MOKENA SCHOOL DISTRICT 159

REMOTE LEARNING PLAN

Initial plan created April 6, 2020; Updated on April 26, 2020

Updated August 5, 2020 for the 2020-2021 School Year


Background Information

Last year, we experienced unprecedented times that propelled us into a distance learning model. Now that we have grown more familiar with this process, we are prepared to increase our expectations while maintaining flexibility for our administrators, staff members, students, and families in terms of learning remotely. As such:

Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP), Section 504 Plans and English Learners will have appropriate accommodations and/or modifications applied to their e-Learning experience. This document will be updated as needed.  We will be following the Fall 2020 Learning Recommendations from ISBE within our plan.  

What is Remote Learning?

Remote Learning enables schools to provide continuous educational opportunities for all students and is designed for those times when students and educators are not able to be in the same physical space due to school closure. It is important that students, supported by their parents and teachers, participate in Remote Learning. All stakeholders, teachers, parents, and students should assume the best intentions of each other in executing this plan.

What is Virtual Learning?

Virtual learning enables schools to provide continuous educational opportunities for students who elect to not return to in-person learning but want to continue their education provided by the district.  Virtual Learning will follow the district’s remote learning expectations.  It is important that students, supported by their parents and teachers, participate in Virtual Learning. All stakeholders, teachers, parents, and students should assume the best intentions of each other in executing the remote learning plan in lieu of in-person learning.

Social-Emotional Well-Being

As this is a situation different from anything anyone has ever encountered, the social-emotional wellbeing of our students and staff is our primary concern. Any students in need of social-emotional support should contact their school social worker or building administrator.  

Teacher Availability

Teachers will periodically monitor and respond to questions between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm. Questions will be responded to individually or in a mass communication with our electronic resources within 24 hours. Teachers will use various means to stay connected with students including, but not limited to, district webpage updates, Google Classroom updates, Google Hangout Meet (livestream), Go Guardian, videos, emails, direct phone calls, etc. to provide direct instruction, feedback and encouragement. Each teacher will determine the best method(s) to stay connected with students.

Curriculum

Teachers will be developing common lesson plans for every core content area at each grade level during Remote Learning.  The standards to be covered will provide exposure to students on material that otherwise would have been taught if the students were in school. For students who receive Special Education services, case managers will be coordinating lessons with their grade level teams and communicating with families.  

Daily Lesson Plans

As a district, we have determined our common platform for lesson plan communication with students will be through Google Classroom.  This is done to provide consistency in expectations for parents to follow while assisting their children that span multiple grade levels.  Daily lessons will be posted in a student’s Google Classroom. Students will need to log into their Google Classroom accounts daily to review the lesson and complete/submit their assignments.

Assignments

Each teacher will post remote learning assignments via Google Classroom. Parents will be added to their student(s) Google Classroom so they can receive weekly updates on student assignments and/or receive teacher messages.  For students who receive Special Education services, case managers will be communicating regarding the provision of accommodations and modifications of assignments for students.

Grading

During Remote Learning, grading is necessary to provide feedback, assess student learning, and communicate to students and parents how the learning is progressing. In order to create the best possible opportunity for success for all learners:

Assessments

All State-mandated assessments will be administered following guidance from ISBE. Students who are remote learning will need to schedule an appointment to take those assessments on-site during a specified timeframe to be communicated when appropriate.  

Internal assessments - FastBridge aReading, aMath, and SEL screener will need to be completed by both in-person and remote learners.  Students who are remote learning will need to schedule an appointment to take those assessments on-site during a specified timeframe to be communicated when appropriate.  

Formative Assessments (an assessment used as formative feedback for the teacher to adjust instruction or learning materials) during Remote Learning can be administered through various methods, including Google Forms, Google Classroom assignments, or other means. Formative assessments may include alternative ways for students to demonstrate learning.  For students receiving Special Education services, case managers will be providing any accommodations and modifications appropriate for student formative feedback.

Technology – Common Tools

For students to engage in Remote Learning, students will need access to their Mokena SD 159 provided Google account. In the event a student does not have access to WiFi or a technology device that can access Google Classroom, parents should contact the child’s building administration.

Google Classroom

This will be the common tool that students will use to interact with their teacher.  In this platform, the daily lesson plans will be posted for students, assignments will be given, and any submission of assignments can be turned in within their classroom.  The district used this platform during the spring of 2020 for remote learning.

Google Meet

Some of our staff has already been sharing opportunities to engage students in live, online, face-to-face contact with students. This has been done through a secure site.  Please note the following information: To protect your privacy and the privacy of other students, you should not record, take screenshots, or share anything that goes on in a Google Meet. For FERPA and Student Records Act reasons, teachers may record these Google Meets for review purposes by students in that assigned class, but will be deleted after five school days.

