Our Families Need Us. This is What We Do: Lessons from LEARN Charter School Network’s COVID-19 Response Spring 2020

LEARN Charter School Network

A charter school network serving the Chicago area finds social support and improved communication are crucial to connecting with families during remote learning.

Key lessons:

  • Build and deepen relationships, dedicate specialized staff and resources to provide social support for and communication with families.
  • Support families and build relationships, deploy teachers to help in areas of need (e.g., extending special education teacher roles).
  • Build student-to-student relationships, design virtual opportunities for students to meet and socialize.
  • Build student-to-teacher relationships and reinforce expectations, explore opportunities for socially distant in-person contact with teachers—even in schools with online models.