Resources for Opening Schools Fall 2020

DMGroup's framework, curated research, and guides to help your school district craft a rigorous and flexible plan for fall 2020

DMGroup's Framework for Opening Schools in fall 2020 offers a structured, best-practice approach to planning the return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the right plan will vary from region to region and even from district to district, how a district goes about constructing a plan is important and can make a difference. DMGroup's framework divides the work into five working groups; each work stream should be developed separately and then integrated into a robust plan.

Provided below, organized by working group, are a variety of resources to aid each working group in your planning efforts.

To learn more about our framework, watch here.

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Instructional Core/ Social-Emotional Learning

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Five Strategies for Addressing Learning Loss

Learning loss resulting from pandemic-related disruptions will present challenges next fall. These five strategies can have tremendous impact for students and can be implemented within tight budgets. 

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Strengthening Social, Emotional & Counseling Services

These innovative strategies can help school districts address the increased needs of students by expanding and strengthening critical social, emotional, and counseling supports.

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Managing Special Education During School Closures 

Amid the pandemic, these steps can help your district meet the needs of all students, ensure compliance, and improve the quality of education for students with disabilities. 

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Social-Distancing Schedule Models

To be prepared to respond effectively to whatever lies ahead this coming school year, elementary schools need to plan ahead for a variety of social-distancing schedule scenarios. Here's how.

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Meeting Increased SEL Needs Despite Tight Budgets

Learning In this article published in District Administration, DMGroup Managing Director Nate Levenson discusses three things administrators should do, and two they shouldn't.

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How to Improve Education in America: Q&A with Nathan Levenson

Learning In this Q&A with The Learning Curve, DMGroup Managing Director and K-12 Education Advisor Nate Levenson reflects on how school districts can adjust to learning losses due to COVID-19 and reopen successfully.

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Operations

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How Many Students Can Ride the Bus and be Socially Distanced?

This is an excerpt from a research brief prepared by DMGroup that shares important and helpful information on student transportation during the pandemic.

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Desk Set Up in Each Classroom to Maximize Capacity and Socially Distance

Maximizing the number of students in a room is a learning imperative. This excerpt from a research brief will help districts prepare to maximize space while staying safe.

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Stakeholders/ Communications

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Establishing a Vision of Success and Guiding Principles

This short recorded lesson by John J-H Kim will help you learn how to establish your vision of success and guiding principles as you think about successfully restarting schools for Fall 2020.

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Improving Academic Outcomes with a Nudge from Behavioral Science: An Interview with Todd Rogers

Behavioral Scientist, Todd Rogers is applying his techniques known as "nudges" to help districts recover a million days of student attendance and raise achievement. He discusses this work in this interview.

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How to Communicate with Families Effectively

This article is a recap of DMGroup's member-only virtual roundtable with Todd Rogers, Behavioral Scientist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, discussing how to effectively communicate with families and the community.

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Resource Utilization

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Managing Resources Excerpt: ESSER Funding Flexibility & Acceptable Use

This excerpt from a research brief prepared by DMGroup will provide you with vetted, summarized and practical information on the CARES Act Funds to assist your district as you plan for opening schools.

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Good People, Tough Decisions. Balancing the Needs of Students and Adults

Managing the budget during tight times is never easy. By emphasizing student-centered values and managing incentives, district leaders can minimize pushback from staff members, create an open environment for sharing ideas, and put limited resources to their best use.

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Equity and Coherence

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Addressing Equity During the Pandemic

View this member-only virtual roundtable presentation to learn about addressing equity during the pandemic.

District Management Council members have access to virtual roundtable discussions about restarting schools successfully every week.

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