Go Guardian

This program allows teachers the ability to manage student devices, including providing automatic alerts and commands to push live video and screen sharing to student devices.  This will allow staff the ability to monitor and assist students through distance learning expectations of online materials. Please note the following information: To protect your privacy and the privacy of other students, you should not record, take screenshots, or share anything that goes on while in Go Guardian. For FERPA and Student Records Act reasons, teachers may record these Go Guardian for review purposes by students in that assigned class, but will be deleted after five school days.

Services for Special Education, 504, EL, and Tier 3 Students

Students that typically receive additional support beyond the general education classroom setting will receive their assignments via Google Classroom, emails from service provider, one-on-one correspondence with service provider, etc.  Students who receive Special Education services and their parents will have access to their case managers and/or assigned teachers through email and Google Classroom to report any issues they may encounter on Remote Learning days. In addition, related service providers will be contacting families regarding the provision of services through teletherapy and parent consultation. Related service staff will continue to also be available for question and answer.

Student Participation & Verification

Students will receive their assignments via Google Classroom, and teachers will keep track of student participation and completion through active participation and assignment submission in Google Classroom. Teachers must notify building administration of any student not participating in Remote Learning days. Building administration or designated staff will then work with students to encourage completion of assignments or assist them in obtaining appropriate resources to complete assignments.  

Teacher Expectations

Student Expectations

Parent Expectations

Sample Schedules: Instructional Time - 5 Clock Hours

We are required to plan for at least five (5) clock hours of instruction or academic engagement each day (Section 10-19.05), at least 2.5 hours are to be synchronous (real-time instruction with live interactions) and 2.5 hours are asynchronous (self-paced, academic engagement).

All learning activities may include, but are not limited to, in-person learning, the teacher delivering instruction via recorded video or synchronous (live) platform, remote small group work via breakout room or conference call, independent/flexible student work time, and virtual/telephone teacher-student check-ins. If using non-interactive platforms, students must have means to confer with an educator and receive feedback before assignments are graded or assessments are administered.

Please note the following expectations in a Remote Schedule:

Sample Virtual Learning Framework for Grades K-3 (MES)

2020-2021 School Year 

Time

Area

Delivery

Students Involved

8:55-9:25

Staff Meetings, Collaboration, Curriculum Development and/or Plan Time

9:25-9:45

Attendance, Pledge, SEL (1x a week @ 30 min), and

Review Daily Learning Targets: Materials needed for day

GOOGLE MEET Live – 20 minutes

ALL class w/ Teacher

9:45-10:15

Math ZEARN INDP Lesson

Independent w/ parent support

1:1 w/ parent support

10:15-10:35

Math Direct Instruction: Concept Development/Application Problem Set

Give indp practice activity

GOOGLE MEET Live – 20 minutes

ALL class w/ Teacher

10:35-10:50

Independent Practice w/ Parent

1:1 w/ Parent support

1:1 w/ Parent at Home

10:50-11:00

Math Check-In w/ Teacher:

Review Problem, Model tricky problem, Whole group review, Wrap Up

GOOGLE MEET Live – 10 minutes

ALL class w/ Teacher

11:00-11:30

Teacher 30 min PLAN

Student Completes PE/Exploratory Activity

 Teacher 30 min PLAN

Student Independent Work

  Teacher 30 min PLAN

ALL students work independently

11:30- 11:45

Reading Mini Lesson

Standards Instruction

(RL and RI)

GOOGLE MEET Live – 15 minutes- then IND practice begins

ALL class w/ Teacher

 

OR pre- recorded

11:45-12:05

Indp Practice Reading:

 small group w/ Teacher

1:1 w/ Parent: Parent listens to child read familiar books and new book

1:1 w/ parent

12:05-12:35

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student lunch at Home

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student Lunch at Home

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student Lunch at Home

12:35- 1:05

Leveled Reading w/ Parent

Independent Reading practice

Partner Reading w/ Parent or friend

1:1 w/ Parent Support

1:1 w/ Parent Support

1:05-1:15

Writing- Mini Lesson

GOOGLE MEET Live 10 minute mini lesson

ALL class

1:15-1:45

Independent Writing/Conferring with Students

1:1 w/ Parent Support or teacher conferring 1:1 via GOOGLE MEET

1:1 w/ parent at home or teacher 1:1 with students

1:45-2:15

Science/Social Studies Mini Lesson

Independent Practice

GOOGLE MEET Live or Video – 15 minutes, then IND practice begins

ALL class w/ Teacher

 

