Designing solutions for the safe and equitable reopening of schools
Honoring input from diverse stake holders
Meeting the needs of all learners
Collaborating on tough challenges
Public School Facilities Planning in the Era of COVID-19 Guide
The “Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools Public School Facilities Planning in the Era of COVID-19 Guide" outlines our lessons from our journey to safeguard our school community’s health, so other schools can learn from our process, planning, and approach.
COVID-19 K12 Equitable Response Open Iconography Library
A library of visual components to clarify the back-to-school process, and to present information in a way that helps your community engage, weigh in, and ultimately help hold each other accountable in the COVID-19 era.
Back to School Learner Identity and Agency Guidebook
This Guidebook unpacks how to develop student identity and agency to provide more equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. It aggregates the leading research, thinking, and strategies from experts in sociology, psychology, special education, educational equity, social justice, and student-centered education to support educators in this work.
Success Coaching Playbook
Brooklyn LAB is committed to helping scholars navigate the complex life and learning transitions they’ll face during the 2020-21 school year. Given the financial and health challenges created by COVID-19, as well as ongoing racial trauma, scholars will need support in a variety of learning contexts, including remote, in-person, one-on-one, and small-group instruction. That’s why we’re building the capacity of the full range of adults at Brooklyn LAB to serve as success coaches
Front Porch Project
The Front Porch Concept serves to support the realities of operational requirements for returning to school in fall 2020 during the COVID-19 health crisis. It provides refuge for students during COVID is also a gift to the community long term by providing places of respite from extreme weather events including rain, heat and cold. These front porches are also a way for schools to connect back to the communities they serve by providing information about school activities, supporting gatherings and offering more appealing public spaces.
Instructional Program Scheduling Map
Building on Brooklyn Lab's Version 1 Back to School Facilities Tool Kit, this initial version of the Brooklyn LAB Instructional Program Scheduling Map responds to guidance on social distancing for reopening. LAB developed this blueprint because the school, like other schools around the country, is working through how best to rearrange teams of educators and groups of students to ensure that those receiving in-person instruction can do so safely.
Back to School Facilities Tool Kit
The Toolkit offers school facilities modification suggestions to support the needs of all learners. It serves as a visual guide for schools preparing to reopen after COVID-19 closures, presenting multiple ideas for facilities interventions focused on creating an environment that supports social distancing and other health-related requirements for both the journey to school and the classroom experience.