How to Prevent a Lost School Year

Parent & Family Engagement, Teachers & Principals | 07/01/2020

Jonah Edelman
Chief Executive Officer

In our lifetimes, there has never been a school year like the one coming up.

Unknowns abound, but one thing is for sure: a lot of “school” will happen remotely.

Given that, how can school districts prevent a repeat of last spring, when students did the bare minimum or, worse, checked out entirely? They can adopt the timely, powerful, and practical recommendations for motivating and supporting students and partnering with families in Preventing a Lost School Year.

Here are three of the nine recommendations:

  • Assign every middle and high school student an Advisor who checks in regularly and makes sure they are getting the support they need to stay on track.
  • Have the Advisor or elementary school teacher do a Virtual Home Visit with every student and their family at the beginning of the school year to build trust, understand the student and family’s situation, and begin an ongoing partnership.
  • Adopt fair grading practices, including A, B, and C grades, no zeroes, and re-take and make up opportunities that motivate students to do their best and encourage struggling students to keep striving.

District Administration magazine featured the Preventing a Lost School Year Guide, and the American Association of School Administrators sent it to all 50 of their state executive directors, but most district leaders still haven’t seen it.Want to help educators make the best of the challenging school year ahead?

Take a quick look through the Preventing a Lost School Year Guide and share it right away with school board members, superintendents, administrators, principals, and teachers you know.

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