The last several weeks have been full of robust research, discussion, collaboration, and prayer across our “virtual campus.” Faculty and staff have dedicated long hours, often evenings and weekends, to ensure that the MVC you return to this fall is ready, reimagined, and responsive in this new season of learning.
While you can find a snapshot of our progress-to-date in the list below, we want to offer you the opportunity to join us in a special livestream event this coming Wednesday, June 3, at either 2:00 pm, or 7:00 pm. Links to join the event are available in my email to families today, or by emailing Gretchen Cortes.
The event will feature members of our Learning & Educational Models Task Force and our Safety, Health & Wellness Task Force. Each group will offer their unique insights and reveal a sketch of some exciting enhancements to the MVC experience. We, of course, will also offer the opportunity for you to ask questions of our panelists.
For those unable to join us, a recording of the livestream event will be available on the Open for Good blog, where you can subscribe and never miss an update.
The Learning & Educational Models Task Force has been working on:
- The methods and practices of teaching (pedagogy), focusing on Content, Assessments, Relevance, and Engagement (CARE) delivered by a personalized, collaborative community of relational teachers;
- Our daily schedule, seeking to maximize simplicity for students and parents no matter the modality (Level 1, 2, 3, or 4);
- A new approach to online learning, offering synchronized (live) instruction by MVC teachers where students meet and connect with their class or in small groups;
- An increasing array of technology tools to enhance the classroom experience for both face-to-face and online learning, as well as more assignments that do not require screen time in order to provide a balanced experience.
- New approaches to student care and support that build on MVC’s unique relational culture and provide, as always, the same personalized attention in ways that will function seamlessly across all modalities (Level 1, 2, 3, or 4).
The Safety, Health & Wellness Task Force has been working on:
- Establishing clear protocols for health monitoring, sanitization, protective equipment, physical distancing, and other safety measures informed by health experts and in compliance with local and state governance;
- Providing social-emotional support for students, families, and employees as we all navigate these uncharted waters together;
- Ensuring policies and procedures are communicated and administered in a manner consistent with MVC’s identity as a Christ-centered institution where students enjoy coming to school.
As we commit ourselves to thoughtfully building an MVC that is open for good, we look forward to you joining us on Wednesday at 2:00 pm or 7:00 pm to hear more from the faculty and staff members who will work through the summer to make the coming MVC experience ready, reimagined, and responsive in this new season of learning.
Dr. Mitchell Salerno