Parent Guide

Welcome!

Welcome to the One World School. All are welcome regardless of age, gender, race, religion, nationality, or class. We invite you to work with us to help your child develop a noble and virtuous character, and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve his or her true needs, goals, and desires in life.

All children’s classes are free. All you need is access to the internet for distance learning and a willingness to work with your child. If you wish your child to attend one of the local Baha’i community schools around the world, please contact them directly to learn what they have to offer.

If you live in the United States, you can local your local Baha’i community here:

https://find.bahai.us/

If you live anywhere in the rest of the world you can find your national Baha’i community here and they can help you get in touch with the nearest community to you. There are hundreds of thousands of Baha’i communities around the world.

https://www.bahai.org/national-communities/

Even if you do not live near a Baha’i community you can still interact with a growing number of students, teachers, and parents from around the world by enrolling in online courses, joining groups that interest you, and participating in relevant forums.

The One World School offers age-appropriate courses online and a variety of adult courses. It also offers many resources to work with and supplement existing programs at local Baha’i community schools.

Be Involved

Be involved with your child’s education. There is no substitute for your love, guidance, and care. Some parents are very active but some can’t be. Be involved if you can; be supportive if you can’t.

As a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. Some parents want to be more actively involved in their children's education but don’t know how; others just want to be kept informed about progress and problems. Some parents are not able to be actively engaged for various reasons although they may want to be more active.

We will work with you regardless of circumstances. We will try to help you and your child in any way we can. There are so many ways you can help your child. We are happy to share what we know and we’d love to learn what you have to share. Here are some ways you can participate:

  • You can act as a guiding hand in between classes. Homework is provided with every lesson and you can play an essential role in helping your child.
  • You can work with your child building a personal ePortfolio that can be used to stimulate and document progress and perhaps help in other ways, such as college and job applications.
  • You can participate in the design and periodic adjustments to your child’s individual learning plan. This is a way to chart your child’s growth and development over time and across courses.
  • Parent-teacher communications is offered at any time, and meetings can be scheduled if local. If remote, a phone or video meeting can be arranged.
  • You can track your child’s progress online if you are a registered parent of a child enrolled in a class. Reports for previous classes are also available upon request.
  • You can join our PTA and learn and share your experiences with a growing cohort of engaged parents.

Please let your child’s teacher know if you wish to help out in class. Being a teacher’s aide can be a very rewarding opportunity.

If your child is enrolled as a distance learner, you can be active as well. There are many important tasks that you can do from home. You can do off-site work such as website development, course design, lesson development, or other important tasks.

The world is a large place, but in some ways it has shrunk to the size of a village. So, even if you live in an area that has no Baha’i community school, you can still be involved with your child’s education by enrolling him or her in the One World School. It’s free and there are no obligations.

For the parent and others who want to actively assist us in our efforts to provide strong values-based education to children around the world we have many opportunities to offer:

  • You can volunteer to be a teacher or a teacher's aide in your child's class, online or in your local Baha’i community school.
  • Depending on your interests and school needs, you can help in various capacities. We have needs at the local schools and with the One World campus websites. For example, you can help develop class content or write lesson plans, create music or art illustrations, make video clips of teacher’s teaching or document educational or artistic field trips.
  • You can volunteer to be a mentor or participate in community cooperative educational programs. We are developing programs that reaches beyond the school and into the child’s wider life in the community.

If you are interested in your child’s spiritual and moral education, please feel free to contact us. We encourage your active participation, but it is not required. And if you know other parents who you think might be interested, we can help you organize your own community school. Contact us and we’ll answer all your questions and help you get started.

Individualized Learning Plans and ePortfolios

Two uniquely important tools can be used to help maximize your child’s growth and develop. They are:

  • An individualized learning plan that evolves as the child advances over time; and
  • A personal e-portfolio that can be used to track and highlight the growth and development of your child over time.

Both of these tools can be started at any time, in any class, and at any age.

If you want to be actively engaged in your child’s education, please let the teacher know or contact us directly.

Individualized Learning Plan

If the parent is actively involved in the child’s education, the child’s mentor or current teacher can help design an individual learning plan to meet the specific needs of your child. The child’s learning plan will change and evolve as the child advances through the sequences of courses offered at the school.

Each course has lessons plans for every class session. This is different than the individual learning plan for a student. The class lesson plan lays out the learning objectives and lessons for a regularly scheduled class. The individualized learning plan is a road-map for the student’s growth and development. It will change over time to reflect the evolving interests of the students and the desires of the parents.

Personal e-Portfolio

The personal e-portfolio tool can be used to reflect your child’s school progress and document family milestones relevant to his or her growth and development in and out of school. A family trip is often instructional and video documentation of the event(s) can be stored in child’s portfolio. There are so many ways to document a life well lived. Over time, you and your child will come up with some imaginative ways to build his or her portfolio.

The personal portfolio may be used in certain courses, but to use it to its full potential you should start one for your child as early as possible. Once a course is completed it is archived, but not the personal portfolio. It can be active far beyond the time your child is enrolled in school.

Over time, your child’s growth, progress, and accomplishments can be chronologically documented. Specific portions of the portfolio can be used in different ways. Its true value will not be apparent until your child has accumulated a variety of entries. Then you will be able to put together specific portfolios to help your child achieve specific goals, such as strengthening college applications, landing a prized internship, or getting that dream job your child always wanted.

Finding your way around the School

Please do not feel overwhelmed by the apparent size or complexity of the school. It’s really quite simple once you learn the basics.

You can learn the basics of how to do the most common tasks in the One World School by watching some short videos on specific subjects such as registration and enrollment in a course, and participating in the lessons of a course, checking your child’s progress, and printing resources such as coloring sheets for the little ones or participating in forums for the older children.


Last modified: Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 2:42 PM