Continuity of Learning (COL) - Evaluating Our Plan
One of Maret’s greatest strengths is its diverse community of students, faculty, and families. The wide range of knowledge, experiences, and perspectives present in our community creates an energy and dynamism that drives us thoughtfully and compassionately forward, especially in difficult times.
As we have abruptly transitioned our classes, programs, and operations to online platforms in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, the central goals of COL have been to continue to deliver the essential content knowledge and skills students will need next year; to support the emotional health of our students, families, and faculty; and to maintain the sense of community that permeates the hallways of our campus.
Given the breadth of perspectives in our community, it is crucial to acknowledge that we are all experiencing this crisis differently and that the lens through which we each evaluate the success of COL will be shaped by the challenges present in our particular household. During the first three weeks of COL, we worked hard to collect and reflect on the wide range of feedback provided by our community about how they are experiencing the program. This data has allowed us to:
- Identify areas where community consensus has existed within the responses we received.
- In areas where consensus is elusive, create a window through which to see, appreciate, and empathize with members of our community who are experiencing the crisis differently.
The goal of the Student Thrive Index Summer Lab is to bring together a small group of diverse schools who are committed to working collaboratively on a specific institutional research topic. The aim of the cohort is to implement, solidify, or advance new data-based systems in their independent school communities within one year.
"I am realizing the importance of collaborating with a group like this, to get outside of the day-to-day focus of school, and to benefit from the wisdom of others, and the range of experiences, perspectives and challenges that we each bring to the table."2020 Summer Lab Cohort Member