Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 E-Learning Plan
We believe that it is important for Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD #399 to have an E-Learning option given the potential for schools to not be in session for snow emergencies or for a prolonged period for a health crisis. Such an instance of prolonged closure without academic activity would negatively impact students in several ways. More importantly, for all students, we believe that having the option of E-Learning days reinforces the fact that teaching and learning are not confined to class periods or physical classrooms. Additionally, the implementation of technology-infused learning and personalized learning used in conjunction with E-Learning days has the ability to build capacity of all stakeholders in our schools and ensure the continuity of learning.
Snow/Emergency E-Learning Days will be announced as soon as possible but no later than 6:00 a.m. using our School Messenger calling system, social media, local news outlets, and push notifications through our district app, and school website (www.dist399.net). K-12 teachers will share lessons and expectations on district learning platforms (Schoology, Moodle, Teams, Classroom Dojo, Edmodo, etc.…), and/or email by 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the remote learning day with students, or they will send instructional materials home with students the evening prior if possible. The following radio/TV stations will be given this information:
WSDR Sterling 1240 AM
WFRL Freeport 1570 AM or 98.5 FM
WCCI Savanna 100.3 FM
KROS Clinton 1340 AM
WLLT Dixon 107.7 FM
KWQC TV Davenport Channel 6
WQAD TV Moline Channel 8
WREX TV Rockford Channel 13
We expect teachers to provide direct instruction daily to all students through learning platforms and video conferencing. Junior High and High School teachers will follow a remote learning bell schedule in which they virtually meet with each class daily. Elementary teachers will deliver direct instruction daily via video conferencing. In addition, elementary teachers will provide instructional videos to those students who experience barriers to accessing video conferencing. Teaching staff are also expected to monitor their email and learning platforms in order to provide instructional support to students. The purpose of the E-Learning day is to foster, and support continued learning in a safe learning environment during a snow emergency or extended school closure.
E-Learning days will have the following schedule:
- 8:00-8:30 a.m.-planning and preparation-contact administration for needed support
- 8:30 am-students notified via e-mail and daily activities posted on learning platforms (Moodle, Schoology, Edmodo, Microsoft Teams, etc.)
- 8:30 am-1:30 pm-5-hour block of student engagement, instruction, supervision, monitoring, and support, as needed
- 1:30-2:15 pm-duty free prep
- 2:15-3:45 pm-verification/assessment of student work/engagement; planning/prep for next day; contact with administration as needed
o Modify lessons for special education students more than normal.
o Assign meaningful activities that will drive the learning forward; no busy work. Learning can be achieved outside of the actual school building.
o Have fun and get creative!
- K-6 parents must log into Teacherease through their students account to record attendance by 8:30 A.M. each day of E-Learning.
- 7-12 students must log into their Teacherease accounts and record their own attendance by 8:30 a.m. each day of E-Learning.
- K-6 staff will record attendance in Teacherease during each video conference lesson that they conduct.
- 7-12 staff will record attendance in Teacherease during each period of video conference lessons.
*Those student without internet access must call into the school secretary by 9 a.m.
In general, student work on a E-Learning day will be based upon research informed instructional practices. The following are all effective forms of delivering instruction during E-Learning.
- Video conferencing (Teams, Zoom, Skype, etc.)
- Video lessons (Schoology, Moodle, Teams)
- Choice boards with check-ins (on snow days)
- Email check-ins
- Phone calls from case managers, teachers, related service providers
Some examples of research informed instructional practices appropriate for remote learning include, but are not limited to:
1. Setting Objectives
2. Reinforcing Effort/Providing Recognition and Feedback
3. Cues, Questions & Advance Organizers
4. Nonlinguistic Representations (Graphic Organizers)
5. Summarizing & Note Taking
6. Identifying Similarities and Differences
7. Generating & Testing Hypotheses
8. Homework for later grades with minimal parental involvement with a clear purpose
- Student practice
- Individualized Instruction
- Inquiry-Based Teaching
- Concept Mapping
14. Reciprocal Teaching
- Promoting student metacognition
- Teacher clarity (learning goals, expectations, content delivery, assessment results, etc.)
- Setting goals or objectives
- Higher-level questioning
- Learning feedback that is detailed and specific
- The Directed Reading-Thinking Activity
- Question-Answer Relationship
- KWL Chart
- Comparison Matrix
- Anticipation Guides
- Response Notebooks
- Student Reflection
- Use of software programming vetted and approved for usage by Chadwick-Milledgeville CUSD 399
One of the best pieces of advice offered from other states is to not overwhelm students with work on these days. Students will not be expected to complete the equivalent of classwork time and additional homework in our traditional school day during a remote learning day. The law requires 5 clock hours of instruction and appropriate learning opportunities for all students’ needs. Student work should be relevant, meaningful, and manageable for them. Should a circumstance, such as a power outage or lack of internet access at their home prohibit a student from completing an assignment(s), that student will be given adequate time to make up the assignment without penalty once school resumes.
If it is known in advance that a student does not have access to the internet or required technology to complete the work, a non-electronic method of completing the work, if available, should be provided to the student. All students will have five (5) school days to submit any expected work on a remote learning day for full credit.
In the event of a prolonged school closure, the district will provide MiFi cellular hotspot to any family without internet access.
- Students will attend every class via video conference each day of E-Learning.
- Students will always have their video on during video conferencing.
- Students will turn their audio on and off at the direction of their teacher.
- Student behavior and conduct expectations are the same as if they were at school for in person learning.
- Students are expected to complete all work and turn it in on time.
- All work will be graded normally and will impact a students academic standing.
Special Education Service Expectations
Students with an IEP must continue to receive their special education services during E-Learning days. To achieve this special education staff must adhere to the following guidelines and expectations:
1. Special Education Teachers must contact students and families daily to assess student special education needs.
2. Special Education teachers who have students that are self-contained, must plan and provide instructional material and activities for their students.
3. Special Education Teachers must document their daily contact through the district provided Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
Should teachers or students encounter any technical issues on an E-Learning day, the technology, office, and administration staff will be available via phone or email to address any concerns.
If you experience technical difficulties use the following steps:
- If email is available, contact teacher directly.
- If not, contact Eric Hernandez through email (email@example.com), phone (815-225-7141 ext. 245), or Microsoft Teams.
- For other issues, contact the school/district offices.
o School Office 815-225-7141
o District Office 815-225-5839
Outside regular business hours:
Parents and students can email questions and concerns regarding E-Learning and completion of assignments to firstname.lastname@example.org.