The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many educational institutions to adopt remote learning as the new norm for the current academic year. In this context, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) have recently signed an agreement to establish the guidelines for remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year.
The UFT remote learning agreement defines the roles and responsibilities of teachers, students, and parents and establishes a framework for the technical and academic support needed to ensure a successful remote learning experience. This agreement addresses a wide range of issues, from class schedules and attendance policies to instructional resources and grading policies.
One of the key aspects of the UFT remote learning agreement is the requirement that all students have access to a device and internet connectivity to participate in remote learning. The DOE has provided devices to all students who need them, and the UFT has worked with the DOE to ensure that all students have access to high-speed internet at home. The agreement also establishes a protocol for distributing and tracking the use of devices to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to participate in remote learning.
The agreement also outlines the expectations for teachers in terms of their preparation, delivery, and assessment of remote instruction. Teachers are required to provide students with clear and concise instructions, establish consistent communication channels, and provide timely feedback on student work. Additionally, teachers are required to provide accommodations for students with disabilities and English language learners.
Parents and guardians also have an important role in the UFT remote learning agreement. They are expected to support their children`s participation in remote learning, ensure that they attend classes, and communicate regularly with their children`s teachers. Parents are also encouraged to create a conducive learning environment at home and to provide their children with the necessary resources, such as a quiet workspace and access to school supplies.
Finally, the UFT remote learning agreement addresses the issue of grading and assessments. Teachers are expected to use a variety of assessments to evaluate student progress and provide feedback to students and their families. The agreement also clarifies the grading policies for the different grade levels and subject areas and establishes guidelines for promoting students who meet the standards for their grade level.
In conclusion, the UFT remote learning agreement is a comprehensive and detailed document that provides a solid framework for the successful implementation of remote learning in the New York City public schools. By defining the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders and establishing clear guidelines and policies, this agreement ensures that students receive a quality education and that teachers have the support they need to deliver effective remote instruction.