Helping educators navigate school closures due to COVID-19

By Avé Tatum
April 2020
Vol 41, No. 2
Q: What is the focus of your professional learning work? I oversee training for new teachers in our district through the district’s alternative certification program. I also oversee training for veteran teachers who are becoming certified in teacher support and coaching so they can mentor new teachers. Through the Learning Forward Academy, I am examining the impact of the mentor training on teacher retention and student achievement, looking at achievement levels for students of the mentor teachers we’re training and the new teachers they’re mentoring. Q: What are the biggest professional learning needs you’re seeing due to the COVID-19 crisis and the unexpected closure of schools? We’re fortunate that we have digital resources. But not everyone knows how to use them effectively. They have lots

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Ave Tatum

Current position: Coordinator of professional learning, Clayton County (Georgia) Public Schools.

Current Learning Forward roles: Board member, Learning Forward Georgia, and member of Learning Forward Academy Class of 2020.

Fast fact: She co-presented a session at the 2019 Learning Forward Annual Conference called “Putting you back in YouTube” about screencasting to create a YouTube library of resources for new teachers. 

Years in education: 20. 

Coordinator of Professional Learning at Clayton County Public Schools | + posts

Avé Tatum has been in education for 20 years, teaching in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, before relocating to Georgia in 2005, to teach for Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS). She has taught grades kindergarten through third. She has served as a district-level elementary English Language Arts facilitator, an instructional implementation specialist, and has served as coordinator of professional learning since 2015.

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