Shipley Learns Online is more than a new place to learn, it’s a new way to learn. Shipley Learns Online is a robust distance learning program that leverages the time students spend online to catalyze their learning and action offline. In this way, we best serve our mission’s charge to develop in each student a Love of Learning and Compassionate Participation in the World.

Shipley Learns Online

Our Guiding Principles

Wherever and however teaching and learning take place, we remain focused on our definition of Educational Excellence—where student achievement and individual & collective well-being are balanced and mutually dependent on each other. Though united by this definition, we know teaching and learning are different in each division and at each grade level. Please refer to the division-specific details below for more information about what Shipley Learns Online means for you and your child.

We are always guided by the same ideals: Our Mission, our Long Term Transfer Goals, and our Motto: Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing.
Shipley Learns Online is more than a new place to learn, it’s a new way to learn.

Divisional Details

List of 4 items.

  • Lower School

    Goal
    In designing Shipley Learns Online for Lower School students, we have tried to stay true to our definition of Educational Excellence, which emphasizes academic achievement, individual well-being, and collective well-being. We believe engaging in the familiar routines of learning gives children a sense of purpose, maintains a sense of normalcy and promotes well-being. We do not envision children spending all day looking at screens. Rather, we want children to use their screen time wisely: learning new content, listening to instructions, receiving individualized support, accessing resources (both people and materials), and building community by interacting with their teachers and peers. Learning should take place as children work synchronously online, but even more so, when they are engaged in asynchronous activities offline. Knowing that young children need adults to facilitate and support their learning, our goal has been to create an online learning experience that promotes and nurtures a developmentally-appropriate degree of independence. Shipley Learns Online is not homeschooling, it is a partnership between home and school in which the teachers take the lead in facilitating student work, motivating and guiding students, and building their independence.
     
    Schedule
    • All Lower School classrooms follow a five-day schedule. 
    • Daily and weekly classroom schedules, activities and assignments are posted by teachers on their ShipleyNet Bulletin Boards each morning as are all links for synchronous sessions.
    • Academic work occurs in the morning - all classrooms begin with a 9:00 a.m. morning meeting and break for lunch around 12:00 p.m. The morning consists of a combination of synchronous whole class and small group sessions, opportunities for real-time individualized support, and asynchronous work time, along with snack/movement breaks. 
    • Special subjects take place in the afternoon between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and combine synchronous sessions and asynchronous work. Special subject schedules and links to synchronous sessions can be found on both children’s classroom and the special subject’s bulletin boards.
    • All classrooms end with an afternoon meeting starting between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    • PreK-2nd grade students are assigned work and participate in teacher-facilitated guided reading groups and other small group activities.
    • 3rd-5th grade students are assigned work and participate in both teacher-facilitated and student-run small group work. 
    Student Expectations
    Students should log in daily each morning (with their parents/guardians as needed) and check the Bulletin Boards for the day’s schedule and assignments. Students should also participate as much as possible in all synchronous sessions. Students should follow their teachers’ guidelines for submitting work.
     
    Parent/Guardian Expectations
    Shipley Lower School Online Meeting Norms
    • Students should dress appropriately. They should be presentable. However, uniforms are not required. Spirit dress rules apply.
    • Students should sit at a desk or table in an area free from distractions.
    • Students should log in, write their name in chats, and be ready five minutes ahead of class meetings.
    • The camera should be angled to clearly display students’ faces.
    • The sound should be turned on (we recommend the use of earphones).
    • The microphone should be placed on mute at the start of each meeting.
    • Once signed in, students should not touch their laptops until directed by the teacher (or unless given alternative instructions).
    • Students should hang up at the end of each class meeting.
    Teacher Contact/Meetings/Check-Ins
    • Teachers are in regular contact with students in real-time through whole group/small group and individual check-ins. Teachers also schedule weekly one on one phone or video calls with all students.
    Assignments/Work
    Students will engage in daily work and weekly projects as assigned by classroom and special subject teachers.
     
