California district creates remote learning team to give overwhelmed teachers some relief

Education Dive | July 14, 2020

California district creates remote learning team to give overwhelmed teachers some relief
A virtual learning team of six to eight teachers in California's Mountain View Whisman School District will produce online lessons for all subjects and grade levels for the coming school year in an effort to alleviate pressure in remote learning environments, District Administration reports. The district plans to run a hybrid schedule that includes both fully remote learning and part-time in-person instruction through an A/B schedule. Without the task of developing virtual lessons, teachers will have more time to do remediation with students who have fallen behind, the district's superintendent said. The district expects some families to keep students home and continue remote learning throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and if more students stay home than expected, more teachers will be shifted to the remote learning team.

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Secondary education will be a key platform for young people in Africa to enter the world of work. Only nine percent of African youth attend university or other tertiary-level education. 2 As access is broadened, most youth who leave secondary education, whether during their lower or upper secondary years, will enter the world of work. While preparing students for tertiary education remains critical, secondary education systems will increasingly be depended upon to prepare youth to earn an income and lead meaningful lives as citizens of a global world.

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