JFYNetWorks (JFY) offers schools and districts an opportunity to provide middle and high school students with standards-aligned online math and ELA instruction through a special initiative of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The goal of this initiative is to help students reach grade-level skills, recover unfinished learning, and reduce achievement gaps. JFYNet academic support is available immediately at no cost to schools through the DESE initiative. The program includes instructional software, training and coaching for teachers, and teacher stipends for instructional time above and beyond contract hours.
JFYNetWorks has been providing its JFYNet online academic support to schools since 2000. Our software curricula align to state standards and other district or teacher goals. Our staff work closely with teachers to assess student needs, provide standards-based instruction, and measure student progress. We provide ongoing support to teachers to monitor student activity, analyze performance data and adjust curriculum to student needs.
When the pandemic caused the shift to online instruction, teachers and students in our JFY network of schools were able to continue conducting their classes using JFYNet resources without interruption. Our staff continued to work closely with teachers via email, text and video conference to track and support students’ learning, just as they had done in the classroom. The experience gave us the opportunity to develop a new flexible-mode pedagogy that devolved into three basic elements: