WSPALC News


2020-2021 WSPALC SCHOOL REGISTRATION (ENROLLMENT) PROCESS  HAS CHANGED - NO WALK-INS 

The William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center (WSPALC) is currently registering (enrolling) students on a rolling basis.  However, all prospective students will be asked to book an appointment as there will no longer be a walk-in registration (enrollment) process due to COVID-19.    Please contact Bridget Manarchik at bmanarchik@pittsfield.net or (413) 499-9530 if you are interested in enrolling as the number of available seats for ABE and ESOL classes is limited.


REMOTE AND  HYBRID CLASSES TO BE OFFERED THIS YEAR


Due to COVID-19, the William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center (WSPALC) will be providing limited in-person instruction during the year in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, WSPALC will use one of three learning models based on the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis. By January 2021, it is expected that students will transition from a Remote Learning model to a Hybrid Learning model if the rate of COVID-19 infection remains at an acceptable level as determined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is unlikely that WSPALC will offer an 100% In-Person model of instruction this year.   For all models, students will be required to have a Pittsfield.Net Gmail account, use Google Classroom and other Google Apps (i.e. Docs), and Zoom for online meetings.  Below are the definitions of the three learning models that could be utilized this year:

In-Person Model (100% In-Person) – Teachers will be providing 100% of their instruction to 100% of the students at the same time within the WSPALC facility at 141 North St. Suite 4, Pittsfield, MA.  This has been the traditional model used by WSPALC since 1976 as students are expected to attend all classes in-person unless excused.

Hybrid Model (50% In-Person/50% Remote) – Teachers will be providing instruction from their classroom within the facility at 141 North St.   In addition, teachers will also offer asynchronous learning as all materials will be located on Google Classroom and the students have access to various web-based learning resources (i.e. Aztec).  Each class will be split into two cohorts (A or B) as each group will meet-in person every other week as each off week will involve remote learning.  For instance, the A1-ABE 1/2 Morning class that meets on Monday/Wednesday from 8:30am-12:00pm for 3.5 hours per class (7 per week) will result in an enrolled student engaging in face-to-face classes 7 hours and remote learning (i.e. asynchronous learning) for another 7 hours over a two-week period.  Overall, students could potentially accrue 115.5 hours of face-to-face class time and another 115.5 hours of remote learning time (i.e. Clock-Time Model) during the year.

Remote Model (100% Virtual/Remote)
– Teachers will be providing live virtual instruction via Zoom.  In addition, teachers will also offer asynchronous learning as all materials will be located on Google Classroom and the students have access to various web-based learning resources.   Each class will be split into two cohorts (A or B) with each group meeting live virtually every other week as each off week will involve asynchronous remote learning.  For instance, the A1-ABE 1/2 Morning class that meets on Monday/Wednesday from 8:30am-12:00pm for 3.5 hours per class (7 per week) will result in 7 hours of live virtual learning and 7 hours of asynchronous remote learning over a two-week period.  Overall, students could potentially accrue 115.5 hours of virtual class time and another 115.5 hours of asynchronous learning time.
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