We know the best way for our students to learn is face-to-face, in-person instruction. So why is AACPS insisting on a virtual learning platform that students struggle to use, does not support parental engagement, and is overly time-consuming for our educators and support staff?
Follow the steps below to show the school system that Brightspace is not the best choice for our students.
Track your Hours
By tracking how many hours you spend on Brightspace, we can prove to our school-based admin and AACPS leaders that we are spending too much time on screens instead of supporting our students. Use the tool here and work with other staff in your building to determine if there are exceptional inequities in how the platform is used, enforced, and how much time it takes.
Bring your data to FAC
We can demand change by showing your principal and admin team that this is not just an issue of one person but the entire school. It is the responsibility of the school-based admin to give you time during the duty day to complete the expected work.
Ask them: when during the day Brightspace should be updated; or if there is currently no time, what on your workload should be taken off to make time. If they cannot make time in the schedule, ask them to help you share your data with their regional superintendent, Dr. Maureen McMahon, or Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell.
Set up a meeting with AACPS leaders
If your principal is unable to help resolve issues with Brightspace, request a meeting with AACPS leaders to express how Brightspace is being used, or not used, in your building. You may request representation by TAAAC during this meeting.
Reach out to your TAAAC UniServ Director here: