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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Make each connection count

By Scott Bramley
October 2021
At the school where I serve as an administrator, March 13, 2020, marked the last day of in-person teaching and learning before the protracted closure of school buildings due to COVID-19. I vividly recall sitting with 12 other people around a table designed for eight, shoulder-to-shoulder, hunkered down, focused on how to move forward. Little did I know that I would not be physically present with this group, or any group, for another 15 months. Ours is a one-school district, with central office located in the main wing of the school building in Evanston, Illinois. Our mantra is “making each connection count.” Before the shutdown, our school was full of jovial greetings, shared meals in our faculty dining room, connective conversations about families, interests, hopes

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Season one episode list

Here is a list of season one episodes and guests:

  • Supporting Students Who Receive Special Education Services in Remote Learning
  • Guest: Special Education administrator from another district
  • Creative Connections and Remote Learning Strategies/Lessons
  • Guests: District teachers from math, career & technical education, special education, and world languages & bilingual education departments
  • Staff Well-Being Tips and Strategies
  • Guests: District teachers from the physical, wellness, & drivers education department and staff members from the student services department
  • End-of-Year Questions and Topics of Interest Roundtable Discussion
  • Guests: District leaders answering staff questions and concerns

References

Bryk, A.S. & Schneider, B. (2002). Trust in schools: A core resource for improvement. Russell Sage Foundation.

Learning Forward. (2011). Standards for Professional Learning. Author.


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Scott Bramley (bramleys@eths.k12.il.us) is associate principal for instruction and literacy at Evanston Township High School District 202 in Evanston, Illinois, and an adjunct instructor at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and at the College of Graduate Studies-Educational Leadership, Concordia University Chicago.


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