EPIC Framework: Connected Educators
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Core Values

Connected Educators use the Outschool platform to build relationships with a global community of learners, parents, and teachers.

Core ValuesClassroom Ideas
Respond to learners and families’ goals, needs, and/or concerns.– Reply to parent and learner communication within 24 hours.
– Offer a variety of ways for learners to engage in live meetings or the classroom,
Create an inclusive learning environment where learners can build relationships across a global learning community.– Use anti-bias teaching strategies to reach learners from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds.
– Celebrate multiple perspectives and adhere to Outschool’s class content policy.
Use technology to access new teaching opportunities.– Use appropriate educational websites, applications, and other digital tools to innovate learning experiences.
Maintain professionalism when responding to parent comments or reviews.– Approach all communication with a positive, understanding tone.
– Respectfully accept critical feedback and implement suggestions where appropriate.
– Report inappropriate or inaccurate reviews to Outschool.
Participate in Outschool’s professional learning community.– Engage with the Outschool community through hosted online gatherings, professional development opportunities, and educator connection groups.

Connected Resources

Educator Library –> Outschool’s site with resources and tips for teaching on Outschool.
Facebook Teacher Hub–> Engage with your fellow Outschool teachers on topics like curriculum development, learner relationships, building business, and more.
Outschool Professional Development –> Participate in one of many free live and asynchronous courses that cover every aspect of teaching on Outschool.
Google Translate –> Translate your teaching materials into any language as you focus on reaching your global learners.
Digital Resources –> Explore this comprehensive educational website for articles, tips and resources.
Outschool Review Policy –> Familiarize yourself with Outschool’s policy on reviews and supports on how to respond to reviews.

Tips from Connected Educators

Teacher Jorge – I treat every learner with unique time. I address and assure every learner that their voice and opinions will be heard. When I hear learners express themselves I give them ample opportunity to do so. Especially during these times when they don’t have a physical classroom and more time to express their thoughts it is crucial to hear them. Many times we are tempted to skip over the quiet or shy learner to make the class run smoothly. I take those moments to actively reach out and assure them that they and their thoughts matter to me.

Tammy Wenhame – Today’s students are tech-savvy. We, as teachers, should exemplify the use of technology in our best teaching practices. I love to connect an iPad in my live classes, and use my favorite app, Notability with an iPencil. Students love the intrinsic and natural flow of this app and the fun, cool reward stickers I can tag onto the page. I exclusively use Explain Everything, Notability, and iMovie for creative instructional videos for my flex classes. Finally, I handcraft each of my instructional worksheets and webpages.

Latonya Moore – I welcome each learner by name as they enter the classroom. I ask them about their day and week. My learners know that I see, hear, and know them. I also give my learners space to be themselves, and I believe this encourages them to be willing to share and be open in our classroom. I also love it when we have time to answer a random question about ourselves. I participate and share too so that it is a one-way conversation.

Ms. Carrie – Building connections is something I prioritize as high importance when teaching and planning my classes. I believe and have seen the value when you truly connect with your learners. I do this in a few ways: One thing I do that seems to stand out is a special wall in my “classroom.” The learners can send me pictures of their classwork and/or artwork, and I will print it out and hang it up. The kids LOVE showing up to their next class and seeing their artwork hanging behind me! They light up! I also work hard to remember the little things they tell me and make even make notes if needed to bring them up again in the next class. I feel this shows I do care that I am listening and that I hear them. I also make a point to check on them if they miss a class. I know, I appreciate it if somebody notices when I am missing from an event. Lastly, I always make a point to welcome each student by name, call on them, and praise them throughout the class while purposely using each of their names. Overall, I want them to know they are not just another student on the screen to me. They are an individual that I really do care about and a special one at that!

Fizza Mohsin – When I don’t see a learner in the class, I make sure to message the family about their wellbeing and that we missed them. If I notice a child was upset or unhappy in the class and I wasn’t able to address it during the class, I’ll message them to check if they had any particular issues during the class and if they were able to follow well.

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