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Learning Coach Role Progression Secondary Grades 6-12

The learning-coach role can vary depending on the age and needs of the student as well as on the type of online learning program in which the student is enrolled.

In a home-based program, the learning coach is a parent, a family member, or another adult who is at home with the student while the student is going through their courses. If students are taking their courses at a school, a learning coach could be a teacher, para pro, or assigned mentor.

At the Secondary level (grades 6-12), a learning coach will have some responsibility in the beginning as they ensure their student understands how to navigate their courses. As the student gets used to course navigation and into a structured routine the responsibilities of the learning coach will decrease significantly. Most secondary students can go through their courses independently and just need a learning coach to help as needed. Student needs vary, some students may need more assistance and some students may need less assistance, a learning coach will need to adjust based on the needs of the student.

See below for a list of common duties a learning coach may need to help their student with.

Secondary 6-12

First 2-4 weeks of school Beyond 2-4 weeks
  • Reviews Getting Started in the Resource Module of the course with the student.
  • Designates a space for the student to work with minimal distractions.
  • Works with the student to set up a schedule that makes sense to them and that they can be successful with.
  • Reviews the calendar with the student, reminding them it is a useful tool to stay on pace.
  • Works with the student to develop strategies to stay organized.
  • Ensures that the student knows how to communicate with their teacher.
  • Check student grades and calendar at least once a week.
  • Assists the student if needed.
  • Encourages the student to communicate with the teacher as needed.