Dragon Virtual Academy

DVA
  • Carroll ISD is pleased to announce the launch of our new online instructional platform - Dragon Virtual Academy (DVA). This academy will be administered online and consist of daily teacher and student interactive lessons in each subject area.

    While Carroll ISD strongly believes that face-to-face learning and connection are most beneficial for the vast majority of students, the district has streamlined its process and remains dedicated to ensuring that the virtual learning experience will be successful for students and families who do not feel comfortable sending their children to school in person.

    Annual Student Verification
    Annual Student Verification opened for families on July 27, and will be open until August 4 at 4:30 p.m. Parents will log in to Skyward Family Access during Annual Student Verification (July 27-August 4) and will be asked their preference between in-person OR virtual learning for the first grading period. Unless a student develops symptoms or must self isolate, the student will remain in the chosen instruction platform for the duration of that grading period. If a student becomes sick, quarantined or the campus closes due to COVID-19, that student may switch from in-person to virtual instruction. 
    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Any parent/student wishing to change their instructional platform must notify their campus principal in writing at least two weeks prior to the next grading period. Parents who have completed Annual Student Verification already, but change their mind may do so in writing to the campus principal by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 10. 

    First Day of School For 2020-2021
    UPDATE 7.27.20: In an effort to ensure that all CISD teachers and support staff have been appropriately and effectively trained for full implementation of Dragon Virtual Academy and/or a combination of DVA and in-person instruction when it is safe to do so, Trustees voted during a special Board teleconference meeting to move the start of school by five week days to Monday, August 24. This means that the first day of school for students for the 2020-2021 school year will be Monday, August 24. In addition to campus-based training, team building and meet the teacher virtual events, the additional five days when teachers come back on contract will allow for training in the following areas: 

    • Managing an Online Classroom
    • Zoom Training and Practice
    • Canvas & Seesaw
    • Social & Emotional Check-ins
    • Creating Interactive Lessons using Pear Deck and Edpuzzle
    • Webcam Training
    • Creating Videos using WeVideo & Screencastify
    • Security & Badging
    • Creating Authentic Assessments in the Virtual Setting
    • Writing Authentic Assessments
    • Cultural Diversity in the Virtual Classroom
    • Safety & Security Protocols for COVID-19
    • Technology Device Deployment

    In-Person Exception For Special Education Instruction
    The health order allows for an exception for in-person instruction to occur for some identified special education students. Carroll ISD is in the process of determining which students with disabilities will be– permitted to attend school in-person beginning August 24. Our goal is to communicate student participation for the in-person instruction option late next week. The general plan description for this special education exemption will be posted to our district's website, and the parents of qualifying students will be notified directly via email by Friday, July 31.

    Dragon Virtual Academy Overview
    Dragon Virtual Academy will be a blend of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction at all grade levels. CISD teachers will be providing students with set instructional times, breaks between classes and during lunch, as well as intermittent, asynchronous self-paced learning. When participating in the Dragon Virtual Academy, students will be required to participate in a full day of instruction as required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This will require virtual students to be enrolled in a full course load each day of instruction, however, like in-person instruction, breaks and self-paced, asynchronous activities will be built into the day as well. The mode of instruction will vary by grade level and subject matter. 

    Expectations for Dragon Virtual Academy synchronous learning:

    1. Log on and attend class on time as you follow your personalized class schedule.
    2. Wear clothing that follows the dress code outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
    3. Find a comfortable workspace environment for virtual learning.
    4. Avoid walking around with the camera during class.
    5. Adjust the laptop camera to show your face on the screen so that you can effectively engage with your teacher virtually.
    6. Participate as an active learner in the class.

    Expectations for Dragon Virtual Academy asynchronous learning:

    1. Complete all assigned activities each day.
    2. Show proof of daily participation by demonstrating evidence of student learning ie. video, picture, or activities submitted as lessons and/or completing assignments. 
    3. Communicate with the teacher via Seesaw or Canvas when you need additional assistance, tutoring, or support.

    Attendance
    There will be mandatory daily check-in for students who select virtual learning. Teachers will record attendance in Skyward. According to the Texas Education Agency, students earn daily attendance through engagement measure(s) which include:

    • Daily progress in the Learning Management System (LMS) - Seesaw or Canvas; or
    • Daily progress via teacher-student interactions - Zoom; or
    • Completion or submission of assignments from student to teacher via Seesaw or Canvas.

    Work Expectations/Assignments
    Students enrolled in the Dragon Virtual Academy are expected to participate in daily virtual instruction with follow-up assignments. The curriculum for DVA will be the same curriculum used by Carroll ISD for in-person instruction. The rigor of assignments will also be the same. Assignments and work will need to be submitted to the teacher through the virtual classroom environment. 

