The Nashoba Brooks academic program is designed with a student-centered approach that is built upon the School’s core values: integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, empathy, and resilience. With an emphasis on the interpersonal relationships between students and their teachers, students are encouraged to take healthy academic risks and develop a greater understanding of the world and their ability to make a positive impact on it.
Physical distancing, transition management, and limiting an individual’s close contacts over the course of the week are key measures for sustaining a safe community. For these reasons, Nashoba Brooks will maintain small instruction groups throughout the academic day.
Within each homeroom or class section, students will remain with a consistent group of students and adults. There will be opportunities for grade-level and school-wide connections during virtual events and outdoor activities. In their classroom, students will maintain appropriate distance from one another. In the Middle School, student sectioning may shift following extended breaks in the academic calendar.
Our hyFlex program prioritizes the benefits of having students learn on campus daily, and also recognizes that COVID-19 may require a student to learn from home while they or a family member are managing the impact of the virus due to diagnosis, close contact, or quarantine. With 24-hours of notice that a student will need to learn from home due to the impacts of COVID-19, the School will work closely with these individuals to make it possible for them to engage fully in our daily program. Our information services team is also available to give families technological support, as needed.
Nashoba Brooks utilizes Zoom and Swivl cameras to support instruction for remote learners to allow them to engage in class activities from home. Each student will have access to a laptop, Chromebook or iPad, and a personal learning kit with the necessary supplies for the subjects they are taking. These kits will make certain that students have everything they need, whether at School or at home, to complete assignments and fulfill teacher expectations.
Whether in person or remote, a Nashoba Brooks education inspires self-confidence, encourages self-advocacy, and accentuates the individual strengths of our students.
On Campus Instruction
While on campus, students learn in small groups or sections with a dedicated team of teachers. Additional small group and one-on-one support are provided by our talented teachers and specialists. Students engage in simultaneous, direct, and differentiated instruction. Teachers have the flexibility to move among sections to provide direct instruction. Students who are not yet eligible for the vaccine will have minimal classroom transitions during their school day to help reduce the number of close contacts they experience. Older students, who have the benefit of the vaccine, will experience more transitions within their schedule.
In addition to classroom instruction, students utilize the natural elements of campus to enhance their learning. Where possible, lessons may be delivered outdoors.
Learning From Home
The Nashoba Brooks School remote learning microsite, NashobaBrooks@Home, aims to build and maintain the connectivity between all members of the community: students, teachers, families, and non-teaching employees when COVID-19 impacts their ability to be present on campus. Our program provides an educational experience that fosters curiosity, supports academic growth, and promotes collaboration. Students communicate with their teachers and classmates through class meetings and instruction, as well as in small groups and individual coaching sessions. Remote students will learn through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
Students engage with class assignments and instruction at their own pace, often completing assignments within a specific timeframe. Asynchronous assignments may be project-based, involve tech-free activities, require interaction with a discussion board (such as Flipgrid), and incorporate video recorded lessons (screencasts).
Students engage in real time with peers and teachers, face to face, over a video-conferencing platform (Zoom or Google Meet). Synchronous learning allows for immediate feedback and communication. These sessions are essential for building and maintaining healthy relationships when not in-person.
The hyFlex model allows for students to participate in remote learning as needed due to direct impacts of COVID-19. Twenty four hour notice is required to provide teachers time to effectively prepare for and support students who are learning from home due to COVID-19.