    Tools
    Along with ShipleyNet and Microsoft Teams, third through fifth graders use Google Classrooms and KidsBlog to complete assignments. Other technology tools and web-based resources will be introduced by individual teachers.
     
    Enrichment/Additional Resources
    Families and children can access any of the classroom, special subjects, language arts or math topic pages in ShipleyNet at any time to explore additional enrichment activities and resources.
     
    Parent/Guardian Communication with Teachers and Key Contacts
    • Teachers are available via email to set up appointments. Parents are encouraged to reach out to their child's classroom teacher with any child-specific questions or the LS Administration with any schoolwide or policy-related questions. The LS Administration is also available to help support children and families as needed.
    • Academic & Social/Emotional Support
      Julie Bown:
      jbown@shipleyschool.org - Office Hours: 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    • Reading Specialist: Suzanne Mason  smason@shipleyschool.org
    • Math Specialist: Lucie McDermott  lmcdermott@shipleyschool.org 
    • Technical Support:
      •  techsupport@shipleyschool.or
      • Debra Finger dfinger@shipleyschool.org
      • Submit a Ticket
      • For urgent requests: Find “techsupport” in MSFT Teams chat or call 484-337-0191 to reach someone within the IT department.
     
  • Middle School

    Goal
    Our goal, as always, is to take a student-centered approach to engage students in meaningful learning opportunities. Shipley Learns Online provides a unique opportunity to help our students develop skills around self-direction, independent action, and persistence.  

    Through Shipley Learns Online, we will offer a blended learning experience, with online meeting time balanced by independent day-work time. Students will be able to see, speak with, and interact with their teachers and classmates during two class meetings each day. Additionally, students will have day work assigned by teachers based on their daily schedules.  We will continue with a full schedule of classes and learning each and every day. 

    Our work via Shipley Learns Online will continue to focus on our Long Term Transfer Goals. Each day students will be expected to use ShipleyNet to review the learning challenges assigned by their teacher, be it continuing to read and reflect on To Kill a Mockingbird, to learning how to “complete the square'' as a way of deriving the quadratic formula. This will involve deep thinking, reflection, and the need to be generative with ideas.

    Daily Schedule
    • View a PDF version of the Middle School Schedule
    • Each day we will run a blended schedule so that students will be face-to-face with their teachers, conference in small groups with their teachers, and work independently. The elements of each day for our students include:
      • Online Learning Two periods of online learning where the teacher will conduct a lesson with the class all present.
      • Blended Check-In Two periods where students will focus on work assigned by their teachers but check in with that teacher to share progress, get feedback, and ensure that they are making progress.
      • Independent Time Two periods of fully offline work that is assigned on ShipleyNet.
      • Advisory Time Each day to continually develop and support individual and collective well-being.
    • There will also be time in each rotation dedicated to Club Meetings (Science Olympiad, Reading Olympics, Math Counts, R&I Club, Spectrum Club, etc.)
    • Each student should use their personal schedule in ShipleyNet to know which class they have at each timeslot. 
    Student Expectations
    Students are expected to complete the daily work in the subjects they have on their Shipley schedule. Student attendance is required in the two 50-minute online class meetings, advisory, check-in periods, club meetings, and assemblies.

    Parent/Guardian Expectations
    Shipley Online Meeting Norms
    • Dress appropriately: You don’t need to wear your uniform, but be presentable. Spirit dress rules apply!
    • No side chats: Only use the meeting chat for relevant thoughts or questions. DO NOT open side chats with others during class. 
    • Act appropriately: If you wouldn’t do it in front of people in class, don’t do it in front of people in online class. 
    • Share the air: Wait to be called on so we aren’t talking over each other. 
    • Silence your notifications.
    • Adhere to the School’s Responsible Use Policy at all times.
    Advisory
    Students will meet in their advisories four times each rotation so students and their advisors can connect and continue to build community. 

