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Parental Involvement

At California Connections Academy, online school parents and other trusted adults supporting the student's education, serve as personal, face-to-face "Learning Coaches." A Learning Coach ensures the student attends school daily and provides the structure a student needs by establishing and managing the daily routine. Our handy online scheduling tool makes it easy to schedule lessons for each subject and combine family and school activities. The Learning Coach also monitors attendance daily, Monday through Friday, ensures student work is completed and makes sure that students attend state examinations as required.

In addition, the Learning Coach stays in touch with the student’s teachers by phone, WebMail (the secure internal messaging system) messages, and online meetings. Your student’s teacher will contact you early in the school year to discuss how you will work together to help your student reach his or her potential.

Understanding the Commitment

Understanding the role of the Learning Coach is key to the success of your online school student. In general, the age of your student determines how much hands-on time you will spend as a Learning Coach.

Online Elementary School—Starting Out Together

In grades K–5, students require a lot of support from caring adults at home and in the online classroom.

Learning Coaches can expect to:

  • Devote about five hours per day (suggested) to overseeing their students’ schoolwork
  • Set the daily schedule with varied activities and breaks
  • Assist with lessons and communicate frequently with the teacher
  • Help monitor student progress and comprehension

Online Middle School—Nurturing Independence and Accountability

As students become more independent and responsible in grades 6–8, Learning Coaches “step back” a bit, and subject-specific teachers “step in” to provide expert online instruction and offline support in math, language arts, science, social studies, and an array of electives.

Learning Coaches support this transition to more independent learning as they:

  • Oversee schoolwork for two to three hours per day (suggested)
  • Assist with some lessons
  • Monitor student comprehension and grades
  • Refer students to teachers as needed
  • Communicate regularly with teachers

Online High School—Students Take the Lead

In grades 9–12, online students start to really take charge of their education—setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future options.

Learning Coaches encourage their students’ growing independence as they:

  • Commit one to two hours per day (suggested) to overseeing schoolwork
  • Verify that lessons and assignments are completed
  • Communicate with teachers, referring students to teachers for help when needed
  • Attend regular teacher conferences

Complete Training and Support

California Connections Academy Learning Coach Mentors, local teachers dedicated to supporting the transition into our unique virtual environment. Additionally, Learning Coach Central, an online resource, is available to Learning Coaches 24/7. For technical support, the Learning Coach may also call a toll-free number to speak with a Connections Academy technical support representative for assistance with installation and troubleshooting. Remove language about teacher conferences in high school section. For all grades, Learning Coaches need to be sure that students are available to speak with teachers on a regular basis.

You’ll also find support available from your student’s teacher, school staff, and other families.