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E-Learning Plan

Following is a copy of the district E-Learning plan. This plan includes resources along with services available for Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners and Academic Intervention Services available.

Freeport Public Schools 
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March, 2020

The Freeport Public School District has developed an E-learning plan for students in grades PreK-12 that was launched on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. All students in the Freeport School District in grades 5-12 received a district issued Chromebook that is used daily for instruction with live interaction through Google Classroom. Students will continue to use this device as part of the district’s E-learning plan.  Families of lower grade students were surveyed and every effort has been made to provide households without a Chromebook to support the district’s E-learning program.

  • All grade 2-12 teachers including special area teachers, AIS providers, special education service providers, PPS staff, and ENL teachers have created Google Classrooms for their students and will be pushing out lessons and communicating content and expectations daily with students and families.
  • Teachers in grades Pre-K-1 will be pushing out daily lessons through family outreach platforms that have been used throughout this school year to maintain continuity for our youngest students. These include:
    • Google Classroom
    • Remind
    • E-mail Communication
    • SeeSaw
    • Class Dojo  

 

Online Learning Resource Centers have been developed for students which are easily accessible through the Freeport Public School website that students and teachers can access remotely.   

 

Online Learning Resource Centers contain links to online instructional programs that are currently used in daily instruction and are part of our district curriculum. 

 

Examples of online resources used daily are:

 

●        RAZ Kids- ELA platform for all K-4 students where students can access and engage with leveled text at their Instructional Reading Level.  Students can access digital “Reading Rooms” with hundreds of digital books and activities. English and Spanish are offered on this platform.

●       iReady- ELA and Math grades 3-6 individualized digital lessons used specifically with Self-Contained students.

●       Max Scholar – Individualized Phonics Instruction specific to ENL and Special Education students

●        Discovery Ed-  K-12 Collection of online real world educational content that offers support for classes, review and testing for K-12 students.

●        iLit- FHS ENL students in grades 9-12 have internet access to listening, reading and writing activities through their ILit ELL instructional program

●        Go Math – Personal Math Trainer This online platform for our K-6 math program. Students and parents have access to digital resources such as student textbook, Student workbook, and background videos on grade level content, Virtual math manipulatives and student interactive games.

●       ·IEXL – Grades 9-12 Math – Online standard-based content that helps students practice essential skills at their own pace through fun and interactive questions, built in support, and motivating awards.

●        Vocabulary.com This adaptive learning software allows students to master key vocabulary to support reading, writing and content in all subjects.

●        SeeSaw – Grades 5-6 students use SeeSaw. Seesaw is a digital platform for student engagement where teachers post activities and content and students create digital portfolios. Teachers give feedback to students on their portfolios.

●       Read 180/System 44 AIS Reading Students grades 5-12. An individualized adaptive blended learning digital reading intervention program that provides reading comprehension strategies, tools and assessments.

●       Achieve 3000 AIS Reading Students, ENL and Dual Language grades 5-12. An adaptive and differentiated literacy platform to deepen comprehension and raise Lexile levels. Content is available in English and Spanish and offers numerous ENL supports for second language learners.

●       Kahn Academy Mappers Math K-8 Online resource that allows students to learn with material uniquely appropriate to them.

●       Scholastic FIRST – Used with all of Pre-K students. It is a foundational reading skill program that is individualized for each student based on current levels. Students work on phonemic awareness, fluency and comprehension.

●       Glencoe Math – Digital planning tools provides access to digital books, resources, games and assessments for Middle School Mathematics Program.

 

Supplemental online programs Include:

●       Brainpop

●       Castle Learning

●       Ed Puzzle

●       Education City

●       Flip Grid

●       Lit ELL

●       Nearpod

●       Newsela

●       Typing Club 

Daily minimum expectations for students to engage in E-Learning across content areas:

Communication with parents has been ongoing with updates about the E-learning plan. This communication has been through letters from the Superintendent, Robocalls, and website updates.

