Now, more than ever, the work of education professionals throughout the country is fundamental to the nation. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause school closures and education systems transition to out-of-classroom learning, NEA is providing guidance on professional standards that can help maintain the quality of public education for all of our students throughout the country.
Where schools and districts have to adopt digital learning, it is critical that public school districts and postsecondary institutions work in close collaboration with educators and local associations to develop comprehensive learning plans that address all the elements of incorporating technology into the instructional program. These plans should be living documents, constantly reviewed, and adapted as changing circumstances require, but always keeping the focus on student learning.
On March 17, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students’ civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure.
Please let us know how you are connecting with your students during your school closure. By sharing your best practices and tips we can help educators across Texas support their students. Please send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.