Resources for Families



Trying to find something educational for your family? Go ahead – download a daily schedule or brush up on best practices on learning from home strategies.

Whether you’re new to distance learning or you’re back for more resources, start below.

We’ve sifted through our 20 years of experience in online learning to compile this list of tips, resources, and answers to your top FAQs. Check back often, as new resources will be added regularly.

Best Practices for Learning Online: Tips for Parents

 

Watch this webinar to learn how to help your students learn online from home. Topics include how to set up your home for success, ways to motivate students and ensure they meet school expectations, tips for supporting multiple students in the home, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions for Families

 

A few of the Connections Academy schools are open. You can visit the school enrollment pages for more information.

If you have an immediate need to enroll in online school, Pearson Online Academy, a tuition-based online private school for students in grades K-12 in the US and across the globe that utilizes the Connections Academy program is available. As a private school, there is a cost to attend and financial assistance available that cuts tuition in half for the duration of your schooling at iNaCA. There are no-interest payment plans.

As states throughout the country direct public schools to close to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, we will continue to follow their guidelines.

At Connections Academy online schools, students attend school from home every day and teachers can teach remotely, even when traditional schools may be closed (snow days are an example of this). Connections Academy online schools should experience little disruption to the normal online school schedule.

Connections Academy schools allow you to connect with teachers, lessons, and classmates online. Students have the flexibility to access school anywhere there is an internet connection at a time of the day when learning works best for them. In an online environment, each student's experience can be personalized. Teachers have access to real time student data allowing them to modify instruction, practice skills and offer more resources.

Although Connections Academy and homeschooling have some similar attributes, Connections Academy is not homeschooling. All Connections Academy schools are public schools. Connections Academy schools provide a defined set of curriculum materials that have been specifically aligned to local standards and use certified teachers to evaluate student performance.

Connections Academy students often lead busy lives, and this online flexibility allows for learning when it works best for them. Students will need to be available for teacher-led online classroom LiveLesson® sessions but are able to choose how to arrange their free time in between. For some students, scheduling breaks in between lessons may be the answer to optimized learning. For others, leaving time for extracurricular activities is key. Check out the Connections Academy Resource Hub to see some examples of sample schedules.

Just like in a bricks-and-mortar school, the most successful students have parents who are involved in their education. We recommend that a parent or other trusted adult serve as a Learning Coach to support the student’s learning. Each family does this differently, and the role largely depends on the age of the student. For instance, students in high school are encouraged to work more independently, whereas elementary-age students will need more support while completing lessons. Some of the ways families may support learning include providing daily structure, communicating with teachers, and helping students stay on track.