Pre-K

120 minutes

Grades K-1

180 minutes

Grades 2-8

240 minutes

Grades 9-12

300 minutes

 

 

 

Daily Expectations for Teachers:

  • Lessons of the day will be posted by the regular start time of the instructional day and may include:
    • Video Lessons
    • Online assignments and assessments
    • Links to digital instructional programs with assignments
    • Online chats and meets through Google
  • Lessons will be posted daily for all classes and subjects taught on a typical school day.
  • All work submitted by students will be graded and returned to students digitally with teacher feedback.
  • Digital platforms will be monitored daily and teachers will respond to students on platforms when appropriate.
  • A daily log has been provided for staff to record student attendance/ participation in daily work that will be reviewed by building administration so there is a support system in place for E-Learning.
  • Teachers will be available to students and families during their regular instructional day and will communicate with students in real time.
  • Teachers will be reaching out personally to all students on a rotating basis beyond Google Classroom to increase engagement and check in on students and families.
  • Any students who are not participating in digital lessons each day will be contacted by appropriate school personnel.
  • Teachers will have the opportunity to continue online Professional Development at home and will engage in book clubs via Google Meets with building administration.
  • An abundance of supplemental resources for families have been included on the Online Resource Center to ensure the continuity of learning and offer enrichment activities for students.
  • Daily expectations have been communicated to families and staff for student engagement with E-Learning.
  • All teachers receive on-going Professional Development throughout the school year on the above programs, which are used with frequency and fidelity so that our students and staff are familiar with our E-Learning programs.

 

Supplemental Paper Based Resources

  • In the event that a child is not able to access digital learning, paper based differentiated resources have been created and distributed for ELA and Math in grades Pre-K-6. These were sent home with students prior to schools closing.
  • Spanish literacy packets for grades K-6 were also distributed to English language learners.
  • These resources include guidelines, expectations and pacing of work.
  • Additional paper-based resources in English and Spanish will be made available at our Food Distribution sights in the event that school closures extend.

 

Additional Support for Families

  • Virtual Bulletin Board was added to the K-4 site where families can email students participating in E-Learning so the district has an additional means of monitoring student work.
  • On the Pre-K-4 site there will be a Daily Read Aloud Posted with a Google Form for students to respond to questions about the Read Aloud. A tab identified as, Daily Read Aloud
  • A Virtual Happenings tab is includedwhere we have posted links to upcoming virtual events that are being offered for students while schools are closed. These include author events, and read aloud from space.
  • Request Support tab for students and teachers to request tech support.
  • A Resource for Dealing with Stresswas added with a directory of PPS staff and contact information for each building.
  • Additional printable materials have been added for K-8. All printable materials Pre-K-4 are on the Printable Grade Level Packets. Printable packets for grades 5-6 under Atkinson and grades 7-8 printable ELA materials are on the Dodd ELA tab. 

 

Special Education Instruction and Related Services

Below is an outline of what is in place for our students who are receiving specialized programs and services through Special Education.    

 

Special Education Programs

  • Special Class 8:1 and 12:1– Teachers have created Google classrooms for their students. Teachers will push out daily lessons to students. Students with more intensive needs were given packets related to their individual IEP goals as well, and will also utilize the district’s Google website of online resources where applicable.
  • Special Class 15:1– Teachers have created Google classrooms for their students. Teachers will push out daily lessons to students. Students with more intensive needs were given packets related to their individual IEP goals as well and will also utilize the district Google website of online resources where applicable.
  • ICT Classes – Teachers have created Google classrooms for their students. Teachers will push out daily lessons to students. Students with more intensive needs were given packets related to their individual IEP goals as well and will also utilize the district’s Google website of online resources where applicable.
  • Resource Room – Teachers have created Google classrooms for their students. Teachers will push out daily lessons to students. Students with more intensive needs were given packets related to their individual IEP goals as well and will also utilize the district’s Google website of online resources where applicable.

