DLD Courses - ALE Support
Overall ALE support level: Full
We require all our teachers to establish direct and personal contact with students on a regular basis. Following are ways in which the teacher and student interact:
- When a student is enrolled in a course, the teacher will attempt to make phone contact with all students. This is a one-time occurrence. Red Comet teachers do not routinely attempt to make phone contact with a student unless necessary. During phone contact, teacher will inquire if student has any questions regarding the WSLP, the course content or the Red Comet program in general and will encourage the students to join the weekly online sessions.
- At the beginning of each week, student will be informed of when the teacher will be available for online sessions. Student will be actively encouraged to log into these online sessions to receive instruction directly from the teacher. The online sessions are synchronous. The student and the teacher have direct communication and also have the capability for screen-sharing to further enrich the student’s academic experience. These sessions are student-initiated; the teacher’s role is to clarify academic concerns, questions or issues raised by the student. The student may have specific questions regarding the course content or may have general questions related to self-study skills. Red Comet teachers document the attendance and duration of the online sessions, but do not require participation by all students. Students voluntarily participate in the online sessions except in the case of intervention.
- Each core course has 5 Practice Assignments and 5 Essays that are mandatory for the student to complete and submit. The teacher evaluates the assignments and posts their comments to the student. The comments of the final essays are also posted to the student.
Red Comet does not offer synchronous instruction but offers synchronous help session. In the case of intervention, Red Comet Teacher and student will have one-on-one sessions where the teacher guides the student on what the student needs to do to stay on track.
All documents are stored online in our Learning Management System (LMS) and are accessible online to mentors, teachers, and other administrators. Since the documents are stored online and archived on a regular basis, they are potentially available until we are allowed to delete the documents in the system. However, once the course is completed by the students, and the students are in an inactive status, the relevant documents for that particular student are on an archival folder and will be made available upon request.
Written Student Learning Plans
All of our learning plans include the 8 required components specified in the ALE rules. The course syllabus dictates the learning plan to a large extent. Red Comet takes full responsibility to define the student learning plan. However, Red Comet will need support from the school mentor in the event that Red Comet is unsuccessful in establishing contact with the student to communicate the learning plan.
Teacher calls the student and/or sends an email requesting the student to join an online session to review the WSLP. The teacher will go over the WSLP with the student so that the student is fully aware of its contents. Alternately, the student may choose to simply respond via email to accept the WSLP and not get on an online session with the teacher. The Red Comet Administration will attempt to contact parent if student is unresponsive to the teacher’s requests. If both parent and student are unresponsive, Red Comet Administration will contact the local mentor to facilitate closure to this issue. Final intervention would be to suspend the course where the student can no longer access the course material until the WSLP has been agreed upon.
Monthly Evaluations and Intervention Plans
Red Comet performs monthly evaluations, sends appropriate Milestone progress reports, and uses intervention if needed.
Student is deemed to have made unsatisfactory progress in either of these situations:
- Student is behind and has not completed the course work in the time period required by Red Comet.
- Student’s average is C or lower.
For students who have demonstrated satisfactory progress (both in terms of grade average and course activity), the teacher emails the Milestone report to student. Student is asked the join in a weekly online session with the assigned teacher to discuss their progress. During the online session, teacher will mentor student on study skills and offer positive feedback. If student is unresponsive, Red Comet Administration will attempt to contact the parent and the local mentor. Red Comet will request the local mentor to ensure student attends an online session.
For students making unsatisfactory progress, the teacher emails the Milestone report to student. Student is asked the join in a weekly online session with the assigned teacher to discuss study goals. During the online session, teacher will mentor student on study skills and jointly they will arrive at a study and intervention plan that will help the student get back on track. If student is unresponsive, Red Comet Administration will attempt to contact the parent and the local mentor. Red Comet will request the local mentor to ensure student attends an online session and provide a copy of the intervention plan.
Schools can request school-wide progress status report at daily, weekly or monthly intervals. Activity reports are sent daily to the local mentor.