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Drivers Ed & Learning Responsible Defensive Driving Skills for Teens

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Dr. Kai Kafferly, MEd, PhD
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A semester & full curriculum homeschool or after school high school class for real-world driving. Mobility & Laws, Signs & Basic Vehicle Control, Foundations of Effective Driving, Challenges to Vehicle Control, Driving Readiness, Defensive Driving, & much more. Worth a full year credit.

Class Experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner - Advanced Level
13 lessons//13 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
⛔ CHAPTERS 1 & 2: Driving and Mobility & Administrative and Traffic Laws
Rev up your engines as we kick off our journey into the world of driving and mobility! In this dynamic week, we'll navigate through the essentials of driver education, exploring everything from the fundamentals of the Highway Transportation System to the intricacies of administrative laws and traffic regulations. Get ready to buckle up and dive into the rules of the road! 🛣️
 Week 2
Lesson 2
🛑 CHAPTERS 3 & 4: Signs, Signals, and Pavement Markings & Systems and Checks
Prepare to navigate with confidence as we decipher the language of road signs, signals, and pavement markings. From regulatory signs to comfort and control systems, we'll equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills needed to safely navigate the highways and byways. Get ready to conduct thorough pre-drive checks and ensure your vehicle is road-ready for every journey. 🚦
 Week 3
Lesson 3
🎛️ CHAPTER 5: Basic Control Tasks
Take control of the wheel as we master the basic control tasks of driving. Whether you're behind the wheel of an automatic or manual transmission vehicle, we'll explore the nuances of speed control, steering, and vehicle handling. Get ready to steer your way towards driving excellence! 🚗
 Week 4
Lesson 4
🚧 CHAPTER 6: Basic Maneuvers
Gear up for seamless maneuvers as we tackle everything from merging into traffic to executing precise turns and parking with finesse. From navigating complex intersections to safely passing other vehicles, we'll hone our driving skills and build confidence behind the wheel. Get ready to maneuver through traffic like a seasoned pro! 🅿️
 Week 5
Lesson 5
🔍 CHAPTERS 7 & 8: Searching and Giving Meaning & Options and Responses
Sharpen your senses as we delve into the art of scanning, searching, and sensing the road ahead. From interpreting traffic patterns to making split-second decisions, we'll explore how to effectively manage space and time while driving. Get ready to stay one step ahead of potential hazards and maintain a safe margin of safety on the road. 🦺
 Week 6
Lesson 6
🛣️ CHAPTER 9: Environments and Traffic Settings
Navigate diverse driving environments with ease as we explore the unique challenges of residential streets, expressways, and rural roads. From bustling urban streets to serene country lanes, we'll adapt our driving skills to various traffic settings and road conditions. Get ready to explore the world through the windshield of your vehicle! ⛽
 Week 7
Lesson 7
🚂 CHAPTER 10: Intersections
Master the art of navigating intersections as we dissect the complexities of railroad crossings, roundabouts, and complex junctions. From understanding right-of-way rules to safely traversing interchanges, we'll equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate intersections with confidence. Get ready to approach intersections with poise and precision! 🛤️
 Week 8
Lesson 8
🏍️ CHAPTERS 11 & 12: Sharing the Roadway with Others & Vehicle Movement
Share the road responsibly as we learn to coexist with pedestrians, cyclists, and other motorists. From adjusting our speed to accommodate different road users to understanding the principles of vehicle movement and total stopping distance, we'll cultivate a culture of safety and respect on the road. Get ready to drive with awareness and consideration for others! 🚲
 Week 9
Lesson 9
🚦CHAPTERS 13 & 14: Light and Weather Conditions & Environment
Adapt to changing light and weather conditions as we explore strategies for driving safely in low visibility and adverse weather. From minimizing glare to navigating hazardous road conditions, we'll learn how to mitigate risks and maintain control behind the wheel. Get ready to conquer the elements and emerge as a confident all-weather driver! ⛈️
 Week 10
Lesson 10
🚨 CHAPTERS 15 & 16: Vehicular Emergencies & Physical Readiness
Prepare for the unexpected as we learn how to respond to vehicular emergencies and maintain physical readiness for the road ahead. From engine failures to tire blowouts, we'll equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills needed to stay calm under pressure and ensure our safety and the safety of others. Get ready to handle any challenge that comes your way! 🛞
 Week 11
Lesson 11
🚫 CHAPTERS 17 & 18: Psychological, Social Readiness & Handling Social Pressures
Navigate the psychological and social aspects of driving as we explore strategies for managing distractions, emotions, and peer pressure behind the wheel. From understanding the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving ability to preventing impaired driving, we'll foster a culture of responsibility and awareness on the road. Get ready to drive with confidence and clarity of mind! 🚫🍷
 Week 12
Lesson 12
🚛 CHAPTER 19: Vehicle Readiness
Ensure your vehicle is road-ready as we delve into the importance of regular maintenance and inspection. From checking vehicle systems to ensuring proper installation of child safety seats, we'll prioritize vehicle readiness and safety for every journey. Get ready to take ownership of your vehicle's maintenance and ensure a smooth and safe ride for all passengers! 🔦
 Week 13
Lesson 13
🏁 The Final Project
In this final week, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your understanding and skills through a compelling final project. You'll demonstrate your commitment to safe and responsible driving through a slideshow video. Get ready to hit the road with confidence and embark on a lifetime of safe travels! 🎞️
This class is taught in English.
  • Identify, comprehend, analyze, make inferences, draw educated conclusions, and understand: 1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of rules and regulations; federal laws; procedures of operating a motor vehicle; and other responsibilities associated with the driving privilege. 2. Learn visual search skills to obtain correct information and make reduced-risk decisions for effective speed and position adjustments. 3. Learn how to interact with other users of the Highway Transportation System by adjusting speed, space, and communications to avoid conflicts and reduce risk. 4. Demonstrate the knowledge of balanced vehicle movement through the steering, braking, and accelerating in a precise and timely manner throughout a variety of adverse conditions. Managing Time, Visibility, and Space. 5. Recognize vehicle technology systems and explain the benefit of braking, traction, and intelligent handling and stability systems. 6. Confirm the need to protect oneself and others by using active and passive vehicle occupant protection systems. 7. Display knowledge of responsible actions in regard to physical and psychological conditions affecting driver performance. 8. Evaluate personal transportation needs as they relate to traveling, purchasing, operating, maintaining, and insuring a motor vehicle.
👨‍🏫 Teacher Expertise:

I have taught Drivers Ed in high school in the past. I also continue to teach Basic Driver Improvement and Advanced Driver Improvement with the National Safety Council and have worked with the American Automobile Association (AAA). 

🍎 My Teaching Approach:

My journey in education has been enriched by a pursuit of knowledge, including several EDU college credits alongside my undergraduate degrees and a graduate degree in education. Informed by educational theories like constructivism, humanism, realism, idealism, and brain-based learning, I've honed my craft as a high school teacher, embracing the roles of guide, coach, and mentor.

I have adopted a contemporary teaching approach, one thoroughly examined by scholars and supported by compelling statistics. This approach has proven successful in traditional brick-and-mortar schools as well as in virtual educational settings. In my master's and doctoral programs in higher education, it is the cornerstone of our pedagogical philosophy.

In my virtual classroom, I employ a "flipped classroom" model. Here, students engage with assignments prior to our live meetings, where they become the "teachers," sharing their newfound knowledge, interests, and essential insights during the live meetings making it an "open classroom" model too. Students are encouraged to ask questions and make comments, fostering a dynamic and collaborative environment. I actively participate by offering additional information to each student's answers in their assignments along with context. I also participate in the live meetings doing the same thing and creating a shared learning experience.

This method aligns with the "open classroom" philosophy, emphasizing a collective journey toward a common goal: learning while having fun. We collectively dissect the assignments, analyze, and arrive at conclusions during our live meetings. Each session concludes with an introduction and guidance for the upcoming week.

As professional educators, we recognize the shift away from lengthy lectures in live meetings, recognizing that students benefit from interaction. We aim to be coaches, guides, and mentors, both individually and for the entire class. Strategic questioning during discussions facilitates meaningful conversations, creating valuable teaching moments.

The courses I offer are academically advanced and accelerated. To succeed, students must cultivate strong time management skills and maintain a high level of motivation. I don't just teach the material through traditional homework, projects, and review quizzes. I also employ videos, instructional materials, and lively discussions during our live meetings. Moreover, I emphasize teaching students how to learn, encouraging independent research and resourcefulness.

