Creating Connection

How Bentley Remote Schoolhouse Works

With community at the heart of the teaching and learning at Bentley, we prize exchange and communication with our students first and foremost. Hearing student feedback to a lesson or sharing in a discussion that weaves together new ideas invigorates the core of our approach. We also believe that a balance of reflection, practice, and independent effort supports this demanding work. We do not expect students to be tied to screens and devices throughout the day in order to churn through assignments, nor should we. Different types of engagement and a range of audiences cycle throughout the day and over the course of the week, varying group work, team gatherings, and independent work. 

 

We have adapted our daily schedules K-12 to continue a sense of routine students find reassuring and encouraging. Select activities and classes meet simultaneously over video/audio conferences, and the opportunity to connect face-to-face is a highlight for many. Teachers guide other tasks at a different tempo, bolstered by clear directions and open avenues to check in as work progresses. 

Remote
School Hours

Upper School

8:10 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. daily

Middle School

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily

Lower School

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. daily 

Advisory Gatherings

Kindergarten-5th grade opens each day with an online morning meeting.

Middle and Upper School advisory groups meet every Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 20 or 30 minutes.

Additional Offerings

In Middle School, arts offerings gather on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 2:00 p.m. with teachers online for individual support until 3:30 p.m.

In Lower School, World Languages, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, PE, and Library are held via online Zoom classes. 

Leadership &

Faculty Meetings

School leadership teams meet every Monday afternoon.

 

Faculty groups meet on Tuesday afternoons and on an as-needed basis. 

How Teachers & Students Engage

In the Upper School, the academic program shifts between three essential modes for each of the three traditional meetings per week:
 

  • Planning Block (50 minutes) - teachers present a clear and detailed plan for the week ahead, often a flipped class or a screencast presentation

  • Synchronous Engagement (100 minutes) - coming together in a virtual meeting, the closest approximation to in-person classes; working together, sharing opinions and ideas, sustaining dialog

  • Asynchronous Work (60 minutes) - time for practice and deep learning, explore the facet of that week’s topic that draws your attention most
     

Each individual Upper School class may rotate these synchronous and asynchronous blocks based on instructional needs. For example:

In the Middle School, the daily schedule shifts in the remote model in several ways. Physical education time pivots to allow completion of individual activity logs. Advisory meetings of 30 minutes now meet twice per week to increase contact time and extend support. Longer blocks in the regular schedule shorten to 60 minutes, and elective time provides ample opportunity for one-on-one and group study support.

In the Lower School, the academic program varies depending on the grade but follows a specified routine for students and parents using a variety of online platforms.

For example, in Kindergarten, the daily schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m.  
Morning Meeting on Seesaw

8:50 a.m. 
Reader’s Workshop: Record a Book Talk on Seesaw

9:20 a.m.

Math: Place Value Worksheet on Seesaw

10:00 a.m.
Recess: Cosmic Yoga on Seesaw

10:20 a.m.
Writer’s Workshop: Nonfiction Writing Lesson 3 on Seesaw

11:00 a.m.
Library with Ms. Taylor on Seesaw

11:30 a.m. 
Lunch at home

12:00 p.m. 
Independent Reading on RAZ Kids
(Your child should try to read for 20 minutes today, and then complete an activity on RAZ Kids.)

12:30 p.m. 
Science: Nature Walk on Seesaw

1:00 p.m.
Closing Circle on Seesaw

*Optional: Share a Favorite Family Memory on SeesawLibrary: Read Aloud and Circle 

"The creative implementation of the technological wonders that constitute the Remote Schoolhouse is going to enhance all of our instruction permanently. Online tools target all modalities of learning and engage the imagination in novel directions, and we will integrate these tools into our teaching once we return to campus."

- Dr. John Walker, Bentley Upper School Head 

K-8 Campus

1 Hiller Dr.

Oakland, CA 94618

remoteschoolhouse@bentleyschool.org

9-12 Campus

1000 Upper Happy Valley Rd.

Lafayette, CA 94549

remoteschoolhouse@bentleyschool.org

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