This is a client’s success story that is both inspiring and uplifting! It is often in difficult times that one needs to rise to the challenge and think outside the box in order to keep going. Sing and Speak Spanish, a popular Spanish enrichment program in San Diego County did just that! Andres Abeyta, the director of this program, anticipated that he might have to cancel all his spring semester programs unless he did something quick. In one weekend he converted his programs to online group classes and FREE community service classes. He used his Jumbula online registration platform to take enrollments and used Zoom for the online class sessions. Smart, creative and a huge help for all their participating families and community!
This is their story…
A San Diego COVID-19 education success story and community service announcement
I’m the director of the most popular Spanish enrichment program around San Diego County, serving 70 schools in 9 districts. Before the announced COVID-19 break, I could see the real possibility of losing the entire Spring semester and I spent a weekend preparing our 40 teachers to serve 1200 currently enrolled families in an online format. We already had the infrastructure for online classes as we have been teaching personal online Spanish sessions so we effectively had a year headstart on all the school districts. So on the announcement of school closures, we coordinated all of our teachers on Saturday to run ONLINE group classes for all of our families which started this past Monday. We sent invitations with a classroom URL for them to join from home. And without any pilot testing, we hoped to provide a slice of quality education to families that have an abundant amount of time on their hands.
Some interesting things we experienced:
- Parents have experienced 99% of their kids education as Dropoff/Pickup at school. This is the first time they can see their kids learning first hand. They see their child engage in the activities and many parents are joining side by side with the student.
- Students have grown up as digital citizens and the live video and chat is second nature to them. We experienced a very high rate of successful connections.
- A bit of normalcy is installed as the kids see and talk to their familiar teacher and can see one another. We hear from each class that they are disappointed when the lesson is ending which is likely due to returning to the anxiety of the world.
- The live delivery of our activities using puppets, songs, and games has offered a personal experience rather than a recorded Kahn Academy-like lecture.
- We are not aware of a single other offering of live instruction that is being done outside of us in the school districts. Most messages from schools are that they will start instruction Apr 6 or 13th.
Why we wanted this story told: Necessity is the mother of invention. We already knew that schools were not the only place to learn with the crazy schedule that most kids have with a zillion activities. So we pushed our live classes online to fit family schedules. And now the world of education is ubiquitously forced to use this method of delivery. Secondly, we’d like to announce that we are opening up Spanish classes during the COVID-19 break, to any family for FREE as a community service. We have a lovely and talented group of teachers that will offer online classes just by clicking on the link. Kids can get some Spanish while they wait for the districts to eventually have live instruction. We hope to serve another 1000 families per week with a series of lessons. See this COVID-19 FREE session page that we setup: https://singandspeakspanish.com/online-spanish/
We are using Zoom live video with all of our props.
Miss Bianca teaching McKinley Elementary in Northpark…
A Parent posting from Silver Gate Elementary in Point Loma…
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