    Daily Work & Assessments
    Students will be expected to complete day work starting our first day of class meetings on Tuesday, March 31. No major assessments will be given the first week of class meetings.

    Tools
    ShipleyNet is our Learning Management System, where you can find your child’s schedule, assignments, assessments, and additional resources. Microsoft Teams is our forum for virtual meetings. Individual teachers may use additional tools that will be linked to from ShipleyNet classes.

    Parent/Guardian Communication with Advisors, Teachers, & Administrators
    • Send an email to your child’s advisor as a first point of contact if you have questions or concerns.
    • You may also email subject teachers, Annie Griffin, Mr. Malcolm, or Dr. Kinsella.
    Key Contacts
    The best way to reach us is by email. Please use the following contacts to address any specific concerns you may have.
    Recent Communications from the Middle School
  • Upper School

    Goal
    Our goal, as always, is to put our students in the center and engage them in meaningful learning opportunities. As we transition to Shipley Learns Online, we will explore these essential questions: Where will what you've learned in life and in your Shipley classrooms take you in our new online learning environment? What will your learning legacy be from this extraordinary time?

    Daily Schedule
    • View a PDF version of the Upper School schedule.
    • Major courses will meet two times in a rotation, and minor courses will meet once.
    • Please note that some minor classes will occur in the afternoon; check course pages on ShipleyNet for scheduled meeting times.
    • Attendance will be taken in each class. 
    Student Expectations
    Students are expected to access ShipleyNet each day to review the learning challenges assigned by their teachers. They will be expected to come to class meetings prepared to participate, engage, think, and reflect. Students should anticipate a full day of school consisting of class meetings and significant time on daily, independent work for each of their courses. Attendance will be taken in each class.

    Parent/Guardian Expectations
    • Please know you are encouraged reach out directly to the Administration Margaret, Patty or Anna with any concerns or questions about the Shipley Learns Online experience.
    • Allow your child to learn and work independently while providing appropriate supervision/support.
    • Make sure your child takes breaks and has physical activity and social time each day.
    • Make active use of Shipley’s support system and urge your child to reach out to teachers or advisors when questions or concerns arise. Don’t wait, be proactive.
    • If your child is ill or cannot attend class, parents/guardians should email Teisa Brown at tbrown@shipleyschool.org
    Shipley Online Meeting Norms for Upper School Students
    • Dress in compliance with the Upper School Dress Code.
    • Sit upright at the computer in a quiet location that is conducive to learning.
    • Mute when not speaking.
    • Do not use chat unless instructed by the teacher and should always be appropriate when using it. *The chat is visible to all parties. 
    • Adhere to the School’s Responsible Use Policy at all times.
    • Come to class sessions with all of your required assignments and course materials.
    Advisory & Office Hours
    • As is always the case, students will have questions and the need for one-on-one time with their teachers. We have built that into the schedule. Students will also be encouraged to reach out to teachers by email.
    • Students will meet their advisors twice a rotation and will have time each day for Office Hours to receive one-on-one support.
    • Teachers will be available from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on Monday through Friday, except during virtual class meeting times.
    Study Halls
    There will be no online study halls. Students in 9th or 10th grade with a 3rd or 6th period study hall should use the time to work independently. There is no need to check in with study hall proctors.


    Shipley’s Learns Online Grading Policy:
    We will establish and share each student’s baseline grade from September to March 30.  We are also creating a category called the 3rd Quarter to account for the 2nd semester work completed before we moved to Shipley Learns OnLine. The baseline grade calculation is as follows: The First Semester Grade will count for two thirds and the Third Quarter (January 21 to March 30) cumulative average will count for one third. Note this formula does not apply to the semester-long English classes or minors. The formation of a benchmark grade is designed to give the students a much-needed benchmark; that benchmark grade will give students a goal for either maintaining or growing. 
     
