Remote Instruction Overview
Waco ISD remains committed to offering an excellent educational experience for all students - whether their families select in-person or remote instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. This site will be updated as decisions and plans are made.
Waco ISD’s remote learning plan is a fully virtual model that combines direct, whole group (synchronous) instruction and asynchronous instruction whereby students are working independently. In synchronous learning, students interact directly with the teacher at specified times (examples include live teacher-led lessons using a video conferencing tool, small group discussion and peer collaboration, and individual meetings with teachers). Asynchronous learning occurs at different times, without real-time interaction. Students learn from instruction with pre-recorded videos, pre-assigned work with formative assessments in a learning management systems and communication with teachers via email or learning management system.
Waco ISD will be using Clever as the primary online portal for students to access instructional programs needed for remote learning. Students will use Clever to gain access to Canvas (for sixth grade - 12th grade), Seesaw (PreK – fifth grade), Gmail and G Suite, Microsoft Office and other instructional programming. Also, teachers will be using Zoom to connect live with students, and they will use a number of Zoom best practices to make sure meetings are secure and private.
Each teacher will send a class message to students and families using the Announcement Tool in the designated LMS (Seesaw/Canvas) at the beginning of each week. This message will include an outline for the week, schedules and News to Know.
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Remote Learning Plan
Waco ISD (WISD) will continue to provide rigorous, TEKS-based instruction to all students through an asynchronous learning plan, which includes specified times for daily live, whole group instruction.
PK-5 grade students will use the Seesaw learning management system (LMS), and grades 6-12 will use the Canvas LMS. Students will be asked to log on at designated times for live, whole group instruction with their teachers using Zoom. This type of instruction will happen during the direct teach/minilesson for literacy and math for grades PK-5 and during the direct teach portion of each class for grades 6-12.
While participating in real-time instruction is important, teachers will also be asked to record their lessons and post them to the appropriate LMS, so families can access them in the evening if a student is not able to log on at the designated time.
Students will also engage in synchronous learning at scheduled times for small group work, tutoring, and/or enrichment and extension activities. We encourage students to log in to the LMS during these times because they will provide opportunities to specifically target each student’s individual learning needs.
Our remote learning plan requires the following core instructional minutes per day. These times do not include instructional minutes for fine/arts, electives, and PE in the total calculation:
- PK: 240 minutes per day
- K-5: 240 minutes per day
- 6-12: 250 minutes per day
The required minutes of daily asynchronous and synchronous instruction reflect a minimum of 4 hours of instruction (240 minutes), which is the same scheduled amount of minutes for a full day of in-person instruction provided on campus.