New York City public school teachers, students, and their families are entering uncharted educational waters this week with the official start of remote learning, and there are lots of unanswered questions about how it will all work.
How can a student raise their hand in a digital classroom? Will some kids feel left behind?
Will teachers feel empowered to make changes to remote teaching plans over the next few weeks?
How can families maintain a sense of routine or stability with online school?
Last week, Gothamist/WNYC asked teens and teachers how they were preparing for this new norm; teenagers told us how they miss their friends and feel anxious about missing major milestones (exams, team sports, graduation ceremonies), and teachers expressed worries about the health implications of spending prep time in school buildings. Many educators and staff told us they felt called upon to rise to this occasion and were immensely proud of the hard work they’re doing to make remote learning as successful as possible.
Now, we want to hear how this week is going for all of you.
Gothamist/WNYC is teaming up with the non-profit education news organization Chalkbeat to keep track of how the next few weeks (and probably months) unfold for educators and students. We want to hear from you. If you’re a teacher, student, or parent/guardian, please fill out the survey below and consider leaving a voicemail. We may use your comments or your voice in our reporting.