As we finish up our 2019-2020 academic year remotely, let’s praise the Holy Spirit for guiding us as we navigated together through weeks of what I call the three R’s. Relational, Reciprocal, Remote (RRR) has been our vehicle for student learning lately. Parents, teachers, administrators, office staff, pastors, and students have stretched during these remote weeks. Thanks to those who have been gifted as tech savvy individuals, for loving and directing the rest of us!! I’m impressed; parents have set up home classrooms, and teachers are working at home tirelessly! Remote chapels were amazing. Praises! Have you ever seen a teacher’s refrigerator turn into a whiteboard? Clever! We now know some of your pets! Fun!
As we move forward in the planning of the Fall 2020 school opening, it is important for our constituents to understand that our remote learning (RRR) plan will be revised and intentional; we have already begun working with our consultant, Educational Technology Professor Dr. Alan McCloud from Aurora University. We have formed our RRR planning team who will work through the summer to update and standardize our current RRR Plan; Mrs. Crimmins, Mrs. Sandusky, Mrs. Tres, Mrs. Rathe, and I have committed to work as the RRR Team this summer with Dr. McCloud. Additionally, I have dedicated teacher professional development days devoted to RRR training.
It is also important to plan options. Plan A is to open our school as a “normal” or close to normal face to face school; Plan A is now in place. What about Plan B? Plan C? We don’t know what the state of Illinois will look like in the fall, nor can we predict future restrictions of Governor Pritzker. However, this is a fact; ILS is committed to providing high quality, safe, and relational education in the context of the Christian faith. This may very well look totally different than any other time in history, thus Plans B and C. I have been studying options from other schools, both public and private. I regularly have been meeting with our LCMS Northern Illinois District’s Northwest Regional Principal’s group and have kept up with the Illinois State Board of Education recommendations. These are some models that we are studying at ILS and will be presenting to parents for input:
• Delayed school opening
• Alternative school day schedule
• Staggered start times
• Targeted curriculum
• Block scheduling
• Partial openings
• Scheduled in-school days for students needing extra help
• Teachers looping with their classes
• Students start school with their current teachers, and transition to their new grade level at a determined date.
• Team teaching
• Am/pm schedules
• Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) models, tailored to grade level needs
• Child care
Parents, look forward to more information coming your way!
School has changed, society too! But God the Father has not!
James 1:17 New International Version (NIV)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.