The Stony Brook School has developed a plan to offer our full academic program to students no matter where they are, on campus or anywhere in the world. When designing our model, we considered the following elements critical to our efforts to continue to provide the level of education and service that you’ve come to expect from us:
Our full academic program without compromising quality or time spent engaging with the curriculum and with the learning community
One plan that works for all contingencies: virus contained, resurgent in waves, or prevalent, international travel open or closed, vaccines widely available or not, etc.
Ability for students to arrive to campus late, stay home as needed, and participate in class from anywhere in the world
Social distancing possible for all students in classrooms, hallways, assembly spaces, etc.
A full week of full school days available to families who feel comfortable sending their children to campus
Supervision for all students throughout the school day to ensure safety protocols are being followed and to provide academic oversight and support to enable students to thrive in this model of education
The flexibility to responsibly relax restrictions as the situation allows.
Small Group Personalized Instruction
Personalized Instruction. Smaller Classes. Smart Use of Technology.
The academic plan we have developed meets those criteria by using three modes of instruction:
When students open their online portal this coming year, they will be amazed at the resources available to them there. Faculty are working tirelessly throughout the summer to post all assignments, assessments, and resources in advance of the school year so students can study, practice, and have their progress assessed in a medium that can be accessed at any time of day from anywhere. In addition to reading assignments, teachers are creating videos, screencasts, and podcasts to help students understand the toughest and most important concepts. The school will also be leveraging tools like Virtual Labs, Formative, VoiceThread, and Quizlet and making better use of MyMathLab, Mastering Science, and Turnitin to enhance learning.
Dedensified classrooms of typically 8-12 students at a time will allow teachers to meet the needs of individual students. Teachers will implement Oxford-style tutorials, moderate Harkness table discussions, conduct labs and small group projects, and provide individualized feedback and instruction twice a week in classrooms or via Zoom. With class materials already on the portal, teachers will be able to focus all of their attention on supporting and assessing student learning.Large Group Livestream
To free up time for small group instruction, teachers will deliver one-to-many livestreams to students around the globe once a week. During this time, students on campus will be six feet apart in proctored classrooms. Livestreaming will allow teachers to deliver timely announcements, lectures that are responsive to current events and the current needs of the students in the course, and conduct brief assessments and polls to check for understanding. All livestreams will be recorded and posted to the portal for those who cannot attend.
Our commitment to student safety goes beyond dedensified classrooms. Passing periods will be 10 minutes with staggered exits to reduce hallway density. Hallways and stairwells will be one-way with social distancing enforced by strong faculty presence. Chapel, assembly, and advisory will be done in a way that allows for social distancing and for remote access as well.