Remote Doesn't Mean Isolated: Supportive Online Instruction for English Learner Students

Tuesday February 9, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Lecture 4

Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced all K-12 schools to switch from the traditional face-face learning to online classrooms with very little preparation time, many of the online learning experiences our students faced were intermittent, frustrating, sub-standard, and lonely. Our four week summer program model, "Gateway English Learners Online Academy" focused on fostering a sense of community among our participants, acknowledging student anxiety, and providing additional emotional support through enrichment activities, meetings with an art therapist, and a social worker. Our students felt like they are part of a learning community, not just a kid in front of a computer screen. Remote learning doesn't mean students learn in isolation, or feel secluded or lonely. Online students can and should feel like they are members of productive and supportive educational communities.

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