The role of the Oak Meadow teacher differs depending on the student’s grade level. Throughout the grade levels, Oak Meadow teachers provide perspective and guidance regarding any challenges that might arise during the learning process. Regular communication—whether it be with the home teacher/parent or the student her/himself—is a key aspect to a successful distance learning experience, and we encourage our enrolled families to keep in close communication with their Oak Meadow teacher. Oak Meadow teachers develop strong connections with their students over the course of many months and years, and this develops into learning relationships that provide a substantial level of support for students and their families. Our faculty are regional, and they gather once a month for professional development and to discuss pertinent topics with the goal to improve the academic program and student experience.
Oak Meadow pays close attention to students’ developmental stages, and the relationship between the Oak Meadow teacher, the home teacher, and the student evolves as the student gains skills in not just content areas, but executive functioning as well.
- In grades K-4, the Oak Meadow teacher acts primarily as a guide and source of inspiration and support, helping the parent with the teaching process. The home teacher submits samples of the student’s work once a month for grades K-4, and the Oak Meadow teacher assesses the student’s work, providing feedback and suggestions for future work.
- Then, from 5th grade onward, students are brought directly into communication and interactions with Oak Meadow teachers, as the home teachers step back to assist the student in taking on more responsibility and completing their work independently. By the time the student reaches high school, it is expected that the student will carry the bulk of the interaction with the Oak Meadow teacher.
- Starting in 5th grade, student work is submitted every two weeks, although high school teachers may arrange project-based work differently and abide by different submission schedules. The Oak Meadow teacher provides detailed lesson comments and grades. Individual suggestions will be given about what to work on in future lessons, areas needing extra attention, and tips for strengthening specific skills. The teacher also provides ongoing support via email or phone to answer any questions or concerns about the learning process or curriculum/lessons.
- Oak Meadow teachers send semester evaluations of each student’s progress mid-year (after approximately 5 months), and at the completion of the course (after approximately 10 months). These evaluations become a part of the student’s official school record, maintained in our office, and are transferable to future schools.