Renaissance Arts Academy: Letting the Ensemble Sing Online

A performing arts school built from the ground up around “ensemble learning” that blurs divisions between grades, subjects, and of course, special and general education, finds ways to hold the ensemble together even when teachers and students are not able to learn together in the same building.

Key Lessons:

  • An all-hands-on-deck approach is necessary to keep students engaged, with diligent follow-up to connect with students who aren’t visible during video lessons.
  • Online learning can be structured to reinforce schools’ most important values, such as those of collaboration, frequent feedback, and inclusivity.
  • Prioritizing real-time interaction, and making it available to students even during independent work time, can help sustain communication and engagement during remote learning.