Virtual Academy Announcements
The Plano ISD Virtual Academy is a year long commitment, therefore no transfers will be approved to a student's home campus.
Edgenuity Student Tile in Webdesk
Please ensure that your student is clicking on this specific tile in their Webdesk to access their Edgenuity Single Sign On.
If this does not work, or requires you to provide a username and password, please contact the Plano ISD Helpdesk at 469-752-8767.
Virtual Academy ADD/DROP and enrollment period has closed. Thank you for your interest.
Edgenuity Parent Training
Please view the K-5 Parent Orientation training recording here: Edgenuity K-5 Parent Orientation. The passcode for the video is: =.qaj2Q0
Please view the 6th grade Parent Orientation training recording here: Edgenuity 6th Grade Parent Orientation Video. The passcode for the video is: V%8?HwrW
Instructional Program Overview
Plano ISD will be using the Edgenuity platform (learning management system) in combination with PISD curriculum to engage students with fun, meaningful courses, and curriculum. Taught by Plano ISD’s highly qualified teachers, this standards-aligned curriculum consists of courses in math, English language arts, science, social studies, and more. This platform is specifically designed for online learning in a virtual setting. Age-appropriate lessons are engaging and feature support and tools to help students along the way. The platform also includes a dedicated parent portal to enhance communication and support of their child’s learning and progress.
In this model, students will participate in both synchronous and asynchronous daily instruction. Students will spend 60-90 minutes per day in a live synchronous session with their teachers in each core content area, with the remainder of their school day engaged in a customized asynchronous learning environment. Teachers will follow student progress and will design the synchronous lessons as appropriate to small groups of students during the live sessions each day.
VA teachers will follow student progress and will design the synchronous lessons as appropriate to small groups of students during the live sessions each day. Teachers will facilitate online learning, understand the learning platforms, address learning needs based on data, and collaborate with their teams to plan and ensure the academic needs of all students are met: Assess gaps, personalize synchronous learning and assign instruction based on data, monitor student progress daily.
In addition to the TEKS-based curriculum, Edgenuity partners with NWEA® MAP® Growth™ to provide personalized learning paths (Pathblazers or MyPath) using student’s MAP data from the beginning of year assessment or most recent scores. This supplemental resource will be used in conjunction with the course content to support skill development and enrichment in reading and math to ensure students are working on their educational level.
Guided and Independent Learning Management System
- Utilize the following district virtual learning platforms:
- Edgenuity will serve as the VA Learning Management System (LMS)
- Personalized Flexible Learning via Edgenuity LMS.
- Augment and customize the online curriculum to ensure there are no gaps in the curriculum to include district essential standards
- Include literacy and numeracy small group instruction
- Course Offerings
- Elementary (K-5) - Blended with Synchronous Instruction: Literacy and Math, Science/Health, Social Studies, Art, Music, PE
- 6th Grade - Asynchronous with teacher touchpoints - ELA 6, Science 6, Math 6/6H, Social Studies 6, MS Art 1, MS Exploring Music
- The Virtual Academy will NOT include the following Elementary programs:
- IB PYP Huffman
- Formative Assessments
- Students will take MAP
- MAP will be used in conjunction with Edgenuity skill-based programs
- Special Education
- Learn, understand and use Zoom for guided/synchronous sessions.
- Use the designated platform to support live/synchronous learning, as well as provide students and parents resources, activities, and necessary updates.
Preparation and Planning
- Meet weekly with collaborative team in order to schedule intervention and review data.
- Be prepared for synchronous instruction. Virtual Academy teachers will teach from their classrooms assigned in another campus/district facility.
- Utilize the district virtual learning platforms (Edgenuity) to guide and inform synchronous instruction.
- Monitor the Edgenuity Learning Management System (LMS) Dashboards (K-5 Accelerate, MyPath and/or PathBlazers) daily to ensure student progress and address concerns.
Maintain and update student/parent communication using the designated platform (training to come!)
What Does Learning Look Like at the Plano ISD Virtual Academy?
What does learning look like at the Virtual Academy?
In this environment, students, families, and educator facilitators will work together
to address the following:
Online learning based on an individual student’s schedule with 24/7 access.
Online platforms are accessible from any location where the internet is available
Educator facilitator can adjust online learning to personalize content to meet each student’s needs
Educator facilitators will meet with student groups to support learning using virtual learning best practices.
Students can learn at their own pace to meet their own academic needs.
Parents play a pivotal role in their children’s academic success by supporting open communication and encouraging motivation and pacing.
Learning and Teaching
- The teacher’s main responsibility is to facilitate student learning and monitor progress and learning gaps.
- Provide additional resources and intervention when learning gaps are identified.
- Provide guided, live instruction and facilitate learning throughout the day utilizing the elements of effective technology-based instruction.
- Teach and support students how to access learning materials through the Edgenuity LMS.
- Manage online and offline resources to provide consistency and routines for students.
- Provide clear learning goals for students.
