Leisa Morton-Standish, PhD
Director of Elementary Education
Dr. Leisa Morton-Standish is the Director of Elementary Education at the North American Division.
She has taught in small rural schools as well as in large urban schools. She has taught on the east and west coasts of the U.S, both in and out of the Adventist education system, and overseas. She has also spent a considerable part of her career teaching at universities, including the University of Maryland, Washington Adventist University and Macquarie University.
Leisa holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education from California State University and a Diploma in Education from Avondale College.
Leisa is committed to Christ and the ideals of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Her first love is the classroom where she can share her passion for learning and her love for Jesus.
he schools were shuttered to keep out Covid-19. Our best distance learning ideas were shared, zoom licenses soared and slack accounts ran hot. However, despite our best efforts in the virtual classroom, The Washington Post reported that the homeschooling during the coronavirus would set back a generation of children. Other experts agreed.
At the beginning of the crisis, Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think tank, stated “Clearly, students aren’t going to learn as much as they could if schools were open.”
Now we face the reality of adding the regular academic losses over the summer. We also have to consider the impact of the social and emotional trauma our students have faced as the safety, predictability and security of their world has turned upside down. This summer can we advance the losses by closing the screens and encouraging experiential learning and family bonding while continuing to build belonging in our school communities?
We don’t have all the answers, but we have learned some lessons over the last three months about distance learning, about supporting our students and about the power of human relationships.
Here are some ideas, each suggestion includes a family learning experience and a connection with the school and teacher to create a purpose and audience for these authentic learning experiences:
If your school has ideas for experiential learning over the summer to keep kids learning in innovative ways, please share them with us on Facebook (Adventist Education).
Let’s keep those connections fresh over this summer, let’s give our students opportunities to experience learning and continue to connect them with our school community and to Jesus.
This article references Homeschooling during the coronavirus will set back a generation of children, a Washington Post perspective piece written by Kevin Huffman, a former education commissioner of Tennessee; partner at national education nonprofit the City Fund.
The Corona Slide meets the Summer Slump
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