As we head into this time of unprecedented threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we want you to know first and foremost that we at Full Frame Communications and the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) are here as a resource to you. We invite you to call upon us in these difficult times—just to make a friendly connection, and/or to help problem-solve around the issues that may arise in the coming weeks. Caring for the caregivers is central to our vision.
This issue of Learning in Community is dedicated to sharing resources on COVID-19 response. As you well know, as ordered by Governor Charlie Baker, all Massachusetts schools are currently closed until April 6th, pending further updates. We want to thank Governor Baker for taking this action to slow the spread of coronavirus, as well as ECLC Cohort 1 and 2 districts and the North Shore Area Superintendents who showed early, decisive leadership on this issue.
We also want you to know that the ECLC has close ties to the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF). They have asked us to take the pulse of the 11 ECLC districts and schools, to determine what resources and supports are needed by your students and their families. This, of course, extends to you and your families as well. ECCF is an exemplary broker in the community, so as the need for services becomes apparent, please let us know and we are happy to reach out to ECCF on your behalf. You can read more on the ECCF coronavirus response on its website.
While school is not in session, Learning in Community will move from a monthly to a weekly publication. In it, we will share a curated list of resources and other information we think might be useful to you. We have also created a shared Google doc of resources; we encourage you to co-develop this document with us, adding whatever nuggets you find on the internet and elsewhere.
We recognize that many of you have children underfoot and may be caring for loved ones and elderly relatives, so we are very conscious of not overwhelming you. For those who may wish to participate in virtual activities at some point, we are currently developing a menu of opportunities that we will share with you soon. If you have any ideas along these lines, please feel free to reach out.
In the meantime, take good care of yourselves and your loved ones. We will continue to hold this cherished community in our hearts as we respond to the greatest public health challenge our nation has faced in a century.
Founder/President, Full Frame Communications, LLC
The ECLC Team
ECLC is excited to share a new resource from the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE), Full Frame Communications' implementation partner at ECLC, called Building for Equity: A Guide for Inclusive School Redesign. CCE is encouraging folks to use #build4equity on social media and to visit the Building for Equity Website - cce.org/equityguide - in order to learn more and spread the word. Check it and join in the conversation!
About CCE's Equity Guide: The guide, generously funded by the Barr Foundation, aims to provide practical tools and an exploration of best practices at the nexus of equity and innovation. It walks teachers through the re-design process with helpful tools and real-life examples to help them create equitable learning experiences that fit their own context. The Building for Equity guide weaves together the personal learning and design principles that drive sustainable, equitable school change - along with a slate of useful tools that educators can use right away.