Learning is at the forefront of all our minds as we all try to wrap up the 2019/2020 school year with virtual learning at home and question what next school year will look like. Nobody truly knows.
I love the quote from Fred Rogers. “Often, when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” That is so true with our educational climate. Not only have we all experienced change but many of us have a better understanding of how our own kids learn, the technology they use, and we’ve gotten to know their teachers (true heroes during the pandemic) better. If we take to hear Mr. Rogers’ statement, this could be a good starting point. We can aim to shape the future of learning and education even in the midst of all the necessary changes in what schooling looks like.
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Let’s Make Tomorrow Better, Together
I’m excited to tell you about a new initiative called Tomorrow, powered by Remake Learning. This campaign will engage students, families and educators between May – October on what the future of education looks like in America. Tomorrow will spotlight the ideas of everyone, include discussions with communities, and help us all prepare for the future together. It will focus on what we can do today to make tomorrow a more promising place for every learner as we figure this out together.
This is our chance as parents, educators, and concerned citizens to make tomorrow better by connecting our ideas and new ways of learning to prepare for next school year. This new beginning could actually turn out to be a positive change for our kids and students across the country where we make it a more promising education for every learner. Now is the perfect time to do things better for all students with equity at the center of all our plans for tomorrow.
Virtual Events Schedule
Tomorrow is your chance to be part of the change. Through virtual meet-ups, workshops, youth documentaries, podcasts, social media chats, and more, you can be part of shaping the education and learning of tomorrow. Get started now by checking out Tomorrow’s Virtual Events and how you can get started in shaping the future.
Day of Kindness
Today is the 143rd day of the year, May 22nd. Fred Rogers once said, “It takes one letter to say I and four letters to say love and three letters to say you. One hundred and forty-three.” I loved Mr. Rogers growing up and as a parent. His passion for children and his empathetic, child-centered, wholly unique approach to learning was fascinating. If all educators were like him, what a truly remarkable experience kids would have in school and how valued they would feel.
Tomorrow, powered by Remake Learning is setting today as a day of kindness to honor Fred Rogers. What if all kids felt loved, a sense of belonging, and had relationships they could trust? Today is the perfect day to put children at the center of our education focus. Not just our own children, but all the children in your community, city, state, and country. How can we work together to give all children the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential?
What I’ve Learned and My Ideas on Education
No idea is too small when we put the child at the center. I’ve learned through remote learning with my children that they both truly learn differently. My daughter thrives on being organized, having a schedule, completely assignments, and zoom calls to stay connected.
This is the first time I’ve chatted online and on the phone with their teachers beyond conferences at school once or twice a year for 10-15 minutes. I more fully understand who the teachers are and their passion for educating – even with the changes they are all going through with remote learning. My son is more of a people-person and thrives with in-person collaboration. I’ve always known my kids learn differently but now I understand more than ever what elements are important to them.
Our education system – whether it is remote next year or in-school, or a little bit of both needs to meet student’s needs and aspirations. For this to happen, I feel like parents must be involved. We must learn the technology they are using, starting with Google Classroom. We must understand how our child learns and help them make up for what they aren’t getting with the worksheets they have to fill out, video they must watch, or instruction from their teacher. It’s going to be hard, especially for those of us that work part or full-time, especially if we have to do remote learning next year. It’s going to be different, probably more difficult than before – however, it could be better. It could be the start of an education experience and future that puts the child at the center of all our education plans and goals. Beyond learning facts and skills, I want to see our students being recognized as they individuals they are and give them all the tools they need to reach their full potential.
Let’s Get Started!
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Said Fred Rogers. The future of our children and country depends on how we educate them. Let’s get started!
What’s “something else” you’d love to be implemented into the education system? What have you learned through remote learning that could help reshape learning next school year? Have you been surprised by anything your children have experienced? What are your hopes for today’s students? Share your ideas with Tomorrow and on social media by tagging @RemakeLearning and using #RemakeTomorrow #143Day. We can make education relevant, engaging, and equitable when we all work together today for tomorrow’s education.