This module offers educators suggestions for tackling Distance Learning Without Technology by giving suggestions for parental and student support, different learning strategies, assessment, and feedback as well as engagement ideas for elementary through high school. 


  1. Recall a variety of strategies for making Distance Learning Without Technology successful.
  2. Understand multiple learning tactics for engaging learners while meeting Missouri Learning Standards.
  3. Incorporate feedback and assessment without the use of technology.
  4. Working together with parents, students, and staff to keep everyone engaged and learning.

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Reflective Questions:

  1. What are you doing already to support students and families?  How do you plan to keep students, families, and yourself engaged during Distance Learning?
  2. Think about what you have encouraged your students to do that would be considered place-based learning.  Where in your curriculum could you incorporate place-based learning?
  3. Brainstorm with your team topics/themes/curriculum units that could be expanded to cross-curricular learning — don’t forget your practical and fine arts!
  4. Think about how you could implement one or more of the personalized learning strategies or assessment strategies for this school year.  How would that strengthen student learning?

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Melissa Acker
Instructional Coach/ Title I teacher
Hermitage R-IV Elementary
Trimiel Cole
Elementary Teacher
Jennings Public School
Misty Grandel
HS English
Fordland School District

Professional Biographies

Melissa Acher

Melissa Acker is an Instructional Coach/ Title I Teacher at Hermitage R-IV School District. This school is where she graduated high school and where her children attend. She works primarily with teachers and students of grades K-5 She loves working in small schools where teachers, students, and their families have opportunities to create strong bonds. Her passion is helping students and teachers see the best in themselves. She feels the most success when students or teachers realize they can do things they thought were not possible. She believes building community in the classroom, teaching character education, and incorporating small group instruction is vital to education in the 21st century. She was awarded Regional Teacher of the Year in 2017.


Keri Borchers

Keri Borchers is a twenty-one year English, Theatre and Speech teacher at Santa Fe R-X High School. Keri is the Curriculum Coordinator, Career Ladder member and has served as PDC chair. She is involved in life at Santa Fe by sponsoring Drama Club, directing high school plays/musicals, accompanying band and choir students, aiding FFA students with speech and writing activities, is the Prom coordinator, travels with students both domestically and internationally, and DJs all school dances. Keri earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, is AP certified in Literature and Composition, and has a Bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley College. Keri was the 2001 Lafayette County C-1 District Teachers of the Year, in 2015 was honored at Missouri Scholars Academy Teacher Appreciation ceremony, was selected in 2019 as staff for EF’s High School Exchange Year Program, and is the 2019 Central Region Teacher of the Year.


Trimiel Cole

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Trimiel Cole is an educator who seeks to change the word through educating young children. She recognizes the potential in every child. Trimiel has a passion for urban education, educating young minds and assisting them in being well rounded successful individuals. She has encountered wonderful opportunities to teach a diverse group of students, including those with learning disabilities, those who are performing at grade level and those who are gifted. Her greatest strength is motivating students. Trimiel seeks to engage their minds by incorporating a variety of enjoyable activities and learning projects. She has earned a BS in Special Education (K-12) and Elementary Education and a MA in Mathematics Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a Reading Specialist certification. (K-12). Trimiel is currently working on an Educational Doctoral Degree in Teacher Leadership.


Misty Grandel

Melissa Grandel, Missouri’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, has always believed she has one purpose in life: to teach kids. Melissa wholeheartedly believes all students deserve a fair opportunity to learn and succeed no matter their situation or background. As a classroom teacher for the past 25 years, her goal has been to relate to the individual student and to find a way to support the educational success of each one as they prepare for the future. Through highly engaging projects, real-world connections, and equitable initiatives, she allows students to self-discover in an effort to create a learning environment in which students can blossom into their best selves.