DLD Courses - ALE Support
Federal Way Internet Academy
Overall ALE support level: Full
Dean of Students
Phone: (253) 945-2239
Weekly academic contact (WAC) with teachers is required of all our online students. WAC can be met through assignments and feedback, email, chat, live class sessions, in person, or phone. Students learn about WAC (weekly academic contact) through the initial online orientation. Then, teachers provide instruction in the Getting Started section of each individual course, with an assignment and feedback. School and class announcements and class messages may post reminders about WAC.
Teachers offer synchronous sessions through Blackboard Collaborate as well as live chat, and are available for phone calls, or face to face appointments. Some of these avenues of synchronous time may not coincide with DLD student’s resident school course schedules which is why teachers also offer live chat times. Mentors can access documentation of this synchronous time via their mentor website. Virtual session schedules are communicated to students in a variety of ways: links within the course, email, and announcements.
Teachers document two-way communication including assignments and feedback and email, with date and content. This includes synchronous contact time that is listed as a virtual session, chat, phone, or face-to-face. Students also have a WSLP tab in their course (Written Student Learning Plan) which includes information about their learning plan and documented WAC and MAP (Monthly Academic Progress). Mentors are given a website access, listing all students from their school. Current and past WAC and MAP details are available for each student.
Written Student Learning Plans
A certificated teacher develops components of a student’s written student learning plan to include the eight required elements. The learning plan is introduced in the student’s online orientation, and further explained in each course by the certificated teacher, via “Getting Started” information, assignment, and feedback. Direct personal contact is involved in the getting started assignment and feedback provided by the certificated teacher.
We appreciate the mentor’s support and encouragement of the student in working consistently and meeting requirements of weekly academic contact and response to monthly academic progress, along with keeping pace with their learning plan contract. The resident school may add additional local expectations for the student, as they assume responsibility for that student regarding final ALE reporting documentation.
Please alert us if there are special circumstances, such as accommodations from 504 plans or IEPs prior to the student enrolling, to be certain they are situations that can be accommodated in an online environment.
Monthly Evaluations and Intervention Plans
All students receive progress evaluations on a monthly basis. MAP (Monthly Academic Progress) is performed by the certificated teacher of each course. Dates for these monthly evaluations are published on a school calendar, available on the iA Campus as well as the iacademy.org site. School wide announcements also remind students of upcoming MAP reports and teachers include information to students prior to each MAP reporting period.
Students earn a monthly progress indicator. AE-Academic Excellence means the student is right on pace with their learning plan contract. AM-Academic Minimum, means the student is slightly behind the suggested pacing, but within catch-up range of two weeks behind, and is considered satisfactory progress. AP-Academic Probation indicates that students are significantly behind the pace of the course and an intervention is required in order to help the student catch up. AP is considered unsatisfactory progress.
Progress indicators are communicated to all students via email. Students earning AP receive an email outlining the intervention plan, which also goes to their parent (if email address has been provided through the DLD enrollment process) as well as the resident school mentor.
Students are able to view their MAP reports for all months on their WSLP (Written Student Learning Plan) page. This communication is documented in our system and made available to all via the WSLP page and mentor login. Two-way communication is expected and documented as part of the student’s WAC (Weekly Academic Contact). Students and mentors may view the documentation of this event via the WAC tool within the student’s WSLP page or the mentor page.
iA intervention process follows ALE rules. Intervention plans for students earning unsatisfactory progress marks (AP) are developed, documented, and implemented by a certificated teacher, in conjunction with the student and communicated to the student, parent, and resident school mentor for all grades. Interventions are documented in the student’s WSLP, and include at least one of the strategies outlined by ALE rules: increasing frequency or duration of direct personal contact, modifying the manner in which direct personal contact is accomplished, modifying the student’s learning goals or performance objectives, and modifying the number of or scope of courses or the content included in the learning plan. A certificated teacher monitors the intervention plan for the month, working with the student to improve student learning.
The resident school mentor should expect the student to also communicate progress on a weekly basis. The mentor has access to the student’s course content, grades, reports of logons/submissions, and communication between the course teacher and the student. In addition, a mentor page includes details of the student’s weekly academic contact and monthly academic progress. The mentor is expected to be aware of student progress, communicate with course teachers if there are questions, as well as be part of the support system for the student’s successful completion of the course.