ISMN Learning Coach Guide
Together, we can help your student thrive!
Welcome! Please complete your LC checklist below to get off to a strong start as a Learning Coach this school year!
Learning Coach Checlist to Complete before the first day of school
1. Set up your Learning Coach Account
2. Read all emails from Insight School of Minnesota and K12 –
- · There might be a lot at first, but all filled with important information for you and your student!
4. Complete Connection Call with your student’s advisor
- · Your student may complete this step, or you can complete together (suggested)
- · This is your first call with ISMN and will ensure you are completing all steps needed for Strong Start
5. Attend an online Learning Coach Orientation or watch the recording
- · Information will be sent to your personal email with the dates and times
- Watch the recording here: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/playback.jnlp?psid=2018-08-16.1040.M.E51E34653D82BAD109124E5B6F98D6.vcr&sid=559
6. Review attendance policy with your student
- · Information below
7. Continue to check in weekly (more often is highly encouraged) to your learning coach account
- · This is how you will monitor your student’s progress in their courses
By clicking this, it will prompt you to download the Blackboard Collaborate Application on your computer.
Complete this form after watching the Learning Coach Orientation
The typical time commitment for a Learning Coach varies per week.
•Grades 6-8 is typically 2 to 4 hours
•Grades 9-12 is typically 1 to 2 hours
As part of the parent–teacher–student partnership, the Learning Coach (you or another responsible adult) plays an active and vital role in online schooling. In the high school grades, Learning Coaches spend about 1–2 hours a day overseeing and monitoring their student's progress. Most learning takes place online, with students taking responsibility for their own learning. You and your student will also have the support of state-licensed teachers, who provide online instruction and are available to answer any questions.
What to expect in the next few weeks
- Receiving school computer (if you meet the requirements)
- School materials – Note that all classes do not have physical materials. If you do not receive materials for all classes, that means some of your students class materials will be provided to them electronically in their online course
- Student Welcome Packet
- Learning Coach Welcome Packet
- Phone call from student advisor
- Emails from support staff & teachers
School Year Calendar
Middle School & High School Program Overview
Family & Community Resources
New Family Onboarding Program to ensure you and your student have all the tools and information you need for a strong start
More than 50 online clubs including LEGO®, chess, debate, yoga, and running*
Community and academic events, in-person social outings, and virtual field trips
K12 Learning Coach University offers a large selection of live sessions, workshops, and events that provide support all year long for your role as the Learning Coach
All 6-12 grade courses meet state standards
Students work with an online Learning Management System (LMS) to access courses, grades, live Class Connect sessions, and teacher- provided feedback
Students benefit from a team of homeroom teachers, subject-specific teachers, and school support staff
English, math, science, and history courses are offered
Variety of electives such as Spanish and art
Progress is defined by completion of assignments, quizzes, and test as well as showing and mastery of core concepts
Certified Teachers Make the Most of Each Student's Experience
In middle school, the teachers assigned to your student monitors progress, provides targeted intervention when needed and answers questions.
In grades 6–8, teachers communicate with both parents and students on a regular basis through various methods such as e-mail, phone, one-to-one online meetings, and live "ClassConnect" sessions.
As your child progresses, the teacher remains involved to monitor progress, ensure mastery, and develop a specific intervention plan if he or she is struggling with a concept. These difficulties are identified by assessments that come at the end of every lesson and unit, by the regular progress testing prescribed at the beginning of the year, and through direct check-ins between parent, student, and teacher.
By high school, more instruction happens through real-time "ClassConnect" online sessions and extra sessions are offered, as needed, one-to-one and in small group online sessions to help students work through difficult topics. High school teachers are all subject-matter experts and are available to help with coursework and answer questions online, over the phone, and by posting information and advice for all students in the announcements section of their course
Student School Email
Full-featured e-mail allows students, teachers, and Learning Coaches to communicate in a timely and effective manner anytime, anywhere.
Parents can interact with the K12 community, including teachers and other parents through many different groups and activities.
Learning Liftoff covers a variety of topics in education from online learning to extracurricular activities, family living and fun learning games.
Families can enter their address and it lists the child crisis numbers to call in their area.