 

Related Services

Counseling

  • Special Class 8:1 and 12:1 – Students with more intensive needs will be offered a consultative model, in which providers will communicate directly with parents and/or guardians to offer counseling, resources and support. The frequency and duration of communication will be determined by individual IEP mandates and student needs. Providers will be in communication with ERSS counseling students as well.  
  • Elementary Level – All providers will be in contact with the parents and/or guardians of mandated counseling students. This contact will be in the form of phone calls and/or emails. At the provider and parental discretion, the provider may communicate directly with the student via phone call. In addition, when appropriate, counseling materials and/or resources will be provided for students. The frequency and duration of communication will be determined by individual IEP mandates and student needs. Providers will be in communication with ERSS counseling students as well.
  • Middle School Level – All providers will be in contact with the parents and/or guardians of mandated counseling students. This contact will be in the form of phone calls and/or emails. At the provider and parental discretion, the provider may communicate directly with the student via phone call. In addition, when appropriate, counseling materials and/or resources will be provided for students. Middle school students, when appropriate, will have access to provider driven online learning through Google classroom. The frequency and duration of communication will be determined by individual IEP mandates and student needs. Providers will be in communication with ERSS counseling students as well.
  • High School Level – All providers will be in contact with students and/or the parents and/or guardians of mandated counseling students. This contact will be in the form of phone calls and/or emails. At the provider and parental discretion, the provider may communicate directly with the student via phone call. The frequency and duration of communication will be determined by individual student needs. Providers will be in communication with ERSS counseling students as well.

 

Occupational or Physical Therapists

  • Providers will contact families of mandated students to conduct therapies remotely. The method for doing so will be decided between the family and the provider. Additionally, service packets based on individual IEP goals were provided to families for students who could not tend to therapies remotely.

 

Speech Services

  • Providers will contact families of mandated students to conduct therapies remotely. Speech teachers will be addressing the individual needs of each classified student. Providers created Google classrooms and were added to individual teacher classrooms to support students.

 

Vision and Hearing Services

  • Providers will reach out directly to families and students to address their needs according to their IEP mandates and individual needs. Services will be provided remotely.

 

Home Services

  • ABA, Parent Training, Behavior Intervention Services, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy
  • All home services will be provided remotely in consultation with parents via phone or a virtual platform that the agency utilizes. If a student is unable to attend utilizing this format, services will be made up when school reopens.
  • Providers will continue to contact families.

 

Special Education Students Attending Out-of-District Placements

  • If a student attends a program outside the district, the instruction will come directly from the out-of-district schools.
  • Home services will continue to be provided by the district remotely for the students.

 

Home Instruction

  • Students on home instruction will be contacted by their tutor and conduct virtual/skype sessions. Students may also join their teachers Google classroom.

 

English as a New Language & Bilingual Programs

Below is a description of the plan for digital instruction and support for English language learners. ELLs receive modified instruction through district online resources based upon language proficiency levels, as well as through our programs specific to ELLs.

 

Grades K-6 Dual Language

  • Bilingual teachers of grades 2-6 share work and provide feedback daily in Spanish and English through Google Classroom. Grades K-1 receive assignments and feedback through Class Dojo, Google Classroom, Remind app, text messages or by phone.
  • Grades K-2 and grades 5-6 Dual Language Spanish teachers provide access to Arriba la Lectura, the Spanish literacy curriculum.
  • Grades K-6 Students were also provided with paper-based Spanish literacy packets.
  • Communications are conducted in the parents’ language of preference.

 

Grades K-6 Transitional Bilingual

  • Bilingual teachers in grades 2-6 share work and provide feedback daily in Spanish and English through Google Classroom. Students in grades K-1 receive assignments and feedback through Class Dojo, Google Classroom, Remind app, text messages or by phone.
  • Student work on MaxScholar and I-Station Espanol is monitored regularly.
  • Students in grades K-6 were provided with paper-based Spanish literacy packets.
  • Communications are conducted in the parents’ language of preference.

 

Grades K-12 ELLs in Mainstream Classes

  • ENL Teachers in grades 2-8 collaborate with their co-teach partners to share work and provide feedback daily through Google Classroom. Grades K-1 receive assignments and feedback through Class Dojo, Google Classroom, Remind app, text messages or by phone. 
  • Teachers of ELLs utilize the digital ELL and Spanish resources available in Reading A-Z, among other programs to scaffold instruction.
  • ELLs in grades K-6 were also provided with paper-based Spanish literacy packets to take home.
  • ENL Teachers for ELLs in grades 9-12 share work and feedback daily through Google Classroom and through the iLit ELL learning platform.
  • Communications are conducted in the parents’ language of preference.

