Episcopal High School’s distance learning program aims to continue the teaching and learning excellence that is the hallmark of an Episcopal education. Even when students and faculty cannot gather physically in the classroom, our technology offers innovative and meaningful ways to keep us fully engaged in the School’s mission and fully connected as a community.
We recognize that distance learning cannot replicate the classroom experience, as content and skills will be delivered in different ways. However, our teachers and students already use many of the technologies and resources that will be the foundation of our work during the time we are apart, and the work itself will be familiar to students: They will continue to read a variety of texts, write thoughtful essays, solve complex problem sets, do multi-step labs, and create inspiring art.
Through this plan, we hope to strengthen the partnership between the School and its parents while we maintain the continuity of learning for the students. It provides:
- Class schedules and other times when our teachers and students will connect;
- Academic guidelines during distance learning;
- Details about the digital resources and teaching methods we will use; and
- Guidelines for students and parents.
Because EHS students live all over the world and across time zones, we have developed a plan that includes both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. During a synchronous learning event, a group of students engages in learning simultaneously. With asynchronous learning, students work on assigned tasks and lessons on their own time — like writing a journal assignment, answering a series of questions or problems, or watching a video or screencast. Through a combination of “live” synchronous meetings and self-guided asynchronous learning, students will not only maintain continuity in their coursework but also discover new and powerful ways of learning.