OFFICE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

2020-2021 - BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION

WELCOME BACK!

Whether in person or virtual, we are so excited to welcome you back to QCSD for the 2020-2021 school year! Administrators, teachers, and support staff have been hard at work preparing for the start of school, and we are sure that our students are eager to get back!


While we know you are getting a lot of information from your building principal, we also wanted to share a few links to resources from our office including parent support documents, upcoming parent sessions, and some information about the QCSD instructional model for this school year. We hope you find this information helpful!



Warmly,

Dr. Lisa Hoffman and the OTL team

Where can parents/guardians get support?

Seesaw and Canvas Parent Support Sessions

The Office for Teaching and Learning will be providing support sessions for parents to review the core technology for elementary and secondary. We will give you a tour of the platform, show you how to navigate and find information from your child(ren)'s teacher(s), and how to submit assignments. These sessions will also be recorded and shared with parents after, in case you cannot attend the sessions when they occur.


Elementary Session on SeeSaw: 9/16/2020 at 6-6:45pm

Secondary Session on Canvas: 9/16/2020 at 7-7:45pm

Parent and Family Website

Our Parent and Family website provides an overview of a variety of instructional models (hybrid and virtual), resources to support social emotional learning at home, technology support resources, and answers to frequently asked questions. Please take a look around for many supports to help you through this year of education.

Digital Tools

QCSD will utilize Seesaw (K-5), Canvas (6-12), and leverage the Google Suite of tools (Docs, Slides, Classroom) to support student learning. Wherever possible, online/digital resources will also be provided for student access.


Templates have been created for all levels to help standardize the look and feel of classes, while also allowing teachers the flexibility to make the classes their own. All secondary classes will use a consistent Canvas blueprint, which we hope will help to provide consistency and clarity in navigation for students and parents.

What will school look like for my child?

The First Two Weeks of School

The first two weeks of school will prioritize reconnecting with students, helping them to understand how to navigate the live and digital environments, establishing routines and protocols, and caring for their mental health and well being. This will be accomplished in a variety of ways, including intentional and embedded lessons in all classes and part of daily practice for our teachers and learners.

Instructional Day

The current school day for students at elementary is 300 minutes, with an additional 60 asynchronous minutes outside of school. The current school day for students at secondary is 300 synchronous minutes with an additional 90 asynchronous minutes outside of school.


Teachers will be designing 10-15 minutes of asynchronous learning per subject at elementary and 20-30 minutes per subject at secondary that will be used for students to learn and grow via preview, practice, and performance based tasks outside the classroom after the traditional school day ends.

Daily Schedules

Daily schedules have been determined by building principals depending on the operating procedures of the school. These schedules can be found below:


How will students at home stay connected to school?

Building and Maintaining Strong Relationships

Learning does not occur without strong student to teacher and student to student relationships which can still be prioritized in a hybrid learning environment through a variety of live and virtual activities/options. Teachers will utilize synchronous opportunities, digital collaboration tools, and asynchronous resources such as class blogs in Seesaw, discussions in Canvas, and video based discussions via Flipgrid (as examples). Shortened instructional school days will afford teachers time to connect with students learning virtually.

Communication

Communication with students and families should occur as frequently as necessary. Teachers will provide weekly overviews of upcoming learning. Curriculum maps for most courses in QCSD are available via Atlas. Each day, prior to instruction beginning, students learning virtually will have access to the daily lessons and expectations as well as any potential live synchronous opportunities being offered.

Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning Opportunities

When students are not in school (fully virtual or hybrid), they will primarily learn through asynchronous opportunities; however, all teachers will provide opportunities for daily synchronous opportunities as determined by the classroom environment and structure of the course. Teachers will share links directly in SeeSaw/Canvas for students to join google meets when they are available.

Blended Learning and Flipped Learning Models

Educators have embraced blended learning models which use both online and offline learning activities. Blended learning models also ensure that students have access to high quality content (sometimes created by the teacher), time for small group and/or individual conferencing with a focus on feedback, and independent/collaborative practice. We advise our teachers to begin planning asynchronously and digitally and then consider how the live environment can be maximized to support learners in that environment. For example, while students are engaging in independent practice inside the classroom, students at home may be doing the same and neither may require the use of a device. Students participating in a discussion board post as a check for understanding at home, may be interacting with their peers live in the classroom, albeit asynchronously.

What are the attendance/grading policies?

Attendance Policies

The 20-21 attendance protocols can be found here. More specific information regarding daily check-in requirements will be shared at the building/teacher level. If you have any questions about attendance or requirements for your child, please reach out to your building principal.

Grading and Feedback

Grades are required for 2020-2021 as well as student commitment to academic integrity policies. At the same time, maintaining a focus on providing quality feedback will lead to student learning. Grades will be available via the PowerSchool parent portal and more consistently through teacher feedback on student work.

Benchmark Assessments and Student Data

Benchmark assessments will be given in week 3 of the new school year (and again in January and May) to assess student knowledge and skills aligned to standards. In addition, elementary students will take diagnostic assessments throughout the year to determine any gaps so teachers can work to ensure they are met. Teachers will assess students through course specific common assessments and formative assessments to fine tune their instruction to focus on student needs.

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About the Office for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Lisa Hoffman- Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

Mrs. Erin Oleksa-Carter- Supervisor of Literacy and Fine Arts

Mr. Chad Evans - Supervisor of Business, Health and Physical Education, Social Studies, and World Language

Mrs. Kelly Cramer- K-12 Instructional Coach

Mr. Zach Garger- K-12 Instructional Coach

Mrs. Rachel Girman- K-12 Instructional Coach

Mrs. Jenell Hilton- Program Coordinator

Mrs. Christina Breyer- Administrative Assistant for the Office for Teaching and Learning