Baltimore City Public Schools has released a comprehensive plan it calls Reconnect, Restore, Reimagine, which includes details on how all students will receive increased small-group instruction. The district will invest in more paraprofessional support staff to create more flexibility around instructional time and new daily schedules. Schools will leverage supports like small group instruction while developing student learning plans for every student that incorporate their academic, social, and emotional needs and interests. The plan also includes a commitment that all K-5 schools will offer high-quality tutoring programs focused on foundational literacy skills.
The district is also thinking beyond recovery. Its plan envisions more flexible scheduling for middle and high school students through evening school, virtual courses, and Saturday offerings to help schools better fit students’ lives. The district uses diagnostic assessments, early warning indicator data, and educator referrals to identify students who experienced greater learning disruption and provide these students extended days and tutoring assignments. It also prioritizes support for students with missing course credits.
We are spotlighting this because the district is making a comprehensive investment into increasing paraprofessional staff, which will create the scheduling flexibility needed to enable the implementation of the entire plan.