Distance Learning for Equity Plan

LINK TO FULL PLAN HERE

LINK TO REOPEN PLAN HERE

We are embarking on an unprecedented journey together: we are transitioning our entire school from a hands-on learning community focused on relationships to a virtual one. While it is bound to be difficult and marked with unexpected hiccups, it is also an incredible opportunity to rally together in the interest of public health, to link arms (virtually!), and to show ourselves and the world that our community is bigger and stronger than the walls of our campus.

Our goals for Distance Learning:

  1. CONTINUE ACADEMIC GROWTH: All children will continue learning and growing and will not regress academically while away from campus
  2. SUPPORT A STRONG FAMILY SYSTEM: All families will feel like they have the right level of guidance: enough to keep children engaged and learning independently but not too much that it feels overwhelming and unmanageable
  3. SUSTAIN CONNECTION & WELL-ROUNDED GROWTH: All children and their guides (Leads, Assistants, Administrators, Interventionist, and SPED team) will maintain a strong connection during our period of Distance Learning, thereby supporting continued social, emotional, and cultural growth
  4. FACILITATE COMMUNITY WELL-BEING: Our hope is that all children, families, and staff will look back on this difficult time and feel like they were part of a supportive and loving community that took care of each other

Based on the goals above, this is the kind of well-rounded schedule we are recommending to families (although we know that it will look very different from home to home):

In the academic blocks, we are expecting this amount of academic work per day, based on grade levels.

LevelApproximate Amount of Academic Work Per Day
Children’s House (PK3-K)~1.5-2 hours
Lower Elementary (1st-3rd)~3 hours
Upper Elementary (4th-6th)~3 hours

Here are a list of the daily assignments, broken down by level:

Children’s House Overview

Required Assignments: CLICK HERE 
GOAL = At least 1.5-2 hours of academic work per day
PK3PK4K
Watch Today’s Connection Video (~15 minutes)
5 videos per week posted by 9am
Guide will produce and post a brief video to maintain connection and community.
XXX
Complete IXL Math App Lessons (~30 minutes)
2 sequenced lessons per day + student-chosen lesson from the “recommendations” tab
Lesson sequence comes from Math Interventionist based on scope and sequence—guides can customize for individual children as necessary 

XX
Watch Today’s Phonological Awareness Video (~10-15 minutes)XXX
Complete Lexia Activities
At least 2-3 units per day~15 minutes a day (no more than 30)
XXX
Watch Today’s Read Aloud (~10 minutes)
Assigned within Google Classroom; either from guide or a source like https://www.storylineonline.net/
XXX
Practice Handwriting for at Least 10 Minutes on LetterSchool (Handwriting) (~10 minutes)
School purchases in bulk and distributes to families that cannot afford it
XXX
Writing Piece (can overlap with science and social studies)5 times per week (~15 minutes)
1-3 sentences on a single topic (families can post photos on our private Magnolia Montessori For All Facebook page)


X

Lower Elementary Overview

Required Assignments: CLICK HERE
GOAL = At least 3 hours of academic work per day
1st2nd3rd
Watch Daily Connection Video (~5-10 minutes)
5 videos per week posted by 9am
Guide will produce and post a brief video to maintain connection and community.
XXX
Complete IXL Math App Lessons (~30 minutes)
3 lessons per day; (approximately XX minutes per day)
Lesson sequence comes from Math Interventionist based on scope and sequence—guides can customize for individual children as necessary 
XXX
Complete 10 questions on the Prodigy App (~15-20 minutes)
At least 10 questions per day
XXX
Lexia (~30 minutes)
At least 3 units per day
XXX
Read RAZ Kids Books on Your Level for at least 20 minutes (includes science and social studies content)
At least 20-30 minutes per day
XXX
Produce a Piece of Writing (work for at least 20 minutes) (can overlap with science and social studies)
Child selects from a list of writing choices and completes one piece of writing per day.
XXX
Complete a Science or Social Studies BrainPOP Lesson or Watch a Learning Video
At least 3 times per week (~XX minutes)
XXX

