Responsibilities, Resources, & Support
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Connect with students daily via Google Classroom (live or recorded)
For preschool half day programs please schedule this window for the morning and afternoon sessions.
Provide opportunities for individual 1:1 Google Hangouts sessions with students when appropriate
Communication with students
Create a “topic” in Google Classroom where you will post your Google Meet daily connection hangout link and any daily messages
Post the P-5 Daily Virtual Learning Pathway 3-26-20 resource in Google Classroom. Please make sure this final version is in your google classroom.
Communication with families:
One initial communication sent to parents/guardians on March 31
Update all parents/guardians once a week
All of these resources are available via the P-5 Daily Virtual Learning Pathway 3-26-20 document which should be posted in Google Classroom.
English Language Development: planning lessons with connections to content area instruction & ELD blackline masters
Teachers can choose to post additional instructional resources and create additional opportunities for student interaction and enrichment in their Google classroom
Assessment / Grading
Monitor all students’ progress on iReady and monitor through MTS Gold
Check-in with students and parents as necessary
During student check-in meetings, feedback needs to follow norms for effective feedback: specific, timely, and actionable
Feedback is even more important in online spaces because they lack teacher, peer, and environmental feedback
Every class will be connected to a Google Classroom where teachers can interact with students, post additional supplementary materials, and create opportunities for students to engage in discourse with each other. Teachers will need to create these spaces for each of their rostered sections, if they do not have them already.
Make sure to post the following items on Google Classroom: P-5 Daily Virtual Learning Pathway 3-26-20, suggested resources (iReady and DiscoveryEd, accessed via Clever), and optional supplemental resources.
Provide opportunities for students to collaborate via Google Hangouts or Meet and via the Question discussion feature in Classroom. If you are unsure about how to use Google Hangouts, Meet, or Classroom, scroll down to the bottom of this page for links to tutorials.
Regular office hours provide students an opportunity to ask questions, get feedback, and check-in with the teacher.
We know that this time will be hard for many students in terms of being cut off from friends and teachers. Teachers should be available to check-in with students for a variety of needs, including just to say hello.
How do teachers hold office hours?
For a quick 1:1 chat with video as an option, use Google Hangout with your student.
For a set time meeting with groups of students, set up a Google Meet and link it to your Google Classroom.
Accessibility considerations: Ask students to turn on the closed captioning function in Google Meet.
Encourage Students To Read At Least 30min Daily
They can read a book or check out and read/listen to an eBook through the APS eBook library called Sora. There are additional resources for students and families in the Daily Virtual Learning Pathway
You can check out eBooks, too! 😉
Supports for English Language Learners
Below are suggestions that offer students to continue practicing language via a variety of resources; both ELAchieve specific and additional ideas connected to core content areas. We advocate that students have a topic to engage with and then have multiple opportunities to practice (both orally and in writing) target language connected to that topic.
Embedded Language Supports:
The goal for elementary teachers is to provide embedded supports throughout the day. It is not an expectation that dedicated ELD be explicitly taught through the remote learning format. Instead, teachers are charged with ensuring multilingual learners have access to language supports as needed.
Should a principal provide an expectation to meet with a small grou p of multilingual learners virtually, the links below are available to support you in structuring your time with students.
ELAchieve Blackline Masters: Share with your students only the specific document that you will be using to support learning. For ELAchieve Blackline Masters - username
Connections to Content Area Instruction:
Consider the content students are engaged with during other parts of their ‘day’.
Language frames by language function and language level: Share with your students only the frames they need for the lesson rather than the whole document
Directions for setting up Flipgrid: Check out this Flipgrid resource from the Ed Tech department that provides links to “how-tos” as well as other ideas on how to effectively use Flipgrid. You can use Flipgrid to have students engage in virtual discussions with you and their peers during this period of online practice.
Short Constructed Response Template (Upper Elementary)
Language Services Support
Here are instructions on how to use both phone interpretation agencies we contract with and below. Be prepared to provide your employee ID when calling in.
CTS Language Link (first choice) 1-888-338-7394 Access Code: 24815
Telelanguage (in case an interpreter is not available with the first company) 1-800-514-9237 Access Code: 25800
Google Translate - Watch this video to learn how to use the Chrome extension
Mental Health Support
During the extended school closure, after school hours or on the weekend call Colorado Crisis Services at 844-493-TALK (8255), or text “Talk” to 38255. This service is available 24/7 year-round. If this is an emergency please dial 911.
The walk-in clinic is available between 8:00am and 11:00pm daily at Anschutz Medical Campus 2206 Victor Street, Aurora, CO 80045
On and after March 30, between 8:00am and 3:30pm you can contact your student’s school counselor, social worker, or psychologist through Google Hangouts. Please go to the remote learning website to find the name and contact information for the school mental health provider.
Professional counselors can help you manage any type of problem with complete confidentiality, 24 hours a day.
Guidance Consultants can assist you at 1-888-324-2631 or visit guidanceresources.com and register using the organization web ID: APS to create your own personal login.
Completely confidential - APS will never know if you use this program.
English Language Arts (ELA) Instruction
Students Use Clever To Access Everything
The Clever Portal will automatically be signed in and all resources available when students sign in to Google Chrome.
The Clever Portal has sections at the top of the page called "Remote Learning" with buttons that will take students to school content, eBooks, Google Classroom, and back to this website.
Manage teaching and learning with Classroom
Classroom helps students and teachers organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.
Sora eBook and Audiobook Library Over 6000 ebooks and audiobooks curated for Aurora Public School's PK-12 students.
ELD Language Supports
Chat & Video With Your Students
Google Hangouts - For quick chat and "lite" video teleconferencing.
Google Meet - For a more "formal" webinar-style video teleconferencing including features like recording and live closed captioning (great for ELL students!). The grid view extension for Google Meet has now been loaded onto all staff and students Chrome browsers. See this video to learn how to use it.
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How To Use Your Home Computer For Instruction
Go To & Log In To Clever
Use this link to get to APS Clever: clever.aurorak12.org - Use your Google username and password if prompted.
Video - How to sign in to Clever using the Clever Badge (easier for young children)
How To Get Started Using iReady
❗️ K-5 Students Having Trouble With iReady On APS Chromebook? This help sheet will show you how to fix your chromebook screen so you can see iReady properly.
How To Get Started Using Google Classroom.
How To Use Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a tool that you will use to chat via text with your students and colleagues - Learn more about it here
How To Use Google Meet
Google Meets is a tool that allows you to do your daily video check-ins with students. Learn how to set up Meet in the video below.