District Remote Learning Plan



The current health emergency has challenged the Needham school community to completely change our normal day-to-day routines and to adopt a very new remote learning paradigm. Over the course of the last two weeks we have worked to transform our plans for what was originally a two-week hiatus into a plan for remote learning that will sustain us for a much longer duration. The remote learning plan reflects the district’s commitment to providing our students and families with a continued and multifaceted learning experience and focuses on the following priorities:

·       Maintain and nurture strong relationships with students and families;

·       Prepare for remote learning to engage students directly in the curriculum in thoughtful, measured ways so all students can learn and grow; and

·       Provide services and supports to help meet the many needs of all students, particularly our most vulnerable ones.  


While necessarily different from our traditional brick and mortar program, the core of our remote learning plan reflects these priorities as well as maintaining our commitment to academics, social emotional learning, and equity that are the hallmark of an education in the Needham Public Schools.

The use of the Internet and the pace of technological growth have transformed teaching and learning in the Needham Public Schools over the last ten years. We are fortunate to be able to build upon this foundation and the infrastructure we have in place. Remote learning will change the nature of how the members of our community interact with each other. We remain committed to using the technology to maintain the communication, support, and sense of community that we deeply value. For students, remote learning will leverage technology to access content and provide real-time application of key 21st- century skills. It will also place a new emphasis on the value of independent learning and self-assessment. Our faculty are now charged with not only continuing to be outstanding teachers in an online environment, but also to balance it with their personal lives as parents, partners, and care-givers at the same time. We acknowledge that we are entering this paradigm for the first time and parents, teachers, students and administrators, will be learning and growing as our experience with remote learning evolves.

Our remote learning plan will not replace the classroom or school experience. Students will not be engaged in a 6-hour day with certain activities, lessons, and assignments scheduled in specific intervals with a teacher guiding the learning each step. This will be a truncated and very different learning environment for our students. Although it is impossible to replace the full educational experience virtually, our remote learning program seeks to provide students a range of opportunities to build their mind, body, and spirit. Whether in the classroom physically or virtually, our community will continue to promote excellence and character through our spirit of working together.

Please check out the links on the left-hand side of this page for an explanation of the key components of the District’s Remote Learning Plan.

(A PDF copy of the District Remote Learning Plan may be downloaded.)

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