JEWISH ACADEMY OF ORLANDO GOES REMOTE
At Jewish Academy of Orlando, we have transitioned to remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. After much faculty preparation and lesson-planning, our students have begun a blended learning plan.
We are very fortunate to have the dedication of our talented faculty and resources to adapt to these unprecedented times.
Blended learning is an approach to education that combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional place-based classroom methods. Our students participate in all aspects of the school’s curriculum daily.
Each morning begins with an adaptation of the normally student-produced WJAO daily news, followed by class meetings. Not only do our students gather with their general studies classes (English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science) daily, they meet with their math, Hebrew/Judaics, and specials classes including (PE, Art, Music, Counseling/Guidance and Library).
It was important for our community to deliver a schedule that would offer flexibility to our families and allow for the continuity of our educational program. We developed a curriculum and at-home materials that utilize Google Meet and other easy to use technologies to support our teacher, students and parents.
Unfortunately, we are living in extraordinary times, which requires extraordinary measures. While the changes will not replace the classroom experience with our talented faculty, we are grateful to be able to transition into this new delivery of our educational program.
Here is a small gift from our faculty and administration to our JAO families. “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me Anymore,” by Maya Angelou. It is a message of hope to all of our students, families and friends. We miss you all very much! Together, we will get through this! Gam Zeh Ya’avor! This too shall pass!
Together, we are not frightened at all!