As school closures are extended throughout the state, new recommendations for remote learning have come to us from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). While it is not our intention to ask our parents or guardians to be the sole providers of educational content, we do need your partnership in order to maintain a continuity of learning for our students. The following information contains the essential information from West Aurora School District’s remote learning plan, which is based upon the new recommendations from ISBE.
- Teachers will post learning activities by 8:35 am daily on the platforms Seesaw (elementary) or Schoology (secondary). Staff members will periodically monitor their email and respond to questions until 3:25 pm, daily. See this link to access the district’s directory.
- Daily student attendance will not be taken. However, teachers will be monitoring individual student participation weekly and will be reaching out to those students who are not engaged to find out how they can offer support.
- Learning activities will now focus on critical standards, not content coverage. Teachers will be determining those critical standards in collaboration with their district counterparts.
- ISBE recommends that school districts minimize, to the extent possible, any negative impact these unprecedented circumstances have on our students. For this reason, reporting marks may look slightly different this spring.
- At the elementary level, fourth-quarter reporting marks will not change.
- At the middle school level, fourth-quarter reporting marks will be issued as either a ‘Pass,’ or an ‘Incomplete.’
- At the high school level, semester two reporting marks will be issued as either an ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D,’ or ‘Incomplete.’
- If a student receives an “Incomplete,” he/she will then be required to make up the work through an approved transition plan.
- All students should have the opportunity to redo, make-up, or try again to complete, show progress, or attempt to complete work assigned prior to the remote learning period.
- A student’s cumulative grade may improve during remote learning, but cannot end lower than the student’s grade on March 13, 2020. During remote learning, incomplete assignments and assessments must be recorded as an ‘Incomplete’ rather than a ‘Zero.’ No ‘F’ grades will be assigned during remote learning.
- All required assessments for graduation have been waived and all state assessments are suspended. This includes the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, SAT, DLM-AA, the Illinois Science Assessment, and the Constitution Exam.
- Additional Online Resources for Parents and Teachers
- Recursos adicionales en línea para padres y maestros
Clear Cookies and Cache (this will resolve many problems students may encounter while
using web-based applications)
Password Reset on iPad
Password Reset on Chromebook
Schoology Guide for Parents Helping their Students
Seesaw Guide for Parent Helping their Students
How to Message Your Child’s Teacher on Seesaw
Make sure your Seesaw App is Updated
Seesaw Video Troubleshooting
Directions for students to log in MobyMax
- Aurora Public Library (library card required)
- Overdrive directions for APL (ebooks, eaudiobooks) 10 checkouts/month for up to 21 days
- Libby directions for APL (ebooks, eaudiobooks) 10 checkouts/month for up to 21 days
- Hoopla (ebooks, eaudiobooks, movies, comics) 4 checkouts/month
- RBDigital (digital magazines, eaudiobooks) unlimited magazines, 24 eaudiobooks/month
- Messenger Public Library (library card required)
- Digital Branch (instructions for apps and links to online databases)
- OverDrive and Libby app (ebooks, eaudiobooks) 5 checkouts for up to 21 days
- Axis360 and app (ebooks, eaudiobooks) 5 checkouts for up to 14 days
- Kanopy and app (movies, documentaries, The Great Courses) 10 credits/month
- Kanopy Kids (movies, tv shows, picture books) unlimited
- BookFLIX (picture books and videos) unlimited
West Aurora Academic Databases (can only be accessed by students and staff)
Math Before Bed - website - Transform and enhance math discussions every single day!
Robert Kaplinsky Website - Go to the lessons section for some ideas to talk about math
Build Math Minds Podcast & Website - Christina Tondevold
Open Middle - Problems that support dialogue and thinking
Math for Love - Problems that support dialogue and thinking
NRICH Math - Free resources for all levels of math
Scholastic Learn at Home - Organized by grade level
Elementary Math Information for Parents - connects to our vision about math!
MobyMax - Assign lessons in various content areas by standard.
