When preparing to teach in a hybrid model teachers are encouraged to continue with many of the best practices teachers already have in place. Teachers have implemented remote learning during this unprecedented time using many of the instructional tools they were familiar with. Teachers received professional development and were able to collaborate with their peers prior to September 8th and should continue to practice instructional strategies discussed during this time as they transition to hybrid learning.
Embedded professional development is a critical part of the Lawrence Public Schools professional learning model. Ongoing collaboration with colleagues will continue through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and building and districtwide collaboration giving teachers the opportunity to reflect on their pedagogy and learn from others. Curriculum and instruction coaches are in place in buildings to support and assist teachers during remote learning and transitions to and from hybrid learning. With the transition to remote and hybrid learning new technology demands have been added. Instructional Technology Peer to Peer coaching positions were created to assist teachers with the virtual transition and this valuable support will continue through the transition to hybrid learning.
To continue to support our USD 497 teachers in the transition to hybrid learning, our Curriculum and Instruction Team has developed a Hybrid Instructional Plan, Framework and Resources document for both elementary and secondary. Click on the images below to view those documents. Our intent is to update the articles and resources on this page regularly. We encourage teachers to try and implement one or two strategies and take advantage of support systems which may include a colleague, a coach, or maybe an administrator. Using the available data from formal and informal assessments, and teacher observations will be the most productive way to ascertain which strategies have the most powerful effects on student learning. Professional Learning Communities within each building can also be used for this important work.