Casady's Strategic Path Forward 2020-21

Flex Learning Plan

Casady believes that the Path Forward requires a covenantal relationship with families that affirms our common mission, values, and priorities. To this end, Casady seeks to covenant with families around three shared commitments of Relationships, Safety, and Flexibility.

Flex Learning Frequently Asked Questions

Long Term Flex Learning

List of 8 items.

  • What is the Flex Learning pathway, and how does it compare to the other learning pathways at Casady?

    In-class Learning is when our campus is open and students are attending classes in accordance with our safety guidelines and protocols. The school will offer in-class learning as long as we are in a green, yellow, or orange scenario.

    Knowing that the current COVID-19 crisis affects health and safety issues, Casady will also offer

    Flex Learning -- a parallel online instructional pathway which allows students to learn from home even when they cannot attend campus. Teachers will adapt their current in-person instruction to accommodate students who are needing to learn from home. Flex Learning is mostly anytime learning (often referred to as asynchronous learning) with the opportunity for some real time connection points during the day. Students may participate in Flex Learning for short or long-term circumstances:
    • Short Term Flex Learning is an accommodation for students who normally attend campus but need to be at home for a period of time due to medical circumstances such as quarantine. These students would be able to continue their learning from home remotely for a maximum of 14 days and then would return to school for in-class instruction.
    • The Long Term Flex Learning option is for students who choose to have a solely online learning experience. Students would opt-in to this commitment for a trimester at a time and would not attend campus for any in-class instruction during that period.

    If an entire cohort, division, or the school itself is closed due to a designated red scenario, Remote Learning will take place. This means that the only learning pathway for that entire group of students will be through online instruction. Teachers and students will follow a Remote Learning schedule similar to what they experienced last spring. At that point, Flex Learning students will simply join their classmates and follow in that Remote Learning Schedule.
  • Can students opt in and out of the Long-Term Flex Learning option?

    At the beginning of each trimester, students will have a two-week period within which to decide if they want to continue with either In-person or Long-Term Flex Learning. After that period, students will remain in their respective modalities through the end of the trimester.
     
    We understand that family situations may change in the middle of the trimester, causing either the Long-term Flex Learning or In-Class learning to be no longer possible. If this is the case, families should reach out to their Division Director to discuss the possibility of making this one-time, necessary change.
  • What will the Flex Learning pathway look like?

    The Flex Learning pathway will be fully online. Students will not be able to attend campus on a partial or alternating basis. The online instruction will be mostly anytime learning. This means that students will work through teacher-created lessons on their own rather than by joining the class virtually in real-time. Occasionally, students may have some real-time learning experiences that are embedded in assessment and classroom interaction.

    In addition, real-time connection points will be built into the school day to help students who are learning from home remain connected to the school community.

    Instructionally speaking, the Flex Learning pathway will be two-directional, meaning that it will not just be the teacher sharing information that the student passively takes in. Instead, the teacher will provide opportunities for the student to demonstrate learning progress by completing, creating, or collaborating on various types of work and then submitting it to the teacher. The teacher will provide feedback and follow-up to the student. This feedback will mostly occur through digital communication or during virtual office hours.

    Casady School will potentially partner with One Schoolhouse to provide a few Upper Division AP-level courses for Long-term Flex Learning students this year. One Schoolhouse is a leading provider of online education for independent schools and has been a partner with Casady school in professional development and course design for several years. Since AP courses are a standard curriculum which One Schoolhouse has mastered teaching in an online setting, we feel these particular courses can be a good fit for the Long-Term Flex Learning students who want an engaging, robust, and student-centered online learning option that aligns with Casady’s mission. Students enrolled in these select courses would continue in these courses for their semester or year-long duration. Courses will meet Casady graduation requirements and will be part of the Casady transcript. If your Upper Division student would be enrolled in these select courses, Ms. Joanne Infantino would let you know.
  • How will Flex Learning students know what they are supposed to do each day?

    All teachers will share the students’ lessons in an easy-to follow Learning Guide document which will be posted in their digital classrooms. This will be a running document organized by lessons in chronological order. Students will be able to locate the daily lesson(s )and complete the work as outlined in the document. Teachers can post several days’ lessons ahead of time but may choose to only post one day’s instruction at a time in order to match the rhythm and pace of in-class instruction. Lessons that require materials from campus will be made available a week ahead of time. Students who are learning from home do not need to contact their teachers to ask what they need to complete each day. Rather, they should simply visit the teacher’s digital classroom, locate the document, and follow the teacher’s instructions for that day’s lesson.

    Students can expect that lesson log details will be posted no more than one day after any given lesson might have taken place in the brick & mortar classroom. This allows teachers to record classroom instruction if they choose (though this is not required) and post it the following day.
  • Will Flex Learning students still have assignments and grades?

    All Flex Learning students will have practice work and assignments which allow them to grow and demonstrate their learning just as they would have on campus. When possible, teachers will work to make the Flex Learning assignments similar to the assignments that are occuring in the classroom. When that is not possible, the teacher will assess the same learning objectives in alternate ways. For Middle Division and Upper Division students, assignments will be graded and recorded in the MyCasady grade book like normal.
  • What will students’ daily schedules look like if they are doing Flex Learning?

    Since the Flex Learning pathway is mostly anytime learning, this means that students will not have classes to “attend” at set times in the same way that they would on campus. However, there are some important things to keep in mind:
    • Each day, Flex Learning students will check-in virtually with a teacher in their division. This check-in provides an opportunity for teachers to confirm that students are ready for the day and understand what they need to accomplish. It also helps teachers know if they might need to arrange follow-up support for instruction or other school resources.
    • There will be some additional real-time daily or recurring virtual connection points (like Advisory, Chapel, morning meetings, etc.) that we will provide for students so that they can remain connected to their peers and the larger community.
    • Teachers will not live-stream their daily instruction. However, teachers are allowed to explore collaborative learning opportunities that may sometimes take place in real time. Students who are learning from home might join the class virtually for a real-time collaborative project, to give a virtual presentation, or to play a review game with peers. In these instances, the individual teachers will clearly communicate expectations ahead of time so that students who are learning from home can be present.
  • Will Flex Learning students have access to support services?

    Yes. Students will have access to the same Casady student and tech support services as always. Students, families, and/or teachers will work with the division-level Remote Learning Liaison to arrange the right support from learning specialists or psychological services on an as-needed basis. The Casady IT Help Desk will also be available to help with certain technology troubleshooting concerns.
  • What kind of parent support will be provided?

    All Casady families will have access to a Family Support Page through MyCasady which will include helpful information for families regarding Flex and Remote learning.

    Each division will also have a designated Flex Learning Liaison whom parents can contact if they need division-specific support.

    In addition, our Flex Learning Coordinator, Sandy Nelson, will facilitate regularly scheduled division-level conversations with families of students in the long-term Flex Learning option. This conversation will be an opportunity for us to listen and respond to your questions or feedback.
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