Uplift Education, a Public Charter School in Texas, Reopens Classrooms for Summer School

  • Release Date: 6/4/2020

    What does Summer School look like for students in 2020? In a period of economic uncertainty with shifting job markets and employment opportunities that are evaporating in some places and springing to life in others, education remains one of the best investments people can make.

    Dallas, TX – When Governor, Greg Abbott announced Texas schools could open for summer instruction starting June 1st, Yasmin Bhatia was one of the first to jump at the chance to announced her plans for Uplift Education on our website page and communicated it to all our families.

    As one of the only area school districts to offer both in-person and virtual learning models this summer, Uplift will have the opportunity to learn from this implementation to inform our practices for the fall semester. We believe that this is a safe and balanced way to get our scholars back for in-person learning to address any learning loss caused by school closure, and to accelerate scholar learning.

    "Our students have not been in school for the last quarter, and although we provided a robust online program, we know it’s not the same for every student. We know students are not moving as quickly and learning as much as an in-class experience. Summer school this year takes on an added importance. It provides us with the opportunity to get in front of students and strengthen their skills and get them ready for the fall," said Uplift CEO Yasmin Bhatia.

    We are equipped to deep clean and disinfect our classrooms daily and will provide hand sanitizers to scholars and staff. In addition to allowing only 6 students per classroom, teachers and students will be encouraged to wear masks, and will abide by the 6-foot distance rule at all times.

    Uplift will focus on the following:

    • Ensuring that we all value our commitment to working as one team while being responsive and innovative in our approach to teaching and learning. We are prepared both to remediate learning loss and accelerate growth and are building new practices that allow for flexible learning environments in the event that we experience another school closure.
    • Ensuring that we act with compassion in understanding the needs of our families and students while also ensuring that we do not lower our bar of expectations, but rather that we work harder to understand and meet their needs so that we prepare our students for success in college and life beyond the pandemic.
    • Ensuring that we acknowledge our need for connection as a learning community. We were forced to work remotely and to be away from our students unexpectedly and must be intentional and safe in reconnecting as a community to help propel the work forward in a way that honors our humanity and our need to be seen, heard, and valued.

    We are a network committed to developing the whole student.  During remote learning, our students have not had the same number of opportunities to develop pro-social skills, nor have they regularly received both learning and social-emotional supports at the same rate as if we were in school.   Despite our efforts to increase small group instruction for our students who need it most and to find innovative efforts to meet our students social-emotional needs, we know that we can do a better job going into next year.  In response, we are ready to empower our students with both academic and pro-social skill development this summer and to equip them to have a strong start to the upcoming school year.

    Our Summer Institute’s purpose will not change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an International Baccalaureate network of schools, our core responsibilities are to our students, staff and families. We are proud as a network to be able to think outside the box and come up with the best way to support our families during this hard time.

    The design of our Uplift summer learning programming falls into two categories: Self-Paced, Independent Learning and Teacher-Led. Please visit our website to learn more: www.uplifteducation.org/summersmart.

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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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    Dallas, TX 75207
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    Senior Marketing and Communications Director
    dfox@uplifteducation.org
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