Educators and school leaders often talk about the lack of learning equity in today’s education. The conversation often involves racial and social inequity in society and in schools or other influences that educators have little control over. The lack of control makes it almost impossible for current educators to implement measurable actions to bring learning equity in schools.
As current educators, we will show our practical and measurable solutions to promote learning equity by addressing two factors:
- Learning Setting
- Instructional Pedagogies
Equitable learning setting is often discussed but ignored by educators and school leaders. School leaders create school policies that expect teachers to create equitable learning settings, but most are impractical.
The underlining cause for many academic problems in today’s classroom is students’ addiction to cellphones. Most teachers have a cellphone policy, but they quickly give up because they are tire of reminding the same students. Middle and high school teachers have monitor 36 students in class or 165 students per day. There is not enough time for intervention and calling parents about cellphones.
Teachers are also hesitant to refer students to administrators due to cellphone violations because they do not want their administrators to judge them for lack of classroom management or lack of engaging lessons. A common feedback that some teachers got for sending students to administrators for cellphones or off-tasks is “make your lesson engaging.” What do you think the teachers would do next time they see the students on their phones or off-task.
Altogether, the challenges of enforcing cellphones daily create inequitable learnings where high-risk students are allowed to fall through the cracks. The students are given the option to be off-task, and the teachers are given the option to allow it.
Therefore, the first step of action is to remove the students’ and teachers’ options. The school needs to create a phone-free school using a simple and effective tool such as Safe Pouch ®.
Step by Step Implementation
Equipment (No Software, No Annual Fees, Easy-to-Use, Washable):
“Easy, Immediate, Sustainable, & Impactful“
There are two versions of Safe Pouch ® for two different tiers in MTSS.
Blue Safe Pouch ® is equipped with a Regular Lock that can be opened with a portable and light-weight, specialized key. It is affordable for schools to afford one for each teacher or staff, so your staff can open students Safe Pouch ® during an emergency. This is implemented Tier 1 schoolwide.
Orange Safe Pouch ® is equipped with a Power Lock that needs Power Key to unlock it. It is 10X more expensive and 5X heavier than the Regular Lock. Each school only needs one or two to implement Tier 2.
MTSS TIER 1 (Phone-Free Culture with Blue Safe Pouch®)
Step 1: Staffs number each Blue Safe Pouch ® to give each student a Blue Safe Pouch ® that will keep and use during their years at your school. Students return the pouch at end of each year, and they get it back at the beginning of a new school year. Why?
COVID: Because of COVID, we want to make each student has his or her own Safe Pouch ®. It like each student has their own Chromebook. Remember, Safe Pouch ® is WASHABLE.
- Because students know they will have the same Blue Safe Pouch ® during their time at your school, they will value it and encourage to use it. IT’S WASHABLE. We also provide Low-Cost Repair Services.
- We reduce the probability of students and teachers touching different Safe Pouch since each student carries his or her own Blue Safe Pouch®.
- Parents can buy our Regular Lock to implement Safe Pouch ® at home too. Students at home already have the pouch. This empowers parents to promote engagement at home during distance or hybrid learning.
Step 2: Daily Routines
At the beginning of your first period of the day, those teachers enforce that all students put their phones in their pouches. At the end of the last period, those teachers unlock students Blue Safe Pouch ®. Why?
- This simple procedure locks all students’ phones at the beginning of each school day. Because it is in class, the teachers can make sure all students put their real phones inside and enforce Tier 2 intervention for any students who refuse to do it or forgot their Blue Safe Pouch at home. Students who forgot their pouches will use an Orange Safe Pouch. Defiant students are sent to administrators to get their phone lock in the Safe Pouch ® and other consequences. Those students who carry the Orange Safe Pouch ® with them will send a powerful message to other students throughout the entire school day.
- It prevents students from putting their fake phones inside the pouch.
- Most importantly, teachers will never have to deal cellphone problems for the rest of the school’s day.
Possible Parents’ Concerns:
- Can parents and students communicate with a passing period or lunchtime?
- Yes! All Safe Pouch ® has openings that allow users to push buttons to make a Voice command to make calls or answer calls.
- How quickly my child can access their phones during a schoolwide emergency?
- Because all teachers and staff have the light-weight regular locks for Blue Safe Pouch, they can quickly unlock the pouch. For students with Orange Safe Pouch, they can use the opening to make voice commands to make calls or answer calls.
- Can Parent Purchase the Regular Lock and additional Blue Safe Pouches to use at home?
- Yes! Parents should be empowered by Safe Pouch home to help their children at home. As teachers, we know parent’s involvement is essential to students’ learning and success.
- Why can my child access their phones during lunch?
- Depending on a school’s decision. However, giving student access during lunch break the habit and remind students of their addiction to cellphones. Consequently, teachers have to deal with it after lunch is over. Students are more challenging after lunches. Over, lunchtime is also time for students to learn essential social skills.
MTSS TIER 2 (Redefine School’s Discipline and Transform School’s culture with PBIS and Orange Safe Pouch®)
Think Outside the Box: Many schools’ disciplinary consequences and procedures limit their administrators to disciplinary tools (e.g., class suspension, school suspension, parent-call, or detention) that often remove students from the learning opportunities. More important, they are not immediate and have little impact on targeted students, who care little about grades. Some may not care about their parent’s involvement. Furthermore, these consequences stigmatize students with negative labels while increasing your school’s overall number of suspensions.
Fortunately, the majority of these students are addicted to their cellphone and social media.
We invented the Orange Safe Pouch® with the Power Lock to empower all administrators with a powerful and positive disciplinary tool that is easy, positive, immediate, and impactful.
Equitable Instructional Strategies
After we have equitable learning settings, the rest of the problem is teachers implementing equitable instruction strategies. Effective teaching strategies are a lot easier to solve. High-risk students are not given the option to quietly opt-out, and they are forced to engage. If the teaching strategies are ineffective or not meaningful, the students will let their teachers know right away–usually, in the forms of defiance or class disruptions. Nevertheless, the teachers are not given the option to shut these students with cellphone anymore.
To help teachers implement equitable and meaningful teaching strategies, we have step-by-step training to integrate today’s Learning Management System website and effective strategies to make learning fun for students.
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