Happy Earth Day, Jaguar families. For those of you who have gone on the “Heart Hunt,” how many did you find? I am happy to hear from teachers that students have been attending the virtual classroom meetings and engaging in distance learning. Parents, you are doing a great job being on top of the teachers’ office and instructional hours. Make sure to check in with your child’s teacher if you have questions. Also, if you need tech support, tutorials are available on our district website. Look under “Parent and Community,” click on “Parent Portal” and then “Elementary Resource” under the “Distance Learning Parent Information.” Below are the new district guidelines for distance learning. The document highlights the responsibilities of the teachers, students and parents/guardians, as well as the grading practices for elementary school.
Student Information” and “Non-Return” Forms
"Student Information” forms will be available on the homepage of our website starting 4/27/20. These forms are available to parents to share the strengths and educational needs of your child with school staff as we place children in 2020-21 classes. We do not accept specific teacher requests, but we try to honor insights that parents offer regarding a child’s learning style or emotional needs. The “Student Information” forms will be accepted through 5/8/20.
We are also posting the “non-return” forms to the News on the homepage by 4/27/20. If you will NOT be rejoining us at Walnut Acres for the 2020-21 school year, please let us know by completing and returning the form as soon as possible. Your courtesy will allow us to better predict and accurately plan for attendance needs in the new school year!
Be calm, be safe, be healthy,
_ Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Distance Learning From April 13, 2020- June 3, 2020
Pacing and/or Recommended Focus for Curriculum
April 13- June 3, 2020: Our intent is to support students and teachers during this time with Phase 2 of Distance Learning and to Extend Educational Opportunities in accordance with state guidelines.
Phase 2 of Distance Learning will give students and parents opportunities to interact and engage with digital learning, access resources to support the academic and social-emotional needs of all students, and advance opportunities to learn in a supported manner.
Office Hours: 60 minutes per day - An opportunity for students to connect with teachers for individual or group instruction via Google Meet, Zoom or other platform.
Instructional Time: Teachers are providing instructional activities, content, and assignments for students to complete, using the following suggested total student activity time each day: TK/K 1 hour/day, Grades 1-3rd 2 hours/day, Grades 4-5th 3 hours/day
Distance Learning Definitions
Asynchronous Learning - Learning that occurs in different locations and at different times, but the content remains the same. This could all occur virtually and include student learning and/or professional development for teachers.
Synchronous Learning - Learning that occurs with participants learning together at the same time using common content, activities, presentations, etc. This could all occur virtually and could include teachers instructing students, teachers training other teachers, etc.
Instructional Time - Whole class/small group using Google Meets, Zoom, or other tools to provide direct or face-to-face instruction. Instructional time can still be an asynchronous learning opportunity where the teacher provides instruction using videos, web-based tools, activities, and assignments that can then receive feedback from the teacher. Instruction in this case is defined as opportunities to interact with digital learning. This could include providing live instruction, posting videos of direct teaching from others, providing direction on assigned work, and giving explanations for assignments. Between April 13 and June 3, 2020 new content should be introduced based on the essential standards in the scope and sequence and teacher discretion; However, students should not be “graded” as we would normally do if school were formally in session. Instead, teachers will monitor progress toward mastery of the essential standards. This is an opportunity for our teachers to expand their knowledge and become comfortable using a new platform to engage and encourage our students academically during this time. Teachers are asked to be creative, innovative, and work to support parents who are also feeling the pressure to advance the academics of their children.
Google Meet or Zoom Check-Ins (multiple students) - The purpose is to provide teachers and students the opportunity to “check in.” It is the opportunity to see if students need anything and for the children to connect with each other. You could consider this also a social emotional check-in. This may occur in small groups and may include instruction.
Office Hours (via email, Dojo, Konstella, Google Hangout, Zoom, etc.) - The purpose of office hours is to have a way to allow students/parents to reach out to their teacher personally for help. Your child’s teacher should have provided you with a schedule of his/her daily office hours.
MDUSD Distance Learning
Assessment and Feedback
This is not business as usual for instruction and feedback. Stress related to COVID-19 will negatively impact student academic performance. Student academic performance during closure is more likely to reflect racial, economic, and resource differences. Teachers have been asked to provide high quality instruction remotely, for which most students have not had experience in how to engage with.
The following grading practices are being recommended and presented to the Board for approval: