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Board of Education approved four at-home (asynchronous) learning days for students during the 2021-22 school year

Dear Salt Lake City School District families,  

Professional learning is critical for educators working in schools to develop new knowledge, skills, and the practices necessary to meet students' learning needs. Professional learning takes time to study, learn, apply, and become effective practice. Increasing educator effectiveness supports the SLCSD Board mission statement by ensuring that "every student can learn the academic, problem-solving, and social skills required for success in college, career, and life."  

The District is committed to supporting its teachers and increasing their professional capacity to deliver world-class teaching to all students by providing them with evidence-based learning opportunities. Correspondingly, on August 3, the Board of Education approved four at-home (asynchronous) learning days for students during the 2021-22 school year. On each of these days, teachers will participate in high-quality professional development to increase their skills in supporting students. This professional learning will help teachers to close gaps that have resulted from unfinished learning; reach grade-level learning targets; and provide students with enrichment opportunities to deepen their explicit (documented), implicit (applied), and tacit (understood) knowledge.  

The professional development will be different at each grade level: all K-3 teachers will participate in literacy learning required by the Utah State Board of Education. Many of our grades 4-6 teachers will participate in this literacy training, as well. Teachers in grades 4-6 may also participate in math or science learning, depending on school-specific data. Secondary teachers will participate in content-specific learning.   

The approved asynchronous days are:  

·       Tuesday, October 5, 2021  

·       Tuesday, December 7, 2021  

·       Tuesday, February 15, 2022  

·       Tuesday, April 19, 2022  

These four asynchronous days will allow your child's teachers to receive high-quality, ongoing, professional learning that will positively impact instruction and your child's overall learning experience.  

What can you expect? On the four (4) asynchronous days, all K-12 students in the Salt Lake City School District will be learning at home. Teachers will provide learning tasks and materials to students in advance for completion during the school day. Many of these tasks will not be computer-based and will support students’ acquisition and retention of required skills and knowledge.   

We appreciate your support. Your child’s school will continue to send reminders about these days and share learning plans for each day. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact TeachingAndLearningInfo@slcschools.org   

Sincerely, 

Timothy Gadson III, Ph.D. 
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District