Learning Coach Orientation
We want to start out by thanking you. You have many great assets you are bringing to your new role as a learning coach. You were your child’s first teacher and we recognize and appreciate the unique perspective you are able to provide to us as we partner with you to help your student become an actively engaged learner. These quick tutorials are designed to give you information on the ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ of being a Learning Coach. These trainings combined with the knowledge you will be sharing with us make for an incredible foundation of support for your student. In this training you will learn how to use the Agora website, email, Blackboard and Sapphire. You will also learn the importance of attendance, participation, and how to monitor your student’s grades and progress.
Please View All Videos Below:
- The Role of the Learning Coach: https://www.screencast.com/t/Wnm08eFWEd
This may seem a bit overwhelming, but you are not alone. Remember you do make a difference. Many parents who started out with reservations have been able to excel as Learning Coaches and their students have flourished at Agora. What do they have in common? They know the keys to success. By implementing these five keys from the beginning, you will greatly increase your chance of success in our model. Let’s take a look. Click on the appropriate video for the grades in which you have students.
- K-5 Keys to Success: https://www.screencast.com/t/ErAsHICWs
- 6-12 Keys to Success: https://www.screencast.com/t/wMPOoZ9a
At this point, your questions may be more along the lines of ‘How am I going to do this? Let’s start by taking a look at one of the most important and powerful resources available to our families; the Agora.org website. This site is full of resources that you may need at one point or another. Here’s a quick overview of the site.
- Agora.org Site Video: https://www.screencast.com/t/DdQtPGHddHy
In a virtual environment, where face-to-face contact is less frequent, finding means of effective communication is crucial. Agora provides all students with an internal email address and connects them directly to the Learning Coaches preferred email. In addition to this, our Online Learning System incorporates tools that make connecting to teachers and other staff members a breeze. Let’s take a look at how email communication works at Agora.
- Email Communication Video: https://www.screencast.com/t/9a5S1C8jK
As mentioned before, your student will have live sessions that they will be required to attend in the Blackboard Collaborate tool.
It is important that you have a working knowledge of how to navigate this too. Here’s a quick tutorial.
- Using Blackboard: http://www.screencast.com/t/BK8XbOCs
Another important program that we use at Agora is called Sapphire. Sapphire houses report cards, allows you to submit attendance excuses and internet service provider paperwork and K-5 assignments may be completed within this program. It is vital that you have your account set up as soon as possible. This quick video will show you how.
- Create Sapphire Account: https://www.screencast.com/t/Ok8xhwpD6H
As stated, Sapphire will be used to view your student’s attendance as well as to submit an excuse to the Attendance Office. While it may seem obvious that attendance works differently in the virtual world than it does in a traditional setting, it is important that we spend some time discussing just how vital this topic is to your student’s success. This next video contains some eye-opening data and may change how you look at attendance.
- Attendance Matters: https://www.screencast.com/t/FDq3nw3qLU1
- Click HERE for a brief overview of how Agora tracks attendance as well as our attendance policy.
In the event of an unavoidable absence from school, you will want to make sure that you submit an excuse as early as possible. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do so.
- Submit Excuse Video: https://www.screencast.com/t/8iHrB7JfZXUj
Another one of our Keys to Success and one of your primary jobs as a Learning Coach is monitoring your student’s progress. Checking daily to ensure that work is being completed as well as checking graded assignments to see where your student may need help will be crucial to their continued academic growth. Agora provides each Learning Coach with direct and complete access to all of their student’s work. This tutorial will show you how to take advantage of that access. Click on the appropriate video for the grades in which you have students.
- Monitoring Progress Grades K-5: https://www.screencast.com/t/Hl3MR839
- Monitoring Progress Grades 6-12: https://www.screencast.com/t/Xl8SP2KnY
We hope that by now, you have a much better understanding of your role as the Learning Coach at feel better prepared to fill that role.
While this concludes the formal Learning Coach Orientation, there’s still a great deal of information that assist you as you help your student reach their full academic potential. The Resources and Guides page may be a good place to start exploring.
To complete the Learning Coach Orientation you must submit the survey below. Please only complete after viewing ALL videos above: CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE SURVEY
If you ever need help or feel lost, remember that Agora staff are only a phone call or email away.
We’re very excited for you as you start this journey and are committed to helping you and your student succeed. Congratulations on becoming a Learning Coach and we look forward to serving you and your family.
Parent Engagement Advisors,
Alina Kitchell K-2 email@example.com telephone: 484-387-0109
Amanda Mullen 3-5 firstname.lastname@example.org telephone: 267-315-6354
Steve Calabro MS email@example.com telephone: 570-351-2574
Lisa DiGiovanni HS firstname.lastname@example.org telephone: 610-230-2212