Support Your School During COVID-19 with ManageBac

At the beginning of 2020, the world hit pause and fast forward all at once. During this challenging time, we have maintained close contact with our schools and students, leveraging our expertise in online education to support schools as they have flipped their brick-and-mortar schools into virtual learning environments.

As we continue to work with schools to plan for the future, we reflect on our learnings so far and bring together a range of support resources and provocations about education during and beyond the pandemic.

Key Learnings and Takeaways for Schools During COVID-19

Our learning community has never been stronger: students see teachers as learners and parents are empowered to support student learning.
  • UNICEF has released this guide for coping with parenting challenges and supporting learning at home during COVID-19.

  • This for parents from the offers strategies for supporting learning during school closures.

  • by the World Bank offers three key principles for supporting teachers during the pandemic.

  • As part of an 8-part series sharing his school’s learnings from the early coronavirus shutdown in Hong Kong, Mark Steed, Principal and CEO at Kellett School, during the pandemic.

  • ag手机登录网址Although this TedX Talk pre-dates coronavirus, resonates with our current times where teachers are learners of technology and students can be empowered to lead.

Our learning environment can be reimagined: the traditional school curriculum can be expanded through online learning opportunities, giving students more choice and opportunity to follow their passions.
  • ag手机登录网址 supports schools to personalise learning for their students by expanding their curriculum, offering a wider range of subject choices for students in the Cambridge IGCSE and International A Level, and IB Diploma programmes.

  • ag手机登录网址Blip or flip? , Damian Bacchoo & Jon Halligan ask whether your school is embracing the opportunity to set in motion a paradigm shift in education

  • ag手机登录网址The World Economic Forum identifies .

  • ag手机登录网址, Patrick Cook-Deegan of asks if the lockdown will push schools in a positive direction?

  • In our ManageBac blog post, we consider the terminology around remote learning and how the language of education is shifting in response to the pandemic.

  • In his for the World Economic Forum, Conrad Hughes of the International School of Geneva asks if COVID-19 will spell the end of exams?

Having a clearly articulated curriculum helps teachers, students and parents collaborate productively when learning moves between the classroom and homes.
  • ag手机登录网址The International Baccalaureate offers this to online learning, teaching and education continuity planning for schools as well as a for teachers.

  • The highlights the need for documenting the learning as a way of identifying learning gaps and making a plan for responding to them.

  • ag手机登录网址Summer curriculum work is happening: as schools look to adapt and adjust the curriculum.

  • This article offers from the Scottish government to support teachers in preparing their curriculum offer for and during the recovery phase after COVID-19 school closures.

  • ag手机登录网址UK government offers on identifying and addressing gaps in student learning due to school closures.

  • This highlights achievement gaps in the US and how they are being exacerbated by the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Teachers are inspired and required to engage with technology like never before, and use tech innovation to transform student learning.
  • ag手机登录网址FariaPD, our Professional Development team, offers for facilitating synchronous and asynchronous professional development, with .

  • The OECD provides a to support the continuation of teaching and learning during the pandemic.

  • ag手机登录网址As part of the FariaPD Teachers Helping Teachers series, Marie Mugabe offers .

  • A from the Education Development Center which focuses on technology use with early learners

  • This highlights how technology has amplified many great practices of teachers in supporting personalised learning and providing personalised feedback for example, while it has also amplified the less than desirable outcomes of instructive practices.

  • Read our blog on how to use AssessPrep for Online Learning and Remote Assessments
Social emotional learning has taken on a new importance in the post-COVID world as students and teachers navigate this challenging learning experience and seek new ways of connecting and belonging.
  • The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has released a to supporting the social and emotional learning of students during school reopenings.

  • ag手机登录网址Integrate the within your curriculum to support student understanding of identity, diversity, justice and action.

  • ag手机登录网址The Resilient Educator provides a for teachers, parents and students.

  • ag手机登录网址, Casey Pettit of discusses how we can stay connected in our classrooms during school closures.

  • ag手机登录网址, incoming Director of the International School of Brussels, offers to help frame our thinking during lockdown.​​

We have developed more creative and flexible ways to interact and communicate.
  • ag手机登录网址Communication comes from the questions asked, Michael Lannini and Paul Smith share to support communication with the community.

