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Roadmap for leaders

Continuity of Education

A Roadmap for Education Leaders is now available that identifies six key processes essential for ensuring systems and policies are flexible and responsive to the needs of students and school communities, particularly in the rapidly changing environment of the pandemic.

The mciu learning network

what to expect

Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, MCIU will continue to provide timely updates and new resources from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in support of the Continuity of Education initiative.  These resources will be shared via the MCIU Learning Network, LEARN.MCIU.ORG, in order to ensure open access to all of our supported districts and charter schools.

In addition to supporting PDE with the Continuity of Education initiative, the MCIU LEARN platform is an open access resource for teachers, schools, and districts to engage with the MCIU Office of Professional Learning.  It is home to the OPL Podcast from MCIU and features an extensive calendar of synchronous and asynchronous professional development offerings.  

VISIT LEARN.MCIU.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION

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family digital learning guide

This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section starts with foundational pieces and builds from there.

priority content standards

Educators know that every school year there are students who require support in addressing unfinished learning from prior grades; a challenge that will be felt more prominently in the 2020–21 school year. It is vitally important that educators are supported in making deliberate instructional and assessment choices within a comprehensive system that allow all students to effectively engage with grade-level work.

supporting staff and student wellness

This roadmap was designed to support staff and student wellness regardless of where school entities are in the planning or implementation phases of other initiatives. Key considerations, questions to consider, and resources have been presented to assist all school entities with the creation of equitable, trauma-informed plans that address the emotional wellness and safety of their students, families, and staff.

The equitable practices hub

The purpose of the Equitable Practices Hub is to establish a coherent collection of resources that an educational community may use in promoting intentional equity in their communities. The resources have been hand-picked and reviewed, and represent best practices, models, and guidance from all their component parts. 

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Brandon Langer serves as the Program Administrator of Instructional Technology at MCIU where he oversees the Montgomery Virtual Program and supports the integration of instructional technology in the Office of Professional Learning. As a former teacher and an instructional coach, Brandon has conducted numerous professional development sessions centered around technology applications and integrating student-centered instruction into the classroom. He has also worked closely with fine and performing arts teachers throughout the northeast to create and advocate for arts programs and modernize arts assessment practices. His passion for student success is grounded in his belief that teachers, not the computer, are the most powerful asset in the classroom today.

Brandon is the host of the OPL Podcast from MCIU and has earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Arkansas State University. He is a regular participant in many online PLN Twitter chats and can be followed @BrandonLanger.