Continuous Learning Plan Information

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A Message from KCKPS

Dear KCKPS Families,

We would like to know what you think about the continuous learning program.  Your opinions will be used to make decisions going forward.  If you have children in different grade levels or attending several schools, please feel free to complete a survey for each student.  Your children’s experiences at different grade levels and in each of our buildings is important to us.  Your responses will be kept anonymous.  This survey will likely take around 5 or 6 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions, please contact your school principal.  Thank you very much for your time and input.

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Implementation of Continuous Learning will begin the week of April 6th -10th in KCKPS.

Goal of Continuous Learning

The goal of Continuous Learning in KCKPS is to ensure the district continues to provide instruction beyond the classroom so that students stay connected and on track with their learning.

Continuous Learning in KCKPS

KCKPS’s approach to continuous learning begins with the assertion that the learning experiences teachers design when school is in regular session cannot merely be replicated through continuous learning. In particular, the invaluable social interactions and mediation that occurs naturally among students and between teachers and students cannot be recreated in the same way. Additionally, teachers must find new methods for providing timely and specific feedback to support student growth and learning. Accordingly, this CLP provides guidelines and insights about how KCKPS faculty can leverage digital and experiential learning in ways that bring the curriculum to life.

KCKPS deliberately uses the term continuous learning rather than technology-specific labels such as “virtual learning,” “e-learning,” or “online classes.” This choice reflects our conviction that quality learning can occur continuously without solely relying on computers or being in a physical building. Rather than being tied to an electronic device for their education, KCKPS’s goal is for students to read, communicate, and engage in authentic learning experiences while continuing to be physically active. Accordingly, KCKPS’s shift to continuous learning begins with the consideration of how we can intentionally align ongoing learning experiences with our Mission and Vision.

Aligning this CLP to KCKPS’s Mission and Vision permits teachers to think differently about the opportunities and possibilities that may result from the challenging circumstances associated with any school closure. As teachers reflect on how to best design or redesign their units, lessons, or courses, we encourage them to consider the following questions:

  • How can I leverage digital platforms to provide learning experiences rich in engagement,
    social interaction, and feedback?
  • How can I help my students manage the worry, fear, or isolation they may be
    experiencing as a result of this emergency or crisis?
  • What are the essential understandings and skills I can help my students develop at this
    time?, and How can I help my students construct their understandings of the content?
  • What are the authentic learning opportunities that have resulted from this emergency or
    crisis?, and Where might my students’ curiosity and motivation open other new
  • How can I design learning experiences that address the needs of different types of
    learners who need different kinds of support and guidance?
  • How will I assess student learning in meaningful ways?

At the core of KCKPS’s approach to continuous learning is the belief we should think differently about our priorities when responding to challenging circumstances, and we should embrace new opportunities for students to learn in authentic, meaningful ways.

**Adapted from ASIJ’s Distance Learning Plan**

Continuous Learning Plan – Specific Information