    Grading Policy
    Unlike remote learning last spring, courses taught as part of the Dragon Virtual Academy will not be pass/fail. Carroll ISD will follow the same Grading Guidelines as courses taught in-person.

    Extracurricular Participation
    DVA students will be allowed to participate in and attend extracurricular programs or classes, but must provide their own transportation for those activities. Students enrolled in Dragon Virtual Academy must meet the residency requirements as set forth by the University Interscholastic League. 

    NOTE:  The Texas University Interscholastic League released a Modified 2020-2021 Athletic Calendar and Updated COVID-19 Mitigation Guidelines. Until September 28, only outdoor activities are allowed by the University Interscholastic League, and even then must comply with six-feet social distancing and mask requirements.

    Devices/Internet Access
    A technology device will be made available for student use daily. It is recommended students use district-issued laptops or iPads. Families requesting Dragon Virtual Academy but do not have internet service will be prioritized for the issuance of district hot spots. Dell laptops for students in grades 5-12, and iPads for students in grades K-4 will be distributed prior to the first day of instruction. More details about the distribution process will be forthcoming. For those families who are missing chargers, having issues with their district devices and/or in need of technology support, please call our help desk at 817-949-HELP.

    Virtual Learning Platforms
    Rest assured that the Dragon Virtual Learning Academy will vastly differ from the emergency learning that occurred in the spring. The emergency measures taken in the spring were designed to keep as many of the students engaged in the learning process as possible.

    For the 2020-2021 school year, engagement will remain important, but it is crucial for the future of our students that a full year of academic growth occurs regardless of the setting, so we have streamlined our process and dedicated ourselves to ensuring that the virtual learning experience will be successful for those students who do not yet feel comfortable coming to school in person. It will take a very close partnership between the teacher, the parent and the student for all to be successful.

    The learning platforms for Dragon Virtual Academy are the same platforms used for in-person instruction. 

    • For students in grades PK through 4th Grade, the platform used in CISD is Seesaw.
    • For students in 5th-12th Grades, the platform used in CISD is Canvas
    • Students can access textbooks, websites, and most district-purchased software programs remotely using ClassLink.

    Dragon Virtual Academy will be a blend of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction at all grade levels. CISD teachers will be providing students with set instructional times, breaks between classes and during lunch, as well as intermittent, asynchronous self-paced learning at each teacher's discretion. Lessons in most cases will be taught from CISD classrooms using mounted webcams with versatile, high-quality features controlled by the classroom teacher. Students are required to be "present" via Zoom for these sessions. Specific times will be set for direct instruction to include pre-recorded teacher videos and/or lessons.

    Remote Synchronous Instruction – Two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. In this method, the required amount of instructional time is scheduled each day, and funding is generated when attendance is recorded daily at a locally selected snapshot time. Synchronous instruction is provided through a computer or other electronic device or over the phone. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, §28.002.

    Remote Asynchronous Instruction – Instruction that does not require having the instructor and student engaged at the same time. In this method, students learn from instruction that is not necessarily being delivered in-person or in real time. This type of instruction may include various forms of digital and online learning, such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own, and pre-assigned work and formative assessments made available to students on paper. The instructional method must address the required curriculum, per TEC, §28.002.

    Virtual Course Options
    Core academic courses will be offered at all grade levels. CISD will be offering elective courses as part of Dragon Virtual Academy, however, there are a small number of courses that require in-person instruction. A list of those courses requiring some in-person instruction will be provided to campus counselors so they can provide students with academic planning advice. Students will be required to participate in a full day of instruction as required by the Texas Education Agency. Core academic courses, encore/elective courses and Advanced Placement/Honors courses will be offered as part of the Dragon Virtual Academy. 

    Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4: Carroll ISD teachers will design online courses with the guidance and support of the CISD Curriculum Department. Courses at this level will include math, language arts, science and social studies. Students will also participate in WIN time (What I Need), which is time set aside each day for personalized learning based on an individual student's needs. WIN time is useful for delivering special education, Gifted and Talented, CARE, ESL, Language Science, intervention and extension services. Encore courses for PK-4 students include art, music, physical education, science lab and computer lab. Encore classes will be taught by CISD teachers using an asynchronous model to push out lessons. Unlike the spring semester of last year, the Encore lessons will not be optional for students, but they will be able to access the assignments and work at their own pace to complete Encore lessons.

    Grades 5-6: Intermediate school core courses will be taught directly by a CISD teacher via Canvas, the district's learning management system. Courses at this level will include math, language arts, science and social studies. Encore courses include art, band, choir, computer lab, music, physical education, science lab and language science. In the sixth grade, Edgenuity, an online curriculum platform with courses metered to align with the CISD curriculum and pacing, will serve as an additional instructional delivery method for any course that does not meet this threshold. If the School Board approves the five-day delay to the start of instruction, student schedules will be available to view in Skyward Family Access beginning Friday, August 21.

