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271 Continuous Learning Plan
271 Continuous Learning Plan
Bobbi Basart
Monday, April 06, 2020


USD 271 Stockton Continuous Learning Plan 

“Relationships before Rigor, Grace before Grades, Patience before Programs, Love before Lessons” --Dr. Brad Johnson

USD 271 Vision - Continuous Learning 

Our vision is “We are TIGER Ready!” and during these unprecedented circumstances our vision is more important than ever before. T-our Tiger Touchstones, I-innovative, G-grit, E-engagement, and R-relationships provides us with a framework for moving school outside the walls of our buildings while still focusing on our two major goals for school redesign: social emotional learning and thinkers, learners, doers. 

Our key principles are 1) the health and safety of our students and staff, 2) less is more, 3) a focus on the essential skills and critical standards, and 4) grace for our families, students, staff, and community. 

Calendar

USD 271 will follow the 2019-2020 school calendar to complete the school year. We were not in session from March 16-19 per Governor Kelly’s direction to close school buildings. From March 23-27 we observed our Spring Break. The week of March 30-April 3 the district staff developed our Continuous Learning Plan. The plan will be carried out from April 6 through May 14. We will not be in session on Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13. Office hours will not be observed and assignments will not be given for these two dates. May 14 is the final day of school for USD 271 students. Staff will remain on contract with May 15 being their final day of service. 

Communication 

We will continue utilizing our communication framework which includes: email, SeeSaw (Pk-7), Google Classroom, Facebook, Twitter, usd271.com webpage and live feed, and our SMS and voice notifications. Our Pk-7 staff will use SeeSaw as the common platform for homeroom communication and our 8-12 staff will use Google Classroom as the common platform. Teachers will establish office hours which will be communicated to parents and students. Administration will continuously be available to support students, families, staff, and community. Our intent will be to return emails within a 24 hour time period. 

Kansas State Department of Education Family Guidance

KSDE has produced a document to support our families that is titled the “Kansas Family Guide to Continuous Learning”. The document can be accessed at: https://sites.google.com/ksde.org/kansascontinuouslearning2020/kansas-family-guide-to-continuous-learning 

Attendance

Our focus is on engagement. We will not formally take daily attendance. Each staff member interacting with our students and families will note the ebb and flow of continuous learning and then meet each student where they are currently. As we focus on social emotional needs we know this may change daily. We will work to improve engagement, increase productivity, if necessary, and focus on the critical standards necessary to meet each individual student’s learning. 

Grades

Our goal will continue to be on the proficiency of standards through Standards Based Grading. However, we will focus on moving each student forward while focusing on the critical standards he/she will need to be successful in his/her next school year or postsecondary experience. This is where our “less is more” principle is essential. In our “thinkers, learners, doers” goal we are intentional to personalize learning for our students and this continues to be the focus in our continuous learning plan. 

Professional Development

When addressing adaptive challenges we know we must be collaborative, creative, and know when to iterate. During the development of our plan and as we deliver our plan, we will continue to meet as a district staff, at the building levels, and in smaller groups to address change. This will allow us to personalize professional development and meet each staff member with what he/she needs to move forward and be adaptive. This will allow staff to focus on their specific needs, time and space for new content to be learned, and continue to tap into the expertise of our USD 271 staff. High quality webinars, chats, articles, and how-to videos have also been shared between staff to personalize learning. The recommendations provided by the Continuous Learning Task Force were an amazing foundation for us to build from as we developed our plan. 

At the midpoint of our planning week we were given the opportunity to build on our previous training with Rebecca Pankratz-Lewis and spend the morning with her, ESSDACK staff, and Dr. Ross Greene as we focused on trauma, resilience, and grief specific to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Students of Concern

Students who are on Individual Education Programs, Student Improvement Plans, a 504, English Learners, or those receiving Title I services will continue to have their individual needs met and our specialist will communicate directly with parents/guardians. 

Health Services

The health and safety of the children are of utmost importance to us. We continue to monitor the recommendations of our Rooks County Health Department, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) closely to do our part in decreasing the impact of this pandemic.

Technology Support 

Instructional Technology Director, Mrs. Basart, deployed devices to students. All students and staff were surveyed and households without Internet access were provided an opportunity to obtain service by Nex-Tech through their Continuous Learning Initiative.