YouCubed - website by Jo Boaler
Be Internet Awesome (Google’s Dig Cit curriculum)
FlipGrid (send out prompts by level for student response via share code/QR code)
SD129 Over Drive OR Sora app for K-3
(Library Card Number: enter your Student ID PIN: enter your entire Last Name as it appears on your Student ID card (Capitalize only the first letter of your last name)
Google K-12 Collaborative work using Google apps
Youtube various channels with content to watch
- Las bases de datos académicas del distrito escolar 129 (son accessibles solo para los estudiantes y el personal del distrito)
- Restablecimiento de contraseña en iPad
- Restablecimiento de contraseña en Chromebook
- Borrar cookies y caché, esto resolverá muchos problemas que los estudiantes pueden encontrar al usar aplicaciones en la web
- www.Khanacademy.org (inicio de sesión de Google; K-12; sugiere cursos por nivel de grado)
- http://Seesaw.me (inicio de sesión de Google; K-5; CCs agregarán actividades a la biblioteca del distrito)
- Cómo enviar un mensaje al maestro de su hijo en Seesaw
- Asegúrese de que su aplicación Seesaw esté actualizada
- Video de solución de problemas en Seesaw
- www.flipgrid.com (envíe mensajes por nivel de grado para que el estudiante responda a través del código compartido / código QR)
- http://sd129.lib.overdrive.com/ o por la aplicación “Sora” para K-3 (Número de tarjeta de biblioteca: ingrese su PIN de identificación de estudiante: ingrese su apellido completo tal como aparece en su tarjeta de identificación de estudiante (escriba en mayúscula solo la primera letra de su apellido)
- Requisitos para la tarjeta de biblioteca de la Biblioteca Pública de Aurora
- Instrucciones para la aplicación “Overdrive” de APL (ebooks, eaudiobooks) 10 retiros por mes por hasta 21 días
- Instrucciones para la aplicación “Libby” de APL (ebooks, eaudiobooks) 10 retiros al mes por hasta 21 días
- Hoopla (ebooks, eaudiobooks, películas, comics) 4 retiros por mes
- RBDigital (revistas digitales, libros de audio) revistas ilimitadas, 24 libros de audio al mes
- Digital Branch (instrucciones para la aplicación y el enlace de la base de datos en línea)
OverDrive y Libby app (ebooks, eaudiobooks) 5 retiros por hasta 21 días
Axis360 y app (ebooks, eaudiobooks) 5 retiros por hasta 14 días
Kanopy y app (películas, documentales, Cursos) 10 créditos al mes
Kanopy Kids (películas, programas de televisión, libros ilustrados) ilimitados
BookFLIX (libros ilustrados y videos) ilimitados
- https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship Cursos de ciudadanía digital para K-12
- https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/educators Be Internet Awesome (plan de estudios Dig Cit de Google)
- www.nearpod.com Asigne lecciones a su propio ritmo, excursiones virtuales, etc. a través del código compartido
- www.screencastify.com estudiantes de 4-12 grados usan la extensión para grabar el aprendizaje
- www.google.com K-12 Trabajo colaborativo usando aplicaciones de Google
- www.scratchjr.org Aplicación para K-3
- www.scratch.org Sitio web para 4-12
- www.edpuzzle.com video con preguntas añadidas
- www.kahoot.com Revisión de contenido K-12 o los estudiantes escriben preguntas para Kahoot
- www.youtube.com varios canales con contenido educativo para ver y responder
- www.schoology.sd129.org 6-12 diversas tareas (foros de discusión, tareas integradas de Google, etc.)
- www.ck12.org K-12 (inicio de sesión en Google) varias lecciones de contenido específico
- YouCubed - sitio web de Jo Boaler
- Math Before Bed - sitio web - ¡Transforma y mejora las discusiones matemáticas todos los días!
- Sitio web de Robert Kaplinsky - vaya a la sección de lecciones para obtener algunas ideas sobre matemáticas
- Build Math Minds - Podcast y sitio web de Christina Tondevold
- Open Middle - problemas que apoyan el diálogo y el pensamiento
- Math for Love - problemas que apoyan el diálogo y el pensamiento.
- NRICH Math - recursos gratuitos para todos los niveles de matemáticas
- Tours virtuales del Smithsonian
- Scholastic Learn at Home - organizado por nivel de grado
- Información de matemáticas nivel primaria para padres - ¡se conecta con nuestra visión sobre las matemáticas!
- MobyMax - asigne lecciones en diversas materias de forma estándar.
WEST AURORA'S REMOTE LEARNING PLAN
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Remote learning that emphasizes interaction and authentic and differentiated learning opportunities will help students stay connected to teachers and classmates and ease the transition from traditional to remote learning. Developing consistency for remote learning on which students can rely is key as they and their families adapt to unprecedented changes in education and society, in general. Successful, consistent remote learning includes:
- Clearly articulated goals
- Cross-curricular collaboration to focus instruction
- Options for students that tap into students’ interests, readiness levels, and learning styles while providing families flexibility
- A mix of real-time, flexibly timed, technological, and non-technological options, that avoids penalizing students for their choice
- A common platform where students can access work and find support and resources (for both online and non-online work).
- A clear plan of communication involving the school, teachers, students, and families. Genuine interest and effort in supporting students’ social, emotional, and academic growth.
If at all possible, with the exception of Seesaw and Schoology, do not use any tools that you have not previously used with students in a face-to-face setting. When selecting content, align it with your curricular goals.
Questions to Consider When Planning Student Engagement Activities:
- How will a student know where to start?
