Distance Learning Plan
Distance Learning Guidelines and Expectations
Core Values and Student/Teacher Expectations
- Relationships with students and families are our highest priority.
- Continued emphasis on deep thinking, growth towards mastery, and our Vision of the Graduate.
- Being flexible, as we “learn how to learn” in an online learning environment
- Maintain a Google Classroom for each section that they teach, and a Google Classroom for their advisory
- Each week, develop a module that includes, at minimum:
- Content which students can access (readings, videos, podcasts, or teacher-created materials)
- At least one formative assessment aligned with subject area competencies. Teachers should enter grades and provide feedback on these assessments. Examples include quizzes, written assignments, or discussion posts
- Students should be able to complete these at their own pace within a given timeframe.
- Be available online during the scheduled time (see below) to the best of their ability. This time will be used for “live” instruction for whole class or small groups, class discussion, feedback sessions, or individual conferencing using Google Meet or Google Hangouts. On Fridays, teachers will be available from 9:00 - 10:00 to check in with their advisory students as needed, and the remainder of the day for academic students as needed.
- In addition to weekly modules, plan larger projects/summative assessments as needed.
- Monitor progress and provide feedback for students. If students are not engaging in learning, make initial outreach via email. If at the end of a given week, a student has not submitted assignments or been in touch with a teacher, they complete the “Outreach Needed” form (also found on the NHS Teachers Google Classroom) and a staff member will follow up
- Plan for 3 hours of learning each week for students in a given class
- Collaborate with their colleagues as necessary to ensure common experiences across sections of a course. Department heads may schedule meetings during common prep periods, or other times that are convenient for the group
- Begin each day by checking your school email for any communications.
- Plan to spend about 3 hours each week on learning for each course they are enrolled in.
- Complete all assigned content learning and assessments by the assigned due date.
- Contact their teacher if and when they need support through Google Classroom or school email.
- To the best of your ability, plan to be available and take advantage of live instructional hours for each class throughout the week (see schedule). Use this time to connect with your teachers and classmates, receive support on the weekly module or long-term projects, and get feedback on your learning.
- Adhere to RIGHT expectations for online learning.
Students will need internet access and a device with a keyboard, a video camera, and a microphone. Students who need Chromebooks should call the high school at 203-720-5400 to arrange a time to pick one up. Alternative arrangements will be made for students without regular internet access; please call the school to let us know.
Student & Teacher Support