The COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Working Group (#11) will convene a cohort of PreK-12 schools, school districts, and county office of education teams for weekly discussions over the summer to help them plan how their institutions can include outdoor spaces as an asset when schools reopen in the fall. We are seeking to create a community of practice for "early adopters" who would like to explore how to move forward quickly and develop plans to take learning outside.
Participants are encouraged to attend in teams that include staff from their educational institutions (schools, districts, COEs, SDEs), including school principals who are interested in piloting outdoor learning strategies for the fall. Teams may also include nonprofit sector and public agency partners collaborating with these institutions on their plans. Each team may include 2-10 participants.
The meetings will share timely information and resources that are being written this summer by other working groups (in draft form, before they are formally published). This group will help to field test the materials the other working groups are creating, and will provide feedback on how they might be used. During the meetings, there will be opportunities for educational institution teams to share their work and questions with one another in large and small group formats, and to work together across jurisdictions to cross pollinate ideas and build a community of practice.
Commitment: We encourage all team members to attend the weekly meetings, but we know time is often difficult to find. To maintain continuity and forward progress, we ask participating educational institutions to commit to sending at least one team member to each weekly meeting this summer, and to plan to reserve 2 hours a week for this effort.
Cost: Participation in this working group is free, and is limited to teams from PreK-12 educational institutions and their partners.
Thank you for joining us!