Connection to the Project: Phase II of the Cycles of Inquiry approach is the “new learning” stage. This phase occurs after the initial remote learning period has ended. During this phase the Principal and Instructional Leadership Team synthesize disparate data sources to determine what teaching and learning actually occurred during the emergency shift to remote learning. Questions the team might pursue include: What instruction was planned? What instruction was delivered? What implications are there for the “receiving teacher” in the next grade or course? Teams will use a data review protocol to ensure a trusting and non-judgmental environment that provides insight into implications for re-entry planning.
Framing of Phase II: The Phase II webinar revisits the neuro-typical brain responses during periods of prolonged stress. Framing content around neuroscience was merely intended to acknowledge that fear and anxiety are common brain responses to stress and while all adults feel stress during prolonged periods of uncertainty, not everyone responds to stress in the same way. For that reason, Phase II materials include a table of adult skills that correspond to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework of social emotional leadership competencies. The greater the skill level of an adult, the greater capacity they have to be resilient during a prolonged crisis. Just as it is the role of the principal to build the capacity of their faculty to be strong teachers, so too is it their responsibility to develop the social emotional leadership skills of teachers to overcome this crisis and ensure students continue to grow and learn.
Phase II Tools and Resources:
Recorded Webinar – The video outlines the re-opening plan for the State of Illinois and its implications for schools, a simple process for decision making, and a process for engaging ILTs in reviewing new data and information in order to reflect and understand what transpired during the emergency remote learning period.
CASEL Social Emotional Leadership Competencies and Skills Table – The SEL Table provided in the Phase II materials can assist principals in understanding adult social emotional needs from a skill-based perspective.
Excel Toolkit for Debrief Meeting – The excel file includes templates for capturing data from the debrief discussion with the ILT, a list of prompt questions to consider during the debrief, and data review summary template for teachers to use during their file review. The templates are designed to help teachers capture important themes emerging from the data and information and the implications for future planning.
Survey Focus Area Summary Table and Survey Tools – The included survey tools focus on three specific stakeholder groups: Teachers, Parents/Guardians, and Students. The tools explore their perceptions and experiences during the initial remote learning period.
Data File Review Note-Catcher Guidance for Teachers ILT Debrief Guidance Document for Principals – These two templates are designed to assist the principal and ILT members in capturing and organizing emerging findings from a variety of data sources. The first template is for teachers to capture information from their file review and is organized to guide their presentation of the data. The second template is designed to capture information in one place from each of the data file presentations that take place during the ILT Debrief Meeting.
School Reform Initiative’s Atlas Protocol for Exploring Data – This tool provides a structured protocol for reviewing data and information in a systematic and non-judgmental manner.
NWEA Collaborative Brief on Impact of COVID-19 – This document includes a brief quantitative analysis projecting the expected learning loss that can be expected when students return in the fall. This information may be useful in helping teachers understand the need to attend to gaps in vertical curriculum alignment.