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Learning@Home Parent University

As we continue with Learning@Home, GCISD wishes to provide additional resources with its Learning@Home Parent University WebEx sessions. The purpose of Learning@Home Parent University is to provide guidance for parents in creating a successful home learning environment.

A variety of topics will be covered, and they have all been selected based on feedback from GCISD parents. If you would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming Learning@Home Parent University sessions, please take this brief survey.

Upcoming and Archived Sessions

The below list of sessions is subject to change. There is no need to register for sessions. Simply click the "Join Session" link when it is time for the session to begin. If prompted, the password for each event is school.

Tuesday, April 21 - 2:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
GCISD's Executive Director of Learning will be joined by elementary teachers to provide tips/guidance on setting up routines and structures for at-home learning. They will discuss routines, boundaries, rules, incentives and more.

Thursday, April 23 - 2:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
GCISD's Executive Director of Learning will be joined by secondary teachers to provide tips/guidance on setting up routines and structures for at-home learning. They will discuss time management, organizational strategies and more.

Friday, April 24 - 10:00 a.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
GCISD's Executive Director of Learning will be joined by the District's Literacy Intervention Coordinator and a Special Services Case Manager to discuss how to use accessibility features to support students with special needs.

Tuesday, April 28 - 4:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
Members of the Instructional Technology team will be joined by elementary teachers to discuss the technology that elementary students are using.

Thursday, April 30 - 4:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
Members of the Instructional Technology team will be joined by secondary teachers to discuss the technology that secondary students are using.

Friday, May 1 - 12:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
GCISD librarians and instructional coaches will discuss how to cultivate reading and writing practice at home.

Monday, May 4 - 12:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
GCISD’s Director of Advanced Academics will lead a panel discussion on the topic of recently released information from College Board about the upcoming Advanced Placement exams.

Tuesday, May 5 - 1:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
Elementary and secondary counselors will discuss social and emotional supports for students. They will cover dealing with anxiety, naming emotions, supporting social interaction and much more.

Wednesday, May 6 - 3:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF)) - En español
This session will be presented in Spanish by GCISD's Director of World Languages who will be joined by dual language teachers to teach Spanish speaking parents how to access and use some fun resources for reading at home.

Sesión de la Universidad para Padres de Familia en Español: Recursos Divertidos Para Leer en CasaSi usted está buscando pasatiempos entretenidos, interactivos y excitantes para sus hijos, no se pierda la presentación divertida de continuemos leyendo en casa. Nos vemos por WebEx el miércoles 6 de mayo a las 3 de la tarde.

Thursday, May 7 - 1:00 p.m. (Watch Replay | Presentation Notes (PDF) | Translatable Notes)
Counselors from all high schools will discuss the continuation of college preparation for students. They will cover college application preparation, preparing for your junior and senior years of high school, arena scheduling and much more.


Learning@Home Frequently Asked Questions

Learning

If schools will be closed for the school year, what are the plans to gear students up for success next school year?

Plans are already underway to design fall learning plans that take into account the unconventional environment of the fourth nine-weeks of the current school year. This will include adding in some review experiences that pertain to the content which was on the scope and sequences of the prior grade/course, assessment opportunities designed to ascertain where learning gaps may exist, and plans for providing supplemental or additional support for those students needing extra help.


How do we keep our learners motivated with so little work to do, no state testing, and the reality of not returning to school this year?

Students’ practice and time spent in reading, writing, mathematical thinking, language fluency, and the content learning in social studies and science will be more important than ever once we return to school. Continuing to work our “mental muscles” will reduce the amount of catching up we’ll need to do upon the resumption of normal classes.

Educators know that motivation can come in the form of extrinsic rewards (grades, praise by others, etc…) and intrinsic rewards (natural curiosity, the feeling of meeting goals or experiencing achievement, etc…). As you guide your students at home, it’s wise to draw upon whichever type of motivation that is most likely to help keep your child engaged. More support and specific examples of these strategies can be found by viewing the archives of Parent University sessions from April 21 (elementary focused) and April 23 (secondary focused).


Is all of the material mandatory? I work from home and find it difficult to make sure the children are up to date on material. At times I’m not sure how to reply or participate in daily work on some of the material provided.

There are many challenges for remote learning for parents, students, and teachers. Throughout this entire school closure, the District will provide learning experiences that correspond with students’ enrolled grade/courses, but there is also an awareness that participation levels may vary day-by-day, week-by-week, and family-by-family. For the sake of routines, which help to provide a sense of certainty during these uncertain times and of learning, which is important to continue in order to be prepared for the next grade/course, effort toward class assignments is important. However, it is important to give yourself and your children grace during this season. If your family needs flexibility on timelines, amount of work, or participation in any way, communicate these needs to teachers. It is our goal to keep as many students as possible as engaged as possible in learning. We realize that this might require a level of flexibility and customization that might not have been possible or necessary in a face-to-face setting.


Can I request a STAAR practice test online?

STAAR practice tests can be found on the TEA website or an online version of the STAAR practice test can be found here by downloading the appropriate STAAR ONLINE TESTING SECURE BROWSER. The online practice tests will NOT provide feedback or a 'grade'. Students would need to write down the answers and then use the answer keys provided on the TEA website under Released Test Forms and Answer Keys (Online Version).


Are there any special updates for dual language students?

To the degree that is possible, students enrolled in GCISD’s Dual Language Academy are continuing with their 50/50 model for instruction in both languages. Once face-to-face instruction resumes, teachers will work with students to identify any gaps in learning and continue the high quality instruction to ensure that any lost fluency of language is restored.

Technology

How can I obtain elementary aged child’s passwords to all apps on the school iPad, especially their school Google account?

In order to protect your child’s personally identifiable information, we do not disclose the default username and password format publicly. Your child’s teacher should be able to share the username format and/or reset the password if needed. All District provided apps have the same username and password format. Campus purchased resources may vary.


I'm having difficulty keeping up with finding all of the resources and multiple log-ins for my student. Is there an easier way to get to all of the resources?

The District uses Classlink as the main portal or hub for online resources. The benefit to Classlink as a “single sign-on” tool is that once a student logs in, it automates their access to all of the other District resources. Students access Classlink by going to http://classlink.gcisd.net/ and logging in with their district username and password.