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July 29, 2021

Prioritizing Wellness and Accelerating Learning for Students

Filed under: virtual school — Michael K. Barbour @ 10:03 am
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Blog: Leveraging Recovery Funds to Prioritize Wellness and Accelerate Learning
Videos: Accelerating Learning Webinar Series
Virtual Briefing: Mentoring to Build SEL Skills, Habits, and Mindsets

Blog: Leveraging Recovery Funds to Prioritize Wellness and Accelerate Learning

Given the disruption and trauma of the pandemic, strengthening relationships among teachers, families, and students is a top priority. Recognizing that relational trust is foundational to learning, school districts across the country are creating time and space for community and relationship building. And thanks to unprecedented funding from the American Rescue Plan and other federal, state, and local resources, these districts are able to leverage several evidence-informed strategies to accelerate learning and provide students with needed supports and services.

In a new blog, LPI Senior Researcher Adam Edgerton elevates the learning from a series of five webinars conducted this spring in partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, to discuss and disseminate best practices for accelerating learning. Edgerton writes, “Activities and practices are being integrated into efforts to accelerate learning through one-on-one tutoring; new extracurriculars and electives beginning this summer and continuing into the fall; and formative assessments to provide a more complete picture of student wellness and academic strengths and needs. The goal of these efforts is to lower the anxiety about returning to school in the fall, and to better serve students who experienced an unprecedented year.”

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Click to tweet: In @LPI_Learning blog, Senior Researcher @AdamKirkEdge shares best practices from @AASAHQ school districts for using #COVID-19 relief funds to accelerate student learning and support their health and well-being. https://bit.ly/3iSciJ5

Videos: Accelerating Learning Webinar Series

How can districts and schools develop practices, policies, and experiences that focus on acceleration rather than remediation? In a five-part webinar series hosted by LPI and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, speakers and panelists explore this question, with each webinar focused on a key strategy to accelerate student learning and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The recorded presentations provide research on effective accelerated learning practices, give examples from a diverse set of districts, and show participants digging into the nuts and bolts of strategies.

Virtual Briefing: Mentoring to Build SEL Skills, Habits, and Mindsets

Thursday, July 29, 2021
3 – 4 p.m. ET

As districts and educators prepare for instruction in the fall, relationships are critical to student success both inside and outside of the classroom. At a briefing co-sponsored by LPI and MENTOR, presenters will share examples of effective student-centered approaches being used in schools, focusing on the social, emotional, and mental health of students. They will also discuss mentoring to develop social and emotional learning skills and how districts can utilize federal COVID-19 relief funds to meet short-term needs, accelerate learning, and develop relationship-centered schools.

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