“Children need to move, they need to sing, they need to create – these are the things that maintain our humanity, and this is needed more than ever in times of crisis.”
For over 86 years, CEA has prepared students to be educated, cultured, and kind citizens who are empowered to look for the best in others and themselves and are shaped into young men and women who actively make a positive difference in the world by being true to their beliefs, talents and interests. Transferring these values to a virtual space and maintaining the essence of our mission has been a critical priority for the success of distance learning at CEA amidst the COVID-19 crisis that forced schools nationwide to close their buildings.
Unforeseen circumstances challenged us to adopt a growth mindset and think innovatively – how do we offer our students a sense of normalcy, maintain our educational objectives, while transferring learning to an online platform? The fostering of human connection, particularly student-teacher and peer relationships, are at the core of CEA’s philosophy, thus the school believes that all students should have a degree of face-to-face interaction, daily check-ins and space for dialogue and discussion for all subjects (including the arts and physical education), or we would not be fulfilling the mission we have promised our families.
CEA Distance Learning offers students a hybrid approach to virtual learning through a balance between synchronous (face-to-face) and asynchronous (independent work) sessions for all grades from pre-school to the 8th grade, while being mindful of the developmental ability to remain engaged during screen time of each age and grade level, in conjunction with engaging assignments to extend their learning beyond the classroom.