Teacher of Record
Working with our learning team and our staff through this process, we do not see a way to have our teachers teach all day in the classroom and still provide online classes for other students. Our teachers will be using blended learning strategies through Google Classroom to allow them to transition if needed to off-site as an entire group. The Google Classroom would also help if a student is out for a few days but it would not replace the classroom experience. As a small district, we do not have extra staff members at this point who would be available to only be online teachers. Our most recent survey results show more than 80% of our families were planning to send their children back to the buildings for face-to-face instruction.
Each teacher has extensive classroom experience and is an expert at the SchoolsPLP Learning Management System. The implementation approach includes the development of a strong partnership to support Eastern’s needs in the achievement of its program and student achievement objectives.
How instructional needs will be determined and documented
SchoolsPLP provides multiple types of formal and informal, formative and summative, assessments. Students will take a Pre-Test to ensure mastery of each skill. The Pre-Test is created randomly and real-time to ensure the student understands the material. The Pre-Test will ask five questions per skill/topic and if the student demonstrates mastery of four of the five questions, this skill is removed from their required list of assignments. This assessment allows a student to demonstrate prior understanding of the topic and move through the curriculum faster.
If a student is entering high school and we are not confident in the students ELA and Math skills, we will assign a High School Readiness Assessment to determine the students’ instructional level and areas of weakness. If further intervention is necessary, an entire semester can be provided to better prepare student(s) for any grade.
Method to determine competency and award credit
Each student’s learning path can be personalized to meet his or her individual learning needs. Students can work at their own pace to complete work for initial credit, accelerate their learning, or recover credits and grades at home. Our content is proven to increase student achievement and on-time graduation and includes the rigor and engagement to ensure students graduate with necessary skills needed for college and career.
Instructional strategies include:
- Activating students’ prior knowledge
- Establishing a clear lesson purpose, goals, and expectations
- Providing clear instruction, including examples and modeling
- Providing opportunities for practice with varying levels of scaffolded support
- Conducting frequent checks for understanding with appropriate feedback
- Incorporating reviews spread out over time
- Providing metacognitive and self-efficacy skills and practice
The interactive, multimodal, learning environment helps students reengage and get on track for graduation. Focusing on instruction that identifies knowledge gaps and personalizes the learning experience, SchoolsPLP provides a flexible learning solution with prescriptive assessments that allow students to spend more time on what they need and less time on content already mastered.
The prescriptive assessment measures students' mastery of core concepts of the standards. The system automatically prescribes a specific learning path to address the identified skill gaps. Students are assigned relevant, student-specific course content creating a specific learning path based on each student’s pre-test results. The result is a personalized learning plan based on the student’s specific needs.
Attendance and participation requirements
Daily Activity automatically timestamps each login session
In addition, students are required to access their courses regularly. To ensure regular access, an ELSD staff member will monitor the “Disengaged” status for each student. (Partly Disengaged means the student did not access at least one course within the designated period of time, and Fully Disengaged means the student did not access all of their assigned courses within that period.) If necessary, the ELSD staff member will contact the family to find out how we can help the student get back on track.
Method for progress monitoring
Real-time data allows students to track their progress making it easier to meet daily instructional goals and stay on track to complete their course. Having this real time data available helps students take accountability for the individualized coursework. SchoolsPLP will use the ELSD Grading Scale.