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A look inside "distance learning" at Poway Unified School District

Poway Unified School District
Posted at 6:02 PM, Apr 08, 2020

POWAY (KGTV) - With thousands of students now learning from home, 10News dropped in with Mrs. Hillebrecht’s 6th grade science class.

Normally taught at Twin Peaks Middle School, all students now access their work digitally and can ask their teacher questions during bi-weekly Zoom conferences.

“I teach my kids all year long how to use different platforms and different technology, so moving the classroom from being on campus to being digital wasn’t a tremendous change for me,” said Amy Hillebrecht.

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Still, she said it took her 15 hours to create a new lesson plan for the first week of distance learning, though she expects her preparation to get easier each week.

With everything being digital, she said their software can easily track which students have completed and accessed the homework.

If students are behind or have not accessed the lessons, she said she will email or call the students to check in.

From a school-wide perspective, Twin Peaks Principal Kelly Burke said they are tracking the work of every student in each of their classes to make sure they are participating. And if they aren’t, they said they are contacting students and families to find out why.

“We are Poway Unified and we have a brand to protect. People expect certain things from us. We don’t want that to change,” said Burke.