"God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love." - Saint Pope John Paul II
Online teachers must set a tone that the virtual world is indeed a setting for high academic rigor and a safe place for students to ask questions, make mistakes, and take academic risks that support their growth as learners. The tips and tools offered below identify specific actions that can be taken to support digital learning.
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Faculty Role in Designing Meaningful Engagement through Digital Learning
To help make this journey smooth, we will follow the guidelines listed below. As new strategies, technologies, and learning models emerge, we may add to this list.
We will follow our normal A and B schedule rotation, beginning Wednesday, March 25 with a B day.
Faculty are expected to:
prepare lessons that will be posted by 8:00am each day in myFatherRyan for students to access; work that is required to be submitted and is assigned a due date will be due by 11:59pm on the posted due date,
take and submit attendance for each class based on work completed and submitted,
provide instruction for approximately 45 minutes per class per day,
be available for at least four (4) posted virtual office hours between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm each school day.
provide students work they can complete independently or collaboratively through myFatherRyan or other technology approved by Father Ryan,
provide formative and/or summative assessments,
grade student work and post grades in a timely manner,
shift sequence of topics, depending on curriculum,
post videos of labs or other experiences that cannot be replicated at home, and
provide alternative lessons that reach the same objectives.
Virtual and digital learning models rely on the use of traditional curriculum materials and resources delivered through the technology tools that are chosen to facilitate or enhance the learning process.
When we consider meaningful student engagement through virtual means, we must think about how to design learning experiences that effectively support the introduction of and interaction with our standard curriculum materials when students are not present in the classroom.
Meaningful engagement through digital learning requires that promising practices in online pedagogy are utilized. Online pedagogy first and foremost requires thoughtful consideration of the communication process: When and through what method will students and their parents be informed of lesson content, lesson activities, and expectations for the demonstration of student mastery?
Communication with students and parents should primarily be through myFatherRyan messages. Father Ryan issued email accounts are also acceptable.
So that everyone would have common knowledge about the features of many online resources, all Father Ryanteachers received training on Thursday, March 12, Monday March 23, and Tuesday March 24. Additionally, faculty members had the opportunity to think about which of the available tools would work best for their students in their individual disciplines.
In consultation with Department Chairs and department teammates, each teacher will make decisions about which virtual platforms will best serve the needs of their students. Teachers will follow the protocol on the Resource Board inside myFatherRyan to have new technologies approved.
As directed by the Bishop, all school activities, athletic practices and competitions through April 24, 2020, are canceled.
The life of our school includes many facets, including clubs, organizations, and athletics. While we may not be able to be together by proximity, be sure to continue to remain in contact with your club moderators and coaches as a way to continue to socialize virtually, remain connected, and be prepared for a return when this period of physical separation is over.
Our coaches and trainers encourage our athletes to stay in shape during this time while practicing the charitable gift of social distancing. Coach Feldman and Coach Sharp share the belief that your physical formation is extremely important during this time. Be on the lookout for team workouts for our student-athletes from their respective coaches.
For more information about clubs and organizations, contact Michelle Mast, Student Activities Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We remain excited and ready to support our graduating seniors during this important time in their preparation for life beyond the halls and campus of Father Ryan. With the recent physical closing of college and university campuses around the country our students may feel even more anxiety about next steps and communicating with their future school.
We also know our juniors are planning college visits and preparing for ACTs and SATs. Many of these tests have been rescheduled, and we encourage these students to visit the College Board website for updates. College Board
If you have additional questions regarding your status or wish to discuss college admissions with your college counselor, please contact them directly.
Christina Williams: office hours 9:00-11:00am. Available for scheduling a phone or video call from 12:00-2:00pm.
Adrienne Spraggins: office hours 1:00-3:00pm. Available for scheduling a phone call or video call from 9:00-11:00am.
Meghan Nordman: office hours 9:00-11:00am. Available for scheduling a phone call or video call from 12:00-2:00pm.
All financial operations will continue during this period, including wages and benefits for employees as they work remotely. Tuition will not be refunded or credited while Father Ryan operates with digital learning. If you have any questions please contact Cathy Turnmyre at email@example.com.
During this time of digital learning, Father Ryan’s Personal Counseling Department will be available to support students’ emotional needs. If your student has an emergent counseling need, we encourage you to contact your student’s primary care physician or outside provider first. All other inquiries can be directed to Rhonda Jones, Director of Personal Counseling, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Personal Counseling Department page of our website will continue to be updated with resources and information for students and families. Personal Counseling Department
All teachers will have posted office hours when students can contact them for any questions, help or clarifications, as needed. You can find these office hours posted on the Bulletin Board of each class page.
Our Cooperative and Academic Support Programs remains an integral part of Father Ryan's learning community. For specific questions about your student, please contact Ann Arnold, Coordinator of Cooperative and Academic Support Programs, at email@example.com.