Hubbard Exempted Village School District
Office of Curriculum & Instruction
“Developing the next generation of lifelong learners.”
Extended Learning Plan
Please note: Our Extended Learning Plan is still a work in progress. Please check back regularly to see updates.
Impacted Students: How will schools and districts identify which students have been most impacted by the pandemic in terms of their learning progress (with a focus on the most vulnerable student populations)?
The pandemic has impacted all of us, students, families and employees in a variety of ways. As a District, we will continue to assess the needs of these groups as well as methods to meet the needs as we move forward. Specifically, for the summer of 2021, learning progress will be evaluated using multiple data points. These data points include, teacher made standards-based assessment tools, informal observations as well as state testing data, as available. Further, we are committed to offering multiple methods of extending the learning for all students and families throughout the summer. Recognizing that the past year has added many complications to the learning process, we do also recognize the need for students and families to have time together to “recharge” and return to “normal” summer family activities.
We further recognize that the “gaps” we may see in student learning will not be able to be closed over a single summer. We are in the early development of how we will be able to offer targeted assistance for students K-12 during the 2021-2022 school year and beyond. We are considering how we will be able to use intervention time already built into the school day as well as potential after school sessions. Beyond the academic needs, our school counselors will be working with teachers, students and families to continue to monitor and support the social-emotional needs of our students. Our K-12 PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) initiatives will continue to offer a varied level of supports for all students as needed.
Needs: How will schools and districts identify the needs of those students?
The District has through on-going conversations with certified and classified staff as well as parents and community members been gathering data during this school year regarding the needs of our students. Specifically, to our extended learning, the district is working in collaboration with the Trumbull County Educational Service Center (TCESC) to analyze the critical or priority learning standards and how we will best be able to address these with students. The primary focus for extended learning will be the core academic areas. As our District continues to focus on raising literacy achievement in grades K-12, we will see that theme throughout our learning opportunities for all students.
Our teaching staff spends much time planning and implementing standards based learning opportunities for our students. Through teacher based teams, which occur cross-categorically as well as by department and/or grade level, we have on-going discussions about best practices in instruction as well as intervention strategies. Further, using the resources provided by ODE – add details about restart/rest planning tools.
Resources and Budget: What resources are available to address those needs? Generally, what is the budget for the plan?
Our plan will be funded using the CARES Act (ESSER) funding.
Approaches: What approaches can best be deployed to address those needs? (This may include approaches such as ending the school year later than scheduled, beginning the new year early, extending the school day, summer programs, tutoring and remote options.)
The Summer 2021 Extended Learning Opportunities will be varied and include:
Summer 2021 Extended Learning Opportunities - Survey Results
Families and staff members in the district were surveyed for interest in potential summer learning opportunities. We had 529 responses from families K-12 and 139 responses from staff members. At the high school level, the questions primarily focused on interest in summer work. Results did not support “required” summer work, further most families were not willing to commit to expecting their children to complete it if it was provided in a “recommended” format. With this information, we have decided to hold off on offering summer work, beyond the above mentioned credit recovery sessions at the high school level. At the elementary and middle school levels, there was greater interest in having a variety of opportunities for summer learning. Currently, families are able to request ThinkStretch Activity Kits, which will then be sent home with interested families before the end of the school year. It is worth noting that 380 of the 529 family responses were from the ES/MS families. And, of those 380, 172 families said they were not interested in Summer 2021 Extended Learning Opportunities.
2021-2022 School Year Extended Learning Opportunities:
Partnerships: Which local and regional partners (such as educational service centers, Information Technology Centers, libraries, museums, after-school programs or civic organizations) can schools and districts engage in supporting student needs?
The District works closely with the Trumbull County Educational Service Center on a regular basis. This partnership is valuable for the teachers and students through the wide variety of supports the ESC is able to offer to the district in an on-going manner. Additionally, Hubbard Schools and Hubbard Public Library collaborate regularly on ways to support each other. Annually, the Hubbard Public Library offers a summer reading program which benefits many of the district students. Additionally, our partnership with the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board has been very valuable. Through the use of the K-12 Prevention Education funding we have been able to expand our PBIS programs districtwide.
Alignment: How can this plan reinforce and align to other district or school plans, including plans for Student Wellness and Success Funds, improvement plans or graduation plans?
The Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP), which is reviewed and updated annually as a part of our District receiving federal funds (such as Title I and IDEA-B) outlines the overarching goals for the district. This Extended Learning Plan ties directly to the goals in our CCIP.
Using these overarching goals, the leadership teams for the district and at the building levels work through strategies as well as action steps to meet the stated goals each year. These goals are all directly aligned to the District’s vision of “developing the next generation of lifelong learners”.
Additionally, our Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) initiatives in grades K-12 are also supported as we continue to address not only our students’ academic needs but also their social-emotional needs.