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4 Ways Calvert Learning Adapts to Student Needs

4 Ways Calvert Learning Adapts to Student Needs

Often, classroom needs and district expectations necessitate a unique course experience; when that happens, flexibility is key. Calvert Learning, Edmentum’s project-based digital curriculum for K–5 students, is designed to engage young learners to think critically and apply what they learn to real-world situations. The courses are streamlined to provide flexibility for students working in any learning environment. Additionally, flexibility is exercised for educators to manage courses and provide visibility to districts and family learning guides—the parent, guardian, or caregiver who supports the student at home—when it comes to student performance.

As part of an ongoing commitment of releasing and improving features, Calvert Learning is constantly being enhanced to adapt to student needs, and here, we’ll address a few features that can be useful:

Record Attendance Online and Offline

Attendance is an important component when it comes to students and progress monitoring. Having access to the students’ timestamps for logging in and out of the platform reveals a lot, but is it capturing all of the work a learner does?

Because Calvert Learning curriculum is built using the research-based PLUS framework, which prioritizes project-based learning, it’s possible that students will be tasked with working offline to hone their skills and apply learning. For those activities, teachers (and family learning guides) can record the offline learning time in the Calvert Teaching Navigator (CTN) so that it’s accounted for in students’ attendance reports. With students having the ability to work at their own pace for any amount of time and still getting credit toward attendance, they’re also effectively hitting required attendance policies.

Create Custom Activities

Calvert Learning features a comprehensive digital curriculum in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and much more. Teachers also have the ability to supplement specific activities either to deepen standard coverage or enrich learning for specific students. With the rollout of an enhancement this month that complements the custom activities feature, educators will have the option to add the date created to custom activities. This additional piece of data ensures that custom activities can be easily tracked in reports so that administrators, teachers, and family learning guides can review student progress and performance more accurately and comprehensively.

Omit Lessons from Student Schedules

Having the ability to adapt course offerings based on the needs of the students and school expectations is a helpful feature to respond to student needs or to simply comply with scope and sequence district mandates. In the spring of 2021, Edmentum introduced the omit lessons feature in which the teacher can remove lessons at the individual student level. This prevents the student from viewing the content anywhere in the Calvert Learning platform, as well as excludes the lesson from course grading so that it doesn’t count against them. Now, for easier course management, the flexibility is being expanded to the individual class level, which will allow teachers to make changes in bulk for each section. Furthermore, this enhancement will save educators time as they gain more control over how they use the omit lesson function to restrict access to content.

Sequence Flexibility for Lesson Completion

Being able to skip around and move ahead to certain lessons is another added convenience for students. Like the omit lesson function, teachers can also skip a lesson in rotation for students. This will remove it from their daily schedule, but students can still access it from within the course, which is the primary difference between the skip and omit features. The skip function will prove useful for students if they miss a day of class and must make up any assignment missed. Upon return, students would be able to complete the lesson for that current day and also have the ability to backtrack to the previous day’s work to ensure that they complete that assignment.

Altogether, these features support teachers and students by delivering a flexible curriculum experience they can count on. To learn more about how your students’ needs can be met with Edmentum’s trusted digital curriculum, check out our blog post, Calvert Learning Best Practices: 6 Frequently Asked Questions Answered.  

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Jade Choyce

Jade Choyce joined Edmentum in June 2021 and serves as a Marketing Specialist. She holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a M.A. in communications from Grand Canyon University. As a former high school teacher, she truly believes every child is destined for greatness. Jade is inspired by the work that educators do to go above and beyond in the classroom.