How a Smart Start Corridor can Leverage Home-Based Learning

Make the Most of an All-Home-Based Model

An all-home-based model provides a gift you may not get again. Take advantage of the silver lining of an all-home-based model and reap the benefits for years to come! All teachers can have a common professional time which opens up daily corridors of collaborative planning time. Parents and caregivers are, in effect, "covering preps" -- so the opportunities for teacher collaboration expand. By unlinking prep time from specials, you can create these valuable corridors.

The Smart Start Corridor provides a valuable DAILY cadence for meeting essential needs of teachers, families, the system and, most importantly, students.

Smart Start Corridor for Families & Students

Caregivers are the backbone of the system this year. The remote and hybrid paradigms rely on families. If they are not successful, the system fails. That is a lot of pressure. Our anchor model includes a number of important and intentional structures to support caregiver success. Smart Start is an important one.

The corridor provides a formal structure for parents & students to:

  • Test and troubleshoot technology -- ideally with support from a district help line. 

  • Learn from the school through professional development how to support their children in the new role. 

  • Get each of their children ready for the day. 

  • Get support from the school’s family success teams at the school about challenges they are facing in the role. The guidance counselors, social workers, deans, principal, AP, nurse, and others are formally scheduled to support this role each morning.

  • Collaborate with the DL and ELL team to develop learning and executive functioning strategies for their children. 

Smart Start for Teachers

Teachers will be learning new ways of teaching this year. Even experienced and highly-talented teachers will in some ways feel like a first-year teacher all over again. Providing formal structures for increased planning time, collaboration, and additional professional development will be key.
This corridor provides a formal structure for teachers to:​
  • Trouble-shoot & solve any challenges from the day before.

  • Reflect on and improve the online experience for students.

  • Learn from & collaborate with colleagues (both vertically and horizontally) on materials and content creation.

  • Build skills on tech platforms.

  • Engage in certification programs.

  • Attend network- or district-wide professional development.

  • Collaborate with colleagues beyond the school walls (all network art teachers, for example).

Leveraging the Smart Start

The Smart Start Corridor directly enables many other highly valuable features:

  • Class size reduced by half for every math and ELA class. It is a breakthrough concept and a game-changer for teaching and learning and does not rely on students being self directed in asynchronous time to accomplish this. See Tegy's Anchor Model here.

  • Unprecedented collaboration between DL and Gen Ed teachers. 

  • Enhanced and responsive MTSS structures.

  • PLC infrastructure for Network ISL staff and professional development partners.

  • Can pivot to hybrid and school-based paradigms. It provides the foundation for a hybrid strategy that eliminates the need for days of asynchronous student time.


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