If a student has a concern regarding a device, please contact Mrs. Basart at bbasart@usd271.com. If there is concern regarding a platform or program, please contact the teacher. 

Library/ Media Support

Our USD 271 website www.usd271.com has a library link where you can click to access the Stockton Schools’ Symbaloo Webmixes. Mrs. Bennett is also uploading read alouds to the Pk-7 SeeSaw classrooms. 

Stockton Grade School Plan (PK-7)

Themes: 

  • Relationships first! 

  • Less is more. 

  • What are the critical and essential standards to focus on for the next 32 days.

  • The guidance times for maximum daily student commitment is critical. See the guidance for each grade level found below.

  • Be flexible and ready to adapt. 

  • Stick with what is in place without adding a lot of “new”. 

  • Be consistent with the agreed upon framework of expectations, communication, and practices.

  • Extend grace. Culture becomes even more critical when there are “no walls”. 

All Pk-7 home room teachers are making weekly contact with students and parents. This was initiated the week of March 16th. We are meeting parents/guardians where they are so this has included phone calls, emails, text,  and Facebook messaging

Preschool

Preschool will offer continuous learning through the SeeSaw platform with a maximum of 30 minutes learning time. Circle Time will be uploaded to the platform as well as “book of the day” that will include cross-curricular extension activities. 

Grades K-1

Kindergarten and First Grade will offer continuous learning to students through Seesaw.  Students will be given a weekly learning board of activities that will focus on individual goal and gap areas.  Teachers will connect with students through Zoom to facilitate whole and small group conversations and instruction.  Our focus is on building relationships with and within families and keeping students engaged in developmentally appropriate and high impact learning activities that will be the building blocks for future success and learning. We will continue to utilize Lexia Core 5 and Dreambox for personalization in ELA and math. (45 minutes a day maximum)

Grades 2-3

Second Grade and Third Grade will offer continuous learning to students through Seesaw.  Students will be given a weekly learning board of activities that will focus on individual goal and gap areas.  Teachers will connect with students through Zoom to facilitate whole and small group conversations and instruction.  Our focus is on building relationships with and within families and keeping students engaged in developmentally appropriate and high impact learning activities that will be the building blocks for future success and learning. We will continue to utilize Lexia Core 5 and Dreambox for personalization in ELA and math. (60 minutes a day maximum)

Grades 4-5

SeeSaw and Google Classroom platforms will be utilized with a maximum of 90 minutes of learning time. We will continue to utilize Lexia Core 5 and Dreambox for personalization in ELA and math. Khan Academy will be used to differentiate math instruction. Playlists will be utilized to offer voice and choice with links to resources both online and references to resources or packets that have been or will be delivered to homes for ELA, science and social studies. Our focus is on building relationships with and within families and student engagement. 

Grades 6-7

The 6th and 7th grade level group will provide various learning opportunities through Google Classrooms, Khan Academy, Freckle, Dreambox, Power Up, and Reading Plus. These applications provide learning opportunities at personalized or individualized levels allowing us teachers to step in and facilitate learning through small group and large group instruction. 

A master plan will be shared with students in grades 6-7 and assignments will be pushed out weekly or as needed, to students on individual plans. Teachers will spend office hours in content-based and relationship-based group discussions. Our goal is to provide learning opportunities and relationship connections to each of our students. A maximum of three hours of learning time will be followed, as recommended. 

Monday, April 6th: 

  • 7th at 9:00 AM with all teachers available

    • Zoom meetings will be held with all teachers available

    • Explain expectations and plans and answer questions students have during this time

  • 6th at 10:00 AM with all teachers available

    • Zoom meetings will be held with all teachers available

    • Explain expectations and plans and answer questions students have during this time

Thursday, April 9th:

  • 7th at 9:00 AM with all teachers available

    • Check in- How is it going? What is working? What is a struggle?

This will be a probable- pivot point as we learn more about student needs. 

  • 6th at 10:00 AM with all teachers available

    • Check in- How is it going? What is working? What is a struggle?

This will be a probable pivot point as we learn more about student needs. 

Specials

A choice board will be developed and each week that will have opportunities for physical education, music, art, and library/media. The choice boards will be uploaded to each homeroom’s SeeSaw platform. 

Band (5-6-7) and Spanish (7) will also have continuous learning opportunities offered. 