OR pre- recorded

2:15-3:15

Student Support Including but not limited to: small group reteaching, academic improvement, special education support, staff office hours

Sample Virtual Learning Framework for Grades 4-5 (MIS)

2020-2021 School Year 

Time

Area

Delivery

Students Involved

8:25-8:55

Staff Meetings, Collaboration, Curriculum Development and/or Plan Time

8:55-9:15

Attendance, Pledge, SEL (1x a week @ 30 min), and

Review Daily Learning Targets: Materials needed for day

GOOGLE MEET Live – 20 minutes

ALL class w/ Teacher

9:15-9:45

Math ZEARN INDP Lesson

Independent w/ parent support

1:1 w/ parent support

9:45-10:05

Math Direct Instruction: Concept Development/Application Problem Set

Give indp practice activity

GOOGLE MEET Live – 20 minutes

ALL class w/ Teacher

10:05-10:20

Independent Practice w/ Parent

1:1 w/ Parent support

1:1 w/ Parent at Home

10:20-10:30

Math Check-In w/ Teacher:

Review Problem, Model tricky problem, Whole group review, Wrap Up

GOOGLE MEET Live – 10 minutes

ALL class w/ Teacher

10:30-11:00

Teacher 30 min PLAN

Student Completes PE/Exploratory Activity

 Teacher 30 min PLAN

Student Independent Work

  Teacher 30 min PLAN

ALL students work independently

11:00-11:15

Reading Mini Lesson

Standards Instruction

(RL and RI)

GOOGLE MEET Live – 15 minutes- then IND practice begins

ALL class w/ Teacher

 

OR pre- recorded

11:15-11:35

Indp Practice Reading:

 small group w/ Teacher

1:1 w/ Parent: Parent listens to child read familiar books and new book

1:1 w/ parent

11:35-12:05

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student lunch at Home

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student Lunch at Home

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student Lunch at Home

12:05- 12:35

Leveled Reading w/ Parent

Independent Reading practice

Partner Reading w/ Parent or friend

1:1 w/ Parent Support

1:1 w/ Parent Support

12:35-12:45

Writing- Mini Lesson

GOOGLE MEET Live 10 minute mini lesson

ALL class

12:45-1:15

Independent Writing/Conferring with Students

1:1 w/ Parent Support or teacher conferring 1:1 via GOOGLE MEET

1:1 w/ parent at home or teacher 1:1 with students

1:15-1:45

Science/Social Studies Mini Lesson

Independent Practice

GOOGLE MEET Live or Video – 15 minutes, then IND practice begins

ALL class w/ Teacher

 

OR pre- recorded

1:45-2:45

Student Support Including but not limited to: small group reteaching, academic improvement, special education support, staff office hours

Sample Virtual Learning Framework for Grades 6-8 (MJH)

2020-2021 School Year 

Time

Area

Delivery

Students Involved

7:55-8:25

Staff Meetings, Collaboration, Curriculum Development and/or Plan Time

8:25-9:25

Math 

Direct Instruction: Concept Development/Application Problem Set

GOOGLE MEET Live – 20 minutes- then IND practice begins - 10 minutes live check-in at end

ALL class w/ Teacher

OR pre-recorded

9:25-10:05

Teacher 40 min PLAN

Student Completes PE/Exploratory Activity

 Teacher 40 min PLAN

Student Independent Work

  Teacher 40 min PLAN

ALL students work independently

10:05-11:05

ELA/Reading 

Direct Instruction/Mini Lesson;

Indp Practice: small group w/ Teacher

GOOGLE MEET Live – 20 minutes- then IND practice begins - 10 minutes live check-in at end

ALL class w/ Teacher

 

OR pre- recorded

11:05-11:35

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student lunch at Home

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student Lunch at Home

Teacher 30 minutes Duty Free Lunch & Student Lunch at Home

11:35-12:35

Social Studies

Direct Instruction/Mini Lesson;

Indp Practice: small group w/ Teacher

GOOGLE MEET Live – 20 minutes- then IND practice begins - 10 minutes live check-in at end

ALL class w/ Teacher

 

OR pre- recorded

12:35-1:35

Science

Direct Instruction/Mini Lesson;

Indp Practice: small group w/ Teacher

GOOGLE MEET Live – 20 minutes- then IND practice begins - 10 minutes live check-in at end

ALL class w/ Teacher

 

OR pre- recorded

1:35-2:15

Staff Meetings, Collaboration, Curriculum Development and/or Plan Time

This updated plan was created with the collaborative efforts of the Mokena Teachers Association and was agreed upon on August 5, 2020.