E-Learning Academy FAQs
When will students receive their login information for Courseware or Calvert Learning?
Students will be able to log-in to Courseware or Calvert Learning using their Clever Account. Instructions regarding Clever login can be found here.
When will we learn more about the E-Learning Academy my child enrolled in?
Muskogee Public Schools has scheduled a Virtual Parent Meeting to provide parents with additional information. The dates are as follows:
Elementary Virtual Parent Meeting (PreK-5th grade): Tuesday, August 18th @ 3:30
Secondary Parent Meeting (6th grade, 7th/8th grade, MHS): Thursday, August 20th @ 3:30
Can my child move out of the program during the school year?
Yes. The deadline for your child to move back into the regular school program is September 11, 2020. An evaluation of all student progress will occur weekly to ensure that students are in “good” standing to continue in the E-Learning Academy. At semester, changes may occur for students who are “not in good” standing.
When will E-Learning Academy school start?
Classes will begin for students on Monday, August 31, 2020.
The school day times are as follows:
Elementary(K-5th grade): Start Time - 7:50 a.m. End Time - 2:50 p.m.
Secondary (6th grade, 7th/8th grade, MHS): Start Time - 8:30 a.m. End Time - 3:30 p.m.
Will my child’s teacher will have regular office hours?
Yes, your child’s teacher will have regularly scheduled office hours to provide help when needed. A regular time will be set for elementary and secondary sites and publicized for your information. Additionally, parents will be able to regularly contact their child’s school counselor if they need additional support.
When will my child meet their teacher; receive their schedule?
Registration is officially closed and we are currently assigning students to their E- Learning teacher(s). Once that process is complete, your child’s teacher will send you an introductory email.
All students will begin receiving their classes and schedules during the week of August 10th - 14th. Teachers will be reaching out to parents during the first week of class to have further conversations with you and your child about the E-Learning Academy experience.
How will the courses be delivered?
In partnership with EdOptions, we have developed a K–12 virtual school (E-Learning Academy) that is rigorous, engaging, and built to state and national standards. All of the courses will be taught by a Muskogee Public School Teacher who is state-certified and a highly qualified educator.
Teachers will be available to help students understand class material and stay on track to achieve their academic goals. Our teachers will communicate regularly with students and families. MPS’ technology department has systems in place to allow for secure methods of communication, the management of student grades, assignments, and assessments.
What do the virtual courses look like?
The partnership with EdOptions incorporates an engaging, age-appropriate learning experience through the use of Calvert Learning (Elementary) and Courseware (Secondary) that emphasizes real-world applications. Learners are actively engaged and frequently interact with the content. Students will be able to apply what they have learned, practiced, and check for understanding. Students will also experience a variety of project-based learning (PBL) activities that teach 21st-century skills for workplace effectiveness, helping them to develop higher-order thinking skills, and increases course engagement through student agency.
Are online courses less challenging than traditional courses?
No, the E-Learning Academy has been designed to follow the district curriculum and affords students the flexibility of working virtually. EdOptions offers a comprehensive K-12 curriculum and diagnostic assessment correlated to rigorous state and national standards. The curriculum employs a variety of learning activities to actively engage students and foster critical thinking.
Will my child just be doing busy-work or worksheets?
No, the courses have been carefully developed and designed to engage learners in the following ways:
Problem-based activities and engaging projects that challenge students to apply what they learn in deeper, more meaningful ways.
Exposure to engaging activities designed to meet the needs of diverse learners, including videos, audio content, and problem-based interactive lessons and virtual labs.
Instructional approaches are designed for students whose families are enthusiastic about partnering with educators and facilitating a highly personalized learning journey.
Is my child just learning from a computer?
No. Students enrolled in the E-Learning Academy will learn from their assigned teacher as well as other educators who are trained in the subject area. A common misconception is that students take online courses or attend online schools because they can “learn from a computer.” In fact, students rarely, if ever, learn from a computer. They learn using online instructional materials, adaptive software, and engagement with adults and peers who are involved in the learning process.
My child needs extra support, how do they get it?
E-Learning Teachers will be available to provide instruction and support to their students as they learn to navigate virtual learning. Teachers are available for 1:1 support during their scheduled office hours and will provide weekly live lessons around content-specific topics. Additional support will be provided through on-demand help from the available instructional videos.
As a parent how can I monitor progress?
For virtual learning to be successful, we encourage parents to be fully engaged with their student’s learning and progress. Parents will be provided with login information so they can see the progress of their student(s) at any time. Parents will also have access to pacing and progress monitoring tools to help students stay on track.
Will parents have a parent portal to access their children's grades and see what work is done and needs to be done? Will there be a lesson plan to follow either weekly or monthly to help parents help their children learn?
Yes, parents will be able to monitor their child’s progress. Your child’s teacher will be expected to communicate with you regularly to ensure that you are aware of their learning plan as well as provide any additional information you may need.
Will there be a way to teach parents how to navigate the E-Learning classrooms or the resources that will be utilized by the students?
Yes, your child’s teacher will schedule regular calls with you to provide information regarding the learning plan as well as assist you with any additional questions you may have to effectively support your child.
