Instructional Program Fall 2020

Keeping Active, Keeping Safe

We're back on campus and online, and the school year is off to a great start! Below are details about out our instructional program this year, as well as help with Tech Tools and some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Please let us know how we can support you.

TECH TOOLS

CANVAS

Canvas is a Learning Management System many of our classes used during Home-Based Learning. All classes - EC3 through Grade 12, both on campus and WYIS Online - will use Canvas for the 2020/2021 school year. If you were enrolled at WYIS in 2019/2020 and used Canvas during Home-Based Learning, the same site/location WILL NOT WORK for the 2020/2021 school year. Do not use any saved HBL links. You must use the site/address below.

>>>>>START HERE - Canvas Login Web URL/Address: canvas.ldi.global

Below are specific instructions by grade:
  • EC3-Grade 5 - Students in EC3-5 HAVE a school-issued email and should choose Login For Students with a School Issued Email Address. Parents were emailed information about how to access their child's WYIS email account. With your child's email account information, you can log in to their Canvas account.*
  • Grades 6-12 - Students in Grades 3-12, HAVE a school-issued email and should choose Login For Students with a School Issued Email Address. Students were emailed instructions about logging into Canvas.
Additional Information
  • Remember, the Canvas login is the same as the student email login. If you can log in to your WYIS student email account, you can log in to your Canvas account. If you're having problems with your student email account, email the IT helpdesk: helpdesk@ldi.global.*
  • User names are first initial+last name+expected year of graduation@students.wyischina.com (for example: bgates24@students.wyischina.com)
  • If you have more than one child accessing their WYIS email and Canvas accounts on one device, you MUST log out of both programs before logging in as another student. If you do not, that will probably cause you problems.

ZOOM

Zoom is a video conferencing tool we use regularly at WYIS. Teachers and students both will use Zoom for "live" conversations and instruction.

For the correct link on all WYIS Zoom calls, download Zoom directly from HERE

POWERSCHOOL

Our school uses PowerSchool as its Student Management System. The attached document HERE shows step-by-step instructions on how to log in to view a student's schedule on PowerSchool.

To visit the PowerSchool login portion of our website, click HERE

FORMS

Looking for the Add/Drop Request Form? Look no further. View or download it HERE.

For more of our forms and documents, view the Documents section of our Community tab HERE.

FAQ

What are the attendance expectations for Secondary Students while some students are on campus and some are not?
Secondary teachers record attendance in PowerSchool for students who are both on campus and off campus. - Students outside Wuhan - For students who are off campus and learning online, we expect them to join Zoom calls and participate with the teacher and on-campus students synchronously as much as is possible and available. We expect all students in an Asian time zone to participate in class synchronously. - Students in Wuhan - Students currently in Wuhan are expected to attend classes at WYIS unless their specific situation has been discussed and approved by either Dr. Carlson or Dr. Rehm. Our hope is for all students to return to WYIS and begin learning in person as soon as possible. We know every student’s situation is different, so please talk with your child’s teacher or Dr. Rehm with any exceptions we should consider or any other questions you have.
When do classes begin and end?
Classes begin September 1 at 8:00 PRC time. The school year runs through June 17. Check out the school calendar posted to the WYIS website news and events section for more details.
What will classes be like for off-campus (WYIS Online) students?
Off-campus students follow an online curriculum available on Canvas, our learning management system. For the best learning experience, students should plan to attend live virtual lessons to participate in discussions, connect with their teachers, and join class activities. Check class information on Canvas for Zoom links and other information on how to join the live sessions. >>>>> Course materials are available on Canvas. Students can see the year overview, learning activities and instructional videos, teacher announcements and updates – any time, from any time zone.
What will classes be like for on-campus students?
On-campus students follow a regular school day schedule 8:00-3:00 Monday-Friday. Teachers still located abroad will provide live virtual instruction in the China mornings. Teacher teams in China and abroad will work together for small group instruction, tutoring and coaching. >>>>> Course materials are available on Canvas. Students can see the year overview, learning activities and instructional videos, teacher announcements and updates – any time, from any time zone.
I'm in Secondary. How can I find my schedule?
Class schedules are available on PowerSchool. Questions about Secondary scheduling or courses? Secondary Principal, Dr. Chris Rehm, will hold office hours the first two weeks of school from 8:00-8:30 PRC time to assist grades 6-12 with scheduling and course questions.
My child is in Elementary. Where is his schedule?
Parents will receive their child’s schedule in the elementary welcome packs prepared by each classroom teacher. Parents will receive a Welcome Packet at Orientation/Open House or on their child’s first day of school. Elementary schedules are not in PowerSchool the same as they are for Secondary students. Questions about ECC or Elementary? Contact your child’s teacher or Elementary Principal, Dr. Will Hatten.
How can I find my Elementary child's log in to Canvas?
Since elementary students do not regularly use their school email, we have sent elementary student parents an email with more information about important logins. We will use the parent email address we have on file in PowerSchool. Elementary students do not have a PowerSchool account. Students only have and need a login for Canvas.
I'm a returning Secondary student. Where is my login for Canvas, PowerSchool, etc?
Check your student email before September 1. We will send important information that contains your computer login, as well as login information for PowerSchool and Canvas, etc.
I'm a NEW Secondary Student. Where is my login for Canvas, PowerSchool, etc?
We will send an email to parents before September 1 with your child’s student email address, so your child will be able to check their student email account and receive important login information. We will use the parent email address we have on file in PowerSchool.
Who do I contact for IT support?
Send an email to our IT Helpdesk (helpdesk@ldi.global) with questions about school devices, logging in to Powerschool or Canvas, etc.
What devices and tools should I prepare?
Students will need access to a computer with high speed internet and a headset or earphones for watching video and participating in online discussions. More information on how to use Canvas, Zoom and PowerSchool can be found elsewhere on this page
Will there be after-school activities and athletic competitions?
Yes. Campus activities and tournaments will continue. We will monitor the local health and travel conditions throughout the year in order to give students the most educational opportunities in a safe environment.
Will there be Fall Camp?
Yes. Some modifications will be made to ensure a safe and successful experience at camp. Updated September 2020: Fall Camp has been postponed until more students are back on campus.The dates have not been set yet, but Fall Camp may become Spring Camp for the 2020/2021 school year. Regardless, it'll be a great time! We'll keep you posted.
I need to add or drop a class. What do I do?
Fill out an Add/Drop Request Form. It's located on this page in the Tech Tools section.

