Greetings, Futures Lab Families -
By now you should have received an email from PSD regarding our plan for re-opening schools next month. You may have additional questions specific to your own learners and their home campuses, but I wanted to take a minute to share our plans for Futures Lab classes for the fall semester.
• Futures Lab is transitioning to a blended learning model to accommodate all interested learners
• Futures Lab is compatible with PSD Virtual and offers unique elective and core credit opportunities
• Futures Lab can accommodate students wanting a completely online experience for 2020-2021
First, we are thrilled that you have chosen to be a part of the Futures Lab community and, although things will be different than we'd hoped, we can confirm that Futures Lab classes will happen in 2020-2021. We are committed to working with individual learners to provide an exceptional experience that is flexible and adaptable to the parameters of each student's home campus schedule requirements. In short, changes to schedules at students' home campuses will not be a barrier to participation in Futures Lab pathways. In fact, we are excited to confirm that students who make the choice to attend PSD Virtual for 2020-2021 can still participate in our Futures Lab pathways.
Futures Lab represents a cross-section of learners from all PSD secondary schools. With school schedules and district calendars continually evolving, flexibility will be critical for our learners. Our goal is to provide a consistent experience regardless of PSD's current phase or the varied schedules at students' home campuses. To that end, we are shifting all of our pathways to a blended learning model where a significant amount of learning work occurs online, both synchronously and asynchronously, complemented by periodic face-to-face sessions with their teachers. We envision these face-to-face sessions as being flexible and occurring multiple times to allow for smaller groups of learners. In-person sessions will provide opportunities for students to put their learning into practice by building a computer, piloting a drone mission, practicing culinary techniques, laying down tracks in our audio studio, or engaging in small-group or individual work on a project.
The adults on the Futures Lab team are master teachers who have been preparing since the spring for this possibility. It is our belief that we can continue to provide an exemplary environment for our learners in any of PSD's phases and within any learning model.
In the coming weeks, you can expect to hear directly from our teachers regarding how the fall semester will look, including upcoming opportunities for small-group, socially distanced "meet and greets" at the Lab as well as other ways to get and stay connected to our community.
Again, thank you for being a part of the Futures Lab. We are grateful to have you as a part of our Futures Lab community.