Distance Learning Program

Distance Learning Program

Progressive education is child-centered, inquiry-led, and relationship-based. Students learn by doing and are encouraged by expert teachers to follow their own curiosity to build personal connections to their learning. While acknowledging and prioritizing these core elements, Park Day School recognizes that even the best distance learning program cannot replace the invaluable in-person social interactions and relationships that occur naturally among students and teachers. Forging personal connections in creative new ways remains a high priority of our program, even as we connect from afar. Park Day School’s distance learning program will remain in place until school is permitted to reopen by Alameda County.

K-2nd Sample Distance Learning Schedule

3rd-5th Sample Distance Learning Schedule

6th Sample Distance Learning Schedule

7th Sample Distance Learning Schedule

8th Sample Distance Learning Schedule

Sample Distance Learning Projects from Spring 2020

 As teachers lead synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, reach out personally to students, and flex to accommodate family circumstances, we are mindful of our role as the main community hub in this time of isolation. We host weekly community projects around literacy, individual “passion projects”, art, and more. A core value of our school is to honor each student, pivoting and differentiating to reach and inspire individual learners within a community context. We know that learning takes place on a continuum, and distance learning weaves into our commitment to honor each child’s strengths and help them grow and stretch depending on where they are at this moment.

As a maker-centered school, design thinking guides our approach to lesson planning. Teachers are encouraged to reflect and iterate while considering the following:

  • How will these learning experiences nurture continued cognitive development?
  • What are the most important, essential understandings and skills students should be working on at this moment?
  • How can lessons be differentiated to respond to the various ways students learn?
  • How will student learning be assessed in a way that resonates for the student and helps educators guide them to take the next step forward?

 Our educational philosophy puts student emotional and intellectual well-being at the center of everything. Our learning program remains focused on developing critical thinking skills, understanding how to be a changemaker and compassionate community citizen, while teaching key academic skills and concepts and cultivating resilience in the face of uncertainty.

At our core is the belief that we must continually assess our priorities and respond to challenging circumstances with creativity and compassion while providing new opportunities for students to learn in authentic and meaningful ways.