When students present questions, I often guide them to explore answers through internet research, promoting critical thinking and resource evaluation. The same approach is applied when reviewing homework, as I ask supplementary questions that go beyond the textbook, encouraging further exploration.

Through these methods, I empower students not only to learn but to understand how to learn as responsible adults. They gain control over their education, a valuable skill if harnessed effectively.
Homework Offered
🎒 The homework tasks outlined below may initially appear demanding, but I assure you, it is designed to be manageable and engaging. Please take a moment to read this section carefully, and if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me through private messaging here on Outschool. I am more than willing to accommodate individual teens' needs and abilities. 📋 Quick Weekly Work Overview: • 1 Lesson Introduction Video with questions. • 2 Assignments with questions. • Taking notes from various sources along the way to present & share their understanding of the information & new knowledge in their own words during our live meetings. My approach to due dates is flexible, and tailored to each student. Every week, I encourage students to complete as much as they comfortably can, without feeling overwhelmed. I understand that each student has unique needs and abilities. Furthermore, there is no expectation for students to fully read the chapter assigned each week. Instead, students can skim and scan through the textbook to answer assignment questions and work on project tasks also while jotting down some notes of interest for them to share verbally in our next live meeting. During our weekly live meetings, we will discuss each student's new knowledge, their areas of interest, and any important topics they wish to explore further. I'll supplement their insights with additional points. 📆 Our live meetings are every Tuesday. Each week, students will have an exciting array of homework assignments to dive into: ■ Weekly Chapter Introduction Videos: Due by Saturday at midnight. Get your teen ready for an exciting journey every week with our engaging chapter introduction videos! These videos are designed to spark their curiosity and set the stage for the thrilling chapters ahead. Dive into the content and get ready to explore! ❓ But wait, there's more! After watching the videos, they'll tackle thought-provoking questions. They will share their insights that deepen their understanding of the material. The deadline to submit their video answers is on Saturday. ■ Weekly Assignment Homework: Due by Sunday at midnight. It's time for them to dive into their weekly assignments and unleash their learning & creativity! Each week, they'll dive into the assigned chapter(s), not just reading them, but actively engaging with the content. I'll post two thought-provoking assignments based on the chapter(s), encouraging them to delve deep into the material. Due no later than Sunday. 🤔 But here's the twist – their responses can go beyond traditional written answers. They should get ready to flex their creative muscles by creating charts, graphs, or even short essays to showcase their understanding. Sometimes they'll be asked to unleash their imagination and let it soar by crafting a slideshow video or a virtual poster using their free Canva account. I want to give my students the opportunity to let their creativity shine as they express themselves in unique ways! 👉 And that's not all – I'll be actively teaching and engaging with them by providing additional insights, and context, and even posing more questions based on their assignment answers. They will need to make sure to revisit their completed assignments to soak in the feedback and further enhance their understanding. This part is due before Tuesday. ■ Note Taking: Due by Monday at midnight. Students will harness the power of various sources, including chapter introduction videos, our textbook, personalized feedback from me on assignments, and their own research. Students will take some thorough notes to capture their new learnings, important topics they want to discuss, fascinating facts they find, and more. These notes will serve as valuable resources for their verbal presentations in our upcoming live meetings (sort of like giving a brief talk). The notes are only to help students remember what they would like to discuss in the live meeting when it is their time to use their voice, share, and teach us all. It is not something that is turned in. This should be done by Monday for them to use during the live meeting on Tuesday. 📅 To ensure a stress-free experience, assignments have staggered due dates. Introduction Videos are due on the 5th day of the week after our live meeting and both assignments are due on the 6th day of the week after our live meeting. This flexibility allows students to manage their workload at their own pace. Should a student ever feel overwhelmed or unable to complete all the tasks, please know that I am here to accommodate your needs. A private message is all it takes to make necessary adjustments. Students will also learn valuable self-motivation and time management skills through this process. 💻 During our live meetings, I'll guide them through the assignments, lead enriching discussions, and address any questions they may have. Remember, completing these assignments is crucial for their learning journey, but I understand that each student is unique. I'm here to support them every step of the way, offering personalized guidance and feedback tailored to their needs. Get ready to embark on an exciting learning adventure where their creativity, curiosity, and collaboration will thrive! In nearly every live meeting, we also engage in a fun Kahoot game just for review. I am always available and eager to assist every student during live meetings and throughout the week via private messaging. The extent of effort a student puts into the class directly impacts their learning experience. This class follows a condensed and accelerated schedule, with due dates designed to help students stay on track. ⭐ Nevertheless, I am open to adjusting due dates and workloads to accommodate each student's unique abilities and needs ⭐. This approach is known as differentiated instruction and assessment. If this applies to your student, please contact me via private direct message after the first week of the schedule. We can then have a productive conversation about what will work best for your student, ensuring maximum retention of the material and an enjoyable learning experience without stress or overload. I do not expect all students to complete every weekly assignment. The variety and choices are there to cater to individual preferences. To succeed in this class, students will need effective time management skills and a strong self-motivation to learn the material independently. Although I am always available for questions, guidance, and additional help through private messaging and one-on-one live video meetings, most of the class requires independent self-study. Learning to create a schedule and manage time effectively will be vital. 🚩 The use of ChatGPT Open AI or any other artificial intelligence programs to answer questions is strictly PROHIBITED! Students MUST use the videos, textbook, and any internet research by using your own words in all of their homework.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
