Like so many districts across the country, the Greenville Public School District (GPSD) in Mississippi faced the challenge this spring of quickly pivoting to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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While Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves recommended state-wide school closings on March 14, 2020, GPSD had closed for spring break on March 6, creating even more of a standstill for ramp-up efforts to put distance learning into motion.

Challenges faced in Spring 2020

There was an urgency in determining what existing tools could be used to seamlessly transition to our new normal of online learning. A means of monitoring student needs and communicating with parents was essential in creating a successful learning experience. Luckily, i-Ready instruction had already existed in the classrooms, so our shift to tech-enabled virtual teaching was a smooth process.

About the Author:

Dr. Debra Dace is the Superintendent of Schools for Greenville Public School District in Mississippi and Latanya Calhoun is the district’s Chief Academic Officer. They each joined Greenville PSD in July 2019.

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