What now? Covid-19 positive takeaways?

In an issue of SmartBrief, March 2, 2021 https://www2.smartbrief.com. I found an interesting question and poll.

“What is your biggest positive takeaway from the impact of COVID-19 on education?”

Caregiver connection: Building stronger relationships with parents or caregivers 11.77%

Learning flexibility: Using new learning modalities to provide students more options for engaging and demonstrating mastery 47.06%

Recognition: Society’s recognition of educators’ crucial role in shaping our nation’s students 11.76%

Rethinking education: An opportunity to create a more equitable, resilient approach to teaching and learning 29.41%

“Nearly half of those responding to last month’s BetterLesson poll say the most positive thing to emerge for them from the pandemic was the flexibility they were given in using various options for students to show mastery of subject matter. Nearly 30% felt that opportunities to create more equity in learning environments was a positive development during challenging times.”

As leaders, educators, parents, students and community members what can you add to the takeaways? Many conversations are being held about what the next school year will look like right now. Many different voices, looking through a different lens can say and see different things.

I have added additional articles to help you with the conversation of the takeaways from the Covid-19. What plans do you have? Let me provide a few thoughts to ponder.

Thoughts to Ponder:

*Survey your staff, students, families and others you feel need to be added to the data to provide guidance in decision making.

*Research, ask questions, find others matching your district to see the ideas they have discussed. What has worked, not worked, going to try and going to keep?

*Think outside the box like you had to when Covid-19 came out of nowhere, and you quickly had to change everything! You have balanced many things, so now you know you can do so much!

*What plans are you developing to support staff and students for social-emotional needs and dealing with trauma.

*The expectations are some students have experienced learning loss as a result of Covid-19. How will you address the needs of all students? Enrichment?

There are more points to ponder, but I never want to give more than five. If we tackle more than five right now, we will not accomplish the depth of the review we need. Prioritize what you feel is critical to review.

Please share your thoughts, ideas, success, and plans as we all support the solutions you find. Thank you for being the solution daily!



The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping



Published by Brenda Yoho

Christian,Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aspiring Author, Motivator, Survivor, Leader, Coach, Mentor and a service agent living a life of purpose. Started my career in education as a teaching assistant, moved into the teaching role, followed by administration serving as Assistant Principal, Principal and Director of Educational Support Programs. Over my more than two decades of educational experience I have served as the Illinois Principals Association Illini Region Director and most recently as a mentor/coach for principals. In addition, I have presented at their conferences over the years. In my final years in administration I served also as the Illinois Association of Title Directors Vice President and Treasurer. I am a survivor of an indirect hit of lightning and an almost fatal accident with a semi truck that hit the car I was traveling in with my family. My daughter, granddaughter and close friend survived as well! My injuries were the most significant leaving lifelong damages.

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