    Grades 7-8: Middle School courses will be taught directly by a CISD teacher via Canvas, the district learning management system. Like in-person instruction, students in the Dragon Virtual Academy will follow their daily schedule based on the courses they selected last spring. If the School Board approves the five-day delay to the start of instruction, student schedules will be available to view in Skyward Family Access beginning Friday, August 21. Click here to view Middle School Course Offerings.

    Grades 9-12: If enrollment allows, STAAR EOC, Advanced Placement (AP), and Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses will be taught directly by a CISD teacher via Canvas, the district learning management system. Edgenuity, an online curriculum platform with courses metered to align with the CISD curriculum and pacing, will serve as an additional instructional delivery method for any courses that do not meet this threshold. Tarrant County College (TCC) has announced it will be offering dual credit courses virtually. CISD Dragon Virtual Academy students may take advantage of these offerings as well. If the School Board approves the five-day delay to the start of instruction, student schedules will be available to view in Skyward Family Access beginning Friday, August 21. Click here to view High School/Senior High School Course Offerings.

    UPDATED: All AP courses will be offered following the College Board framework. This is the same framework followed for students who have selected in-person instruction.

    Student Schedules
    PK-4th Grade: Teachers and students will work within the Seesaw platform. Teachers will deliver lessons in a variety of methods including whole class Zoom sessions, small group Zoom sessions, pre-recorded and selected embedded videos, etc. Assignments will be submitted to the teacher via Seesaw app. This platform will be standard across the district.

    UPDATED 8.2.20: Each elementary campus has created and posted on their campus website virtual schedules that align with the individual campus master schedule. Within the virtual schedules, PK-4 campuses have aligned the following:

    K-2 Online synchronous and asynchronous minute requirements
    *Encore, lunch, recess, and WIN time must remain the same as the on-campus schedule so that WIN times are staggered and the virtual teacher can plan with the team.
    · 15 minutes reading / 20 minutes asynchronous
    · 15 minutes writers / 20 minutes asynchronous
    · 15 minutes math / 30 minute asynchronous
    · 30 minutes social studies / science asynchronous
    · 15 minutes handwriting asynchronous
    · 15 minutes phonics asynchronous
    · 45 or 60 minutes of WIN time synchronous
    · 45 minutes of Encore asynchronous
    · 30 minutes lunch
    · 30 minutes recess
    · Options for additional education:
    · Morning meeting
    · Breaks
    · Independent reading
    · Read aloud
    · Closure/Check-In
    · 105 synchronous / 175 asynchronous

    3rd-4th - Online synchronous and asynchronous minute requirements
    *Encore, lunch, recess, and WIN time MUST remain the same as the on-campus schedule so that WIN times are staggered and the virtual teacher can plan with the team.
    · 45 minutes reading / 45 minutes writing/grammar synchronous
    · 90 minutes math synchronous
    · 30 minutes Science/SS/word study - asynchronous
    · 45 minutes of Encore asynchronous
    · 45 or 60 minutes of WIN time synchronous
    · 30 minutes lunch
    · 30 minutes recess
    · Options for additional education:
    · Morning meeting
    · Breaks
    · Independent reading
    · Read aloud
    · Closure/Check-In
    · 240 synchronous / 75 asynchronous

    5th-6th Grade: Teachers and students will use Canvas, the district learning management system, to facilitate instruction and the submitting of assignments. Zoom will be used for whole group sessions, as well as small group direct instruction.

    7th-8th Grade: If enrollment allows, middle school core courses will be taught directly by a teacher via Canvas, the district learning management system. Zoom will be used for whole group as well as small group direct instruction.

    Grades 9-12: If enrollment allows, STAAR, EOC, Advanced Placement (AP), and Career and Technology Education (CTE) courses will be taught directly by a CISD teacher via Canvas, the district learning management system. Tarrant County College (TCC) has announced that it will be offering most dual credit courses virtually. CISD Dragon Virtual Academy students may take advantage of these courses as well. Complete course guides for high school students are being developed now and will be updated soon. Zoom will be used for whole group and small group direct instruction.

    Counseling & Social/Emotional Support
    CISD counselors will prioritize the most critical academic, career and social/emotional lessons while continuing to teach the school counseling curriculum through school/district online platforms. Additionally, K-12 counselors will be available to provide planning, advisement, and counseling services to students before and after school hours. 

    • K-4 Counselors will be available from 7:30-8:00 a.m. and 3:15-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday 
    • 5-8 Counselors will be available from 8:00-8:30 a.m. and 3:45-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
    • 9-12 Counselors will be available from 7:30-8:00 am and 3:30-4:15 p.m., Monday-Friday

    Counselors can also be available for evening meetings by appointment. In the event of a crisis, please don't hesitate to reach out to your school counselor at any time.

