Family University Guides Through Online Learning

LEARN Family University Guides Families Through Online Learning
LEARN Family University

As school districts turn to more online learning opportunities, LEARN is helping students and families navigate new territory and succeed in a digital experience.

On Wednesday, October 28, LEARN hosted the first two sessions of LEARN Family University, an instructional and interactive seminar for parents and caregivers designed to help their children with online learning. The first session was for parents of children in pre-kindergarten through grade 5 and the second for parents of children in grade 6 through grade 12. More sessions are expected soon.

LEARN schools have operated in a hybrid model since the start of the 2020-21 school year, with students splitting time between in-classroom instruction and online learning from home. LEARN Family University offered a chance for families to express concerns, ask questions, and receive expert advice on helping students engage and thrive in an online setting.

Parents asked numerous questions during the sessions and were able to comment live on the responses they received. For example, parents in the session for pre-kindergarten through grade 5 reacted positively to advice for their children to use headphones to prevent lapses in concentration due to other noises or distractions. Translators were also on hand to help parents speaking Spanish, Mandarin, or Haitian-Creole to receive answers in their own spoken languages.

LEARN’s panel included Associate Executive Director Ryan Donlon, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning Susan Iwanicki, Special Education Supervisor Carla Strecker, and interim Coordinator of Online Learning Pamela Santerre. They offered a number of success strategies to help students, including:

  • Removing access to mobile phones during online learning time;
  • Creating a learning environment (preferably not a child’s bedroom) for each learner, if possible;
  • Monitoring screen time;
  • Getting involved by communicating with both students and their teachers;
  • Establishing routines and promoting healthy sleep habits; and,
  • Demonstrating proper etiquette for video classes.

Donlon said that LEARN Family University resulted from listening to parents about how to make the process of online learning easier. Additionally, LEARN established the Coordinator of Online Learning position to better facilitate programs and implement best practices.  

Both the LEARN Family University elementary and secondary sessions were recorded and are available for review online. Click here for the elementary session and here for secondary.

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