As the school year wraps up and summer learning plans are in full swing for many districts, teams are also beginning to kick off their fall planning processes in preparation for the coming year. And though many districts anticipate a much-celebrated return to in-person learning, some districts anticipate a hybrid and/or remote model to continue in their schools for the foreseeable future.
For some, planning a hybrid learning option may be tied to evolving vaccinations rollouts and concerns about overcrowding. Other districts may be looking at long-term hybrid or remote learning options to offer more flexibility to students, to bolster family engagement, or to continue the growth of students who struggled in onsite learning but thrived in remote learning.
Whether an established hybrid district or one contemplating long-term hybrid or remote options for the first time, some of the necessary tools and tech for successful hybrid learning are more obvious to educators than ever before–things like device access, robust internet connectivity, learning management systems, and video conferencing. These became the bare essential tools of the spring 2020 “crisis learning” period.
However, as districts are able to plan more deliberately for their hybrid and remote environments than spring 2020 afforded, many leaders are seeking strategic tools and resources that equip them to support student learning and social-emotional behavior (SEB) needs across learning environments as we move forward.
In this article, we offer a few free tools from Illuminate Education and highlight a few of Illuminate’s partners’ solutions that may help those considering planned, long-term hybrid or remote learning.
Free Resources from Illuminate
This toolkit is completely free to download and meant to help your team create a data-driven plan for supporting students’ new academic and social-emotional behavior (SEB) needs, addressing unfinished learning, and moving new learning forward–no matter where learning takes place. Discover specific action steps with aligned resources to support your team each step of the way. Bonus: you can also download easy-to-use templates used in the toolkit, and visit our Back-to-School 2021 Toolkit & Resource page for even more free resources.
Discover tons of free resources for educators teaching in remote or hybrid classrooms. Not finding what you need? Send us a message here.
Illuminate Partners Solutions
EmpowerU provides transformational Tier 1 and Tier 2 SEL intervention supports personalized to each student. EmpowerU is a turnkey, evidence-based program that helps schools meet their students’ unique social-emotional learning (SEL) needs to build the vital resilience and persistence skills that lead to success. EmpowerU provides each student interactive lessons and personalized coaching, pairing technology with brain research in a unique way that supports students and empowers them to grow. EmpowerU promotes the use of the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener (SAEBRS), part of Illuminate’s FastBridge K-12 assessment solution, to enable schools to easily and accurately identify students that need additional social-emotional support through EmpowerU. Learn more here.
Choose Love Movement offers a no cost, next-generation social-emotional learning (SEL) and character education program for Pre-K through 12th grades, designed to teach students, educators and staff how to choose love in any circumstance thereby creating a safer, more connected school culture.
Google Classroom integrations are available for all Illuminate DnA and SchoolCity customers, as Illuminate is a proud Google for Education Partner. Post Illuminate assessments in Google Classroom and receive scores back after students submit their work. To learn more, read our recent case study featuring Santa Rosa City Schools, or take a look at how it works.
Achieve3000: Provides online learning opportunities in Math and Reading. If you’re currently a FastBridge user, the Screening to Intervention (s2i) Report, can be used to help teachers identify the best next step for supporting the learning needs of students. This includes using the Lexile score to help identify where a student should begin with Achieve3000 solutions.
Pivot Interactives enables students to learn through authentic lab experiences in a virtual environment four times faster than traditional methods. The Illuminate and Pivot pairing provides a comprehensive instructional and assessment NGSS solution. Those using Inspect Premium NGSS content can assess student’s learning in order to inform the next best instructional activities to explore within Pivot. Learn more.
Turnitin a leading provider of academic integrity and assessment solutions. Turnitin and Illuminate have teamed up to provide teachers with knowledge and resources to help discourage cheating and promote quality formative assessment creation and delivery in a distance learning environment. Learn more.
Learning Management Systems (LMSs)
A district’s LMS is the heartbeat of hybrid learning. Illuminate is proud to work with nine of the most widely used LMS solutions. Through the use of common open interoperability standards, we integrate with these in a variety of manners, including push to gradebook as well as for some, delivering an Illuminate assessment fromDnA or SchoolCity directly within the LMS.
Illuminate Education equips educators to take a data-driven approach to serving the whole child. Our solution combines comprehensive assessment, MTSS management and collaboration, and real-time dashboard tools, and puts them in the hands of educators. As a result, educators can monitor learning and growth, identify academic and social-emotional behavioral needs, and align targeted supports in order to accelerate learning for each student.
Ready to discover your one-stop shop for your district’s educational needs? Let’s talk.