📁 Even though I don't rely on standard assessments, tests, or quizzes, my approach is more akin to a "portfolio" system. I assess students on a weekly basis, taking into consideration the following criteria: 1. Amount of participation and thoroughness of sharing their notes as a presentation (giving a talk) in our live video meetings, held once a week. 2. Active engagement with the weekly assignments, along with their responsiveness to my feedback on their answers. 3. Thoroughness and dedication demonstrated in their work and research in the assignments based on their needs and abilities plus their final project in the final week. 4. Overall engagement in the class as a whole. ✨ It's important to note that these assessments are tailored to each student's unique needs, abilities, challenges, and issues. Just as instruction is personalized, assessments are also individualized and crucial for the progress of each student. Let's collaborate to foster a positive and enriching learning experience for your teen. If you have any concerns or suggestions, feel free to share them with me via a private message through your Outschool Parent Account at any time throughout the course! Together, we can ensure a supportive and conducive environment for your teen's education.
Grades Offered
👍 High school doesn't have to be a tedious journey marked by long semesters and strict timelines. Let's break free from that mold! Think of high school in terms of grade levels and credits. After all, high school credit is about the knowledge and effort your teen puts in, not the weeks or months they spend studying. With this perspective, we can accelerate your teen's learning journey. However, remember to follow your state's homeschooling laws, as parents are legally considered teachers in the eyes of the Department of Education. But don't forget the freedom and flexibility you have in crafting your teen's education! 💯 For parents who wish to receive a grade and certificate for homeschool elective credit for this class: I can issue a certificate of completion for this class along with a letter grade and one credit. You can easily copy, paste, and print the weekly schedule from the Class Description or Learning Outcomes sections to showcase your teenager's progress. As the class nears its end, simply send me a private message through your Outschool Parent Account to request the certificate of completion by the third day after our final meeting if you wish to have one. I refrain from providing grades during the class, but I encourage you to reach out privately for updates on your teen's progress as frequently as you'd like. I value and welcome ongoing parent engagement throughout the entire course. The cumulative grade at the conclusion of the class is determined by considering the following factors: 1. Amount of participation and thoroughness of sharing their notes as a presentation (giving a talk) in our live video meetings, held once a week. 2. Active engagement with the weekly assignments, along with their responsiveness to my feedback on their answers. 3. Thoroughness and dedication demonstrated in their work and research in the assignments based on their needs and abilities plus their final project in the final week. 4. Overall engagement in the class as a whole. Feel free to connect with me at any time if you have questions or if you would like an update on your teen's academic journey. I believe that open communication is key to fostering a supportive and collaborative learning environment. 🎓 The certificate of completion will include the student's first name, "Outschool," the course name, the course's end date, my full name and title as the Outschool teacher, one credit (per certificate), and a final letter grade ranging from A to D-. It's worth noting that I don't fail any students, as I believe that everyone, regardless of their level of involvement, gains valuable knowledge from the class. It's important to note that these assessments are tailored to each student's unique needs, abilities, challenges, and issues. Just as instruction is personalized, assessments are also individualized and crucial for the progress of each student. A = Excellent B = Great C = Satisfactory D = Needs Improvement Let's work together to create a positive and enriching learning experience for your teen.
🫴 I support unique learning needs by incorporating various teaching methods, offer flexible assignments, flexible due dates, additional resources, & fostering an inclusive environment. I also communicate regularly with students & parents.
⌛ This class requires very good time management skills and self-motivation to complete most of the coursework independently. While students work flexibly on their assignments, I'm always available through private messages.
 3 files available upon enrollment
💥 Students should prepare the following items before the start of class: 📕 1. Textbook: A free PDF of the textbook will be available to all students in the Outschool classroom. It will be posted, along with important announcements and further information, one day before the first live meeting. If you prefer a hard copy of the textbook, you can order "Responsible Driving" by McGraw-Hill - Glencoe. ISBN: 0-07-867814-5 (Soft Cover Edition). The Study Guide is not needed for this course. 🎨 2. Canva Accounts: Teens are required to create free Canva accounts to design virtual posters (.jpg) and online slideshows (.mp4), download them to their computers, and then upload them to the classroom as attachments. Parents may need to help their students in setting up Canva accounts and guide them on different ways to create slideshows, presentations, and photo collages. Creating a Canva account is easy using this link: https://www.canva.com/. Parents may also need to assist their learners in creating their Canvas Classroom account. 🎮 3. Kahoot Game: In almost every live meeting, we play a Kahoot game for a fun review. Students should open a separate web browser on their laptop, iPad, or mobile phone, navigate to "kahoot.it," and participate in the quiz together during the live meeting. An account is not needed for Kahoot. 🔔 It is crucial that students familiarize themselves with these materials before the class begins. 🚀 Note: A very important announcement, including information that your teen will need, will be posted the day before our first live meeting in our Outschool classroom. Your teen must read this and complete the items listed in the post to prepare for the first live meeting. This includes downloading the PDF of the textbook, creating their free Canva account, learning how to use Canva, understanding the class rules, and more. Parents will also receive a letter from me on the same day via private message.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
🌟 Please be aware that this class is not certified or licensed by any state's driver education laws or any government agency to grant a driver's permit or license. Every state operates under its specific policies and regulations in this regard. This course serves as an invaluable educational supplement rather than a certification program. Consequently, the certificate of completion from this class may not be valid for the purpose of obtaining a driver's permit or license in your state. However, it can be a valuable addition to your high school home education credits.

