The Parent’s Role as a Learning Coach in Online Education Online school parents at Pearson Online Academy don’t merely expect daily involvement in their children’s education; they embrace it. From collaborating with teachers on goals to helping their children stay focused, our parents are full partners in the learning process. Hear what parents have to say. Understanding the Role of the Virtual Learning Coach Acting as Learning Coaches, parents manage the home classroom—motivating and monitoring students as they complete assignments and progress through the curriculum. The role evolves as students mature and Learning Coaches and our teachers adjust their involvement, considering the student’s grade level, individual needs, and level of independence. In the elementary years, the Learning Coach plays a substantial day-to-day role facilitating instruction. In the middle school and high school years, the Learning Coach becomes more of a mentor and guide as the student becomes increasingly responsible for his/her studies. While the role of Learning Coaches is less time-intensive for parents of part-time Pearson Online Academy students, these parents are also critical in providing age- and ability-appropriate supervision.