This back to school season has been strange for everyone! Like many schools, KLS began the 2020-21 school year this week with remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We of course wish our community could be together in person, but we're proud of the work our team has done to provide high-quality remote instruction. Our flexible, student-centered model makes it possible for authentic learning to continue despite the challenging circumstances. Word about the KLS approach to remote instruction has gotten out, so our founder and our school have been featured in the press lately. We rounded up some of those articles here for you to check out.
Our founder, Sal Khan, wrote this New York Times opinion piece with ideas for how learning can continue even while school buildings are closed. We’re proud to say that you can see the types of interactive, student-centered lessons he describes in KLS remote classes at every level. In addition to facilitating academic collaboration between students, our advisors have scheduled opportunities for social-emotional connection into daily schedules. Advising groups connect through regular morning and afternoon meetings to bookend the day, students have individual conferences with their advisor to discuss progress on both academic and personal goals, and each level gathers together for weekly lessons on social-emotional skills to help with coping during these uncertain times. Read more about Sal’s suggestions for what effective remote learning can look like here.
When personalized learning programs are implemented well, students become the leaders of their education. These tools allow KLS students to continue making academic progress during remote instruction, but that relationship with a teacher advisor is key to growth. This allows students to develop agency over their learning and build the metacognition skills needed to reflect on their progress. Fast Company interviewed Sonia Cho, the Head of our Lower School, and popped into our middle school's Capstone Exhibition for this article about how strong relationships are crucial to successful personalized learning. The article also featured a spotlight on IL6 student Ishansh's presentation during Capstone Exhibition.
In this video interview with CBS, Sal targets his tips towards parents who are trying to manage their child's learning at home. He suggests focusing on the basics, prioritizing social-emotional connections, and encouraging older learners to set daily academic goals. KLS advisors can vouch for the effectiveness of Sal's tips! They've certainly helped make distance learning go smoother for us. See the full CBS interview with Sal here.
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