Before enrolling, it is essential to check with your state's authorities to ensure compliance with their specific requirements for your student to obtain a permit or license. If you are seeking certification classes exclusively for your child's driver's permit or license, please note that this course does not provide refunds or guarantees in that regard.

⛔️ In this course we discuss the reasons not to use alcohol, illegal drugs, drug abuse, prescription medications & OTC medications before or while driving. We also discuss all of the penalties & dangers associated with these items.

💰 Regarding Tuition:

I understand that the tuition structure can sometimes be a bit confusing. Your tuition covers not only the weekly live video meetings but also includes the weekly assignments, projects, and quizzes conducted in our virtual classroom by your student. Additionally, it covers my weekly lesson planning, homework grading, research, active participation in assignments, projects, and quizzes, along with providing valuable feedback, additional content, guidance, and thought-provoking questions for your student's submitted work. I'm also committed to responding to both student and parent private messages within 36 hours, offering private guidance and assistance to students, and facilitating private, one-on-one live video meetings if requested by either students or parents. Rest assured that I'm personally engaged in the classroom, working tirelessly to support your child's educational journey seven days a week throughout the entire course. In essence, the weekly "$18 per Class per Learner" displayed below the total tuition on the class listing truly translates to "$18 per Week per Learner" in my class. It's important to note that Outschool retains 30% of the total tuition to cover their operational costs. I'm sorry, but I do not permit requests for a transfer to another date and time for this class. The only circumstance under which I could consider an exception would be if there were a tragic event affecting your learner or your family and not after the first week.

If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of our learning environment, please don't hesitate to reach out. Your child's education and safety are of the utmost importance to me.

🧑‍🏫 MY CLASS RULES:

1. Do not change your Zoom name; it must match your Outschool profile for safety. I am restricted from letting you into a live meeting if your Zoom name does not match your name on Outschool.