Upper Elementary Overview

Required Assignments: CLICK HERE
GOAL = At least 3 hours of academic work per day
4th5th6th
Watch Daily Connection Video (~5-10 minutes)5 videos per week posted by 9amGuide will produce and post a brief video to maintain connection and community.XXX
Complete IXL Math App Lessons 2 lessons per day; (~30 minutes per day)Lesson sequence comes from Math Interventionist based on scope and sequence—guides can customize for individual children as necessaryXXX
Complete 10 questions on the Prodigy App (~15 minutes)At least 10 questions per day XXX
Read One ReadWorks Passage (~30 minutes)One reading passage or paired text as assigned per day (15 to 20 minutes)(teacher guide) (Quick Start for Students)XXX
Read the ReadWorks Article of the Day (10 minutes)XXX
RAZ Kids: includes science and social studies content(At least 20-30 minutes per day)XXX
Weekly Spelling Words (~15 minutes/day)Practice at least 4 times per week Assistant calls at a specific time each week to give test; child texts photo back (or use Facetime)XXX
Writing Piece (can overlap with science and social studies)At least one piece of writing per week (~30 minutes/day)Child follows the writing process: collecting and developing ideas, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing in Google docs. (hand written ones should be photographed or scanned and attached to their Google Classroom assignment) (families can post photos on our private Magnolia Montessori For All Facebook page to share with everyone)XXX
Complete a Science and Social Studies IXL Lesson of Your Choice or Watch a Learning VideoAt least 3 times per week (~30 minutes/day)XXX
Human Development (~30 minutes)~2 lessons per weeks + Google Forms quizDonnell will host the lesson via Google Hangouts and record it for any child who is not able to attend at the specific timesXXX (only 2 lessons left total)
Sentence of the Day (~5 minutes)To be put up first thing in the morning, students write it down and attach a photo of their work to the assignment in Google ClassroomXXX
Daily Sentence of the Day correction video (~5 minutes) to be put up around lunch timeXXX

Our Distance Learning Plan relies heavily on the use of technology. The educational apps we have chosen generally have a track-record of benefiting children. Several of them enable our teachers to specify particular learning objectives from afar, while others adapt to children’s individual levels and help them make the most efficient and effective progress. Using educational apps will free up our teachers to focus on the most important work: 

  1. checking in with children and families about how it’s going 
  2. holding children accountable for completing their daily assignments
  3. monitoring progress 
  4. directly supporting children 

An overview of the apps we are using for each grade level can be found below:

Children’s House

Lower Elementary

Upper Elementary

A worksheet-version of the Distance Learning Plan will be available for families who DO NOT have access to a smartphone. However, our goal is to get 100% of families online because we believe the digital version of what we have to offer will be superior to the paper-based version.

We sent out a survey to help teachers collect information about our families’ technology needs. Our plan requires at least a smartphone with internet access. We will be working hard to make this a reality for every family.

There will also be free notebooks, binders with paper, pencils, and pencil sharpeners available in front of the school on Thursday and Friday for families that need them. Ms. Donnell has even dedicated her Spring Break to making sewing kits for interested families to pick up. Those will also be available on Thursday and Friday in front of the school. (Thank you, Ms. Donnell!)

Overview of the DIGITAL Distance Learning Plan

Each classroom will have its own Google Classroom. Teachers will use Google Classroom to assign daily work. The work is designed to be completed as independently as possible, so that families have time to take care of everything they need to do. Work will be assigned in all the core academic subject areas. There will also be Optional assignments in a variety of additional areas.

As children complete their work, they will click that it is completed via Google Classroom.

Teachers will work with each family to set up a schedule of check-ins. Check-ins will preferably happen via videoconference—either with FaceTime or WhatsApp. If neither of those apps work for the family, the check-in will be over the regular phone.

Special Education guides and Interventionists will also work with each family to set up a schedule of check-ins. Equity means that we will try to help each child and family get the amount of time, interaction, and support they need.

Here are the directions for getting started with Google Classroom. Once you are inside Google Classrooms, the Required Assignments will guide you to set up all of the educational apps you will need.