It’s been only four days since Governor Lujan Grisham announced that students would not return to their school buildings this academic year, but it feels like much longer. As we all adapt to our new version of normal, our school districts and charter schools are reimagining how we think of school and how our students will experience learning in the months ahead.

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While our districts and charter schools make a plan for the road ahead, many of you have reached out, expressing a need for a place to start when considering learning experiences for your children. Don’t worry, we have you covered.

Step 1:

To Map Where You’re Going, Know Where You Are

You know what grade your student is in, but do you know which grade level of work they’re currently ready for? The answer is not always the same–which is why we recommend starting with the Readiness Check from Learning Heroes. For a quick math and reading review, have your child answer these 3-5 questions. It isn’t a test, your child can relax and solve the problems—like a game! At the end, you’ll have a sense of the appropriate grade level resources for them.

Step 2:

Plan Your Route & Understand the Terrain

Now that you have an idea of what grade level your student is on, many parents find it helpful to see what the learning expectations are for that grade. The Parents Teacher Association (PTA) has put together guides for each grade that clearly articulate the expectations in both English language arts and math. You can find them here in English and Spanish.

Step 3:

Gather the Supplies You Need for the Trip

The last step is finding resources that you can use to keep your student learning during the school closure period, and even through the summer! Here are a few sites that we recommend:

  • Khan Academy: Personalized activities for each grade. Create an account to track your student’s progress! (Check out their collaboration with Disney, which is a favorite of my 4th grade niece, Riley.)
  • Several charter school networks have released free content and work packets for specific grades that are open for anyone to use. We recommend checking out these resources from Achievement First and Uncommon Schools (elementary and middle school).

In the coming week, most districts and teachers will begin rolling out their distance learning plans. Keep an eye on your school district’s website and Facebook page for updates. If you haven’t heard from your district leaders or your child’s teacher by next Monday, April 6th, reach out to them! As always, the best results will come from strong partnerships between you and your child’s teacher.

I know this doesn’t answer all of your questions, but I hope it’s a start! As always, I’m here for any questions you may have. Email me, and our team will do our best to find you resources and answers. In the meantime, stay safe!

Amanda is the founding executive director of NewMexicoKidsCAN and an alumna of the 50CAN Education Advocacy Fellowship. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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