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Supporting Our Districts with Continuous Learning

Supporting Our Districts with Continuous Learning
Posted on 08/01/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Supporting Our Districts with Continuous LearningThanks to funding recently released to OSPI by the state Office of Financial Management, ESD 123 is joining Washington's eight regional ESDs to provide support and training for school systems across the state. These supports will help districts with platform selection, provide training for educators and families, and will launch networks for educators to share best practices.

This collaborative effort comes through our Association of ESDs (the AESD Network), which has been working throughout the spring 2020 closures and over the summer to help school districts evolve their systems and instructional practices.

In a recent press release from OSPI, Superintendent Chris Reykdal stated:

“Last spring, we heard consistently from educators that they needed more training on how to effectively use online learning management systems. We also heard from students, parents, and guardians that they were overwhelmed by the variety of systems educators were using to provide online learning.

To make online learning more effective this fall, we have to streamline this. Students and parents should be able to focus on learning, and educators should be focused on teaching, without the modality of the instruction getting in the way. Our ESDs will provide educators with training in a handful of learning management systems consistent with guidance we have already sent to districts to simplify their remote learning managements systems for families.”

Teachers, school administrators, and families are encouraged to learn more by visiting the AESD website at www.waesd.org/professional-learning/continuous-learning/.  The continuous learning is offered as follows:

Streamlining Learning Management System (LMS) Platforms

  • Selecting an LMS Platform
    LMS 101 Series

    • Family/Parent/Provider Supports (Coming this month!)

    • Regional LMS Educator Networks (Coming in October)

  • System Supports for Distance Learning

  • Long-Term School Closure Professional Development

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