Private school credits Edsby’s proactive learning environment as key to virus response

Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute staff (above) and students connected online with Edsby regularly as the school adapted to digital learning during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (MBCI) says the Edsby digital learning and data system brought consistency and creativity to students and teachers alike.

In examining its agility regarding COVID-19, the Winnipeg Free Press describes local private school Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute’s adoption of Edsby as a “key decision,” creating “consistency for both staff and families, as both groups only had to learn just one system.”

Principal Andrea Neufeld told the newspaper many positives came from the switch. In addition to overall student participation, Edsby has also contributed to innovating more creative learning environments and lesson curriculum.

“The different environment and creative approaches to lessons allowed some students who were often quiet in the classroom to be more active contributors. The school’s project-based learning approach was also a good fit for the new reality,” Neufeld states.

MCBI also notes that though they were some bumps in transitioning to online learning, Edsby and the MCBI shared leadership model made the sudden format switch easier for some teachers and staff.

“It’s about how quickly you can mobilize,” Neufeld continues. “When kids can feel connected and cared for, learning can happen.”

In addition to connecting teachers with their students, Edsby has also allowed for increased communication between school administrators and parents. This is credited to not only Edsby’s easy facilitation of parental participation, but also Mennonite Brethren’s dedication to providing Chromebooks to families who needed them.

As a result, “instruction continued in all courses, including the drama program, which took a creative approach to the pandemic… we’ve kept the rigor and kept the innovation,” Neufeld concludes.

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