- Monitor the Edgenuity Dashboards daily to ensure student progress and address concerns.
- Teachers are expected to communicate any academic, behavior, or engagement concerns with families.
- Maintain an updated profile page on the VA’s website to include:
- “About Me” video or short biography,
- Office hours or conference times when they are available to meet with parents and answer student questions,
- Additional contact information as required or approved by the VA Coordinator
- Communication and updates will use a similar structure by grade level in order to provide consistency for all students and classes.
- Contact information will be provided at the beginning of each semester and made available via the VA website and/or other designated communication platforms.
Support and Intervention
- Provide intervention or tutorial sessions as needed.
- Provide “office hours” weekly to support students and parents.
- Follow student IEP/504/LEP accommodations in all learning environments.
- Use data to pinpoint students’ specific needs for enrichment and intervention.
- Monitor student progress with fidelity according to recommendations.
- Provide and communicate office hours or conference period for student/parent support.
- Attend and participate in all required professional learning.
- Teachers will complete a list of students in need of additional support opportunities.
Instructional Program Overview
Plano ISD will be using the Edgenuity platform (learning management system) in combination with PISD curriculum to engage students with fun, meaningful courses, and curriculum. Taught by Plano ISD’s highly qualified teachers, this standards-aligned curriculum consists of courses in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. This platform is specifically designed for online learning in a virtual setting. Age-appropriate lessons are engaging and feature support and tools to help students along the way. The platform also includes a dedicated parent portal to enhance communication and support of their child’s learning and progress.
In this model, students K-5 will spend 60-90 minutes per day in a live synchronous session with their teachers in one of the four core content areas, with the majority of their day in a customized asynchronous learning environment. Students in 6th grade will spend their day working asynchronously in Edgenuity with dedicated core teachers that will provide office hours up to two hours per week.
Parents as Learning Coaches
Acting as Learning Coaches, parents manage the home classroom—motivating and monitoring students as they complete assignments and progress through the curriculum. In the elementary years, the Learning Coach plays a substantial day-to-day role facilitating instruction.
In grades K–6, students require a lot of support from adults at home and in the online classroom. Learning Coaches can expect to:
- Devote about four to five hours per day to overseeing their students’ schoolwork.
- Set the daily schedule with varied activities and breaks.
- Assist with lessons and communicate frequently with the teacher.
- Help monitor student progress and comprehension through your parent portal.
Connect with teacher and communicate with the teacher to resolve challenges (This is the BEST Place to help you resolve any challenges that might arise with school work and login)
At-Home Support for Edgenuity Virtual Learning
=The following questions can help students understand that you’re invested in their education and that, even though this form of learning may be different, they are still expected to work and learn. Consider asking your student:
- Do you have any questions about what you learned yesterday before getting started today?
- What did your learning focus on today?
- What did you accomplish today?
- Did you find anything challenging today? If so, how did you overcome the challenge?
- How can you apply what you learned, and/or what personal connections can you make to your learning?
Tips for Preparing Students to Work From Home
- Designate a comfortable place free from distractions as a work area for your student.
- Offer structure, such as focus time, to increase engagement and promote progress.
- Ensure your student has access to internet/Wi-Fi and a charged device.
- Periodically check in on students throughout their virtual sessions to make sure they are actively working and learning and to offer help if needed.
Plano ISD Board of Trustees Approves 2022-23 Compensation Plan
The Plano ISD Board of Trustees approved a new employee compensation plan for the 2022-2023 school year that includes a pay increase for all employees, increased starting teacher pay, increased district contribution for health insurance and other strategic pay adjustments. Read full story.
Free Meals Waiver Ends
The United States Department of Agriculture waiver that allowed Plano ISD to provide free meals to all students during the 2021-22 school year is set to expire at the end of this school year. Plano ISD will resume charging for meals during the 2022-23 school year based on student eligibility for meal benefits. Families who may qualify are encouraged to complete a federal meal application for free and reduced-price meals. The 2021-22 meal application will be honored for the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year. The 2022-23 meal application will be available after July 1, 2022. Read more.
Families Are Asked to Complete Intent to Return Form
In order to help campuses schedule classes and staff appropriately for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year, families are asked to complete an Intent to Return Form online. Please complete the form as soon as possible since planning for the upcoming school year is already underway. If your family does not plan to return, we ask that you complete the Intent to Return form as well since that information also helps with planning.
New Student Enrollment for 2022-2023 School Year
Online enrollment for new students to Plano ISD begins on March 21. Enrollment is for the 2022-2023 school year and is for all grade levels, except preK, which begins registration on April 4. Visit our enrollment page. Students currently in the district should not enroll. Annual registration for existing students occurs in the summer through Parent Portal.
Superintendent Sara Bonser Announces Retirement
After 33 years of service in public education (25 of those years in Plano ISD), Superintendent Sara Bonser informed the Plano ISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday, January 25, that she will retire as superintendent at the end of this school year in order to spend more time with family at a critical time. Read more.