Remote Learning Hub

Remote Learning Hub For Families

As a School community, we are working collaboratively and creatively to ensure that our systems and structures can be redesigned and reimagined during this unique time. Through Canvas, our Learning Management System (LMS), and Zoom, our conferencing and virtual meeting platform, our teachers are delivering class meetings, homework, assessments, writing assignments, special projects, and much more to our students every day. While the pace of our learning environment has shifted, we are committed to maintaining the same personalized learning approach that our students and families expect from us.

LOWER SCHOOL

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  • Our Approach

    We will be using a combination of remote learning modalities, including online, synchronous, and asynchronous learning, in addition to hands-on, paper-and-pencil tasks.
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  • Our Expectations

    Learn more about our expectations for remote learning in the Lower School.
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  • Our Schedule

    Each Friday families will receive the next week’s Remote Learning Plan. This will allow for time over the weekend to gather materials, print assignments, and coordinate work and siblings’ schedules.
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MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOLS

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  • Our Approach

    Each course will have three class meetings scheduled weekly, and each teacher will plan for two face-to-face meetings with students via Zoom. Class periods will be scheduled in 40-minute time blocks, and classes will happen both synchronously and asynchronously.
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  • Our Expectations

    Learn more about our expectations for remote learning in the Middle and Upper Schools.
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  • Our Schedule

    Click here to download the Middle and Upper School schedule.

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General Information

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  • OUR VISION

    In keeping with our mission to uphold high academic standards while implementing innovative ideas in a supportive and student-centered community, we will strive to offer our students a high-quality educational experience in a remote learning environment. In order to meet the learning objectives we have set for our students, the School is dedicated to providing the best instruction, the best resources for students, educators, and families, and the best community experience during this time of extended remote learning.

    Two essential questions will be at the center of our work during this time:
    • How do we foster authentic student engagement and continued academic achievement through remote learning platforms?
    • How do we continue to support student well-being and academic development as well as maintain a sense of community during a major disruption to our daily operations?
  • KEY TERMINOLOGY

    REMOTE LEARNING (DISTANCE LEARNING)
    Learning that occurs when the learner and teacher are separated by distance and/or time. The learning can occur synchronously or asynchronously, and does not need to solely occur online or through the use of technology; however, tasks will be assigned through an online platform (i.e. Canvas)

    ONLINE LEARNING
    Learning that occurs exclusively through the internet. It falls under the umbrella of Remote/Distance Learning but is speci c to internet learning only.

    SYNCHRONOUS
    Learning that happens among a group of students at the same time. Students are working on the same activities/ tasks within the same time frame. For Brimmer, this will happen on Zoom.

    ASYNCHRONOUS
    Learning that happens outside the normal constraints of time. For example, students may need to complete a worksheet, watch a video, or contribute to a discussion board, but may do so at a time they determine. Generally, there is a multi-day timeframe for completing this type of work.

    SCREENCAST
    A digital video recording of your computer screen, usually including audio narration, that acts as an instructional video (e.g. those hosted on Khan Academy). Some screencast options include Canvas Studio, Explain Everything, ShowMe, and QuickTime (built into your MacBook).

    VIDEO CONFERENCE
    A virtual meeting in which participants are in different locations. For Brimmer, we will be using Zoom to accomplish these meetings.
  • ONLINE ETIQUETTE

    The following components guide all participants in our remote learning environment:

    BRIMMER LIFE RULES/CORE VALUES
    Respect. Responsibility. Kindness. Honesty. These are the foundation of our guidelines.

    OUR ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
    This can be found on pages 65-67 of the Family/Student Handbook, 2019-2020

    DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP IN ACTION AND REMOTE LEARNING STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR
    Adapted from The Digital Student: Netiquette, University of Hull and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
    1. Remember the human—you are interacting with real people online, not just screen names
    2. Be ethical
    3. Know where you are—if you are “at school,” Brimmer’s behavior expectations are in play
    4. Respect other people’s time, access, and data limits
    5. Be presentable online, both in appearance and in conduct, by wearing school-ready attire, assuring background surroundings are proper, and leaving a respectful digital footprint by not sharing embarrassing, illegal, or inappropriate content.
    6. Share expert knowledge, take time to read and understand an original post before commenting, use evidence and personal experience to support opinions, and read and reflect on the ideas of others
    7. Keep disagreements healthy and express disagreement respectfully
    8. Respect people’s privacy
    9. Don’t abuse your power—if you are in charge of a discussion, treat all participants with respect and encourage all community members to share their ideas
    10. Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes and treat all conversations as learning opportunities

Key Contact Information

Health Questions
Beth Escobar, School Nurse & Director of Health Services

Social & Emotional Support
Beth Meister, Lower & Middle School Counselor
Emily Luckett, Upper School Counselor

Technical Support & Questions

Learning Support
Danielle Bartone, Director of Academic Services
 
General Lower School Questions
Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
Courtney McGillicuddy, Assistant Head of LS
Ina Patel, Lower School Director of Teaching & Learning

General Middle School Questions
Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School
Matt Gallon, Middle School Dean

General Upper School Questions
Joshua Neudel, Head of Upper School
Paul Murray, Upper School Dean
As an inclusive community, Brimmer welcomes students who will increase the diversity of our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under state or federal law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions practices, financial aid decisions, and athletic and other school-administered programs.