110 VIP Drive, Wexford, PA 15090
724-940-1090
Success@TotalLearningCenters.com

Continuity of Education Plan (COEP)

School

Total Learning Centers – Private School

Executive Director

 

Dr. Carol Utay

Address

 

110 VIP Drive

Wexford, PA 15090

Email/Phone

 

Executive Director: drcarol@totallearningcenter.com Cell: 724-272-2582

TLC: success@totallearningcenter.com Center: 724-940-1090

Website

 

www.totallearningcenter.com

 

Goal of Plan

The goal of Total Learning Center’s (TLC) Continuity of Education Plan is to continue each TLC student’s learning momentum by presenting lessons and activities to them and their families in the form of Planned Instruction and Review and Enrichment. We are committed to support our students and families whom, as all of us, have had many changes made to their lives. We seek to continue providing education to our students so they can reach their potential in all aspects of their lives. To this end, TLC will do the following:

 

·        Communicate guidance and expectations for faculty, staff, students, and parents with expectations for student, parents, and teachers.

·        Effectively deliver education using both synchronous and asynchronous formats.

·        Provide optional opportunities for students to engage with the faculty and staff in synchronous meetings.

·        Recognize that this model of instructional delivery is new for some and so will be patient and understanding as faculty, staff, families, and students.

·        Each faculty member will make a good faith effort to deliver the curriculum as it is intended.

·        Ensure that each student’s goals and accommodations are provided to the best of our ability.

 

Overview of Plan

TLC is sensitive to the evolving faculty, staff, and family situations in our community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and wants to provide an educational experience for our students, faculty, and staff that furthers continuity of instruction while being understanding and flexible.

TLC’s online program is intended to continue the synchronous/asynchronous nature of delivering instruction while adding a component that facilitates the “continuity of education” expected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Faculty will continue to deliver instruction in a synchronous and asynchronous format. For example, each teacher will set their own schedule of classes and choose which work will be completed during each student’s choice of times. Students are expected to attend all synchronous classes. Teachers will typically use Microsoft TEAMS which is a safe and secure digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place, letting educators create vibrant learning environments. We can build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with colleagues – all from a single experience.

Asynchronous instruction, which can include lessons, assignments, projects, assessments, activities, etc., will be delivered to students by their teachers. Students then have flexibility throughout the course of the day to use periods of time that are conducive to them to complete the instruction. This approach understands that students have a myriad of other educational and personal demands on their time throughout the day and so they can plan accordingly.

Faculty, as they design the learning experience for students, will provide the appropriate amount of instruction, guided and/or independent activities, and types and frequency of assessments. Each faculty member will make a good faith effort to deliver the curriculum as it is intended.

Each teacher has a schedule for their students including:

·        The time and date of each synchronous class.

·        The expectations for asynchronous work.

·        Working towards progress of IEP goals.

·        Resources are made available to families and students through our individual teacher TEAM sites.

·        We are being as flexible as we can with our families; we are sharing this with them, and many/most are taking advantage of this type of contact.

·        Our school psychologist is available to help support families and students with concerns they may have at this uncertain time.

·        All related service providers (speech, OT/PT, counseling, etc.) have scheduled virtual sessions with their students.

 

Expectations for Teaching and Learning

Planned Instruction is formal teaching and learning similar to that which occurs in a classroom setting. Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction of new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards. Teachers assess the learning of their students and make adjustments to instruction based upon student progress. In order to receive grades and credit, students must attend regularly and complete the course requirements.

Some students will require additional monitoring at home to make certain they are on time to the synchronous instruction and complete their assigned asynchronous work.

In all cases, if students are not attending class or completing work, the parents will be informed and asked to help continue progress.

 

Communication Tools and Strategies

Families are aware that they can contact their teachers, related service providers and administrators through email, voicemail, as well as the Microsoft TEAMS application.

Families have been informed about where to find information regarding their child’s education along with helpful information pertaining to COVID-19.

As needed, mail blasts will be sent to all the families attending TLC.

 

Access (Devices, Platforms, Handouts)

All TLC students have access to technology and internet connectivity that can access our online site – TEAMS.

We learned that most families have access to internet services. If a family does not, they will also have materials that they can use to complete assignments.

