BCSD rises to challenge of remote learning

BCSD rises to challenge of remote learning
Posted on 04/10/2020
The mission of the Binghamton City School District is to educate, empower and challenge our students. The district has proudly continued doing precisely those things throughout the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. We have risen to the challenge of distance learning, working each day to provide children with the academic, social and emotional support that they deeply deserve.

We are educating our students by implementing new approaches to make their at-home learning journey productive and engaging. Teachers across our ten buildings are using a variety of tools, such as Google Classroom, Remind, Class Dojo, and Zoom. Educators are more engaged in social media than ever before, taking to platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to post creative lessons, read stories to their students, and remind them that they are missed and loved. While teachers are maintaining daily contact with their students, the district has remained committed to strong communication with families, faculty and staff. Updates and information are distributed via email, the website, and the district app at least three times per week. The website is frequently updated with free resources, with information on a variety of opportunities: from virtual field trips to mental health support hotlines.

We are empowering Binghamton students by providing them with the support and resources they need throughout this prolonged closure. The district issued more than 2500 devices, including laptops and Chromebooks, to students across our ten buildings. Some teachers and administrators have delivered prepared packets of work to students. We are doing everything in our power to make sure our students have equitable access to the resources they need in order to be successful with virtual education. In four weeks, we’ve served 66,000 grab-and-go meals to children in the City of Binghamton. The dedication of our food service workers is commendable.

We’re challenging our students by asking them to be flexible in the ways they learn and interact. They’ve stepped outside of their comfort zone, and into the uncertain world of distance learning. Our faculty and staff are also being challenged to educate their students in a way that they’ve never been asked to before. They have demonstrated tremendous creativity and innovation. Trial and error are essential as we strive to create a virtual academic environment. There have been some missteps and adjustments, but there’s also been remarkable success, growth and improvement.

From crisis comes opportunity. The COVID-19 pandemic will be a teachable experience for the Binghamton City School District. Together, students, educators and parents are learning new lessons that we’ll carry with us throughout our lifetimes.
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