When the school year began, there was no reason to believe it would be different from any other. A world-wide pandemic created a challenge for all schools, public and private, large and small. While many schools dismissed two weeks before spring break without any real plan in place, Madison Academy immediately transitioned to distance learning.
Thanks to a solid technology infrastructure, a college level learning management system, ongoing profession development, an energetic faculty, engaged families, and a one-to-one Apple device program, Madison Academy was ready for the challenge.
The learning management system, Canvas, had been rolled out at the beginning of the year in the upper school. Other tools, like Google Classroom, were used school-wide. Zoom and Google Meets gave teachers and coaches the ability to communicate and connect with their students.
Madison Academy finished the school year on schedule, while many others had to extend their calendars. There is no substitute for face-to-face communication or the socialization of a normal school year. But when faced with challenges that are beyond our control, it nice to see people ready to face the obstacles with that competitive Mustang spirit.