MARC programs and services during Fall 2020
Along with everyone else, we are hoping for a "typical" return to school in the fall. As a backup plan, though, we are also preparing for a very different fall, one in which social distancing and other precautions are key. With that in mind, we will plan for the following programs and services:
FACULTY TRAININGS and TRAIN THE TRAINER CERTIFICATION WORKSHOPS:
These will be prepared in two forms:
1. As traditional in-service trainings and workshops; and
2. As virtual trainings done online, where teachers can participate in the training from their classroom. At the present time, we anticipate that all trainings will be virtual.
PARENT EVENTS: Social distancing may be possible for parent events; if so, they may be done in person. Virtual presentations will be available as well.
Even if your school decides to resume large-group assemblies, at the present time MARC does not believe we can ensure the health and safety of our Graduate students presenting such assemblies in person. For this reason, we are developing a new program:
Virtual In-Class Assemblies and Discussions. Using an online platform, graduate students will lead a lively information session and discussion with individual classrooms.
Schools will need to have the technological capacity to project an Internet-connected computer screen. We are sensitive to the fact that not all schools may have this capacity, and these schools can utilize our free, research-based curricula (below).
Graduate students will be limited to 2 presentations each day. We are aware that this means that fewer students will be reached; we encourage the use of Curricula for other students (below).
PEER LEADERSHIP TRAININGS FOR STUDENTS:
At the present time, we do not believe the trips to the Bridgewater State University campus will be possible. However, we are preparing a virtual version of this training and have already tested it. Details will be sent to participating schools.
MARC FREE CURRICULA FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES K-5, MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND HIGH SCHOOL:
These will be updated and available, free of charge, for anyone who can use a copy. We encourage the use of these Curricula during this pandemic.