How can school leaders prepare for distance learning plans?

MREA focuses on advancing the education, growth, and development of learners in rural areas to bring about our best possible future. They have suggestions for school leaders as they start on distance learning plans. We might have to accelerate to do these while simultaneously developing curriculum, which maybe makes them even more valuable…

  • Be a champion that distance learning is not the same as e-learning and needs to be approached in a more holistic manner. Learn more
  • Look for local business partners who can help provide Internet access to students by allowing them to access their wireless network. Internet service providers, both large and small, have announced plans to provide free Internet service and unlimited data to families in need, during this time.
  • Determine how to use other district assets (like school busses) to distribute learning. Whether the content is downloaded to an electronic device or delivered via traditional books and paper, focus on providing the content that students need.
  • Leverage tools like Zoom or Google Hangouts to provide a means for those without Internet access to still connect to the learning through their phone conferencing abilities.
  • Use your district’s social mediato connect with your community about your plans and what is happening within your district. At times like this, the community is talking, but what are they talking about. Keep them informed and educated as to the steps that the district is taking to solve the problems.
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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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