Online education can strengthen family ties and provide the individual attention children need to thrive, but getting started can be a big change for parents. Get a strong start to your online school year with our wide range of orientation resources and activities. Our onboarding program helps ensure that you receive the support and tools you need to effectively transition to online school.
We provide an online orientation for both Learning Coaches and students. The orientations are designed to familiarize new Connections Academy families with how online school works and what you need to know to be successful. Orientations are available at your convenience, 24/7.
Learning Coach Success Series Onboarding Sessions
Newly enrolled parents can learn more about being Learning Coaches, get parent-tested tips for daily routines and organization, and learn all about Connexus®, our learning platform. Session titles include Getting Ready for the First Day; First Days: What to Expect; and Beyond the First Days. You can also ask questions and get answers! The Success Series includes not only onboarding sessions to get you started, but also sessions to keep you going throughout the year as you support your students. Examples of topics include exceptional students, preparing for college, socialization, motivation, and curriculum. Recordings are available if you miss a session or just want to go back and review.
Resources for New Families
Learning Coach Central, a website containing useful resources for all Learning Coaches offers a wealth of resources and materials to familiarize and support you with our online school program and how it works. You’ll also find links to the Learning Coach Success Series session schedules, the Clubs and Activities program, College and Career program, and more.
Tips for a Successful Learning Environment
Before the school year begins, you will want to plan and prepare to have your student learn at home. Creating a dedicated learning space is key for encouraging productivity. Learn how to design an organized and comfortable workspace for your student to allow him or her to focus and establish good work habits.
Create a Dedicated A+ Learning Space
You can also use the Family Plan template of tasks and guidelines to help discuss the expectations of the school week. By creating an if-then plan, you can prepare for challenges and outline your role and your student’s role.
Your Family Plan for Success
Once you receive your student’s course schedule, you can begin to think about how you will organize the coursework throughout the week. To keep your student’s coursework on track, develop a scheduling plan together using the Connexus® planner or by creating your own daily schedule. You may also choose to create a personalized alternative or block schedule.
Support When It's Needed
Families have access to our searchable online help system, available 24/7. The Learning Coach can also call 1-800-382-6010 to speak with a Connections Academy technical support representative for assistance with installation and troubleshooting. And, your child's teacher and other school staff are available to give support and encouragement when you need it.