 

Staff General Expectations

All staff are following a schedule for developing lessons and then presenting them to students in real time or taped and providing the activities to go with them.

General expectations for faculty include:

Instruction will be a continuation of the curriculum. Faculty will continue to utilize students’ individual goals to guide the delivery of instruction.

·        Assignments that are not technology dependent are appropriate in subject areas that lend themselves to such activities.

·        Where appropriate, faculty will use formative and/or summative assessments to gauge students’ progress.

·        Faculty will have lessons (instruction, assignments, projects, assessments, activities, etc.) for each student each week.

·        Responding to student or parent/guardian inquiries via email or virtual (synchronous) meetings

·        Planning and preparation

·        Creating and posting lessons, assignments, instructional resources, video tutorials, etc.

·        Grading assignments

·        Participating in meetings as necessary e.g., Teachers, IEP, 504, etc.

·        Collaborating with colleagues

·        Participating in training, as needed

 

 

Student Expectations

Students are expected to participate in learning every weekday. In accordance with teacher instructions and in order to receive grades and credit, students must attend regularly and complete the course requirements.

 

Attendance / Accountability

Instruction is being delivered in an asynchronous format. Students are expected to fully participate in the planned instruction provided by their teachers and will be assessed accordingly.

Students are considered present at school each day unless an absence excuse form is submitted by the parent by 8:30 am on the day(s) in which the student will not be able to participate in the instruction. Make-up of student work as a result of an excused absence will be consistent with the classroom policies.

We are taking attendance.

Most students are eager to do their work and receive feedback from their teacher. Parents have been told that if their family is facing obstacles to learning, they are to contact the teacher who will modify to make learning possible.

The teachers will ask the family to rate the students in completing the tasks – independently, with support or not at all.

 

Good Faith Efforts for Access and Equity for All Students

Beginning March 25, 2020, TLC started the implementation of learning at home instruction with all of TLC students in order to provide continuity of educational services during the school building closure. TLC will continue to provide students with disabilities with an appropriate education to the maximum extent feasible during this time. Students with disabilities will also have access to instructional materials and specially designed instruction remotely.

Related Services, including counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language services will continue to be provided remotely as well.

Special Education Supports

Students with disabilities will have access to instructional materials and specially designed instruction remotely. Related Services, including counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language services will continue to be provided remotely as well. Examples of methods that may be used to provide specially designed instruction and related services remotely include Microsoft TEAMS or other video conferencing, phone calls, email, worksheets, videos, and/or consultation or planning with parents to monitor progress. The student’s special education teacher and related service providers will contact families to discuss how instructional materials and services will be provided to the student.

We are providing our “good faith” effort to implement IEPs with the education and related services they need.

We also learned how each family can access the services and we are providing the education in the modality appropriate for them.

 

Building/Grade Level Contacts

General

Total Learning Centers 724-940-1090

success@totallearningcenter.com

 

Executive Director

drcarol@totallearningcenter.com or 724-272-2582

 

Teaching and Other Responsibilities

drjoe@totallearningcenter.com (Director, Counseling and Evaluations)

leah@totallearningcenter.com (Lead Special Education Teacher)

jt@totallearningcenter.com (After School Director and Test Prep Coordinator)

ryan@totallearningcenter.com (Social Worker)

heather@totallearningcenter.com (Math and Science Coordinator)

suzette@totallearningcenter.com (Running Club Sponsor)

nicholas@totallearningcenter.com (Home School Coordinator)

stephen@totallearningcenter.com (After-School Tutor)

 

Additional Administrators

danny@totallearningcenter.com (Administrative Support)

ashley@totallearningcenter.com (Office Manager, Financial Information)

victoria@totallearningcenter.com (Marketing/Communications, Social Media)

christine@totallearningcenter.com (Testing Coordinator)

 

Resource Links

Total Learning Centers information is available at www.totallearningcenter.com

Resources for students and parents/guardians are available.

 

10% Happier: https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide

Calm: https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath

Balance: Meditation that adapts to you, including free one year membership.

Investigate Student’s Strengths and Weaknesses:

University of Pennsylvania VIA Survey of Character Strengths at https://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/home 

National Association of School Psychologists: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

Download TLC’s COEP here.

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