Preschool students will engage in learning in a 100% remote environment that includes blended learning opportunities. They will participate in synchronous (real-time) online learning with their classroom teacher, and they will also engage in asynchronous (engage in shared lessons and activities on their own time) and independent work as assigned.
Families will be supported to guide their children through developmental play that is aligned with their academic learning targets, while also supporting their social/emotional skill development. This will enable students to continue progressing in their learning.
Students and parents can expect a daily schedule, where they check in with teachers at specific times.
Academic Excellence by Design
Through the St. Vrain Blended Learning Plan, students and teachers have the tools they need to investigate, communicate, collaborate, create, model, and explore concepts and content in authentic contexts.
Preschool Teaching & Learning Priorities:
- Safety: The health and safety of our students, staff, and parents is our top priority and we continue to work in partnership with Boulder County Health and the State of Colorado to determine the health and safety practices for our schools. Students should be prepared for additional procedures when they return to school, in accordance with our health agency partner guidelines.
- Relationships: Establish and maintain strong teacher to student (family) and student to student relationships.
- Engagement: Create ongoing opportunities for engagement and excitement in learning.
- Academic Excellence: Deliver high-quality, developmentally appropriate instruction.
- Equity: All students have the access to resources and the support they need to reach their educational goals.
Launching the School Year through Blended Learning
During online learning, teachers will provide instructional experiences that are aligned to academic standards and the content priorities for preschool. In the same way teachers begin a school year with in-person learning, they will also provide opportunities to build classroom communities, foster student relationships with each other, and identify student needs for learning.
The goal of this procedure is to ensure that student instructional time is documented daily through consistent attendance-taking practices across schools for the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of the instructional setting or model of instructional delivery. These include: in-person instruction, synchronous online instruction, asynchronous online instruction, or through activities assigned in SeeSaw. A consistent approach will help ensure that students receive the equivalent amount of teacher-student contact as in a typical academic year.
Students are considered in attendance if:
- Student participates in virtual community meeting and teacher confirms student attendance.
- Parent or caregiver documents student learning on SeeSaw.
- Parent calls the school office and confirms their student is working independently at home.
Teachers will continue to utilize the researched-based instructional models for online learning that are used for in-person learning. Preschool content is the academic priority for all students. We will balance synchronous, asynchronous, and independent practice, depending upon the needs of the learner and the learning target or goal. It is important to note that repeated practice of skills and viewing of sessions is vital to sustained progress of early childhood students.
Unlike the asynchronous learning model in the spring, the model for the fall of 2020 will be a more structured online learning environment with a daily schedule that reflects synchronous learning, asynchronous learning, and independent practice.
Learning Model Definition Examples Synchronous Learning Synchronous learning is digital and online learning in which students learn from teachers or peers in real time, but not in person. This occurs through video tools such as Webex. Students all learn at the same time by attending an online lesson or class.
- Webex “live” class with teacher direct instruction.
- Students/parents connect in a Community Meeting with their whole class on Webex “live”
Asynchronous Learning Asynchronous learning is when students learn the same classroom materials at different times and/or locations, typically through a lesson posted by the teacher in SeeSaw.
- Students/parents view a video demonstration or listen to a recorded story in SeeSaw and then respond to a posted related activity.
Independent Practice Independent practice occurs offline. Students have opportunities to practice and apply their new knowledge and skills. This is a time when students complete posted assignments, homework, or projects.
- Extended activities in math, science, literacy, language, science, art, physical development, and social-emotional learning.
Learning Time & Sample Daily Schedule
Teachers will balance synchronous, asynchronous, and independent learning experiences based upon the needs of the learners and the learning goals. During each day that your student is in session, they will have a structured schedule personalized for your child. It will include synchronous learning and time built in for offline practice.
Teacher Office Hours will be established for parents, caregivers, or students to connect with their teacher.
On a weekly basis, students will rotate through:
- Content in literacy, language, math, science, art, physical development and social emotional learning
- Virtual whole class community meetings to build social and academic skills
- Small group and/or individual instruction focused on academic and social/emotional learning experiences that foster students learning with peers
Below you will find an example of a preschool session schedule. Note that some students may be engaging in offline independent practice while other students receive direction instruction within a small group via Webex.
Sample Preschool Student Schedule
Your teacher will share your student’s schedule with you, and it will reflect a similar balance between synchronous, asynchronous, and independent learning and support.
Monday-Thursday / Monday-Wednesday-Friday / Tuesday & Thursday
8:45-9:05 (Webex) Community Meeting
Attendance, Daily Schedule Preview
Direct Instruction in a Content Area
9:05-11:00 Independent Practice
Extended Learning Activities and Projects through SeeSaw
Small Group Instruction
Teachers will communicate when students will participate in small group, online instruction through Webex.
Individual Student Support
Teachers will support students individually on a prearranged basis through Webex.
11:00 - 11:30 Teacher Office Hours
Teachers are available for students or parents to schedule additional academic support, answer parent or student questions, or schedule time with related services staff.
Common Communication Structures
Common communication structures are imperative to ensure that parents and students have a clear and consistent way of accessing and interacting with their learning experiences.
- Teachers will share the class schedule with parents and students during the first week of school, as well as contact information.
- Starting in the 2020-21 school year, all preschool teachers will use SeeSaw as their primary launchpoint for digital learning management. This will create a single access point for digital learning materials for all students and parents throughout the district.
- Teachers will communicate their system for students and parents to sign-up for individual time to answer questions and receive additional academic support during their office hours.