  • ag手机登录网址 takes a look at what platforms schools should be communicating with their community.

  • has curated templates for communications that schools can use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Finalsite has schools have shared with their broader community.

  • The Council of International Schools highlights the child protection , and provides guidance for updating your school’s safeguarding policy.

  • discusses how COVID-19 is changing the way we communicate while encourages us to be mindful of people who are uncomfortable on the phone or on video.

Students can be more independent than ever before: students are self-managing their learning, developing organizational skills and resilience.
  • ag手机登录网址In , UNESCO and the Smart Learning Institute, Beijing uses learning stories from around the world to promote active learning at home during school closures.

  • ag手机登录网址, IB graduate Safa Shahkhalili discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity for young people to learn beyond the school curriculum.

  • provides tips for students on successful online learning.

  • In this , a Pamoja Online Courses student talks about her online experience with Pamoja through the pandemic.

“In times of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves beautifully equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”

ag手机登录网址Eric Hoffer – Reflections on the Human Condition

Get your Curriculum ready for remote learning!

1. Capture the Changes

Teachers should spend time reviewing what was covered during remote instruction and clearly document the changes that occured.

2. Identify the Gaps

ag手机登录网址Once teachers have clearly documented the changes that occured, the next step is to begin the process of identifying the gaps in student learning across each grade level.

3. Prioritize What's Essential

ag手机登录网址Out of the learning targets that were skipped or not adequately addressed during remote learning, teachers should determine the non-negotiable essential targets, and then prioritize grade level standards.

4. Think Vertically

Once grade level teams have determined essential targets and standards that were missed, teams must come together for a vertical review and discussion.

5. Edit and Revise

ag手机登录网址As learning goals are adjusted and refined, teachers will need to create or adjust assessments and learning activities to ensure alignment and coverage. If teachers don’t have unit plans, this is the perfect opportunity to develop units to guide instruction for remote or in-person instruction.

Using ManageBac to Support Remote Learning

The Coronavirus Pandemic has caused school closures around the world. Here have added a new Online Lessons & Presentation mode to ManageBac to support schools with the shift to remote learning.

The new Online Lessons feature allows teachers and students to switch between different learning modes seamlessly, where we aim to provide teachers, students and parents with a centralized calendar where assignments, tasks and online lesson locations for all classes can be accessed. Teachers are free to choose whatever platform they are most comfortable with to conduct the online lesson. They simply copy and paste the URL of the Online Lesson meeting location. If Zoom is used, the URL will be automatically generated. Keep the evidence of asynchronous and synchronous learning activities in one place, associated with the written curriculum of the unit to provide educators an opportunity to reflect and adjust strategies as needed.

Our built-in presentation mode allows teachers to present and screenshare learning materials during online lessons, directly from the class stream. KeyChat also allows for real-time discussions between teachers and students while using Presentation Mode, allowing for easy communication online.

Introducing Presentation Mode & KeyChat

ag手机登录网址Check out our blog post for more information!

Online Learning Reimagined

Pamoja provides schools across the globe with flexible online learning solutions that address key educational challenges, from structured content to courses fully taught by our own teachers. Pamoja help Cambridge Schools and IB World Schools broaden their subject offering to students by delivering online courses for IB Diploma, Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge International AS and A Level programmes. 

Building Global Collaboration Through Cohorts

Learning from one another is key to growth. Join us for our different series of learning cohorts where we will meet every week or every other week for a few hours to dive deep into focused topics. Build up your network and get feedback from others.

School-Based Virtual Professional Development

Our team can support your work virtually with remote professional development in a synchronous or asynchronous format. We will work with you to create a plan consisting of single or multiple online sessions with targeted learning goals.

Coaching Hours

Our team of facilitators is here to support your curriculum work and provide the extra momentum you need to keep moving forward. We can brainstorm ideas, discuss next steps or provide feedback on work in progress. You can choose how to use coaching hours throughout the year; mix and match session topics to make the most of the time available.

Become Part of the Conversation with Webinars

As we enter a new period of learning, our hope is to bring together educators and leaders from across regions, to discuss what is working, what has been learned so far and plans for moving forward.