How do I get Technical help if needed?
Technical help is available for all students and/or parents who are experiencing any technical problems such as pages not loading or links not working.
Here is the contact information:
firstname.lastname@example.org - hardware (Chromebook, WiFi hotspot, etc.) support
email@example.com - Calvert Learning (Elementary) or Courseware (Secondary) program support.
MPS Helpdesk number (918) 684-3700 x4357 option 1
How do we choose courses?
Elementary - Your child’s school counselor will enroll them in their academic courses for the school year.
Secondary (6th grade, 7th/8th grade, MHS): Student schedules have been developed by the school counselor after reviewing your child's transcript. Once each child/parent receives and reviews their schedule, you can contact your child’s guidance counselor to answer any outstanding questions.
What does the schedule look like for my child?
You can plan on a full day of instruction each day. Live lessons will vary based on the teacher's instructional plans for the week. Teachers will connect with parents regularly to ensure that they are well-informed.
Elementary: There will also be times that will be scheduled for independent learning as long as the due dates of assignments are met.
Secondary: There will be times that are required for online live lessons, but there will also be flexible time for independent learning as long as due dates are met within each course.
Are Special Education Students Supported?
Yes. The special education staff and the online teachers work to ensure that we work toward meeting the goals and objectives outlined in a student’s individual education plan (IEP).
All virtual instructors are highly qualified and certified in their respective content area(s).
Every instructor is trained to successfully deliver personalized instruction in the virtual classroom.
Each educator is required to communicate daily with students and to actively monitor student learning and progress.
Any time special needs are identified, the instructor works with the student to ensure needs are addressed and proper differentiation of the curricula is followed.
Every applicable IEP is reviewed and used by the instructor in planning for and providing appropriate accommodations, extended learning opportunities, or other adjustments as may be required in the plan(s).
Our pedagogical approach to virtual learning includes both one-on-one individualized and small group instruction leveraging Google Meet technology so teachers can build a trusting relationship with students to engage and support them.
Our certified Special Education staff will work closely with the general education teacher to make any accommodations or modifications necessary.
Will students whose families choose to utilize E-Learning be able to participate in Gifted & Talented, Robotics, Choir, Athletics, Band, and other extracurricular activities? How would that work?
All students will be able to participate in certain extracurricular activities. Your child’s principal or program director will work with you to ensure that students are scheduled appropriately. Gifted & Talented teachers will reach out from each site to engage students in various learning activities.
Will the school provide Chromebooks and Hotspots for E-Learning Academy students?
MPS is a one-to-one district so students will be provided with a Chromebook at the start of the school year. Hotspots will be available for students if needed.
When will they turn on the hot spots so we can see if they work?
All Hotspots will be turned on the week of August 24th.
High School Information
Who is my child’s House Principal and School Counselor?
Muskogee High School Main Number: 918-684-3700
House Principal: Latricia Dawkins, ext. 1755
Dean: Robert Pittman, ext. 1706
Life Coach: D'Amber Bunch, ext. 1786
School Counselor: Madison Hayes, ext. 1760
House Principal: Josh Regnier, ext. 1756
Dean of Students: Lynwood Wade, ext 1752
Life Coach:Bradley Eddy, ext 1867
School Counselor: Dakota Thompson, ext 1758
House Principal: Lisa Charboneau, ext 1723
Dean of Students: Gary Gunckel, ext 1865
Life Coach: Bryan Bunch, ext 1786
School Counselor: Jennifer Slader, ext. 1721
Special Education: Belinda Gaultney, ext. 1732
How do I get the schedules for Virtual classes?
School schedules have been posted as of today, Friday, August 21st. School schedules can be viewed on your computer through the parent portal. However, mobile access will not be turned on until August 31st. If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s house office. All schedules are subject to change over the course of the next couple of weeks as necessary.
When will the virtual learning list of electives become available for students?
Your child’s school counselor has scheduled student electives. If there is a concern about the elective class that has been assigned, please contact your child’s school counselor.
Will the students get an email from each teacher with class codes for each hour?
You and your child will receive an email with all log-in information for Courseware Learning. Students will need to access Courseware through the Clever log-in process. If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s House Principal.
Could a student who is signed up for AIM where they go to school and then work the other half of the day still be able to do so if they were in the E-Learning Academy?
Yes, students who are in the AIM program will be able to participate in the E-Learning Academy.
How does the E-Learning Academy work for my student who wants to take AP courses?
Students will be able to take AP courses. The only AP course not offered at this time is AP Lang. E-Learning Academy students will be able to take AP Lit while the district works to create an AP Lang course through Courseware.
How will testing work?
All tests will be assigned through Courseware when appropriate. For state testing, the information will be forthcoming from the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). In the past, the requirements from the OSDE have still been in-person testing. AP testing this last school year was offered online. However, the decision for the 20-21 SY has not yet been determined by College Board.
7th & 8th Grade Academy Information
What enrichment programs will be offered to the 7th graders since they are not going to have honors courses?
Your child’s teacher will provide enrichment opportunities based on student progress and need. Additionally, your child will have access to other school/district events such as History Day and the Science Fair.