Rapid Transition to Online Learning 2.0 at Uplift Education
Release Date: 3/30/2020
While the coronavirus has created uncertainty for communities, Uplift continues to pay all staff and offer comprehensive services for staff, families, and students.
Dallas, TX – Despite school closures due to COVID-19, Uplift Education supported schools kept their doors open — online. As news organizations report on closures and how schools plan to cope, we as a network are “uplifting” guidance and resources that match our focus on equity, quality, and a human-centered approach to the use of technology for learning.
More than 20,000 charter public school students attended live Facebook and YouTube classes online this past two weeks.
The online school education provide students with a familiar routine, companionship and support. “Online learning can be a dynamic model that offers a robust and enriching experience. We will help our families succeed during these difficult times,” said Yasmin Bhatia, CEO.
As of Monday, March 30th, Uplift is implementing “Online Learning 2.0”, which will incorporate paper copies mailed to each family, online resources and live instruction for all grade levels. Teachers will have set hours to assist and help students and families to answer questions.
With school closures, it is essential to find ways to continue to provide learning opportunities and critical services to our students —especially those who will be hit hardest by the economic downturn that is also occurring.
This is a moment that exposes the many inequities in our society — from the broadband and computers needed for distance education to the supportive environments needed to focus on learning. For the millions of children who are homeless, food insecure, without social emotional support, school is often the one place where they feel safe and where they are taken care of. At Uplift we have distributed over 5,300 Chromebooks to our students and 20,263 grab-and-go meals in the past two weeks. In addition, part of Uplift’s COVID-19 response, the Well-Being team is actively offering counseling and health services support to students as well as sharing regular practices on how they can take care of themselves in the midst of the uncertainly brought about by the pandemic.
While we must stay apart physically right now, it is heartening to see so many of us coming together at our network in many other ways to care for each other and our students. Perhaps some of the innovations we’re developing today may lead us to new and powerful solutions in the future that can help overcome the persistent challenges of equity and access in education that we all strive to end.
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Uplift Education is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of teachers, families, and, most importantly, students. With a network of 43 college preparatory, public charter schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Uplift offers students of any background the powerful chance to study within a multidisciplinary curriculum and prepare for the college career they deserve. Uplift is the largest International Baccalaureate district in Texas and the #2 IB district in the nation because of the number of holistic extracurricular and educational programs. The incredible educators in the Uplift network guide and teach nearly 20,000 students in Pre-K- 12th grades, with the majority being low-income and minority students who will be the first in their family to attend college. For more information Uplift’s mission and their blind lottery selection system, visit uplifteducation.org or facebook.com/uplifteducation.
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