OVERVIEW

The 2020/2021 school year began September 1, with many of our students on campus and others online. During this time of transition, WYIS will offer both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

  • When our teachers teach in person to students in the classroom, that's considered synchronous instruction. When teachers Zoom in and talk live with students who are in the classroom or on Zoom, that's also considered synchronous.
  • Because many of our students are spread around the world in different time zones, we also offer asynchronous instruction. If your time zone or schedule won't allow you to be in person or on Zoom at the same time as our teachers, you will especially benefit from our asynchronous instruction.

WYIS is staffed with highly qualified teachers who are ready to teach and engage with students in both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

COMMON TERMS

  • Synchronous: occurs at the same time; simultaneous
  • Asynchronous: does not occur at the same time; not simultaneous
  • Canvas: Canvas is a Learning Management System many of our classes used during Home-Based Learning. Canvas is where you'll find teacher videos, instructions, homework assignments, etc. Our entire school, EC3 through Grade 12, will use Canvas beginning September 1.

ECC and Elementary classes may also use Class Dojo as their behavior management system. However, all assignments and instructions will be in Canvas.

ELEMENTARY

Each classroom in elementary has both a foreign teacher and at least one national staff co-teacher.Foreign teachers are on their way back to WYIS*, but co-teachers are all in Wuhan and will be in the classroom with their students.

Though each classroom has different schedules and different needs, below is an example of how elementary classes may be taught during this time of synchronous and asynchronous instruction:

  • Every morning until the time that students break for lunch, foreign teachers will Zoom in to the classroom multiple times for synchronous teaching time with their class. Teachers will Zoom in during each block of subject-specific teaching time.
  • Each Zoom session with foreign teachers is approximately 20 minutes. The teacher will introduce lessons for the class, teach in small groups or stations, meet one-on-one with students, etc.
  • All classes in ECC and Elementary are scheduled to have the following taught every morning, during which time the foreign teacher will Zoom in for instruction: Writing/English Grammar from 8:00-8:45, Reading from 8:45-9:30.
  • Students in the classroom at WYIS and on Zoom will be live with the foreign teacher for synchronous instruction.
  • Co-teachers will be with students in the classroom and continue to teach when the foreign teacher is not present.
  • Canvas modules will include an introduction video and all instructions and assignments for the day. Students who are not able to join in the classroom or on Zoom will be able to access everything through Canvas for asynchronous instruction.
  • During the first few weeks of September, most afternoon instruction with foreign teachers will be asynchronous, due to time zone differences*.
  • Once foreign teachers arrive in China for their quarantine period, they will be able to provide more synchronous instruction throughout the day.

SECONDARY

Each classroom in secondary is taught by a foreign teacher. Three foreign teachers are here in Wuhan and will teach their classes in person on campus. While we await the return of the rest of our foreign secondary teachers*, the remaining secondary classes will be monitored by a Classroom Manager. Classroom Managers are current WYIS staff, both foreign and national, who are on campus at WYIS.

Though our classes have different schedules and different needs, below is an example of how secondary classes may be taught during this time of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

SYNCHRONOUS

  • Each school day begins with a video introduction from the foreign teacher. The teacher will explain the lesson, introduce key concepts, and talk about what needs to be done for the day.
  • Students watch the video, then the foreign teacher zooms in for synchronous instruction with students who are in the classroom and on Zoom.
  • Teachers lead the discussion, answer questions, and lead small groups.
  • Managers ensure kids are engaged and doing what they should be.
  • Students complete their assignments and activities in Canvas.

ASYNCHRONOUS

  • Each school day begins with a video introduction from the foreign teacher. The teacher will explain the lesson, introduce key concepts, and talk about what needs to be done for the day.
  • Students watch the video from the teacher, then students complete the assignments outlined from Canvas.
  • Though asynchronous instruction dictates students may not be online when teachers are, teachers welcome the interaction with their students and look for ways to connect. Teachers will have office hours for their students to schedule time in. They can also video record or message their teacher any questions or problems they have.

*Our foreign teachers are all in the process of returning to Wuhan. Many of our teachers have tickets and hope to arrive in Wuhan by end of August. Others are on track to arrive in September. Once in China, each teacher is required to be in quarantine for 14 days. At that point, students will likely experience even more synchronous teaching, as teachers will be in the same time zone as WYIS. We are actively working toward getting all our teachers and WYIS team members back to Wuhan as quickly as possible.