As is true in many parts of the state, country, and planet, we in central Texas are facing immense uncertainty as the new year approaches in the midst of a global pandemic. We know that we won’t be starting face-to-face school until after September 7, and that our students will have at least 3 weeks of exclusively online learning. We know that schools got a crash course in online learning in the spring as this all hit with jarring suddenness. We know that a large percentage of the online learning that occurred was intended to prevent regression, rather than to achieve significant growth. We know that our leaders in Austin and Washington won’t accept that as sufficient this year, and we will need to teach new concepts, engage kids in higher levels of learning, and face the accountability monster once again. So, we know we have to raise our level of online teaching and learning.
In the spirit of helping our schools accomplish this, I have been working to put together standards for our online teachers. Think of these as virtual “walk-throughs” for administrators and as a self-check rubric for teachers. I’m sharing it not as some complete answer from an expert, but in hopes it might help other educators as they grapple with their own standards for this new, online reality. Note that red text is only significant to us, as it reflects applications our teachers have learned or are learning this summer. I welcome any comments, questions, or feedback!
Here is the link to the document, if you wish to not have to scroll quite so much!