2. Keep your camera on unless pre-approved by Outschool Support. No Zoom backgrounds for safety.

3. Mute your microphone unless asking a question, answering a question, or giving a comment. Please raise your hand to be called upon.

4. Parents, do not appear on camera or speak during the class. This is an important Outschool safety policy. Please message me through the Outschool Parent Account for help.

5. I am always available via PM 7 days a week. I respond the same day or the very next morning. However, I am unable to respond to PM’s within 45 minutes of a live meeting or during a live meeting. I am here to answer questions, give more guidance, and help you out almost all of the time. I can also make accommodations for each student as wanted or needed. I am very flexible, kind, and understanding. Just reach out to me and let me know what’s up and we can talk about making changes for you.

6. Everyone must respect each other. Educated opinions are allowed and every student has a voice in my class. Any bullying, name-calling, or heated debates are not allowed in my class or in the live meetings. Healthy debates, educated opinions, discussions, questions, tolerance, respect, compassion, understanding, civil discourse, active listening, and kindness are the pillars and rules of my classes.

7. Use only unbiased sources for information. Be prepared to take notes every week from the textbook, weekly lesson videos, and other sources such as when doing your own research. These notes are to help you to remember what new knowledge, interesting facts, and things you want to discuss in our weekly live meetings.

8. If you’re going to be late to, or miss a, live meeting you must send me a private message as soon as possible and explain why, please.

9. All assignments must be turned in on time. If you think you will be late completing any assignments please send me a PM. If you turn in an assignment one day late past the due date and have not sent me a message explaining why, 10 points will be deducted. An assignment will not be accepted after that. While I am flexible and kind about due dates you must communicate with me so that we can make changes for you.

10. The use of ChatGPT Open AI or any other artificial intelligence programs is strictly PROHIBITED! You MUST use the videos, textbook, and any internet research by using your own words in all homework! 

11. Check the main classroom for the weekly announcements, important updates, and notices at least twice per week. Additionally, check for private messages from me to you and respond back promptly at least twice per week. Students use the Teacher tab in their learner account to send PM’s and parents must use the Messages tab in their parent accounts to send or reply to PM’s.

12. Private messages between parents and the teacher must be done through the parent's dashboard and not the learner's dashboard. Learners must use their dashboard to privately communicate with the teacher and not use their parent's dashboard. When receiving an email notification of a message from the teacher it is best to scroll down to the bottom of the email and click on the "view this conversation on Outschool" link to read & respond to the teacher.

13. All students, parents, and I must follow all of Outschool's Code of Conduct policies at all times.

🏫 FROM OUTSCHOOL...

We stand with learners. We are all learners. 

At Outschool, we commit to standing with all learners by fostering a diverse and multicultural community, where differences are honored, welcomed, and accepted. With education as the catalyst and technology as the tool, we are uniquely positioned to connect learners to experiences that broaden their understanding of themselves and the world around them through our collective love for learning.  

At Outschool, we strive to be OUTstanding by fostering a global online community, elevating unique voices, and transforming the way we work and learn.

At Outschool, we are all learners. We are curious and continuously interrogate the inequities created by systemic oppression on education and learning. We have the opportunity to evolve education by creating a marketplace that reflects and respects the lived experiences of historically ignored communities. 

This work is never done. To ensure equity across multiple lines of difference and experiences, we maintain a bias toward transformative action. 

Here’s what action looks like for Outschool.

Diversity
We intentionally include fair representation of different social identities–including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, social class, physical ability or attributes, and learning needs.

Equity
We implement processes to ensure inclusion and procedures to eliminate barriers or imbalances that keep community members from having equal opportunities.

Inclusion
Outschool cultivates an environment where all individuals feel welcomed, supported, and valued.

Belonging
We create a sense of connection through meaningful experiences by connecting people, ideas, and resources.

While our open community is our greatest source of strength, it also brings challenges. It is important to us that Outschool is a safe space for our users. Our members should treat each other without bias or prejudice across all pillars of diversity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and gender identity. Below are Outschool's Parent and Learner guidelines that we ask our members to observe. Outschool members who do not meet these guidelines will be removed from the site.

