Now that the school year has ended, we have taken some time to reflect on our successes with our transition to distance learning and have started planning and engaging on ways to improve our virtual learning programs and technology as we look to the fall.
Overall, our distance learning program was a success as teachers and students quickly adapted to our virtual learning platform and continued classes, keeping our students engaged and eager to learn. Our parents have also expressed their gratitude for our distance learning program saying, “Linden Hall really did a great job by quickly putting students on distance learning in the midst of uncertainties surrounding the pandemic. That is very commendable, and LH deserves a lot of praise. As parents we are really impressed.”
We are also proud to report that even with a quick transition and multiple variables, the excellence of a Linden Hall education remained unaffected. Our teachers continued to provide exemplary lessons and maintained our high learning standard. One parent explained, “The entire program worked well for our daughter. She has adjusted well and personally this has allowed for more self-care time. We had an hour-plus commute (each direction) prior to the shelter-in-place order and the school’s decisions to continue with online instruction. Therefore, our family has greatly appreciated the transition and support coupled with the continued high-quality education.”
Albert Einstein said, “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity,” and we have taken the opportunity to examine what worked well in our distance learning program, what we can improve, and what aspects of our community are the most important.
Here at Linden Hall, our small community and the connections formed between students, parents, teachers, and staff are some of the many benefits of attending Linden Hall. We celebrate that the connections made on campus, prior to the quarantine, persisted through our use of technology during distance learning. Our students are always eager to learn and constantly are engaged in the classroom, but we learned they also missed their social connections and community times. Therefore, it was vital for us to prioritize synchronous classes twice a week, as well as establish virtual community group times, such as Assembly and Chapel.
Organization and Communication
Organization and communication are a high priority in our community and are important in providing consistency and clarity for students, parents, and teachers, so that everyone remains on the same page with our students’ educations. As we look towards the new school year in the fall, our community can expect to see increased organization in Blackbaud and other resources, as well as increased communication as our plans develop.
Learning Stayed on Track
We are forever proud and grateful for both our students and teachers who responded quickly and flexibly to our changes and transitions to distance learning in the middle of the school year. Our teachers quickly adapted lesson plans to our virtual learning program and worked with their students to help keep them engaged and on track. Our students, as always, rose to the challenge and remained invested and engaged in their learning and courses. With this, we were able to end the school year successfully, kept grades on track and released report cards on time.
Although things will continue to look different this fall, Linden Hall is invested in continuing to provide an excellent education and a supportive community. During this time, our teachers and administrators have engaged in their own learning and continue to do so in order to provide the best programs and support to students when they return in the fall. We continue to use national resources from NAIS, NCGS, PAISBOA, and ADVIS to learn from other professionals on distance learning resources and practices and how to keep our community safe and healthy. Linden Hall is crafting professional development resources specific for Linden Hall teachers, so that in July they can begin preparing themselves to put their best foot forward in the fall.
As always, we are grateful to our entire Linden Hall community and its support! We continue to update and improve our programs and procedures as we seek more resources and learn more about the best ways to navigate the new normal. We will continue to keep our community updated moving forward.