Strong Start Resources

 

Planning
Tools
Sample
School Models
Strong Start
Implementation Supports

 

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2020-2021 Planning Support


 

Tool

Description Intended Use Release

Reflection tool 

Preliminary planning checklist and reflection tool that districts can use to consider how lessons from spring 2020 may translate to fall planning; Includes topics such as leadership, student performance, family engagement, technology, operations, academics, staffing, etc. 

Serve as  inputs into the guidebook to help LEAs develop their re-opening strategy (e.g., school models, curriculum, schedule, teacher deployment, use of space, etc.)

Posted

Survey resource 

Survey question bank and guidance for LEAs to ask families and staff about their spring experience and fall desires 

Posted

Planning guidebook 

Set of considerations and resources for districts to use as they determine their school models and district design (curriculum, schedules, staffing, professional development, etc.) and plan for in-year contingencies

Guides LEAs through the process of designing their district and school re-opening strategy

Posted

Phased Reopening Guide

Set of considerations and guidance for districts to use as they consider how to phase-in reopening over the first 4-8 weeks of school

Guides LEAs through the process of designing a phased re-opening process Posted

Other useful planning tools & guides

Other useful survey tools

 

 

Model Name

Students are

Considerations

Release

Fully on-campus school models      
Grades K-5, blended learning 

On-campus 100% of the time 

  • Provides an option for families that request 5 day a week on-campus instruction
  • Blended learning model seeks to personalize student education and experience
  • Blended learning model could transition to remote, if circumstances require it 
  • Hybrid models allowed only if the district also provides daily on-campus instruction for all families that request it

Posted 

Grades 6-8, blended learning

On-campus 100% of the time 

Posted 

Grades 9-12, blended learning 

On-campus 100% of the time

Posted 

Fully remote school models       
Grade Pre-Kindergarten 

Remote 100% of the time

  • Provides an option for families that opt for completely remote learning
  • Models designed for a purely remote experience
  • Models intentionally mix synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences
  • Remote models allowed only if the district also provides daily on-campus instruction for all families that request it 

Posted 

Grades K-2, mix of synchronous and asynchronous 

Remote 100% of the time

Posted

Grades 3-5, mostly synchronous 

Remote 100% of the time

Posted

Grades 6-8 Remote 100% of the time Posted
Grades 9-12, mostly synchronous 

Remote 100% of the time

Posted

Grades 9-12, mostly asynchronous  Remote 100% of the time Posted
Hybrid school models       
Grade Pre-Kindergarten In an intentionally planned mix of on-campus and remote settings
  • Provides an option for families that prefer some on-campus and some remote instruction
  • Hybrid school models allow for more social distancing within facilities  
  • Hybrid models allowed only if the district also provides daily on-campus instruction for all families that request it 
Coming Soon
Grades K-5, A/B schedule 

In an intentionally planned mix of on-campus and remote settings

Posted

Grades K-5, Dual Track w/ one group of students attending daily 

In an intentionally planned mix of on-campus and remote settings

Posted

Grades 6-8, A/B schedule 

In an intentionally planned mix of on-campus and remote settings

Posted

Grades 6-8, Dual Track w/ one group of students attending daily 

In an intentionally planned mix of on-campus and remote settings

Posted

Grades 9-12, A/B schedule 

In an intentionally planned mix of on-campus and remote settings

Posted

Other Sample School Models information:

 

 

Resources 

Description

Audience

Dates

Registration

Excellence in Remote Instructional Delivery 

Free training to prepare principals to lead remote instruction in their schools 

TAA: Free “Excellence in Remote Instructional Delivery” for Principals

Principals  July 20 - August 7  Link
Adapting or Adopting Curriculum for Remote Instruction

Webinar series for Chief Academic Officers leading curriculum adaption or adoption

TAA: Webinar Series: Adapting or Adopting Remote Resilient Curriculum

Chief Academic Officers July 27 - August 7  Link
Resilient Schools Support Program

RSSP will support up to 40 districts during SY20-21 to evaluate and improve upon their remote and hybrid instructional models

TAA: Resilient Schools Support Program

Superintendents  Submit LOI by Friday, July 31 Letter of Interest

OnRamps Distance Learning Catalog

Free, self-paced professional development modules for educators teaching in distance or hybrid learning environments.  

Recorded Webinar

TAA: OnRamps Distance Learning Catalog for middle and high school teachers

Middle and High School Teachers Available beginning August 13, 2020  Link 

Project Restore Website
September 10 2020

Trauma-informed training video series for teachers designed to address these extraordinary and unprecedented needs and connect teachers to relevant science and strategies that can help address their own emotional needs as well the needs of students and colleagues.

Teachers N/A N/A

Staffing Approaches for Delivering a Mix of Remote and On-Campus Instruction (PDF)

Webinar series to support LEAs in decision-making and teeing up implementation of alternative staffing and scheduling approaches to deliver remote and on-campus instruction, to better meet family and student needs

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please reach out to Megha Kansra at Megha.Kansra@tea.texas.gov

LEA Leadership Team (Superintendents, Chief Academic Officers, and Talent/HR Leads recommended) November 10th to December 3rd

Session 1 (Nov 10): Introduction to Staffing Approaches

(Slides | Recording)


Session 2 ( Nov 18): Virtual Academy Implementation Guide

(Slides | Recording)


Session 3 (Nov 20): Split Staffing Implementation Guidance

(Slides | Recording)


Session 4 (Dec 3): Split Scheduling Implementation Guidance