State Department of Education Announces the Launch of 'CT Learning Hub'
Provides All Students Access to Free High Quality, High Impact Resources to Accelerate Learning and Advance Equity
(HARTFORD) - The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) today announced the launch of the CT Learning Hub, a free centralized platform to provide students, teachers, and families with universally available, multilingual, quality content in order to advance equitable access and support the professional learning and resources for the development of continuous blended learning models. CSDE created this repository of high-quality curriculum and learning materials in response to the need that arose during in-school class cancellations for free and safe online and offline resources to support student learning, social emotional well-being and engagement. CSDE encourages summer camps and/or programs to explore and use the repository to prepare students for the upcoming school year and provide them access to enriching academic resources to counter educational setbacks and accelerate learning over the summer months.
“As our students prepare for a return to school, we must make sure the state is providing the tools necessary for all of our students to succeed, whether it’s in person or through distance learning,” said Governor Ned Lamont. “The CT Learning Hub is yet another example of the State Department of Education innovating and thinking outside the box under the leadership of Commissioner Cardona. This collection of resources is exactly what will be needed for students to be successful as they navigate the 2020-2021 school year.”
“A top priority for our department is providing accelerated learning opportunities to equalize the playing field and advance equity anytime, anywhere. As we learn and grow together, this launch is the beginning of providing a centralized hub of resources to support all learners - adult and student,” said Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona. “I thank our partners for their commitment to ensuring every student has access to high-quality learning content at home. We look forward to a future of teaching and learning that is reimagined where opportunities are learner-connected, learner-focused, learner-led and learner-demonstrated.”
In partnership with Common Sense Media's Wide Open School, Connecticut Public (CT Public), the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology, Greg Tang Math, Khan Academy, the RESC Alliance, and Scholastic, CT Learning Hub provides both digital and offline access to multilingual content learning modules, Summer Learning Challenges, curated applications in literacy, numeracy (or ELA and math), science, social emotional learning, fitness and much more. As students, teachers, and parents visit the CT Learning Hub, they can explore eight learning hubs for resources, activities, services and professional learning. This includes a menu of resources for core content (numeracy, literacy, science, social studies, SEL and project based learning), professional resources like lesson planning and blended learning templates, parent resources on how to support learning at home and other digital and non –digital resources (online and offline).
The CT Learning Hub will be updated regularly to include emerging technologies, resources and research to support all learners anytime, anywhere. The CT Learning Hub will be a valuable resource for years to come as Connecticut reimagines its classrooms and implements promising, innovative practices daily by linking the program with efforts to expand content and connectivity for students and their families.
Alignment with CT’s “Adapt, Advance, Achieve” Reopening Plan
The CT Learning Hub provides teachers with access to all reviewed and approved standards-aligned resources in one place, including specific resources and professional learning on the seven CSDE identified Blended Learning Models to support reopening. All resources will include professional learning, implementation and communication resources with clear expectations for developing blended learning plans that focus on families, quality and equity such as how to intentionally plan instruction for all learners, including special populations and English Learners. Coming soon: a platform for teachers statewide to collaborate, share and discuss promising practices as a professional learning network.
Students have access to a clickable hub of online (digital) and offline resources that support content, courses and personal learning that can be accessed anytime, anywhere that does not require a user name and password. Students can explore what their role is in learning and teaching in a blended and or remote learning environment, which includes student ownership of learning.
Families and parents are provided a Parent Learning Hub designed for them that will include professional learning, links to resources that support health, nutrition and well-being, and community services. Parents can access reviewed and approved online (digital) and offline resources and lessons and explore what their role is in learning and teaching in a blended and or remote learning environment.
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