 

Grades 7-12 Bilingual Program

  • Bilingual teachers for ELLs in grades 7-12 share work and provide feedback daily through Google Classroom.
  • Teachers use a variety of digital resources in both Spanish and English to instruct students at all levels of language proficiency and educational backgrounds.
  • Parental communications are conducted in the parents’ language of preference.

 

Grades 9-10 SIFE Bridges Program

  • ELLs in the SIFE Bridges program receive modified work and feedback through Google Classroom.
  • The pre-literate ELLs and ELLs with developing literacy in this program are provided with sufficient visuals and audio in both Spanish and English to assist with comprehension.
  • Parental communications are conducted in the parents’ language of preference.

 

Academic Intervention Services Reading and Math

Grades K- 4 AIS Reading Groups

  • All AIS reading teachers have created Google Classrooms for their groups and will be pushing out lessons using instructional level text and resources specific to each student’s specific academic needs.
  • Resources being used include, RAZ Kids, NEWSELA, CommonLit, Achieve 3000, Scholastic learn at home, and Leveled Literacy Intervention materials.
  • Teachers will communicate with students through the Google Classroom and/or Google Meets on a daily basis.
  • Reading teachers will communicate with parents to report on student progress on an ongoing basis.
  • All parent communication will be logged.

 

Grades 5-6 AIS Reading Groups

  • All AIS reading teachers have created Google Classrooms for their groups and will be pushing out lessons using instructional level text and resources specific to each student’s specific academic needs.
  • All grade 5-6 AIS reading classes are currently using differentiated digital platforms for instruction and students will continue work on these platforms without interruption. (Read 180, System 44, Achieve 3000)
  • Reading teachers will communicate with parents to report on student progress on an ongoing basis.
  • All parent communication will be logged.

 

Grades 7-12 AIS ELA/Reading Classes

  • All AIS reading/ELA teachers have created Google Classrooms for their classes and will be pushing out lessons and resources specific to each student’s specific academic needs.
  • All AIS reading and ELA classes in grades 7-12 are currently using differentiated digital platforms for instruction and students will continue work on these platforms without interruption. (Read 180, System 44, Achieve 3000)
  • Reading teachers will communicate with parents to report on student progress on an ongoing basis.
  • All parent communication will be logged.

 

Grades K-4 AIS Math Groups

  • Math Specialists have created Google Classrooms for their groups. Skill building lessons will be pushed out using our Go Math - Personal Math Trainer.
  • Math Specialists created Cyber stations – Students will be able to choose from a playlist of skill-based online learning activities and games combining enrichment, practice, and remediation on skills and content.
  • Teachers will communicate with students through the Google Classroom or Google Meets on a regular basis.
  • Our Math AIS resources includes, but are not limited to, BrainPop, Fluency Practice, Go Math, Do the Math, Khan Academy Mappers and Education City
  • Math Specialists and teachers will communicate with parents to report on student progress.
  • All communication with parents/guardian will be logged.

 

Grades 5-6 AIS Math Groups

  • Teachers will provide AIS support to students in their classes by pushing out additional skill building practice in their Google Classrooms. Skill building focus will be computational skills required to carry out various mathematical procedures.
  • Our Math AIS resources include, but are not limited to, BrainPop, Fluency Practice, Go Math, Khan Academy Mappers and Skill building practice digital resources.
  • Teachers will communicate with parents regularly to report on student progress.
  • All parent communication will be logged.

 

Grades 7-8 AIS Math Classes

  • All Math teachers have created Google Classrooms for their classes and will be pushing out content and resources specific to a student’s academic needs.
  • All Math teachers are using the Glencoe Math digital resources, Khan Academy Mappers and Castle Learning to push out content that is adaptive to their students.
  • Math teachers will communicate with parents to report on student progress on an ongoing basis with the teacher daily log.
  • All parent communication will be logged.