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Will Your School Be Different After the Pandemic?

Will Your School Be Different After the Pandemic?

2020 has been a crazy year--definitely one for the history books. Schools have had to bear the brunt of the uncertainty this year brought. In March 2020, the school year abruptly changed when all Oklahoma schools quickly moved to online instruction for the remainder of the year to help decrease COVID-19 infections. With an uncertain summer, schools planned for the next year not really knowing what to expect. Oklahoma teachers and administrators deserve an amazing amount of praise and thanks for doing everything they could to make this year as normal as possible for their students. Thank you!

As 2020 comes to a close and as we look forward to 2021, how will the experiences teachers and administrators have endured change Oklahoma schools? Many parents, students, teachers and administrators may want to return to “normal” as we put the pandemic behind us. However, some may have learned through this trying year there are some changes they actually liked. With remote or virtual instruction, students and parents may decide they value the freedom they have with their schedules and choice of curriculum and instruction.

In the paper, Will Schools Change Forever?, the Christensen Institute notes there are four components that determine every school’s capabilities and priorities:

  1. The value proposition it makes to its stakeholders
  2. The resources a school relies upon
  3. The processes that determine how it carries out its work
  4. The revenue formula to cover its costs

These four components must be considered together. If a school changes resources by providing students with remote instruction but does not change the process of instruction, the changes will likely fail. In other words, if a school does remote instruction just like face-to-face instruction (without changing the process of instruction) and expects students to sit for 50-minutes while a teacher lectures via Zoom, it likely won’t succeed. School leaders should consider how they can change the process of instruction to fit with the new form of instruction (the resource).

School leaders in Oklahoma and around the nation have found that some students excel at remote instruction. Some positive effects of remote learning include: “lower anxiety, better sleep, self-paced learning, and less bullying and school-based trauma” (Christensen Institute). Thanks to the current pandemic, schools may decide that they should consider a “portfolio approach” to providing instruction in the future, allowing students to opt for face-to-face, remote learning or a blend of both (Center for Reinventing Public Education).

OPSRC would like to know what your school is planning for the future. Please take a few moments to take this quick 3-question survey.

As always, if you need any help with technology to reach these goals or just want to brainstorm ideas, reach out to the OPSRC Tech Team at techteam@opsrc.net.

Kurt Bernhardt

Director, Technology

Kurt serves as OPSRC's technology director.

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