Counseling services 

Services will be available to students and families during this time of continuous learning. Miss Nichols will also be in contact with staff and families to monitor the social-emotional well-being of students and offer resources. Miss Nichols will also offer staff resources and recommendations.

Stockton HIgh School Plan (8-12)

We want to reconnect.  Our hope is to bring a sense of comfort to students and families, as well as providing a stimulating avenue for learning and growth.

 

Share with us:

What are your biggest concerns?

How can we offer a stronger support system for you and your family…… and ultimately, for one another?

 

We will be offering week to week assignments, sharing a grid system showing which instructor will be going live and at what time, (so as to not divide student attention), and relaying assignments/projects that will be essential for continued growth toward focused standards.

 

Google Classroom, Flipgrid will be the major learning platforms, with Zoom, video conferencing, video messaging, online textbook support, Khan Academy, and Reading Plus the venues for learning.

 

Attendance will be monitored through assignments/projects, participation in zoom meetings, and check-in’s with Community instructors. 

 

8th through 12th grade students will be provided opportunities to learn in multiple subjects on a week to week basis. 

With consistent weekly feedback from students, parents, and our community, we can continue to redirect and work to find more effective means of connection.

 

We will be utilizing a three tier grading system that will allow students opportunities for growth.   Tier one will show students what it will take to maintain the grade level they had before break. Tier two:  Will provide prospective ways students can demonstrate a higher level of growth and ownership of the Standards (smaller incremental steps).  Tier three will be a more dramatic level of growth. An alternative option students can take advantage of that has the potential of elevating the assessment of a Standard more dramatically.

 

There is of course the option of an instructor lowering a grade based upon a student’s consistent lack of participation. 

 

For the safety of all concerned, the transfer of paperwork from student to instructor should be avoided. Emailing, faxing, texting, sending photos of completed work, and electronic or video submissions should be the expectation. 

 

Those students taking online course work from an area college will continue to follow the prescribed guidelines of that institution.

 

Teachers have established office hours that will be published for students and parents to utilize. 

 

We are expecting to begin on Monday, April 6th, with an all school Zoom meeting.  If our system is in place and electronically holds up, an invitation by email will be sent to all students and staff, and in that message, will be a link to enter the meeting.  (No individual accounts will be necessary to participate in Zoom meetings.). From the initial group meeting, break-out sessions will follow and only include the individual communities.

 

It is our expectation to begin each day,  9:00am, with small group check-ins, through community zoom meetings.   It is there students will access their needs, offer feedback, ask questions, and set the course for follow-up with the week's lessons.  There will be a daily three hour maximum limit on time instructors will ask students to work. 

 

We have a new reality, one that was unexpected and overwhelming.  Our direction can be positive and hope filled. Focus can be on, “Imagine how this can be a success”.  With continued support of one another, consistent feedback directed at growth and improvement, our community can continue to thrive and skill sets sharpened.  No need to ask why…… just answer, what can we do to move forward with honor and dignity. Together, we will see this through.

 

Resources

If you or a family member is in need of support, emotional or mental, resources have been included with this document. 

 

 

Coronavirus Information:

  HTTPS://pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

 

 

Additional resources:

 

https://navigatingnuclear.com/nuclear-reimagined-vft/    A virtual field trip through the Idaho National Laboratory.

 

https://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-guide-to-the-energy-of-the-earth-joshua-m-sneideman   A guide to the energy of the Earth.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drINEQFXbPY  Climate Change

 

https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-museum-of-modern-and-contemporary-art-korea?hl=en  Virtual tour of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea

 

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour/current-exhibits  Virtual tours of the Smithsonian 

 

 

https://www.usgs.gov/science-support/osqi/yes/resources-teachers/multimedia-9-12  Multimedia Resources for Biology, Geography, Geology, Ecosystems, Water, Oceans, and Global Change.

 

https://www.usgs.gov/media/videos/yes-yellowstone-volcano-part-1-3  Yellowstone and the Super Volcano

 

https://businessinsider.com/bill-gates-favorite-free-websites-classes-teach-yourself-to-code

 

https://shakeuplearning.com   Google Classroom cheat sheets for students/parents

 

 Disaster/Distress hotline:  1-800-985-5990

 

https://www.mhanational.org/finding-help  Youth in Crisis