Teacher & Parent Roles for Remote Learning



In a district that places great emphasis on social-emotional learning, our teacher’s commitment to our students has never been more important.  Teachers remain dedicated to providing a quality educational experience while taking care of the social emotional needs of our students.  


Our online learning plan builds on the social-emotional practices that teachers utilize on a daily basis in their classrooms.  These practices include:

  • Foster a sense of community and connectedness among the students whenever possible. Collaborate with colleagues  
  • Assign appropriate flexible learning activities or assignments for students with consideration of the remote learning environment 
  • Solicit feedback and ideas from students
  • Provide a clear weekly schedule
  • Clearly communicate classroom norms and expectations for all online interactions and collaboration
  • Regularly post “office hours” to communicate availability and the preferred method of communication
  • Communicate with department/grade level colleagues regularly to review and improve online lessons/activities


PARENT ADVICE                            


Parents and family members play an essential role in a student’s online educational experience. While families have always been engaged in the nuances and expectations associated with supporting their child’s work, the ideas outlined below will further help your child to learn and thrive in an online learning environment                  

  • Establish a daily routine and daily expectations for your child.
  • Help your child plan the week’s activities and work
  • Check-in with your child regarding their work and engage them in a discussion of their work
  • Help your child create an environment that is conducive to 
  • Support opportunities for your child to exercise or be outdoors or be involved in the arts
  • Establish guidelines for your child’s screen time                                                         
  • Reach out to your child’s teacher, advisor or guidance counselor with concerns, questions, and for support
  • Be a supportive partner with your child’s teacher(s) 





Moving forward, Needham Public Schools is committed to providing continuity for our students as they look to make academic progress and enhance their knowledge, skills, and competencies. The district’s plan for remote learning is consistent with DESE’s newest guidance and will roll out in a thoughtful manner for all grade levels starting the week of April 6th. It will look different at each level so that expectations are aligned with students’ developmental needs.


Specific structures and schedules for remote learning will be provided and shared with families by your school principals. Teachers have been working tirelessly with their colleagues and leaders to craft programs at each level and to retrofit existing processes and procedures in order to continue servicing students and their families in the context or our “new normal.” 


We are in an unexpected and steep learning curve and all members of the Needham Public Schools are working together to learn and teach in our current environment. It is our commitment to pull together to help students continue learning over this extended period.


We welcome and appreciate your partnership, and we welcome your feedback as we collaborate as educators and parents to help your children grow during this uncertain time and always.

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