Virtual Classrooms Launch

All Saints' Episcopal School of Fort Worth pivoted to online learning Monday, March 15 for all grade levels (Age 3 -  Grade 12), the first Tarrant County school to do so.
The School was on Spring Break last week and announced an extended campus closure on Thursday, March 12. Faculty immediately mobilized modified learning plans that they had been preparing for weeks and began reaching out to families with resources and expectations beginning Friday, March 13.
"Academically speaking, these first two days have far exceeded expectations," said Wallace Worden, Upper School Division Head. "Faculty have launched engaging content with students at a high level, and for many, this is a continuation of leveraging a lot of digital tools that have been in use for a while."
In the Upper School, Zoom is facilitating physics lab projects, and Google docs are providing the necessary collaboration between peers and teachers. Even music classes are continuing, with students recording their pieces and sharing with the faculty for feedback. In Middle School, teachers of ancient history and religion are meeting their classes in Google Hangouts to discuss cross-over content 
The value of an Episcopal education is the emphasis on developing the whole child, and online learning doesn't hinder this process. Lower School students are utilizing a variety of apps that track progress across disciplines (and that allow faculty to tailor future activities), are being challenged by P.E. coaches to walk the Great Wall of China (13 flights of stairs), take virtual field trips to the Museum of Modern Art, practice quiet time through suggested daily prayers, tackle STEAM activities with common household items and master online coding assignments. 
"All of the groundwork laid by the teachers on instilling good work habits has made this first day of distance learning pain-free," said Nicole Brown, parent of a seventh grader and fifth grader. "Also, the teachers did a great job of making the online work organized and easily accessible. The kids are able to do this with a minimum of parental involvement."
One might argue, though, that delivering online content to older students is a lighter lift than to deliver high-quality content to younger students. Even our preschool students, though, are receiving suggested classwork virtually, including recorded videos of their teacher presenting lessons, access to supplemental activities on learning apps and links to videos that connect movement and their academic focus area.
The School has made communication a priority throughout this process, maintaining near daily touchpoints with families. Division Heads will formally check in with faculty and families weekly, and more frequently as needed. 
"From an internal process standpoint, we have been preparing for a scenario such as this for several years and we are excited to flex our creativity for our students," said Becky Grimmer, All Saints' CFO.  
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