With homeschooling, parents serve as the child’s teacher for all K–12 subjects. They plan all lessons, assignments, and tests. To monitor the comprehension and academic achievement of a distance-learning student, parents must also grade all student work.
At Connections Academy-supported online public schools, homeschool students work with caring, certified teachers who are specially trained to engage students in online learning by developing a personalized learning plan for each of their students.
Online school teachers periodically meet with students for real-time reviews or instruction in a virtual classroom. They also grade student assignments, evaluate comprehension, and provide ongoing feedback to students by phone and email. They’re available to parents and students to answer questions and may give extra one-on-one help when needed.
A Connection Academy parent participates in their child’s education as a Learning Coach. Although every family does this a little differently, many Learning Coaches choose to help kids stay on track by structuring the daily schedule, making sure schoolwork gets done, and providing reminders, encouragement, and motivation when needed.
Virtual school makes it easy for parents to know exactly what their child is learning, because they have easy access to the curriculum and assignments through the school’s website. This enables them to tie school learning to real-life situations and discuss topics in terms of the family’s values and beliefs. Parents can also check the online grade book to keep track of their student’s progress.