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‘Accelerated Learning in Practice’

Promising Practices from the SUNY Charter Schools’ 2021-22 School Visit Season

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Erin Allen / Vickie Masséus / Katy Clayton / Andrew Kile
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After nearly two years of remote and hybrid learning in charter schools, educators now have answers to questions that shook our foundation of education early in the pandemic: yes, interrupted learning has exacerbated the achievement gap; yes, we can deploy thousands of meals and laptops to students; and, yes, we can use communication software to remain in constant contact with students’ parents and families. Yet one critical question remains: what specific strategies executed during the pandemic successfully accelerated learning? In this white paper, the Institute shares four exciting and promising strategies observed from more than fifty on-site school visits from Fall 2021 to Spring 2022. We share these strategies as resources for instructional leaders, charter authorizers, program evaluators, and others interested in exploring pedagogical and planning strategies to support accelerated learning in upcoming school years. We hope these strategies affirm and inspire the work to address unfinished learning and encourage reflection on the drawbacks and strengths of different strategies.