After completing the summer school session for K-12, the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has declared success for its remote-learning model.
“The session ... provided unique classroom experiences for over 700 students with the right blend of rigor, fun and innovative approaches to learning," LVJUSD officials said in a statement Monday.
The LVJUSD’s summer session spanned for four-weeks in an exclusive virtual environment for 700 students. By using a K-2 Literacy Academy and a K-5 Academy for English language development programs, the district utilized goal-setting and self-monitoring for students.
“The commitment of the teaching staff and the involvement of parents in at-home support made this year’s model successful for students and valuable for teachers involved in remote instruction,” wrote LVJUSD.
Specifically, students were invited to the program for individualized needs. Overall, classes were small and instructors were given time for professional development and support.
As a result, according to LVJUSD, students were able to develop self-confidence in their achievements. Because of virtual instruction, teachers were able to create small groups to individualize instruction and connect to their students more closely.
In addition, the Extended School Year Program, which included 128 students, were able to maintain their academic skills through guided practice and instruction from coordinator Jenny Kordes, according to the district.
In the secondary program, principal Clark Conover was able to “virtually visit” classrooms to observe co-teachers working with groups of students, citing it as a positive aspect of the program. The program focused on character development for students, and teachers were also able to utilize office hours for personalized learning, LVJUSD officials said.
Conover cited that over 300 students took additional coursework in specifically targeted areas like math, English, social studies and world language. Even courses that would usually require physical instruction made virtual accommodations. Notably, agriculture students participated in animal care and sold livestock via a live show and auction, even with the absence of the Alameda County Fair, he said.
Students in upper grades were also given the opportunity to work on “credit deficiencies” to get on track with fulfilling graduation requirements, according to LVJUSD.
“It was a positive experience for all of us, and I know my colleagues and I are proud of our summer school team,” Conover said in a statement.