Instructional Expectations

  • Learning Framework

    Learning Framework  

    Content – Academically rigorous content, aligned to the FBISD Curriculumand TEKS provided through the district identified learning management system.

    Social Emotional Supports – Experiences that build relationships and promoteengagement and support systems for students. 

    Profile of a Graduate – Opportunities to develop the attributes of the FBISD Profile of a Graduate in the areas of communication and collaboration.

    Progress Monitoring & Assessments – Use of authentic student work in various assessment modalities to measure student learning and determine supports.

    Feedback – Opportunities for self and peer assessment along with feedback strategies through collaborative online tools to support student progress. 

    Goal Setting & Revision – Opportunities for students to engage in goal setting revision processes aligned to identified success criteria.

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  • Synchronous vs Asynchronous

    Fort Bend ISD will begin the 2020-21 School Year 100% online with limited exceptions. Students served with special education services will launch with face-to-face instruction based on ARD committee decisions. During the period of online learning, students will be required to participate in synchronous and aysnchronous learning. 

     Synchronous Learning

    Remote Synchronous Instruction is two-way, real-time/live, virtual instruction between teachers and students when students are not on campus. 

    Synchronous Instruction will include:

    • Explicit teaching & modeling of concepts
    • Collaborative activities
    • Formative Assessment & Progress Monitoring
    • Conferring with students and small group instruction


    Remote Asynchronous Instruction is instruction that does not require having the instructors and students engaged at the same time.

    Asynchronous Instruction will include:

    • Student practice and creation of content
    • Student collaboration & feedback with peers using digital tools
    • Opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding
    • Student self-assessment and goal setting

    At this time, we do not know how long online instruction will continue, but you can trust that systems will be in place to provide a robust online program with both synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

    Starting school online will allow adults in our schools to refine the established health and safety protocols before introducing students back into the building. It will also provide the opportunity for staff and students to learn and master online learning tools, which will make any swift transition to online learning easier if it becomes necessary to close a classroom or school due to COVID-19. There will be exceptions for a limited number of students to learn at school each day. These details will be shared in the near future. 

    Note: During this period of online learning, participation in co- and extra-curricular programs will also be online. 

    Improved online experience

    Students and families will experience an improved online experience as we begin the year.

    This will include:

    Learning Experience Delivery

    • Scheduled live synchronous instruction via video conferencing tools
    • Daily asynchronous learning experiences according to a defined schedule
    • Streamlined technology tools to support consistency and student engagement

    Use of Schoology

    • Improved course organization using a standardized folder structure within Schoology for ease of navigation and consistency for students and parents
    • Standardized communication systems for parents in Schoology
    • Use of calendar and Schoology gradebook features for progress monitoring

    Progress Monitoring and Feedback

    • Formative assessments to check for daily student progress through interactive digital tools, student work submissions, and live interaction with teacher
    • Consistent and ongoing feedback within the Learning Management System, Schoology.
    • Grading practices will align to pre-COVID19 practices and include numerical or standards-based grades.

    Transition to face-to-face instruction

    When FBISD transitions to face-to-face instruction, the intention will be to have all students in daily face-to-face instruction, but planning does give priority to students in Prekindergarten to sixth grade and ninth grade.

    Secondary students may participate in a rotation of both online and face-to-face instruction.

    When students transition to face-to-face learning, participation in co- and extra-curricular activities will also become face-to-face, with proper safety guidelines in place.

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  • Typical School Week

    The proportion of synchronous and asynchronous learning will vary at grade levels. An example of what a typical school week may look like is below.


    Typical School Week


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  • Teacher Workspaces

    Fort Bend ISD prefers that teachers teach from a District-provided safe and no-contact work environment, but this will not be required while Fort Bend County remains on Red alert.

    • The District will publish expectations for teachers choosing to work from home, which will be monitored by campus leadership – focus will be on equitable learning experiences for all students.
    • Also, teachers with documented health risks will be allowed to remain offsite, but will be monitored by campus leadership.
    • When conditions improve all teachers will be expected to return to the workplace on a full-time basis, although exceptions will be allowed based on documented health risks.
    • The District will support teachers with childcare assistance and online learning support.
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  • Sample Schedules 

    Daily, synchronous learning will be the foundation of our instructional program. Teachers and students will have a full daily schedule of teaching and learning. Schedules will look differently from school to school based on many unique factors.

    Note: Preliminary models shared during the week of July 20 will be refined to address student needs, teacher flexibility and unique campus needs.

    Example Draft of Kindergarten Schedule

    Elementary Student Online Schedule Kindergarten Example

    Example Draft of Third Grade Schedule

    Note: Third Grade Student Schedule with Reading in the AM and Math in PM

    Sample Online Third Grade Schedule

    Elementary Schedule | Teachers PK- 1st Daily Schedule

    Deliver Synchronous Instruction – 2 hours

    Deliver Synchronous Intervention – 45 minutes

    Monitoring & Feedback o Asychronous Instruction –  2 hours 45 minutes

    Professional Learning Community – 1 hour 15 minutes

    Conference –  45 minutes

    Elementary Schedule | Teachers 2nd – 5th Daily Schedule

    Deliver Synchronous Instruction – 3 hours

    Deliver Synchronous Intervention – 45 minutes

    Monitoring & Feedback o Asychronous Instruction – 1 hour 30 minutes - 1 hour 45 minutes

    Professional Learning Community – 1 hour 15 minutes

    Conference –  45 minutes

    Example Draft of a Secondary Schedule

    Sample Draft of a Secondary Schedule


    Secondary Teacher Schedule

    Deliver Synchronous Instruction – 4 hours Daily

    Monitoring & Feedback Asychronous Instruction –  2-4 hours Weekly

    Professional Learning Community – 90 minutes Fourt Times a Week

    Conference –  480 minutes across Two Weeks

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