TJHSST Distance Learning Plan

April 01, 2020
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TJHSST Distance Learning Plan                                

Thomas Jefferson High School remains committed to creating learning environments where we gather as a community to foster creative thinking, a culture of caring, and lifelong connections.  Through our Distance Learning Plan that ensures continuity of instruction, students will continue to have a diversity of learning experiences that prepare them for success in a global society as teachers creatively challenge and inspire their students, with active engagement from parents who are our partners in the process. TJHSST will further enhance its mission to provide students with a challenging learning environment focused on math, science, and technology, to inspire joy at the prospect of discovery, and to foster a culture of innovation based on ethical behavior and the shared interests of humanity.

As we have developed our Distance Learning Plan, we have been mindful of the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate (POG) outcomes. These are the big ideas that will drive instruction in the weeks that lie ahead. We acknowledge Distance Learning cannot reasonably replace daily in-person instructional programs. There will be adjustments overall to the scope and sequence of our curriculum. These modifications, though, will not compromise our standards. Our students will continuously develop and apply POG skills as communicators, collaborators, ethical and global citizens, creative and critical thinkers, and goal-oriented and resilient individuals.

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Guiding Principles for Instruction and Health

Our Challenge Success initiatives have prepared us to balance instruction and health. It is important to us that we take a community-wide approach that supports the unique needs of students, teachers and families. Additionally, schedules for planning and instruction need to be flexible enough to provide choice within structured (synchronous) and independent (asynchronous) time for students, staff and families. We are particularly mindful of health and wellness considerations that are developmentally appropriate for our TJ students. Outlined below are guiding principles for each of our key stakeholders involved directly in our Distance Learning Plan for Continuity of Instruction.

Teachers: time to develop lesson plans and collaborate with colleagues, direct instruction, guided instruction, time for health and family

Students: developmental considerations regarding screen time, attention spans, and independent learning; time for health and family

Parents: scheduling learning times that help avoid conflict across grade levels or with use of home resources; time for health and family

TJHSST Distance Learning Schedule

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TJHSST PTSA Town Hall Minutes and Principal's Powerpoint from March 26, 2020

See the Distance Learning Schedule here.