Nando Prudhomme and Maureen Sigler of the Highlander Institute, and Liz Leebens of Baychester Middle School join us to talk about how the school is keeping kids and families at the center, and how that is driving student engagement in this time of a pandemic.
01:50 Background on Baychester Middle School
Baychester Middle School in The Bronx, NY http://www.baychesterwaves.org/
04:32 What engagement meant before Covid
05:22 Making the transition to remote learning in March
09:45 How else are you using these structures to support this kind of engagement?
10:41 Gap between attendance and turn-in rate of students
11:44 Shifting the conversation from just checking in to the work that students were doing
13:25 Are kids having fun? Leveraging social media to motivate kids
Baychester on Instagram: http://instagram.com/baychesterwaves
17:30 Parents are now more involved in their kids’ education
20:07 How teachers are now also coaches to parents
21:05 Parents are asking: How can we make sure that our kids are ready for the next grade?
22:00 How to increase family engagement
24:15 Advisory system and office hours as the new system for middle school setting?
25:05 Students now learning more about themselves
27:15 What are the measurable skills
28:31 What you’re learning about how kids are learning
34:38 Actionable steps
37:20 The importance of connection