P/K-5 Teacher

Responsibilities, Resources, & Support

Important Announcements

Archive of Past Announcements

❗️ K-5 Students Having Trouble With i-Ready On APS Chromebook? This help sheet will show you how to fix your chromebook screen so you can see i-Ready properly. Spanish Help Sheet here

💥🆕 Grid View - Now for Google Meet! 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.

💥🆕 Teachers: Google Meet is Now Available Through Classroom!

This development is game changing because it does not allow the student to join the meeting unless the teacher has joined. Here's the 3min video tutorial of this new process: Creating a Meet through Google Classroom

ℹ️ The Genius Bar is open! Get help from our very own experts in instruction, content, ed tech integration, and digital library. Schedule personalized support in a 1:1 or small group online setting, or just pop in to say "Hi!" during office hours. All questions are GREAT questions!



Weekly schedule:

  • 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

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.

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

Google Classroom

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.

Office Hours

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

  • Extending an ELAchieve Unit

  • CLDE Helpful Websites to Support Learning for MLLs

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

Mental Health Support

For students:

  • 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.

For staff:

  • 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

iReady Reading

Math Instruction

iReady Math

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.

Video - Logging into Clever from Home Computer

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.

Google Classroom

Manage teaching and learning with Classroom

Classroom helps students and teachers organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.

Choice Reading

Sora eBook and Audiobook Library Over 6000 ebooks and audiobooks curated for Aurora Public School's PK-12 students.

ELD Language Supports

ELD Online Resources

ELAchieve Email

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.

How To

Need Personalized Human Help?

The Genius Bar is now open! Get help from our very own experts in instruction, content, ed tech integration, and digital library. Schedule personalized support in a 1:1 or small group online setting, or just pop in to say "Hi!" during office hours. All questions are GREAT questions!

For technical issues: Email the APS help desk - helpdesk@aurorak12.org

How To Use Your Home Computer For Instruction

Download and install Google Chrome

Short Video on syncing Chrome

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 your Google email and password

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.

Quick Video - Assign Lessons

Quick Video - Class Monitoring

Quick Video - Student Monitoring

Webinar - iReady Reading - Online Lesson Assignment

Webinar - iReady Math - Online Lesson Assignment

Webinar - iReady Administrator

Article - iReady Support - Get the Most from Online Instruction

Website - iReady at Home

How To Get Started Using Google Classroom.

💥See all Google Classroom Tutorials Here

💥How to Post Your Daily Connection Meeting on Google Classroom

Unsure where to start? See some sample Google Classrooms

Google Classroom "Cheat Sheet"

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

Video Tutorial on Setting Up Hangouts

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.

Google Meet

How to record a Google Meet

Example of a Google Meet Linked in Classroom

How to Post Your Daily Connection Meeting on Google Classroom

How to Get a Grid View of Your Students ala "Brady Bunch" Style

How to Use Infinite Campus for Communication & Google Info

Help Sheet for Sending Google Information

How to Run a Report for Student Google Information

How to Use IC Messenger to send Email to Parents and/or Students

Getting Started With Sora eBooks

Click here for a helpsheet on getting started with Sora, or click here for video instructions