Find out How an LMS Can Help K-12 Systems Build Resiliency
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How the Right LMS Can Help K–12 Systems Build Resiliency

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We rely on K–12 systems to deliver effective and equitable educational experiences. But over the past year, we’ve seen traditional models challenged and educators and students face sudden stress, uncertainty, and disruption. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, K–12 systems need to consider what they can do now to stand up against future challenges. They need to become resilient.

Resilience at the system level is more than the ability to take action and get back to normal. It’s being able to spot changes and put in place practices that can help systems adapt and protect the quality of learning for all students, no matter the disruption. Previously, we looked at Why Resilience Is Important for High-Performing K-12 Systems. In this blog, we look at five principles K–12 systems can use to help build resiliency and how the right learning management system (LMS) can support resiliency.

5 Principles of a Resilient K–12 System

  • Pursue Progressive Practices: A resilient system is one that integrates resilience across many functions over time. It establishes norms and criteria that guide decisions while at the same time enabling staff to use the framework in the most effective, efficient ways.
  • Devise a Framework to Encourage Autonomy: A resilient system empowers schools and staff to be flexible and creative—making decisions, adopting resources, and implementing solutions that will best meet their unique needs.
  • Adapt and Evolve with Disturbances: A resilient system can adapt to disruptions that may affect how they function. It expects change and proactively applies measures to meet challenges.
  • Empower Creativity: A resilient system is boundaryless. It curates different options that can help it meet its needs, and it uses partnerships to build responsive practices so that if one method doesn’t work, there are other options available.
  • Nurture Two-Way Communication: A resilient system has strong communication loops in place to understand stakeholder needs and deliver clear, accessible, and prompt information.

How an LMS Supports the Principles of Resilience

Learning management software can help ease education delivery and create cohesion for teachers and students—if it has the right tools and features.

1. Encourage Flexibility

Students need to be able to access learning anywhere—whether they’re using their phone on the go or are on a laptop at home. Teachers and schools also need to be able to implement models and practices that guide learning and customize a path structure according to each learner’s needs in time, in pace, and in method.

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How to Build a Resilient K-12 School System

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2. Use Communication Tools Effectively

A district-wide LMS should help foster an engaging learning environment for all students—promoting instructor-learner communication as well as peer-to-peer communication. This can help students stay connected throughout a course. Teachers also need built-in tools to help them customize and automate how and when they communicate with their students.

3. Enable Modern Teaching

Teachers need ways to get students excited about learning—whether that’s through live or on-demand video, tools that can make it easy to show off their great work, or badges that give them instant recognition of their progress. The right LMS also supports multiple delivery options such as remote, hybrid, and blended learning.

4. Meet Learners as They Are

An LMS needs to help you reach all students, including those with diverse and exceptional needs. Teachers need to be able to ensure all their courses are accessible and leverage options for differentiated instruction, including competency-based learning (CBE).

5. Connect with Students and Parents in Creative Ways

Schools need to be able to foster strong connections among students, parents, teachers, and staff through multiple channels. An LMS should make it easy for students to connect with the material and with each other. Teachers need to be able to inspire students, including by providing feedback that motivates them and content that excites them. Parents also want to be able to stay connected with their children’s education with a lens into assignments and lessons, classroom schedules, announcements, teacher feedback, and more.

Get the Guide: How to Build a Resilient K–12 School System

While each school system has put its own distance learning strategy into effect, these systems exist in a changing world where skills, technology, and the natural environment are evolving at a fast pace. These systems have shown the need for resilience to ensure that students receive the same quality of education no matter the situation.

Through this guide, the workbook, and the toolkit, you’ll learn how to:

  • Apply the principles and practices of a resilient system
  • Examine, design, and put in place a customized plan that increases your resilience
  • Protect the quality of learning for all your students

Download your copy of the guide on how to build a resilient K-12 school system here

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