- How will a student know what to do next?
- How will a student know when the work is successfully completed?
- How will the district know a student completed an activity?
- Is this an engagement strategy that my students are familiar with?
Types of Engagement Activities to Consider:
- Content Based Assignments - Just in Time Learning
- Content Based Assignments - Medium to Long Term Learning
- Assignments reflecting on SEL and/or College and Career Planning
- Overview of Engagement/Instructional Tasks Minutes Guidelines
- Special Education
- Multilingual Education
- Co-taught Classes - Students with an IEP will complete the same activity as general education students in the course with accommodations provided per their case manager or co-teacher through Seesaw or Schoology.
- Self-Contained - Remote learning assignments/activities will be sent with instructions which will include any necessary accommodations and/or modifications. If packets need to be made and sent home this should be coordinated between the teacher, administrator, and special education department.
- Related Services - Services will be logged accordingly to identify e-learning work toward goals will be provided. Suggestions for at home activities will be provided in support of their identified needs. Staff will develop a plan once students return to review progress toward students IEP goals.
- Students will be afforded all reasonable accommodations and modifications outlined in their IEP, 504, and/or support plan(s).
- ESL Teachers - English learners (ELs) will complete learning activities for language acquisition based on their English proficiency levels using Seesaw or Schoology.
- Bilingual Teachers - English learners (ELs) will complete the same activities as general education students (English/Spanish as appropriate) in the course; teachers will incorporate best practices for language acquisition using Seesaw or Schoology.
- Sheltered English Instruction Teachers - English learners (ELs) will complete the same activities as general education students in the course; teachers will incorporate best practices for language acquisition using Seesaw or Schoology.
A remote learning day is defined as an educational program designed to provide continuation of learning for students under conditions that prohibit the learner and instructor from being in the same physical space.
- ISBE Guiding Instructional Principles for Remote Learning
- ISBE Guiding Values for Remote Learning
- Remote Learning Day Usage
- Additional Resources
- Planning for remote learning that respects the needs of all students and staff.
- Implementing remote learning that attends to the diversity of each community to ensure that all students have access to equitable educational opportunities
- Documenting the best efforts possible being made under the current emergency conditions with regard to students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans
- Structuring active student engagement with learning in accordance with the age appropriate instructional activities
- Selecting content for remote learning that is aligned to standards, relevant, and appropriate for each student
- Practicing consistent communication with students, families, and staff to understand how the health emergency is impacting them
- All students and families should have access to quality educational materials and to the supports needed to successfully access those materials
- Given the reality of the digital divide, most schools may need to provide digital and nondigital access to content
- It is still possible and imperative that students access meaningful/high-quality educational materials that align to state standards
- It is imperative that students and schools/teachers maintain a personal connection that supports necessary, rigorous academic work in a manner that is respectful of students’ contexts (their mindset, feelings, responsibilities, etc.)
- Simplicity is best during this time -- simplicity of the framework, of communication structures, of expectations
- Support the whole child -- their mental health, nutritional needs, and safety needs
- Parents will need access to clear information and ample resources
- Teachers may need support, encouragement, and compassion to ensure their success and resilience
During Remote Learning Days, schools may implement either an E-Learning Plan or a Remote Learning Day Plan that provides students with instruction and access to educators through whatever means possible. Schools may use up to five Remote Learning Planning Days at any time after March 30 to work on Remote Learning Day Plans.
Remote Learning Days, Remote Learning Planning Days, and Act of God Days count as actual student attendance days. All of these days count toward the minimum length of the school year and absolutely do not need to be made up. Collection of student attendance data is not required during remote learning.
These grading guidelines are based upon the principle of no educational harm to any child. There are factors outside of the control of the school system with learning being moved off site; therefore, the aim is that student grades are not lowered as a result of remote learning. This is not a time for failing students or adversely impacting student learning progress.
If a student receives an incomplete as a final designation, school personnel will confer with the building teacher and assess the competency and standards that are causing the student’s incomplete status. Based on this assessment a plan will be developed to provide the student the opportunity to work and demonstrate competence. This may include makeup work, summer transitioning programming, credit recovery opportunities, re-enrollment in course, or self-paced guided work.
For a more comprehensive version of our remote learning plan, download the plan below.
Para acceder a una versión más completa de nuestro plan de aprendizaje remoto, descargue el plan a continuación.
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The best option for connecting your student’s school-issued device at home will always be via a WiFi internet connection
If you don’t have a WiFi connection at home:
- Connect via your cell phone hot spot
- Talk to your neighbors about the possibility of sharing Internet connections
- If you would like to get broadband WiFi access at home, at low cost, please check with Comcast’s Internet Essentials Program. For qualified households, Comcast can provide WiFi Internet access for free.