    Then, we will establish a fourth marking period as of March 31. Each course will have 4th quarter assessments which will be graded and counted toward the fourth marking period. Any final assessments in classes will be used to gauge mastery and to provide an opportunity to improve one’s grades in this environment. Remember too, that we have removed final exams. The September to March baseline grade will be compared with the students 4th quarter grade, and then the following formulas applied to determine the final grade for the year:
    • If the 4th quarter grade and the baseline is the same then, Sept to March Baseline 75% and 4th quarter 25%. 
    • If the 4th quarter grade is higher, then Sept to March Baseline 70% and 4th quarter 30%.
    • In the case that the student's 4th quarter grade goes down, but the student has been working in good faith, the March Baseline grade will stand as the grade for the year. 
    • If the  4th quarter grade is lower than baseline due to the student’s documented willful absences and failure to turn in work then Sept to March Baseline 75% and 4th quarter 25%. ( The hope here is that timely documentation from the School will help to thwart any downward trends for a student.)
    Final Exams
    Upper School students will not have Final Exams in the traditional format. We will seek to create authentic final assessments for all students and will share information as it develops.

    Last day of Classes
    The last day of classes for seniors is May 15.
    The last day of classes for underclassmen is June 5.

    Seniors
    • Senior Service Projects have been modified; click here for details
    • We have formed the Shipley Senior Celebration Committee to plan end-of-year events. Stay tuned!
    Tools
    ShipleyNet is our Learning Management System, where you can find your child’s schedule, assignments, assessments, and additional resources. Microsoft Teams (MSFT Teams) is our forum for virtual meetings. Individual teachers may use additional tools that will be linked to from ShipleyNet classes.

    Parent/Guardian Communication with Advisors, Teachers, and Deans
    Parents/Guardians should email their child(ren)’s advisor, teachers, or dean with any child-specific questions.

    Key Contacts

    The best way to reach us is by email. Please use the following contacts to address any specific concerns you may have.
    Recent Communication from the Upper School
  • Support

    Technical Support
    Emotional/Social Counseling Support
    Shipley Counselors will be available during Shipley Learns Online. Please send an email to schedule an appointment.
    Office Hours: Monday - Friday
    8:30-10:00 am
    12:30-4:30 pm
    Academic Support
    Academic Support for Middle and Upper school students will continue while Shipley Learns Online. Students who have scheduled time with one of the academic support teachers will continue to have that individual time. Any Middle and Upper students who need additional academic assistance should speak to their advisor or contact one of the academic support teachers. Lower School parents/guardians should speak to their child’s teacher and/or the Lower School Director of Student Support.
    Crisis Resources
    COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub As the world faces unprecedented fear and uncertainty, the mental health community understands that we are stronger together. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the nation’s most credible mental health organizations to collaborate on a free resource hub to help people address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Talking with your Children about the Coronavirus
    In an effort to help our students better understand what is happening during this unprecedented and confusing time, we have added a few resources to help explain what exactly the “corona virus” is in an age-appropriate way.  Please use the following resources to start a dialogue with your child and help to answer any questions they might have during this time.  

General Information

List of 4 items.

  • Resources

  • Tools

    • ShipleyNet - Shipley’s learning management system. Here, students and their families can find class information and assignments, as well as links to additional online tools, enrichment materials, and other resources to help support you and your children in the transition to Shipley Learns Online.
    • Microsoft Teams (MSFT Teams) - Shipley’s virtual classroom and collaboration tool that we will use to host class and advisory meetings, as well as assemblies and other large “gatherings.”
    • Other Online Tools - Teachers may use other online tools to facilitate teaching and learning. These will be linked to from ShipleyNet.
    • Why MSFT Teams, and not another platform like Zoom? We looked at a number of platforms. Our top priorities were reliability and security. Teams also integrates well with ShipleyNet and with students’ and colleagues’ Outlook calendars (to facilitate setting up online meetings). Other desirable features include screen sharing, recording, and chat. Teams does limit to four the number of people appearing on screen at once, so we will be closely monitoring how this works for our online class meetings. Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that allows multiple levels of interaction between the teachers and the students. This allows for both synchronous and asynchronous interactions.
  • Glossary/Definitions

