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HEO Philosophy

HPS Philosophy of Home Engagement Opportunities

HPS’s approach to home engagement opportunities begins with the assertion that the learning experiences teachers design when school is in regular session cannot be replicated through home engagement opportunities.


In particular, the invaluable social interactions and dialogue that occurs naturally among students, and between teachers and students cannot be recreated in the same way.  Accordingly, this HEO provides guidelines and insights about how HPS faculty may leverage digital and experiential learning in ways that engage students from home.


HPS deliberately uses the term home engagement opportunities rather than technology-specific labels such as “virtual learning,” “e-learning,” or “online classes.” This choice reflects DESE’s emphasis at this unprecedented time on enrichment and connection.  It is our conviction that quality learning can also occur without solely relying on computers. Rather than being tied to an electronic device for their learning, HPS’s goal is for students to read, communicate, and engage in authentic learning experiences, while continuing to be physically active. Aligning this HEO to the  HPS Vision Statement encourages teachers to think differently about the opportunities and possibilities that may result from the challenging circumstances associated with any school closure. 


At the core of HPS’s approach to home engagement opportunities is the belief we should think differently about our priorities when responding to challenging circumstances, and we should embrace new opportunities for students to learn in authentic, meaningful ways.