Our Role During COVID-19 State of Emergency

 

During the ongoing covid-19 State of Emergency, Passion for Learning (P4Lcontinues to support and encourage our students.

 

Since the closing of all Maryland public schools in mid-March, we’ve conducted regular outreach with students and their families. Our bilingual Program and Communications Assistants, Marvely Molina Torres and Alyssa Berrios,  contacted students and families to make sure they could access vital information and technology infrastructure such as take-home Montgomery County Public Schools Chromebooks, discounted internet packages from Xfinity or free WiFi hotspots as well as an array of local safety net resources.

We have developed digital media projects for students to produce at home with periodic Zoom video conference check-ins  with our teachers for project advice and tutorials. Communications Intern, Alyssa Berrios, is a skilled digital media and documentary film creator and is also coaching our students in producing short videos. One of the youth video projects for April-May: A Day in the Life of a Quaranteen.  By mid-June, we’ll be sharing their completed video projects with local community cable television outlets, including MCPS-TV and on Youtube.

Students are also doing at-home service-learning projects then documenting and sharing their “doing for others” projects on our social media platforms. Our middle schoolers have served by tutoring younger family members with their schoolwork, doing trash cleanups, creating posters to thank front-line covid-19 workers, delivering meals to elderly neighbors and walking their dogs. P4L is providing SSL credit that will apply to students’ MCPS service-learning requirements for high school graduation. 

We’re providing a series of video conference workshops and at-home technology activities for our Tech Squad students. They are engaging in “Scratch” coding as well as finishing up remoted-controlled, 3D printed “Tiny House” nightlight projects. Our Tech Squad instructor is continuing to revise the original curriculum and create new workshops with tech projects the students can do at home. We expect to be engaging our Tech Squad students virtually for at least the next 2 months and most likely beyond.

Our college-readiness middle and high school students are participating in video conference check-ins and workshops with College Bridge and Go2College instructors and several P4L alumni, who are college students and college grads. April’s workshop was on the topic of: “How to choose a college that fits me.” The latest May workshop was “Ask a College Student” and included a panel of P4L alumni representing Montgomery College, University of Maryland-College Park, The Universities at Shady Grove, Towson University, Goucher College, Morgan State and Bowie State.   We will reschedule our college campus field trips whenever conditions ease and schools allow on-campus visitors.

As Maryland K12 schools and colleges-universities remain closed for an extended period, we’ll help our students continue to develop digital communications and computer technology skills as well as college knowledge, goals and plans. We’ll continue to creatively adapt our programs for middle and high school students. We’ll also continue to serve as a trusted resource and support to their families.

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