A Moment for science
WILL THIS BECOME THE REFORM EDUCATION HAS BEEN LOOKING FOR: EFFECTING CHANGE AT SCHOOL AND DISTRICT LEVELS AND BEYOND
The profession of an educator has been one of isolation for too long. Teachers have worked mostly independently, in both their classroom and lesson planning. Over the past few decades, the tides have been slowly turning though with the role of educators and PLCs, collaboration, and teacher communities and associations are becoming more of the norm. The internet has brought educator creativity to Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers. Yet, despite all the efforts, there have still been more calls for working together.
Then over the past couple of weeks, the world changed with the outbreak of COVID-19. Isolation and social distancing became the norm. Teachers may have been one of the best-prepared professions for this. Working alone, at home and providing for students with educational and emotional support. Teachers are not doing this alone though. Resources have been shared all over the places. You can not scroll far on social mediane virtual meetings being held, and online-based resources being shared by the hundreds. Students are home learning with four weeks of printed off packets made in a matter of just hours. E-learning school is being hosted by teachers while taking care of their own families at home, all at the same time.
One day soon this pandemic will be over with. How will this moment change education? Will the network of sharing resources, ideas, and practices continue? This may be the beginning of how education is done in the United State or change the way teachers work together. Whatever happens in the days, weeks and months after, be ready for a revolution in education, one of which is well overdue. The time is ripe for reform. May this not be the end or return to the same, but yet the beginning of something new.