    • Class or Course - This refers to the entire year or semester of a learning experience, not an individual meeting time.
    • Day Work or Daily Work - The independent work that students will do each day, regardless of whether they meet virtually or not. This day work is significant and critical to progressing through the learning goals of the course. It is not simply reinforcement of learning; it is learning.
    • Meeting - A virtual gathering of the teacher and students (or advisees).
    • Synchronous - Live, learning together as a class.
    • Asynchronous - Students working independently at their own pace. Though this type of learning is done without the live guidance of a teacher, it can (in most cases) reflect a more active type of learning. Teachers may provide pre-recorded video lessons to present new concepts or explain assignments that students will be expected to watch or complete independently.
    • Long Term Transfer Goals - What we want our students to be able to do as a result of their Shipley education.
      • Generate questions and solve problems through deep, critical investigation.
      • Connect ideas across disciplines to address real world situations.
      • Communicate effectively and creatively, in a range of forms, with varied audiences, and for various purposes.
      • Responsibly collaborate with others with confidence and humility in school and beyond.
      • Develop skills and character traits to support well-being and personal growth.
      • Approach learning as an active and personal endeavor for which one takes responsibility, pride, and enjoyment.
      • Cultivate empathy and sympathy.
  • Policies & Norms

    Responsible Use Policy
    Students are expected to abide by the policies as outlined in Shipley’s Responsible Use Policy.

    Class Meeting Tips for Everyone:
    • Use headphones for best audio. Headphones block out background noise and make you easier to understand when you talk. 
    • Blur the background. This keeps others from getting distracted and allows for more privacy for you.
    • Split the screen. Use half the screen for open documents and the other for the MSFT Teams meeting.
    • Elevate laptop so camera is above mid-head height, i.e., at eye level. Your face should be centered on the screen as much as possible.
    Norms for Lower School Students:
    • Students should dress appropriately: They don’t need to wear their uniform, but should be presentable. Spirit dress rules apply.
    • Students should sit at a desk or table in an area free from distractions.
    • Students should log in, sign in on chats, and be ready five minutes ahead of class meetings.
    • Ensure that the camera angle clearly displays your child’s face.
    • The sound should be turned on (we recommend the use of earphones).
    • Your child’s microphone should be placed on mute at the start of each meeting.
    • Students should not touch their laptops until directed by the teacher.
    • Ensure that your child hangs up at the end of each class meeting.
    Norms for Middle School Students:
    • Dress appropriately: You don’t need to wear your uniform, but be presentable. Spirit dress rules apply!
    • No side chats: Only use the meeting chat for relevant thoughts or questions. DO NOT open side chats with others during class. 
    • Act appropriately: If you wouldn’t do it in front of people in class, don’t do it in front of people in online class. 
    • Share the air: Wait to be called on so we aren’t talking over each other. 
    • Silence your notifications. 
    • Adhere to the School’s Responsible Use Policy at all times.
    Norms for Upper School Students:
    • Dress in compliance with the Upper School Dress Code.
    • Sit upright at the computer in a quiet location that is conducive to learning.
    • Mute when not speaking.
    • Do not use chat unless instructed by the teacher and should always be appropriate when using it. *The chat is visible to all parties. 
    • Adhere to the School’s Responsible Use Policy at all times.
    • Come to class sessions with all of your required assignments and course materials.

Questions?

Please let us know what questions you have related to Shipley Learns Online.

Leadership

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Michael Turner

    Michael Turner 

    Head of School
    Phone/Extension: 4122
  • Photo of Shane Kinsella

    Shane Kinsella 

    Head of Middle School
    Phone/Extension: 4186
  • Photo of Timothy Lightman

    Timothy Lightman 

    Head of Lower School
    Phone/Extension: 4704
  • Photo of Margaret van Steenwyk

    Margaret van Steenwyk 

    Head of Upper School
    Phone/Extension: 4128
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.