In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the national directive to not physically have students and groups of adults on the school premises. Collegiate American School has developed a comprehensive and rigorous virtual learning programme designed to maintain educational standards and deliver, with the support of the latest technology, a quality learning experience.
The school is aware that technical challenges, isolation and possible differences in time zones may present some hurdles in delivering great learning. So, we ask for students, parents and teachers to demonstrate adaptability, flexibility and fortitude as we move forward to really make things work.
We are fully aware our younger students are still developing their independence therefore the teacher-parent partnership will be vital for students to really engage in distance learning tasks and to access on- line resources.
The designed learning tasks and activities will provide direction and support to families with the understanding that task completion depends on each individual families’ circumstances. We recognise that parents may have more than one child to guide, therefore we will provide as much support as required from our side.
Secondary students are generally more independent learners and we very much encourage them to be so when they are in school. But, we also know they need they support, guidance and encouragement to learn at their very best. To this end, our distance learning programme will be very interactive – with significant levels of contact from teachers on a daily basis.
Working in Partnership
To really make distance learning work for the best learning experience and outcomes for students, we all – the school, parents and students have an important role to play.
The School’s Commitment
- Teachers will create learning experiences for students to work at their own pace and take time to absorb content. We will curate and upload resources in advance and use appropriate apps to set work for students
- Teachers will give explicit instructions for consistency and set clear out clear expectations and deadline for completion of tasks
- The school will provide extra support where needed. Teachers will use online collaboration tools to support individual/groups of students who may require extra help with certain concepts/tasks
- Teachers will mark all student work and provide feedback at the earliest opportunity
- The school leadership team and teachers will be online during school hours to provide support, answer questions, or clarify confusion via online systems
- The school will seek student and parent feedback about quality of the learning experience – the amount of work, the pace of work and most of all, how the student and family are feeling through this experience
Expectation of Students (with the support of parents and teachers)
- Be present and on time for online distance learning sessions through the use of Microsoft Teams.
- Actively complete all tasks as assigned by teachers and submit work in expected timescales
- Adhere to the school Distance Learning and all related policies (i.e. Safeguarding and Responsible Use Policy).
- Contact teachers/the school if work is too much/difficult/easy.
- To not record online interactions or the video lessons, or share recorded lessons publicly.
- Report any misuse of online platform by other students to your subject teacher.
It would be incredibly helpful if parents can:
- Provide an environment conducive to learning - access to technology, safe and quiet space during daytime
- Engage in conversations with your child on posted materials, assignments
- Monitor time spent engaging in online and offline distance learning
- Support emotional balance by providing room and time for reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play
- Support your child with managing the deadlines effectively
- Provide feedback on the quality of the learning experience for their son/daughter
The teachers will use appropriate platforms for each grade level groups for effective distance learning. Some of the key platforms being used are:
- Microsoft Teams
- Khan Academy
- Iread Arabic and Ican Arabic
- Academic – Any academic issues should be firstly raised to the following staff members: Homeroom/Subject teacher/Head of Department
- Deputy Head: ES - Rhonda Hearns - firstname.lastname@example.org
- MHS - Karen Nyborg - email@example.com
- Principal: ES - Nick Gastaldi - firstname.lastname@example.org
- MHS - Nishi Saran - email@example.com
- Superintendent: Bruce Major - firstname.lastname@example.org
- IT/Technical issues – Please contact IT Helpdesk (email@example.com) for any issues facing with the technical aspects during the distance learning period.