- What is the Glenview Online Academy for Learning (GOAL)? How is it different from Remote+?
- Will GOAL have the same curriculum as in-person learning?
- Who will staff the academy? Will it be current teachers?
- Will GOAL follow the middle school, primary, and intermediate schedules?
- If my child switches in or out from the academy, will she/he have new teachers and a new schedule for school?
- Will there be consistency in curriculum standards? If there is a switch in/out of the academy, will my child miss lessons (have educational gaps)?
- How is the curriculum being developed to ensure there will not be gaps in learning for all students at all grade levels?
- Will there be differentiation in the academy like there currently is in all classrooms? Will this happen at all grade levels?
- Will we continue to accommodate math acceleration in the academy? Or will there only be grade level work?
- How much time is being allocated to each subject across the 5 hours of work being assigned?
- What will the teacher/student ratio be for the academy at each grade level?
- How will Fine Arts be taught? Will supplies be available via pick up?
- Will GOAL include in-person experiences for kindergarten students?
- In GOAL and Remote+, will students be “in class” (synchronous and asynchronous) for during normal school hours?
In all scenarios, District 34 will offer the option for parents to enroll their children in the Glenview Online Academy for Learning (GOAL). GOAL is a PK-8 virtual school that provides students an opportunity to engage in full-time remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year. GOAL will offer:
- Open enrollment (by trimester) to all PK-8 students
- Full registration, attendance requirements and all public education accountability structures
- Utilization of best-practice online learning including, asynchronous, synchronous and off-line experiences
- A commitment to 5 hours of learning for grades 1-8 and 2½ for Kindergarten
- An environment that addresses staff, student and parent feedback from the spring 2020 E-learning model
- Facilitation of all student services, needs and academic requirements
- Implementation of a full complement of social-emotional learning, community building, parent outreach and all characteristics for a positive school culture
- FUN! School/grade virtual assemblies, virtual field trips, events and other such joyful times for families and children
- Opportunities to ensure all children thrive in the GOAL through the integration of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) practices
Remote+ won't be a preference -- it will be dictated by conditions. GOAL will happen in any scenario, even if we are in Remote+. The reasoning is that Remote+ is meant to be temporary, until we are able to move into a Hybrid scenario with some in-person learning. While Remote+ and GOAL will be similar, the GOAL students will continue in the distance-learning environment (with some limited and safe in-person team- and relationship-building opportunities) even if the District declares a move to Hybrid.
It is important to create a schedule that students and families can become accustomed to and support the individual learning of the members of each class. GOAL will follow a schedule that is setup and managed by GOAL leadership and staff. The schedule will include:
- Morning ZOOM meeting for all students to go over the day, the work and to build a class community.
- A conclusion (wrap-up) meeting will occur for each class to help bring the day to a close, answer any questions, and support the students for the work to come the following day.
- In addition to larger class ZOOM meetings, for specific subjects, there will be opportunities for small groups review, instruction, and intervention around topics shared in either large group meetings, or in asynchronous videos / learning opportunities.
- A daily schedule of ZOOM meetings for each subject area addressed that day
At the conclusion of each trimester - students / families will have the opportunity to adjust their placement.
Any movement will bring with it:
- A new teacher / classroom (as the GOAL Staff - will stay in GOAL).
- Continued Alignment to the core curriculum (same in GOAL, REMOTE+, HYBRID, or In-Person)
- A transition period (1 week to adjust to the new setting, get to know the staff, students, and configuration)
- Yes the district will align curriculum standards. The district will be working with all groups to ensure that throughout a trimester, all students are progressing and being exposed to the same curriculum and standards. While there may be some small differences at the conclusion of each trimester (one group could be beginning lesson 5 and another finishing lesson 4), the focus is to be in alignment.
- A child will not miss lessons as much of our curriculum builds upon itself.
As a district - we are utilizing our core curriculum. The adjustments are being made in the delivery mode and not as it relates to the content that is being delivered. With a strong core curriculum, we are able to cross over between environments (Hybrid, Remote +, GOAL, and In-Person) to provide the foundation set forth in each grade-level curriculum.
Yes - Differentiation focuses on providing the right level of support for each learning. As appropriate, both GOAL and REMOTE+ / Hybrid / In-Person staff will utilize strategies to help address gaps for some students, while providing enrichment or extensions for others. This will look different (as it does in a normal year) between classrooms and will be dependent on the subject, the student, and the focus of any one lesson being taught.
The specific ratio has not been finalized as we work on understanding the student population, the staffing configuration, and the overall final setup.
- Staffing will be in alignment with the staffing that is taking place throughout the other areas as we provide equality across each mode of delivering instruction.
Kindergarten students in GOAL absolutely will have in-person orientation, supply pickup and relationship-building experiences. However, where Remote+ classrooms may have additional in-person opportunities throughout the trimester, those will be much more limited in GOAL, as the teachers who are staffing GOAL may be doing so because they are in an at-risk category.