Academics

  • Back To School 20|21

  • New in eLearning for the 2020/21 School Year

    BCPS continues to support our students’ academic, social, emotional, developmental, and mental health growth and remove any barriers to such services in the eLearning space. The goal is to build knowledge, develop skills, and provide resources to empower staff as they support student success. 

    Examples of how the Office of Academics works in tandem with other areas include:

    • Taking student attendance. Teachers will take attendance and record the information in Pinnacle, which is the system used by the District to capture attendance. Attendance will be based on the student’s presence in the digital classroom. Students will be counted during their scheduled class time. The District understands there may be unique circumstances faced by families due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parents/guardians should contact their child’s school regarding any concerns over daily student attendance.

    • Providing learning structure and support to schools and teachers. An enhancement to eLearning since last spring is the new BCPS eLearning mode, which enables students to follow daily bell and class schedules online, similar to how they would in a face-to-face setting.

    • Personalizing instruction to meet individual student needs. The District recognizes students may have varying needs regarding the level of academic support necessary following the transition to eLearning last school year and the summer break. Teachers, administrators and staff have been working hard to develop plans for identifying these needs and adjusting instructional methods to close gaps, ensure students stay on track for grade level learning, and provide enrichment opportunities to enhance academic experiences.

      Teachers are monitoring student progress through a variety of tools and resources, providing small group and individualized instruction with face-to-face online interactions, and ensuring ongoing communication with parents/guardians regarding their child’s progress.

    • Supporting student/teacher interaction through technology. Students interact with their teacher and peers each day through a secure video conferencing application, Microsoft Teams. Recent enhancements to Microsoft Teams implemented by the District allow teachers to see their entire class simultaneously. Students are also able to see their classmates and teacher and interact with them in their virtual classrooms.  Through Microsoft Teams, teachers can divide students into collaborative groups and use Microsoft shared files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) to work on class projects.

    • Providing Outreach and Guidance for Parents. While some families are aware of and comfortable with the technology BCPS uses to deliver content to students, we realize there are many who may feel overwhelmed. BCPS is working to improve its communication to families regarding how students access classes in Canvas and via Microsoft Teams.  Parent guides, as well as video tutorials, will be available online to provide families with the information they need. Schools are also hosting virtual Open Houses to familiarize families with specifics on their school and teacher classrooms.  Families can call their school to get answers to their specific questions from staff working onsite or remotely. 

    • Using Assessments.  Teachers use diagnostic assessments, as well as group and individual projects, to determine student level of mastery of skills and standards for success. Students who need assistance can access their teacher’s Canvas page for support and resources, as well as tap into pre-recorded lessons.

    • Focusing on Teacher-Student Relationships and Social-Emotional Learning. BCPS is focused not only on academic success, but also on social and emotional learning and stability for students. Teachers will make every effort to connect with students and parents regularly as they would in a normal school setting.  After-hours support is also being provided.

    • Supporting Complex Learners. BCPS will reach complex learners through eLearning at the start of the school year and, when it is safe to do so, determine which learners can receive face-to-face support on campus. 

    • Supporting English Language Learners (ELL). Tools, such as Immersive Reader and Imagine Learning, are available for second language learners.