Teacher Services is a supplement to the Teacher Review Program. It is offered for most subjects for Grades 6-12, and for selected subjects in Grades 3-5, and runs from September 1st through May 31st. Students who sign up for courses in our Teacher Services receive support from one (or more) of our teachers.
Students in middle school (6th–8th Grade) or high school (9th–12th Grade) work one-on-one with a teacher who will:
In our Teacher Services students work with a teacher in one or more academic courses (i.e. Religion, Math, English Grammar, Science, History & Literature, and Latin). In this program, we offer three levels of support: Assisted, Directed and Enhanced Directed; students are welcome to take courses at any level or may take a mix of courses at each level. For more information on the differences between Assisted, Directed, & Enhanced Directed services, please see the chart below.
In late August the teacher contacts the student and parent. In this introductory phone call the teacher discusses with the parent their academic goals for the student, and schedules phone calls with the student on a weekly, twice monthly, or monthly basis (depending on the number and level of courses the student has signed up for).
Rachel graduated salutatorian of her class from Ave Maria University in 2008 with a BA in Literature and was awarded the Department of Literature Senior Award. Rachel was a National Merit Scholar and received a full-tuition scholarship to Ave Maria University. She also received a full-tuition scholarship plus stipend to attend Georgetown University and earned a MA in English from Georgetown in 2010 receiving a high pass on her orals. Rachel is currently employed at the Augustine Institute in their Distance Education program and is working on a PhD in English at the University of Denver.
During the school year the teacher and student have regular phone contact in which they discuss the student's recently completed, current and upcoming assignments. (Note: the student is responsible for making the phone calls.) The student also submits written assignments regularly to the teacher. For more information on the type and frequency of assignments submitted to the teacher, please see the chart below. The teacher reviews these assignments, grading them and providing feedback using Mother of Divine Grace School's subject rubrics, and returns them to the student in a timely manner. Since we are a mastery learning program, the student has the option of submitting drafts and/or re-writing papers. The teacher, taking into account the student's particular strengths and weaknesses, works in a step-by-step process to help him meet our academic goals. In addition to the regular phone calls, the student may also contact the teacher with additional questions by phone or e-mail.
Parents play a key role in the education of their children in the Teacher Services. The teacher is here to assist the parent and student and to help direct the student's course of studies. But the teacher does not replace the parent as the primary educator of their child. The parent continues to hold a vital role in the student's education, primarily with regard to the daily discussions. The parent also remains involved by overseeing the student's schedule, making sure the student is submitting work on time and making his scheduled phone calls.
Students in Teacher Services are required to use Mother of Divine Grace School's recommended syllabi and books for the courses they are taking in this program. However, as necessary, our teachers and consultants can work together to adjust assignments within the course. We also do offer a limited number of 'Non-Standard' courses within Teacher Services. Students who sign up for 'Non-Standard' courses can have their parents and consultant work together to create a course plan and assignments using substitute texts. 'Non-Standard' courses must also be approved by the Director of Teacher Services.
Generally students work with a single teacher in Teacher Services. This is our preference. However, under certain circumstances, we may need to assign a student to more than one teacher.
The following chart provides a comparison of the Assisted, Directed, & Enhanced Directed services in the Teacher Services.
|Courses||Assisted Level Services||Directed Level Services||Enhanced Directed Level Services|
|All Courses||Teacher reviews upcoming written assignments in monthly phone calls.||Teacher reviews upcoming written assignments in more detail and some oral assignments in twice monthly phone calls.||Teacher reviews both upcoming written and oral assignments in weekly phone calls/Adobe Connect meetings; provides more detailed instructions.|
|Teacher sets goals in accordance with discussions with parent.||Teacher sets short term goals as well as long term goals.||Teacher sets short term goals as well as long term goals.|
|Teacher gives deadlines for assignments if requested by parent or student.||Teacher gives deadlines for assignments if requested by parent or student.||Teacher gives deadlines for assignments if requested by parent or student.|
|Teacher provides study guides for tests if requested by parent or student.||Teacher provides study guides for tests if requested by parent or student.||Teacher provides study guides for tests if requested by parent or student.|
– Science (writing-based)
|Teacher corrects all papers and selected assignments (i.e. all tests and quizzes).||Teacher corrects all papers and selected assignments (i.e. all tests and quizzes).||Teacher corrects all papers and selected assignments (i.e. all tests and quizzes).|
|Teacher reviews rough drafts if requested by parent or student.||Teacher reviews rough drafts, and provides additional assistance with writing and the implementation of method.||Teacher reviews multiple rough drafts, discussing them in the phone calls and working with the student in a step-by-step fashion to implement the method.|
|Teacher provides guidance in book selection if requested by parent or student.||Teacher provides guidance in book selection if requested by parent or student.||Teacher provides guidance in book selection if requested by parent or student.|
– Science (Chemistry & Physics)
|Teacher corrects selected assignments (i.e. tests and quizzes).||Teacher corrects selected assignments (i.e. test and quizzes) and corrects some additional assignments (i.e. select lessons, exercises, or study guides).||Teacher corrects selected assignments (i.e. test and quizzes) and corrects some additional assignments (i.e. select lessons, exercises, or study guides); some assignments may be done orally in weekly Adobe Connect meetings.|
|Teacher identifies areas of weakness through assignment review and discusses these in monthly phone calls.||Teacher identifies areas of weakness through assignment review and discusses these in twice monthly phone calls.||Teacher identifies areas of weakness through assignment review and discusses these in weekly Adobe Connect meetings.|
|Teacher answers conceptual questions for the student.||Teacher provides proactive assistance in catching conceptual errors as additional work is submitted.||Teacher provides proactive assistance in catching conceptual errors as additional work is submitted.|
Mother of Divine Grace is offering a limited number of grade school courses in our Teacher Services program, at the Assisted level (monthly calls). 3rd-5th Grade students can sign up to work one-on-one with a teacher for select religion, history and language arts courses. In these new Grade School TS courses, we recommend that the parent talk with the teacher, so that the teacher can provide the parent with guidance on the daily intruction provided by the parent. The student is welcome to participate in these calls at the parent's discretion. As in our other Teacher Services courses, writing assignments from the course will be submitted to the teacher for grading and review.
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“I am writing to express my admiration for the Mother of Divine Grace Long Distance Program. First, the accountability required by the administration is very strict and binding, which is a good thing. There is no tolerance for inappropriate methods of learning such as plagiarisms etc. They have built into their program filtering devices to prevent inappropriate methods of learning. We live in the state of Pennsylvania which possesses the most comprehensive legislation governing homeschooling in the United States. Mother of Divine Grace Distance Learning program provides the credibility the State of Pennsylvania requires. Second, the content and methodology that this program contains in their curriculum is most beneficial to its students. For example, we have a set of twins one daughter and one son. We were providing the education for our daughter long distance while our son was attending a local preparatory high school. We were able to really gain an insight and comparison of the content and execution of the different methodologies of education. The content of our daughter's was superior to that of our son's. Many times we needed contact on a daily basis which Mother of Divine Grace provided with graciousness and availability. We can't say that for our son's school. In conclusion, we only have great praise for this program.”Mary M
homeschooling mother of five, enrolled since 2003