Expanding 21st Century Education
The mission of 196Online is to provide an equitable, personalized and flexible virtual learning community that builds relationships, continues the District 196 “Triple A philosophy,” and inspires the growth and development of all learners. Rigor, relevance and relationships are the cornerstone elements of District 196 and of this comprehensive, fully virtual program that supports every learner in acquiring an on-time high school diploma and ready for career and post-secondary education.
At the middle school level, 196Online builds on the foundational learning students attained in elementary school. The middle school 196Online instructional model is more flexible than the traditional bell schedule. Students in 196Online will spend time accessing and learning content, completing coursework and engaging in teacher feedback independently (asynchronously) at their own pace.
- are capable of working independently at their own pace;
- have a designated space for learning;
- are persistent, self-motivated and disciplined;
- are able to practice consistently and can focus on an assignment even when it becomes challenging;
- are able to communicate with their teacher when they need assistance;
- understand the importance of time management, and
- are comfortable learning in a virtual setting.
The middle school 196Online instructional model is more flexible than the traditional bell schedule. Students in 196Online will spend time accessing and learning content, completing coursework and engaging in teacher feedback independently (asynchronously) at their own pace. There will also be live (synchronous) support provided each school day as described:
Daily Advisory- Each day students will meet with their advisory teacher and fellow classmates where they will check in regarding daily academic tasks, connect as a community, and discuss strategies for learning in an online environment. (30 minutes)
Individual Advisory- Students will have an individual meeting with their advisory teacher twice a month to connect and build relationships, check on progress and attendance, coach and provide feedback. (Time determine based on student need)
Academic Guided Groups- Blocks of time throughout the week will be used for scheduled content-area support sessions. These may be meeting together in whole groups, small groups, or individually based on the academic needs of students. (30 minutes)
Virtual Office Hours- Students will have the ability to connect with the teachers during office hours for any questions, to talk through coursework, and provide learning support. Students demonstrating a need for additional support may be required to attend virtual office hours by the teacher. (Time determined by student need)
Messaging- Utilizing Schoology to communicate questions to the teachers. (Time determined by student need)
Teachers will also be providing students with fair, frequent, and focused feedback around course assignments and projects. The feedback will provide an opportunity for students to learn about misconceptions, clarify current thinking, see gaps between current understanding and desired performance, and/or offer opportunities for self-reflection.
How will this be different from 196 Digital Academy?
Students will have a more flexible schedule where independent (asynchronous) work will be partnered with layers of live (synchronous) support and collaboration. Students will not be expected to attend a Zoom for each class period at a specific time. They will be expected to attend a daily 30 minute advisory with their 196Online Advisory teacher. Students and families can use the layers of real-time support for questions, course help, and checking in. They will be provided a keyboard for the iPad as part of the orientation process. 196Online staff from District 196 will be analyzing data around course completion rates, current grade status, and engagement on a weekly basis and making adjustments based on the data.
If your student has a 504 or other health plans, please contact Lynn.Hernandez@district196.org, the 196Online Coordinator, to meet and discuss levels of support.