Does the LSC have a tie-back to the brick and mortar school? Is there some alignment there?

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Yes, the LSC has a close relationship with the local school administrator or facilitator and has the ability to send grade updates and course progress as needed. In addition, the LSC will reach out to the brick and mortar school to seek additional support or insight when needed. We also encourage local schools to keep an open line of communication to alert the LSC of critical student information when needed.

Do you survey students to get a sense of engagement? What’s working for them in a digital environment?

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Yes, we send out teacher and LSC surveys one time per semester to obtain student and family feedback. We use this feedback to learn more about what our students need and to continue to grow our practice and increase student and family satisfaction and learning. Other informal surveys and conversations are conducted by ASUPD teachers and LSCs throughout the semester to gauge student interest and seek feedback.

What does a teacher’s schedule look like when they are not in a live lesson?

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Teachers spend their days conducting one-on-one calls, completing DBAs with their students, providing asynchronous feedback on assignments, and meeting with small groups. Teachers also spend time progress-monitoring, customizing pace plans with struggling students, and building relationships with their students and families. They are also coordinating with learning facilitators and LSCs to get extra touchpoints with their students on Zoom when possible.

What does the teacher role look like in an online environment?

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The teacher role in an online environment vs a brick and mortar school is very different. Our teachers are not juggling the synchronous needs of 30 students, 5 times a day. This leaves more time for teachers to ensure that each and every student has a personalized pathway to success in their class. At ASUPD we have a variety of different learners and thus, have a different strategy for each student. Some students join every lesson and are pretty independent. The communication with these students looks a bit different than a student that may be struggling and needs daily contact from their teacher. Since these students are not getting the big group experience as much, the teacher is able to focus their time on personalizing support for each student.

How do you recruit an LSC?

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We recruit LSCs through word of mouth and in our existing network and faculty connections. We are very much embedded in the ASU community, as well as the broader K12 community. We frequently have individuals that recommend this program to a student and then wind up wanting to work in that space. ASUPD seeks candidates who often have a background in counseling or teaching.