Distance Learning Resources for Construction Educators from NAHB and HBI

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Most school districts and post-secondary campuses in the United States are closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year because of the spread of coronavirus. Many are engaging in distance learning so that students do not fall behind. Colleges, trade schools, high schools and even middle schools across the country offer courses in construction management, architecture, trades skills and much more to prepare students for careers in construction. NAHB's Student Chapter program is dedicated to enriching students' educational experience, and offers first-hand exposure to the real world of the building industry through membership, educational programming and networking opportunities. NAHB Student Chapters has recently developed resources for teachers to use in their distance learning efforts for construction, construction management, shop, technology and physical science classes. The main resources are two Google Classrooms — one for the secondary school level and one for post-secondary — that educators can use to exchange lesson plans and other ideas for distance learning. Visit the NAHB Student Chapters page for details on accessing the classrooms. Middle-school teachers may also access lesson plans for building and physical science lessons on the Workforce Development Resources page. NAHB Student Chapters recently held two webinars to discuss these resources and distance learning best practices. View replays of the webinars below: The Home Builders Institute (HBI) has also announced complimentary access to online learning alternatives to HBAs through May 1 in response to increasing K-12 requests across the nation. The Flexible Instruction Day (FID) material does not require textbooks or workbooks to accommodate self-paced student learning. Fundamental knowledge and skills, such as safety, communication, social media presence and interviewing, are examples of subject areas that will be organized into online learning paths. Learn more about the HBI resources for HBAs. Please contact Sarah Weber with any questions about NAHB Student Chapters and the distance learning resources.

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