Ask an adult what they remember about their schooling and the response always involves a special teacher. Teachers are the heart of the learning process. That’s never been more true than it is now, as teachers strive to invent and implement remote learning plans and support families on how to guide students’ learning at home.
We have always asked a lot of teachers, and in this new instructional landscape, we are asking even more. Today, teachers must balance their own childcare, household needs, and worries with the important job of connecting with every student to maintain growth and progress. It is no small task to help your students find success in these difficult circumstances.
My favorite teacher was Miss Bradley, not because of what I learned from her, but because she made me feel welcome and safe following a move to a new town, which at the time felt like the end of the world for me. Given the trauma that students are experiencing as a result of COVID-19 school closures, the impact you are having on your students right now will be lasting.
Know that we are more grateful than ever for the hard work, care, and heart you pour into supporting your students. For so many, teaching is not a choice, it is a calling, and we are seeing that in our own lives, with our school partners in so many different ways.
Our driving force at Edgenuity is to transform learning by empowering teachers and increasing access and opportunity for students, and recently, that mission has never been more critical. We are working harder than ever to give teachers the tools they need to help their students during this unprecedented time, including our thanks and appreciation. Teachers, thank you for all that you do.