AXIS at Home (Remote Learning Option for Families)
AXIS International Academy is a tuition-free public school that families choose to enroll in because they seek a unique program unlike any other in Northern Colorado. AXIS offers a top-notch international education in two languages with integration of social-emotional learning. We use evidence-based practices and curricula like Core Knowledge and Singapore Math. The information below is for students interested in or enrolled in our K-5 program.
AXIS Values Family Choice in Education
Because we value family choice in education, we are pleased to offer families even more choices this upcoming school year. Any family can enroll their child in AXIS International Academy, and then choose for their child to learn onsite at AXIS or learn through AXIS at Home - at any point - throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Families may choose to pivot between AXIS onsite (when public health conditions allow and are at low risk) to AXIS at Home based on the needs of their family.
We give AXIS families the option to enroll in AXIS and choose from a menu of AXIS onsite and/or AXIS at Home options:
- AXIS ONSITE: Attend AXIS five days a week, fully onsite (as public health conditions and orders allow, currently unavailable through October 16).
- AXIS will be in remote learning through October 16, but will bring pods of students onsite twice weekly for one hour blocks for social emotional learning and community building. This will be held outside with distancing and masks. More details have been shared with enrolled families. This is optional.
- AXIS Educare will open August 24 and provide limited childcare spots for AXIS enrolled families who need it for free (or "share if you can"). Fee-based before and after care available. Child care assistance accepted for tuition-based preschool and fee-based before and after care.
- AXIS AT HOME: Learn through AXIS at Home all week, fully at home.
- Choose AXIS at Home all school year.
- Receive our high-quality curricula and teaching and support from AXIS staff.
- Pivot to AXIS at Home temporarily due to family health needs.
- Connect with other AXIS families staying at home to collaborate on social needs, childcare, and at home learning support.
- AXIS HYBRID: Combine AXIS onsite and AXIS at Home learning through our hybrid option:
- 4 days AXIS onsite and Fridays through AXIS at Home (when public health conditions allow, currently unavailable through October 16).
More About AXIS at Home
The goal of AXIS at Home is to provide children the opportunity to engage actively in the AXIS educational process and achieve educational objectives from their own home. At AXIS, we know learning can happen across a variety of settings and formats. Although technology is an important component of AXIS at Home, we offer families the ability to choose from a menu of online and non-digital activities. We understand that some children may thrive learning fully online, some may children do better with a mix of some online and non-digital materials, and some children may do better with mostly non-digital materials. AXIS at Home works with families to find the right balance for your child and family. Student engagement in AXIS at Home is not measured solely by hours on a screen or device, it is measured by the demonstration of student learning, the academic and social-emotional content covered, and the estimated time for student engagement in the educational process and demonstration of learning.
AXIS at Home will require an adult or older sibling for support. More support is needed with students in preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and some support for 2nd grade. Students in grades 3 through 5 will be supported to become independent in learning through AXIS at Home. All AXIS enrolled families who need a device (laptop) to participate in AXIS at Home for K-5 full-time program will be provided one. All of our Chromebooks are in and ready for family pick up August 20. Headphones with a microphone will be provided. In addition to live virtual teaching, families will also be provided with Singapore Math and Core Knowledge materials and training, support, and coaching from AXIS teachers. Please remember, it is always important to consider resources and actions to keep your chid safe online: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/privacy-and-internet-safety.
Key Components of AXIS at Home
- Synchronous teaching and learning activities (Live Lessons and Class Connects)
- Asynchronous teaching and learning activities (Teacher-selected or teacher-created videos and evidence-based digital learning platforms: Amplify Reading and Freckle)
- Ongoing support from an AXIS teachers
- Non-digital and digital materials from top, evidence-based curricula (Core Knowledge and Singapore Math)
- Provided device and technology (laptop, headphones with microphone, Microsoft suite student account). Our Chromebooks are in!
- Pod Connection (have you heard about pandemic pods?)
When we talk about teaching and learning in most remote/online learning programs there are two categories of activities: synchronous and asynchronous (you can learn about these here). Synchronous means in real time or "live" and asynchronous means the opposite, not in real time or "live." Based on best practices, we offer both forms of learning through AXIS at Home for academic content areas in multiple languages and specials (art, music, and PE). AXIS at Home will be facilitated through Microsoft Teams and all enrolled children receive their own Microsoft Student Account.