👩‍👦 PARENT CODE OF CONDUCT:

1. Learners should only attend class under their own enrollment, as themselves. It violates Outschool policy for a learner to use their sibling’s or another learner’s enrollment to attend class. Learns may only join a live meeting by using the green button in their class on their Outschool Learner Account. Educators are forbidden from sending links and passwords to Zoom live meetings.

2. Ask questions of teachers to clarify any missing details about classes, important information about your learner, and fill out your learner's profile such as age, gender preference, and any notes that the educator may need to know about your learner so they may help your learner throughout the class.

3. Make sure your learner shows up for their class; many classes depend on group conversation, and the absence of a single student can have a big impact. If a learner must miss a live meeting please have them notify their educator via a private message under the Teacher tab in their learner account as soon as possible, or you may notify the educator under the Message tab on your parent account.

4. Provide constructive feedback and reviews about your class experience, for the benefit of the teacher and other parents. The same goes for private messages. 

5. Engage in civil conversation, and speak and act with respect for different opinions. Check for private messages from your learner's educators and respond promptly. All communication must take place and stay on Outschool. Private messages between parents and the teacher must be done through the parent's dashboard and not the learner's dashboard. Learners must use their dashboard to privately communicate with the teacher and not use their parent's dashboard. When receiving an email notification of a message from the teacher it is best to scroll down to the bottom of the email and click on the "view this conversation on Outschool" link to read & respond to the teacher.

6. Help keep Outschool a safe space for learners, families, and teachers from all backgrounds, beliefs, and locations. To that end, we encourage you to watch our Trust and Safety Code of Conduct video with your learner. Learners may not share personal information such as email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, gamer tags, social media, etc.

🚸 LEARNER CODE OF CONDUCT:

1. Join the class on time and be ready to learn. Have all of the tools, textbooks, handouts, notes, or anything else the educator has asked of you ready to go before class starts.

2. Be kind: Help all learners feel welcome and included. Give positive feedback to your fellow classmates.

3. Be safe: Keep your personal information private and never ask other learners for theirs (e.g., email address, mailing address, phone number, gamer tags, etc.). All communication must take place and stay on Outschool.

4. Be respectful: Treat others how you want to be treated. Dress in a manner appropriate for class; please be fully clothed with both a top and bottoms on and sit upright for the class. Treat the teacher and your classmates with respect. 

5. Engage & Participate: Contribute to a class environment in a way that is safe and welcoming for learners and teachers from all backgrounds, beliefs, and locations. Take responsibility for making each class a great learning experience for yourself and your classmates: participate, stay on topic, and avoid distractions. Check for private messages from your educator and respond back promptly.

6. Private messages between parents and the teacher must be done through the parent's dashboard and not the learner's dashboard. Learners must use their dashboard to privately communicate with the teacher and not use their parent's dashboard. When receiving an email notification of a message from the teacher it is best to scroll down to the bottom of the email and click on the "view this conversation on Outschool" link to read & respond to the teacher.

🏫 OUTSCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT:

1. We welcome members from all backgrounds, beliefs, and locations and are committed to creating a safe space for our users across all pillars of diversity.

2. We will listen to feedback from parents, teachers, and learners, and make changes accordingly. Send an email to support@outschool at any time!

3. We will create and enforce policies to create a high-quality, trusted, and safe community for learning. This may include removing content or users from the platform.

4. We will respond promptly to questions and issues that arise.

👨‍🏫 TEACHER CODE OF CONDUCT:

1. Offer classes only where you have the appropriate background or expertise.

2. Teach classes professionally: 

3. Be prepared, begin on time, and treat all learners with respect.  

4. Do not teach while impaired and do not model any behavior that a student age 18 or younger is restricted from doing.  

5. Respond promptly to parent questions and requests.

6. Communicate with parents and learners in a professional manner, both in messages and in-class.

7. Keep all communications on our platform; never provide personal contact information to parents or learners for “off-platform” communications, or in-person meetings (prohibited unless an Outschool-sponsored event). 

8. Adhere to our class content policy by only offering secular, objective, age-appropriate classes

9. Create a safe and welcoming space for learners and families from all backgrounds, beliefs, and locations.
All sources are independently scholarly peer-reviewed, based on truth and facts, highly researched by the teacher for truthful evidence, and are unbiased. This especially includes the textbook. 
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