COVID-19 Information

Dear High Tech High Families,

In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th.  San Diego Unified School District released a press release last night, indicating that they will not be returning on April 6th and will be implementing distance learning for all of their schools through the month of April.  We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.

When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning.  We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.

We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward.  We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.

Leaders and teachers from across High Tech High have been working to design a framework for distance learning at our schools and create the infrastructure necessary to support that plan.  We’ll continue to engage in this work over spring break using your input regarding your technology access to help us craft an approach tailored to our community’s needs.

If your family currently does not have reliable internet access, please see the options that local internet companies are offering as families try to stay informed.  Getting Internet Access: Available Plans https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

Thank you for your patience and support. 

 

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Estimadas HTH familias,

En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Diego lanzó un comunicado de prensa anoche, indicando que no regresarán el 6 de abril y que implementarán el aprendizaje a distancia para todas sus escuelas durante el mes de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.

Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.

Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.

Los líderes y maestros de High Tech High han estado trabajando para diseñar un marco de referencia para el aprendizaje a distancia en nuestras escuelas y crear la infraestructura necesaria para apoyar ese plan. Continuaremos participando en este trabajo durante las vacaciones de primavera, utilizando su aportación con respecto a su acceso a la tecnología para ayudarnos a diseñar un enfoque adaptado a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.

Si su familia actualmente no tiene acceso confiable a internet, vea las opciones que las compañías locales de internet ofrecen mientras las familias intentan mantenerse informadas. Obtención de acceso a Internet: planes disponibles https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.

 
Please visit our COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates page for all developments. - updated March 24, 2020
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Student Projects

The Past 100 Years: A Storycorps Interview Project

Authors: Tracy French, Jen Morrison

Grade: 6th

Subject: Humanities

Interviewing booths for
Interviews for
Two students at table

Sharing a story can help us understand where we have come from and where we are going. In collaboration with their Math/Science project, The Next 100 Years, students will conduct interviews that reveal changes in our human experience over the past 100 years. Our understanding of the past will connect us with our responsibility for the future. Our interviews will be uploaded to the Library of Congress to become part of the StoryCorps collection.

  • How has the human experience changed in the past 100 years?
  • How can interviews connect us to our guests and to our shared history?
  • What is empathy and why does it matter?
  • How do open-ended questions provide the space for people to share more of their story?
  • How can we improve our work through critique?
  • What is our vision for the future?

 

How will we collaborate?

●  We will offer, receive, and apply critique.

●  We will discuss interview structures and develop project guidelines.

●  We will participate in editing and revision workshops.

●  We will support each other to take risks, accept challenges, and complete our best work.

●  We will pair up to support each other during the interviews.

●  We will participate in the setup and breakdown of our interview space at Winter Exhibition.

How will we challenge ourselves?

●   We will always look for a better way to ask a question.

●   We will expand our network of interviews beyond winter exhibition.

●   We will research and develop possible possible podcast options for our final interviews.

●   We will use photography to capture the connection between interviewer and interviewee.

 

  • Develop a rich, well critiqued database of interview questions that will reveal depth in our interviews.
  • Create a Winter Exhibition space, based on StoryCorps recording booths, where guests are comfortable and willing to share their stories.
  • Conduct thoughtful interviews and upload our recordings to the Library of Congress.
Week Description of Activities
Nov 2-6 What makes a strong question? Who do we want to interview?

Interview questions for author and philanthropist Greg Mortenson.

Develop a list of key attributes for strong interview questions.

Nov 9-13 Sample interviews and the StoryCorps Project

Why do stories matter?What is StoryCorps?There’s an app for that.

Which interviews did you feel drawn to? What makes an interview great?

How can we develop strong and appropriate questions?

Nov 16-20 Question Database & Interview at Brookside

Why types of questions do we need to ask?

Let’s talk with real people and hear their stories!

How has the world changed since you were young?

Nov 23-27 Thanksgiving Challenge! Record interview with family member

Choose a family member to interview for the Great Thanksgiving Listen.

What did you find out about them that surprised you?

What challenges did you experience during the interview?

Why were some interview questions successful and some not?

Nov 30-Dec 4 Formulate exhibition questions and explore the soft skill of flexibility

What questions are appropriate to ask during exhibition?

How can I adjust my questions if needed?

What do I do when the unexpected happens?

How do I handle emotions that come up for the interviewee and myself?

Dec 9-13 Interview rehearsals and practice with technology

Practice, practice, practice!

What will the setup look like?

How can we create buzz and invite guests to attend?

Dec 16-20 Exhibition and Reflection

Show time!

How can we ensure the exhibition is a great success?

What are my goals?   How will I know if I achieved them?

How has this project affected me? How have I affected others?