The Pentecostal Christian Academy (PCA) supports Virtual Learning. Please see attached Announcement concerning Virtual Learning Fall 2020. PCA is prepared to support and engage our students to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life by fostering an environment where students and teachers have ready access to and a complete understanding of a vast array of instructional technology tools, devices, and related resources to accomplish any particular task
Our virtual learning vision model creates an environment where all students can confidently and responsibly engage in a robust curriculum supported with the most current tools of technology for teaching, learning, and assessment. PCA will provide guidance and support for the use of evolving pedagogical practices in the creation of authentic learning experiences that enable faculty and students to contribute productively to the virtual learning community
REMOTE LEARNING OBJECTIVES
- Be present for our students
- Keep our students engaged, connected, and supported
- Keep students’ learning on target with courses’ goals and objectives
- Communicate efficiently in order to support our students and their families
- Provide prompt feedback on students’ progress, work, and behaviors
- Provide flexibility, understanding, and grace to all constituencies
- Take care of each other and focus on health and well-being
PCA has developed a virtual learning program that builds upon what is great about learning in our building, and adjusts to the possibilities and limits of being online. In addition to a rigorous and engaging academic program, this includes considering the emotional and social well-being of our students, alongside strategies for building and developing relationships. Having plenty of opportunities to make connections and experience time together is of paramount importance to the PCA experience, whether online or in the classroom.
PCA created our new program grounded in best practices of virtual teaching. We also considered the feedback and ideas from education professionals, teachers, students, and parents from a number of sources to develop a program we believe is consistent with our mission of providing a quality Christian Education, founded upon the Word of God.
We look forward to welcoming students to start the year with PCA Virtual Learning Program. This program includes:
Centralized and Organized Platform
Streamlined and Improved Use of Apps
Powerful Teaching while Synchronous and Asynchronous
Effective Assessment and Regular Feedback
Ways to Sustain Our Fellowship
Support of Our Students and Their Wellbeing
Equity with Technology
We are making sure that both faculty and students have the necessary devices, connectivity, and accessories to participate fully in our program. Please complete this form to let us know what you need.
PCA will use the “HOME ROOM” structure to begin each school day. This approach will emphasize building relationships and making personal connections with students and families. Further the homeroom structure contributes to the learning environment by
1) scheduling more frequent virtual conferences with families to deepen connections and maintain effective communication,
2) scheduling and protecting time for homeroom meetings, and
3) emphasizing programming centered on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Morning Devotionals.
Elementary School (K – 5)
Daily Schedule and the Classroom Experience:
With our initial return to school, all students will take part in virtual learning. The school day will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 2:30 PM. The daily and weekly classroom schedules will essentially replicate those that are in place during normal school operations. The schedules will be regular and predictable with all subjects being taught throughout the week. Time is also built in for lunch, story time, mystery learning and choice time. There will be a healthy balance between synchronous teaching and asynchronous activities as well as ample opportunity for individual and small group meeting times with teachers. We understand the challenge that having children studying online at home may place on some families.
Middle School (6 -8)
High School (9 -12)
Daily Virtual Learning Protocol
Digital Learning Etiquette
Students should be dressed appropriately because they will be seen by others.
Instruction: Students will have two sessions of online instruction for every class each week.
Independent Learning: Students will also be required to complete independent learning outside of online instruction for each class every week.
Assignments: Students will be required to complete assignments and submit them. Teachers will provide details on the specific assignments.
Office Hours: Office hours with teachers will be available at the end of each school day and all day Wednesday. Students can email questions to teachers or email a request to meet with the teacher for help during office hours. The teacher will reply to the email to answer the student’s questions or set a time to meet with the student.
Please ensure that your child is prepared for class and joins the live meetings with classroom teachers. Live classes help us to continue to connect with our students as much as possible.
Please email the teacher if your child is having trouble accessing Google Classroom and encourage students to check their emails.
Please help make your child’s learning environment as distraction-free as possible. They will need a study area/quiet place to take classes.
Please email your child’s teachers and our team if you have questions – we are in this together!
Please stay positive, give your student(s) plenty of time to exercise and have fun, and provide plenty of experiences that remind them that learning is a gift and is fun!