What is Ashland Connect?
The Ashland School District is excited to announce a new option for Ashland students that will allow more flexibility with the time and direction of their education. For students in grades K-8, we are proud to introduce Ashland Connect at JMOS. The foundation of this program is flexible on-line instruction that students can master at their own pace, without the requirement of synchronous learning. Students will have in time teacher support from an on-line instructor, as well as Ashland School District staff that provides pathway planning, consultation to the family to supporting the learning, and a space to get work done with the help of an educational professional throughout the school day. The Ashland teacher matched with your student will support you in keeping your student on track academically and connecting them to the “in real life” opportunities that exist in the school district and our community. As a student in the Ashland School District, they will have access to high quality education, athletics, activities, clubs and more. All of this with the flexibility of deciding what time of day, and the length of time each day, that your student will spend on school.
What curriculum does Ashland Connect provide?
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What is the benefit of using this online provider with the Ashland School District rather than homeschooling?
The benefits are numerous if this is the right fit for your student. One of those being a team of dedicated school district employees who can connect you to other resources that are within the district. We provide weekly or biweekly check-ins to answer any questions and to be an extra extension of support outside of Edgenuity teachers. The ability to connect to your community through outdoor extracurricular activities with covid-19 safety protocols is another extension of this program. Access to material resources are also provided by the school district.
How does Attendance work?
Students should be logging on to Edgenuity and making progress every school day. We track attendance through “activity” on Edgenuity. That might not necessarily mean completing progress in every subject as students may want to focus on one subject per day. However, it is a benefit to follow along with the pacing Edgenuity has laid out to make sure your student is keeping on track. If you would like to pre-clear an absence your student may have, you would contact the attendance clerk through John Muir Outdoor School.
How do I contact my teachers?
Edgenuity has a communication system built in the platform. Your individual course teachers should be reaching out to you on a weekly basis, but as questions arise, please utilize this feature within Edgenuity. You can also book virtual meetings with your teacher through their contact in Edgenuity.
What supplies does my student need?
Supplies are listed within each individual curriculum. The Resource Module will have a course materials list and you can also find it in the Learning Coach tab in each lesson. If materials are a limitation of your students' education, please let us know and we will provide the materials as needed. In addition, teachers can provide alternative materials and even switch up lessons to meet your individual needs.
How many hours a day are expected to complete coursework?
Edgenuity suggests spending 50 – 60 minutes per course per day. For K-5 grade levels, this includes four common core classes: common core math, common core language arts, common core science, and common core social studies. For 6-8 grade levels, there are the same four common core classes by grade level with the optional addition of 1-2 electives. Students should expect to spend 30 minutes a day on elective classes. It is also important to schedule brain breaks, discuss lessons, and set goals outside of Edgenuity for student success.
How do I know if I’m staying on pace with my online courses?
There is a pacing tool within Edgenuity that updates with how many assignments are submitted. While it is a useful tool, we don’t want your student to be hyper focused and stressed about the pacing tool. It is merely a guide to make sure you are moving along in a course. Additionally, the assignments are organized by date in the course map so you know exactly what you should be completing per day.
What if I want to add or drop a class?
Edgenuity allows for a two-week grace period from enrollment for adding or dropping classes. This provides the opportunity to try out a course and make sure it matches your students' needs. If you feel that a course fits this category, reach out to your Ashland Connect support (David Wasserman and Madison Reames).
What if I believe I am ahead of the curriculum?
There is a pre-assessment feature that allows your student to test out of material they already know and advance in a course. It is important to note that his tool will pop up for every new module/lesson prior to start, but will not be available if you are in the middle of a module/lesson. Three attempts are given during the pre-tests, and the highest grade will apply if passing.
What is the difference between Ashland Connect and John Muir Outdoor School?
Ashland Connect is a program within John Muir Outdoor School. Ashland Connect was designed intentionally as an online academy and always will be, so we do not have a hybrid option for in person instruction. However, we know how important it is to have a local school to foster connections and tap into the district resources.
What in-person opportunities are there with the Ashland Connect program, if any?
We will be offering in-person-support for students who might need a quiet place to study, need extra academic support or extensions, or just want to see their peers in the program (physically-distanced and masked of course). We also currently have opportunities for outdoor walking excursions where we visit nearby attractions, such as disk golf on the Southern Oregon University campus and beyond.
How do I apply for the Ashland Connect program?
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