Synchronous Teaching and Learning Activities: Live Lesson and Class Connects
AXIS teachers broadcast Live Lessons or set times where their lessons are live streamed. These Live Lessons are recorded in the case that your child needs to miss that Live Lesson on occasion. Class Connects will be regular opportunities for your child to connect with other students in their grade learning through AXIS at Home and are a time for asking questions, discussions, checking for learning and building community.
Asynchronous Teaching and Learning Activities: Teacher-selected or teacher-created videos, AXIS Explorer Board aligned independent learning activities, and evidence-based digital learning platforms - Amplify Reading and Freckle
AXIS teachers select or create teaching and learning videos for your child. These videos align with the Colorado Academic Standards, partner language acquisition (proficiency standards), and our high-quality evidence-based curricula. The AXIS Explorer Board includes unit aligned assignments and projects for your child to work on independently. Other applications that will be used in AXIS at Home teaching and learning: Pear Deck, Class Dojo, Flipgrid, and Kahoot.
Through AXIS at Home your child has access Amplify Reading for English literacy and Freckle for English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies (click on the names to read more about each platform). Amplify Reading and Freckle are digital learning platforms that are computer adaptive and adjust to your child's level. AXIS teachers monitor your child's participation and progress in these programs. You can also access teacher curated resources on our Resources for Learning webpage.
Through AXIS at Home your child also has access to Mango Languages for Partner Language practice. Mango for Languages helps your child practice their partner language at home - at any time. AXIS teachers can also share lessons in Mango with their students. A bonus of Mango is that each child's account includes free access for family members, so you can learn languages for free along with your child. Your child can even learn more than one language in Mango, they can practice their partner language and learn another (choose from 70).
Digital and non-digital materials from top, evidence-based curricula (Core Knowledge, Singapore Math, and Partner Language Arts)
Teachers share non-digital and digital materials with families. You can pick up non-digital materials every three weeks or less frequently based on your family's needs through our safe drive through system. These materials align with the AXIS at Home and onsite program.
Provided device and technology (laptop, headphones with microphone, Microsoft suite student account)
All students learning full-time through AXIS at Home and AXIS Onsite will receive a Microsoft Student Account. This will include email, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and access to these other Microsoft Learning Resources.
Have you heard of pandemic pods? A pod allows you to connect with other families in a small-group way to support each other with remote learning, childcare, and social opportunities. These pods are not AXIS-sponsored or administered by AXIS. We simply help our families connect with each other through our already established connection channels: our private AXIS Facebook Groups and our AXIS Family Directory. For enrolled families only.
General AXIS at Home Schedule: https://axiscolorado.sharepoint.com/:w:/s/AXISStaff/EXlBnpm7j31JhLObGbHxyqABeHyrflIWNS6y5d3FQDSNSQ?e=uQHpAu
The "S" in AXIS is Social Emotional Learning and We Prioritize Relationships
At AXIS we prioritize the 3Rs: respect, responsibility, and relationships. We believe strongly that healthy and positive relationships are important for all children and are the foundation upon which ideal teaching and learning is built. That is why AXIS at Home programming is led and supported by AXIS teachers and staff. Students will have ongoing live connections with teachers. Additionally, we know peer relationships are important for children too, and we offer social opportunities for students learning though AXIS at Home. If you are a family participating in AXIS at Home if you would like to connect with other AXIS at Home families for social support and other collaboration opportunities, please email info@AXIScolorado.org.
AXIS at Home - A Proven Option
During the spring of 2020 when schools had to close buildings due to COVID-19, AXIS teachers and students did not miss a beat. We did not stop teaching and our students did not stop learning. We trained our teachers in one day, delivered Chromebooks to families that needed them, and our teachers began delivering live instruction to students in multiple languages four times each day, four days a week.
In addition to daily live teaching, our teachers made videos just for their classes and connected families with curated digital resources. We gave families our high-quality evidence-based Core Knowledge, Singapore Math, and partner language materials - not random packets. We created individualized remote learning plans for students who needed them. We ran intervention and enrichment groups virtually so students had both whole group and small group instruction right at their individualized level. Our teachers met twice a week to share feedback and best practices and make our remote program better and better. The result? We administered our end of the year assessments remotely in FOUR languages and celebrated student growth!
We also planned social engagement activities like a schoolwide car parade, virtual class lego building, and weekly schoolwide dance parties via Zoom. Our teachers held social lunch bunches, hosted guest speakers from across the world, and took local field trips via Zoom. We hosted free meal pick for children for three months. Based on parent feedback, remote learning at AXIS far exceeded that of other local schools. As a small school committed to kids, families, and best practices - we know no matter the circumstances we will deliver an excellent education in multiple languages.