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Stronger Together: Instructional Planning

Part of Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools. Created through the Reopening Schools Task Force that fostered a collaborative process for educators and stakeholders to lend their important voices.

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As LEAs choose the instructional schedule model that best fits the needs of their students and families, considerations for intentional planning of instruction will be key to a successful implementation. Instructional planning should include time for general and special education staff to collaboratively plan and learn from each other. To support this collaboration, a system to learn in real time how the learning environment is or is not working for students is essential. Ideally, this feedback loop would allow for school leaders to see how well students are engaged in their learning, whether the instructional supports and accommodations are working, and whether the material is relevant and accessible to the student.

Essential Questions for Consideration

  • What planning time and infrastructure will teachers and staff need to discuss real-time feedback from students?
  • What planning resources will staff need to work together to design and lead changes in their classrooms?
  • What data will be collected as a feedback loop on students’ experiences to inform planning?
  • How will the LEA ensure students with disabilities and other special populations are fully integrated into every aspect of preparation and participation of the instructional model?
  • How will Universal Design for Learning (UDL) be utilized during instructional planning time?
  • How will the teacher teams determine essential state standards to focus learning?
  • How will staff engage with the student to figure out learning barriers and plan to find innovative ways to meet their needs?
  • What academic and social–emotional supports or interventions are provided to those students who are struggling with the instructional program model?
  • How will the LEA ensure not only the needs of all students are addressed, but that the decision made will benefit all students, staff, and families?

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Last Reviewed: Monday, June 8, 2020
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