When the COVID-19 pandemic forced school districts across the country to move to remote instruction, students and teachers weren’t the only groups affected. Parents soon found themselves juggling working from home and helping their kids get the most from digital classrooms.
After the successful launch of the University’s free training on remote instruction for educators, Trevecca officials wanted to find a way to better equip parents should the need for remote instruction arise again. That’s why Trevecca, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education, developed a resource focused on helping parents better understand the ins and outs of remote instruction.
“When we saw the number of children and parents affected by the shift to remote instruction, we really just wanted to help parents know that they aren’t alone,” said Dr. Tom Middendorf, University provost. “Trevecca’s mission is built around leadership and service and this is a way for us to serve parents so they can help their children succeed.”
The resource for parents launched on August 6.
"As a parent with young children, I know how challenging it is to balance work and help our kids keep learning at home,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “This resource is specifically tailored to help families navigate the new world of remote learning and support their child’s education. Trevecca has already provided training on remote learning to thousands of educators across the state, and now our families can find resources on the same tools their child’s teachers will be using.”
The Department of Education also recently made Trevecca’s four-module professional development training, Tools for Remote Teaching and Learning, available to all Tennessee teachers. Currently, more than 19,000 K-12 educators from across the state and country have registered for the free, self-paced training. Learn more or register at www.Trevecca.edu/remoteinstruction.
The idea for both resources, Trevecca officials say, stemmed from seeing a need and wanting to be a part of the solution.
“The shift to remote instruction affected so many people, from educators to students as well as parents and families,” said Dr. Dean Diehl, academic dean of Trevecca’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “As an institution of higher education, we recognized the need to help teachers hone the skills they’d need to succeed in digital learning environments. But we also realized that to help students excel, their parents needed a basic understanding of remote instruction and the tools teachers use in those learning environments. We wanted to help them develop that foundation.”
Parents can explore various topics and delve deeper into the nuts and bolts of online education through videos, short overviews and more. The content is designed to better equip parents, but not overwhelm them.
“We realize that parents are juggling a lot right now,” Diehl said. “This resource is designed to meet them where they are, help them feel more equipped for remote instruction should it become necessary this fall and provide all of that in bite-sized segments they can utilize as they have time.”
Learn more at www.remotefamilylearning.com.