    Dragon Virtual Academy Curriculum

    Pre-Kindergarten Year-At-A-Glance

    Elementary & Intermediate Core Subjects

    English Language Arts (ELA) Year-At-A-Glance

    Math 

    Social Studies

    Science

    Secondary Core Subjects

    UPDATED: All AP courses will be offered following the College Board framework. This is the same framework followed for students who have selected in-person instruction.

    English Language Arts (ELA) Year-At-A-Glance

    Math Year-At-A-Glance

    Social Studies Year-At-A-Glance

    Science Year-At-A-Glance

     Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

    Fine Arts

    Special Programs PK-12
    Special Programs would like to assure families that the fall virtual learning will look more like a regular school day than what was offered in the spring. We are ready to implement plans, created with purpose and intent, to ensure a more robust, sustainable and developmentally appropriate online instructional experience for students served in our department. The goal of the Dragon Virtual Academy plan is not only to continue educational opportunities for students, but also to remain a community and support each other during this time.

    The nature of special education and/or dyslexia interventions will likely require a heavier concentration of synchronous supports and services to ensure that individual student needs are met. Progress will be carefully monitored and ARD Committees or Section 504 Committees will convene as needed to make appropriate recommendations to meet individual student needs.

    The Dragon Virtual Academy will be the instructional model during all potential intermittent closures. These closures may occur for both students and staff based on public health authority recommendations. Please note that plans are subject to change as public health guidelines and further information from the Texas Education Agency is released.

    Special Education Services Procedures
    Carroll ISD will ensure that students with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). We will ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability can be provided the special education and related services identified in the student's individualized education program (IEP). Meeting the needs of students with specialized services and supports in a virtual educational setting requires collaboration and instructional planning and preparation. Special education service and supports in a virtual setting may not mirror the services and supports that a student receives within the traditional school setting. Progress will be carefully monitored and the ARD committee will convene virtually and make appropriate recommendations to meet individual student needs to ensure continued growth in the general education curriculum and on IEP goals and objectives.

    Dyslexia (Language Science) Services Procedures
    Students will continue to receive access to all general education instruction as determined in the 504 Plan (IAP). Appropriately supporting students with specialized services and supports in a virtual educational setting requires collaboration and instructional planning and preparation. Language Science instruction in a virtual setting may not mirror the services and supports that a student receives within the traditional school setting. 

    Description of Dyslexia and Special Education Services and Supports

    Dragon Virtual Academy FAQ

    Can students outside of Carroll ISD enroll in Dragon Virtual Academy?
    No. Per policy, the only non-resident students allowed to enroll in CISD are employee's children, the grandchildren of tax-paying residents who reside within CISD, students who live in the City of Southlake and students who live in the disputed zone. To learn more about residency requirements, click here.

    Does my child have to be logged in for the entire school day?
    Students will generally follow a "typical school day" from start to finish in the virtual environment. Depending on the student, his or her grade, selected coursework and individual needs, the amount of synchronous versus asynchronous time may differ student to student. Attendance will be taken daily. Students will not have to stay logged in and sitting at a table in front of a screen the entire school day. See sample schedules above.

    Will students be required to complete assignments daily?
    All assignment deadlines will be at the teacher's discretion just like the face-to-face classroom. Assignments not turned in time will be considered late. Please see the district's Grading Guidelines for more information about late assignments/make-up work.

    Who will my child's teacher be and will that teacher be from my home campus?
    Dragon Virtual Academy courses will be taught by certified Carroll ISD teachers. To the extent possible, your child's teacher will be from your home campus. You can expect the same high caliber teacher and a consistent experience using the same Carroll ISD curriculum, scope and sequence. 

    How will virtual assignments be graded?
    Grading for Dragon Virtual Academy courses will follow the same grading policy as the courses for Carroll ISD's in-person model. Courses that earn high school credit will count in GPA calculation and class rank. According to TEA guidance, the grading policies for virtual instruction must be consistent with the District’s grading policies for on-campus assignments. 

    What if we don't have internet or a device for virtual learning?
    Carroll ISD offers hotspots to check out for those families without internet service. We also provide a district-issued device for students. Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 817-949-HELP.

    How will Gifted and Talented Students be served in the Dragon Virtual Academy?
    Specific scheduling information will be provided to each student who qualifies for GT services. Services will be provided by their QUEST teacher at the elementary level.  At the secondary level, students will receive GT instruction from a trained classroom teacher in the core content areas in which your child qualifies for GT services.

    Does my child need specific school supplies for Dragon Virtual Academy?
    School supply needs are determined by classroom teacher and grade level. Students participating in the Dragon Virtual Academy can use the same school supplies identified for in-person instruction.