The Berkshire County Education Task Force unanimously decided Saturday to move forward with a plan members hope will address a short-term need and bolster its argument for a long-term solution to problems confronting the county's school districts.
The task force endorsed a framework for a countywide online learning management system for remote learning that it hopes to present to school superintendents and school committees in the next couple of weeks.
The ambitious plan would have an online platform for course delivery, teacher collaboration and training in place this summer, in time for the 2020-21 academic year.
The immediate impetus for the project is the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the closure of school buildings and for districts to develop remote learning programs on the fly — and on their own. The BCETF believes that a countywide structure would help support local schools and teachers, giving them tools to more effectively teach in a remote environment.
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