Adapted Learning

Adapted Learning is providing learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom. Other terms also used include temporary virtual education and eLearning. All of these terms have the same meaning.

Contact Information:
Student & Teacher Resources Team
Laurel Ballard
(307) 777-8715
laurel.ballard@wyo.gov 

Emergency School Closure Adapted Learning Guidance

For the purposes of an emergency school closure, the information provided below is guidance for districts wishing to implement Adapted Learning. Assurances to maintain instructional fidelity for ALL STUDENTS remain the responsibility of the individual school/district. The Wyoming Department of Education approved the Adapted Learning Plans for all 48 Wyoming school districts at the beginning of April. 

The Chapter 41 Virtual Education Emergency Rules Section 14. includes direction for documentation and tracking student participation which will determine attendance, Adapted Learning providing the ability to expand currently approved virtual education programs, and the removal of some requirements during times of declared emergencies.

Visit the Wyoming Department of Education COVID-19 Resources page for additional guidance and information.

The WDE is also offering weekly virtual meetings on Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m. MDT that are open to any district or school considering or working on Adapted Learning days Contact Laurel Ballard laurel.ballard@wyo.gov or Ken Reynolds at ken.reynolds@wyo.gov for more information. 

These are the methods for tracking attendance for Adapted Learning education delivery.

  • Active Time Spent in LMS – This indicates time a student is active in a course that is logged and recorded by a learning management system (LMS) and is used by the district as a method to track participation in the course.
  • Student Submissions in an LMS – This indicates required coursework submissions by a student in a course that is logged and recorded by a learning management system (LMS) and is used by the district as a method to track participation in the course.
  • Other Indicators in an LMS – This indicates specific feature(s) that are logged and recorded by a learning management system (LMS) and is used by the district as a method to track participation in the course.
  • Teacher Tracked Work Time – This indicates time a student is actively working on group projects and/or offline work that is logged and recorded by the course teacher and is used by the district as a method to track participation in the course.
  • Teacher and Student Communication – This indicates academic-based communication between a student and the course teacher or the teacher and parent/guardian and is logged by the teacher and is used by the district as a method to track participation in the course.
  • Other Indicators Tracked by the Teacher – This is a description of student participation activities that are logged and recorded by the course teacher and is used by the district as a method to track participation in the course.
  • Synchronous – Synchronous indicates time a student participates in ‘real time’ class or individual activities with the teacher that is logged and recorded by the course teacher and is used by the district as a method to track participation in the course.
  • Coursework Submission – Submission of hard copy coursework through postal mail or in person.

In emergency school closures, FAPE may change for all students, including those with disabilities. According to OSERS, “School districts must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and those individuals providing education, specialized instruction, and related services to these students. In this unique and ever-changing environment, OCR and OSERS recognize that these exceptional circumstances may affect how all educational and related services and supports are provided, and the Department will offer flexibility where possible. However, school districts must remember that the provision of FAPE may include, as appropriate, special education and related services provided through distance instruction provided virtually, online, or telephonically.”  In light of this guidance, districts should make a reasonable effort to provide FAPE, always include guardians in the discussions, and document their efforts to continue to provide educational opportunities during the crisis.  

Additional guidance provided by the United States Department of Education:

  • Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing Serving Children with Disabilities during COVID-19 national emergency (March 21, 2020).
  • Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak (March 12, 2020).
  • Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students [PDF, 385KB] (March 16, 2020).
  • Special considerations must be given for individual student needs.  For example:
    • Students who use sign language interpreters, but are not yet strong enough readers to use captions offered on video platforms, may  not have adequate access.. Possible solutions: An interpreter, a Teacher of the Deaf also on the video, delivers the lesson in sign.  
    • Students who use assistive listening devices (personal frequency modulation (FMs) would need to have them at home to use with computer technology.   Possible solutions: send assistive devices home with students, teach parents how to charge/care for them and help teachers/classmates to ensure facing cameras when speaking and be mindful of speaking into microphone and repeating answers.
    • Students with 504 plans would have access to their accommodations and supported by their teacher(s) as they are during regular instructional time

Teachers will need guidance and practice on how to support student learning for Adapted Learning.  

Products Supporting Adapted Learning Instructional Delivery 

Internet assistance for low-income families and existing customers during COVID-19.

Digital Learning Products

  • Open Range Wyoming: Wyoming standards aligned open education resources (OER).
  • UNESCO Digital Learning Solutions provides digital learning solutions that includes options designed to work on cell phones and systems with strong offline functionality.
  • Tech for Teachers: This web-enabled resource provides a searchable database for tools to support those involved in education and the workforce, at all levels, and from all communities as they scale up capabilities for online learning and continue teaching, learning, and working from home.
  • Essential Elements for eLEarning Community – Central location for Adapted Learning/eLearning resources from across the US put together by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Be sure to look at the sidebar on the right. There are examples of district plans from across the US.
  • List of companies offering Free Virtual Learning Access to schools closed because of COVID-19.
  • PBS Education Collection provides educators with unique lesson plans and resources to engage and enrich student learning.

Best Practices for Moving To An Online Environment

The following are resources developed to aid teachers in using education technology tools for Adapted Learning.