Northbrook School District 27

Synchronous Instruction

The District will be utilizing synchronous instruction to teach students in-person and remotely. Whether students are attending school 100% remotely or are on an A/B schedule, daily class lessons will be delivered synchronously. Teachers will use a district provided video conferencing platform that students will connect to for live lessons with their peers at home and in school.

Explanation of District 27's Synchronous Learning Model

Elementary Level: Students attending remotely will have a daily schedule that aligns with their teacher’s schedule. The schedule will be predictable from week to week. The teacher will post on Canvas the schedule and daily links. Students will join the class via video conferencing at specific times identified by the teacher. During those times, the teacher will lead lessons with the whole class. When it is time for students to do some independent work, the teacher will direct the students on the video conference to log off and do the assigned work. The students will rejoin the class at the next specified time. 

Middle School Level: Students attending remotely will follow their 10-period schedule daily. For each class, students will go to Canvas to get the video conferencing link and make sure they have all necessary supplies/papers for the class. The teacher will lead lessons with the whole class. When it is time for students to do some independent work, the teacher will direct the students on video conferencing to do the assigned work. 

The graphic below illustrates the synchronous model that will be used. Students attending remotely will not be on video conferencing sessions all day long. As described, synchronous teaching is used for portions of lessons. The amount of time a student spends in a synchronous session will vary by grade level, content area, and daily objectives of the lesson.

The graphic illustrates the synchronous model. It explains what students are doing in person and remotely.

Sample Schedules

Once we complete our curriculum planning sessions with teachers in July, we will post some sample schedules to illustrate how this will look for elementary and middle school students.