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Distance Learning 2.0 Agreements Approved by Board and Saint Paul Federation of Educators

On Sept. 14, 2020, at a Special Meeting of the Board of Education, the Board approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Saint Paul Federation of Educators (SPFE). Both memorandums regard Distance Learning 2.0.
 
The MOA adds ten new English Language teachers to SPPS to further meet multilingual families' needs.
 
The MOU pertains to Licensed Staff/Teachers, Educational Assistants, and School and Community Service Professionals and their work for the duration of Distance Learning.
 
Among the specific provisions of the MOU:
 
Distance Learning 2.0 will be primarily asynchronous (any time). However, there will be synchronous (same time) elements that will be required.
 
Educators will be required to communicate and post office hour times, multiple days per week on Seesaw, Schoology, or any other learning management system used by a school or program.
 
The synchronous requirements are as follows: 
  • Each teacher will schedule regular academic opportunities for elementary students to participate in small or whole group instruction. 
  • Each teacher will schedule regular academic opportunities for secondary students to participate in small or whole group instruction for each class. 
  • Elementary students will have access to 1 social-emotional connect per day (possible examples: class meeting, circle, or other live activity) 
  • Secondary students will have access to 1 social-emotional connect per day, which could occur in Foundations or Advisory class, for example. 
  • Each teacher will hold regular office hours each week. 
  • Each teacher will respond to individual requests for connection. 
  • Specialist teachers and co-teachers may combine these elements in collaboration with other educators and classrooms or independently.
Both the MOA and MOU are available here. 
 
For more information, visit spps.org/boe.