activities will commence tomorrow, March 19th. As you are aware, learning experiences for 6-10 days were drafted last Friday in preparation for their release later this week. Most teachers of students in Grades 4-12 will use Google Classroom as their primary platform. Teachers in Grades K-3 developed packets that were emailed to parents and/or will be available for pickup.
Please let me or your building principal know if you are aware of any students who need a device (4-12), lack internet connectivity, and/or request paper copies. We have structures in place to support these students.
DEVELOPING LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR BEYOND DAYS 6-10.
Please keep in mind that the focus of learning experiences is to review content learned previously and/or to provide enrichment. New content should not be taught at this time.
I encourage you to break out tasks into day to day assignments. This provides students (and parents) the needed structure and routine. Scaffolds such as checklists and graphic organizers are also helpful!
When developing activities, remember that no two student learning environments are the same. As such, please be understanding of the amount and quality of work individual students may produce. Remember, this work cannot be counted towards a formal grade.
It is important to be mindful of the amount of work being assigned on any given day. Try to talk to peers to ensure that the type and amount of work assigned are similar.
Try to use sources students are already familiar with. Google Suite/Google Classroom (4-12) is an example of this.
Specialist teachers should develop activities that can be completed within the home environment. These teachers can work with classroom teachers to incorporate these activities and/or reach out to their building's Technology Integrationist to assist in posting activities on the district’s dedicated website.
Please consult Special Educators, Reading Specialists, ELL Specialists, and Math Specialists when developing learning activities. It is essential that learning experiences are differentiated to support all learners.
Kerry Cowell and the building librarians have curated multiple reading-focused sites. These can be found via Medfield.net OR on our dedicated website: www.tinyurl.com/mpsteacherresource. Encourage reading as much as you can.
Please follow your principal’s guidance on reaching out to families.
Building principals ask that classroom teachers have two touchpoints per day with your students. This can take many forms including a Google Classroom notification, email, or a video greeting. Technology integrationists can help in brainstorming all the options available.
This is a great time to incorporate technology tools in your instruction, however, non-digital learning experiences are equally as powerful. Balance!
The technology integrationists will help you broaden your knowledge of technology tools. Not only will they conduct online ‘lunch and learns’ and other professional development opportunities; they will also consult with you one on one.
The website- Medfield Public Schools: Teacher Resources for Instructional Continuity www.tinyurl.com/mpsteacherresource was developed to support you while remote learning is in place. It offers building-specific as well as district-wide resources that support a wide variety of learners. The site will continue to grow and evolve over the next few days- please feel free to send me any suggestions.
Although video-conferencing is possible (e.g. Google Meet), with the exception of the Guidance Department, we ask that classroom teachers refrain from using this technology with students and parents at this time. However, grade-level teams, departments, etc., are encouraged to meet using this free software. Information about Google Meet is located here.
Consider having students document their work using a family’s cell phone camera. In addition, cell phone pictures can enable digital storytelling activities.
Students 4-12 have assigned @email.medfield.net email addresses. Grades 4-5 will receive this information in the near future.
While most students in the district have access to the internet and a laptop/chromebook/ipad, some may not. Please let me know if you are aware of a student who needs a device or internet access. In addition, some families prefer written/printed work only. Please honor this request.
We are in the midst of creating a parent/guardian-focused website that will provide enrichment activities, etc. If you have any ideas and/or resources to share, please send them to me. We hope to launch this early next week.
If you know of a parent who seeks help in navigating Google Classroom or other online tools, please let your building's Technology Integrationist know.
Finally, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns. Together, we can create a learning environment that supports the Medfield Public Schools community throughout this unprecedented event
Thank you for your continued commitment to our students.
Director, Instruction and Innovation
Medfield Public Schools- Online Professional Development
The Technology Integration Team has developed several OPTIONAL professional opportunities for you. Feel free to join in:
1:30 - 2:00 --> Google Classroom 101 (HS)
10 :00- 10:30 --> Teacher Tips to Prepare yourself and your students for "School at Home" (Entire District Welcome)
1:00- 1:30 Zooming in on using Zoom Learn ZOOM basic how-to’s and the potential uses for meeting with colleagues and potentially students. (Open to the District)
Click HERE for additional Zoom-related resources!
10:00 - How to Host a Zoom Session with Neal and Kerry (Open to the District)
12:00 - How to Host a Zoom Session with Diane and Beth (Open to the District)
Click HERE for additional Zoom-related resources!