Distance Learning Curriculum

Models of Instruction

Due to state and local health mandates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Wiseburn USD will employ distance learning during the 2020-21 school year.

In the fully distance learning model, instruction would be entirely online and at-home. In the hybrid model stages of instruction, distance learning will complement in-person instruction.

The WUSD 2020-21 distance learning program would include all components of school accountability, including attendance, completion of schoolwork, and assessment, with the continuous progression through rigorous grade level standards.

After a review of curricular options including vendor demos and surveys with teaching staff, Wiseburn USD has selected two learning management programs that provide additional resources in the distance learning model.

These programs enrich teacher’s custom lesson plans while keeping all of your student’s lessons, assignments, and messages in one place. They also leverage the capabilities of online curriculum to provide equity in learning for all students.

Wiseburn aims to provide ample opportunities to our students and families and caregivers for training and support in using distance learning management programs and platforms.

While this page only covers the curriculum platforms, more information about student schedules, attendance expectations, social and emotional health, and childcare is forthcoming from Wiseburn. Families and caregivers will be notified as policies are finalized via the district email list (if you are not already receiving communications, sign up here).

Aug. 8 school board session on distance learning curriculum

For TK-5 grades: SchoolsPLP

SchoolsPLP’s digital curriculum choices make it easy for students to focus on the basics – letter/sound recognition, social and emotional development, communication, counting, recognizing and predicting patterns, simple graphing, physical education, rules and consequences, cursive handwriting, and more.

Key Features
  • Student Self Checks and Reflection
  • Engaging videos
  • Learning Management System
  • Conferences
  • Pre & Post tests for goal setting and growth
  • Fosters Collaboration
  • Student Objective Mastery
  • Pre- Post- Assessments
  • Attendance Tracking
  • Learning Management System
  • Student Self-Monitoring
  • Individualized Learning Pathways
  • ...and more!
Students are provided with...
  • Core subject instruction in Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Electives and Physical Education
  • Recorded content, learning practice and opportunities to demonstrate content mastery.
    • Teach It; Read It; Watch It; Play It; Practice It, Show It (end of unit - Mastery Assess It)
  • Student Dashboard: Checklists, time on task and mastery progression
  • Access to all curriculum and links to additional resources and Zoom meetings.
  • Caregivers can access student accounts to monitor progress and support learning
Teachers are provided with...
  • Units, lessons, videos, formative assessment, activities
  • Teacher Dashboard: Student progress, time on task, allows for differentiation of content
  • Learning Management System (LMS) and grading passback in sync with PowerSchool
  • Integrates with other online programs that are already in place (Zoom, STMath, Keyboarding without Tears, etc.)
  • Announcements allow teacher-student messaging safely within the program

For 6-8 grades: Arizona State University (ASU) Digital Middle School (M.S.) Experience

The ASU Digital M.S. Experience is a hub for all your middle schooler’s classes in one learning management system. This platform empowers students to monitor their learning and goals and fosters collaboration between families/caregivers, teachers, and students.

Wiseburn will be recording custom videos exploring the platform to provide training to our families and caregivers.

Students are provided with...
  • Core subject instruction in Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Electives
  • Electives in Spanish, instrumental music, theater and visual arts, PLTW
  • Physical Education courses
  • Engaging curriculum that combines the best of online and offline, hands-on activities in layers of learning that foster deeper discovery
  • Live lessons that include discussion, community building and continuous learning
  • Personalized one-on-one instruction
  • Support activities both on and offline
Teachers are provided with...
  • Units, lessons, videos, rubrics, assessments
  • Target instruction based on essential standards, knowledge checks and support
  • Ongoing use of CANVAS as the learning management system (LMS)
  • Access to live and virtual professional learning options throughout the year
  • Flexibility in lesson design

Additional Supports

Wiseburn Family Distance Learning Technology Guide 2020-2021

In addition to the learning management platforms (Schools PLP and ASU Digital M.S. Experience), Wiseburn teachers may use additional, complimentary apps to enhance their creative approaches to distance learning instruction.

Many of these apps were used during the first semester of distance learning in Spring 2020. Due to popular demand from students and teachers alike, families and caregivers can expect any combination of applications may be used depending on each teacher’s lesson planning.

  • Flipgrid and Seesaw: Platforms that provide an ability for students to articulate their thoughts verbally through video
  • Google Suite: Flexible, secure, and easy-to-use tools that are free and built for education
  • edpuzzle: Platform that allows teachers to easily create interactive video lessons
  • Kahoot!: A game-based learning platform that brings engagement and fun
  • Whiteboard.fi: An online whiteboard teachers can use as a teaching tool

 

More information about student schedules, attendance expectations, and social and emotional health is forthcoming from Wiseburn. Families and caregivers will be notified as policies are finalized via the district email list (if you are not already receiving communications, sign up here).