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Igniting and accelerating learning: Supporting educators in creating engaging classrooms

Presenters: Andrea Gautney, Ashley Howe, Pilar Ramos, & Risa Sackman

Schools and districts are focused on accelerating student learning in this period of COVID-recovery, but what does it mean for educators and what can schools and districts do to facilitate their success?

Learning Forward and FHI 360 invite you to join this webinar as we hear from district and school educators about the supports and strategies they are putting into practice to create the conditions for student success. Join us as we explore lessons learned, favorite resources, and effective practices educators intend to sustain as schools resume and move into a COVID-recovery phase.

Presenters
Math Instructional Coach at Clear Springs High School | + posts

Andrea Gautney is a math instructional coach for Clear Springs High School in Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD). Over the last fifteen years, Gautney has been a classroom teacher, has supported hundreds of secondary teachers in both California and Texas, and is a 5-year veteran facilitator for the New Coaches Academy in CCISD. She partners with teachers and teams to provide support and to build capacity in all facets of the classroom: deep mathematical content knowledge, technology integration, social and emotional learning, cultivating rapport, and professional growth. Gautney serves as a Learning Forward Consultant, leading learning through Coaching Academies, Mentor Teacher Cohorts, and Content-Based Coaching Cohorts.

Teacher at Henkle Middle School | + posts

Ashley Howe started her teaching career in a middle school in Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then went on to teach on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico before landing in White Salmon Washington at Henkle Middle School. She has been honored twice by her district’s Teacher of the Year award and is National Board certified. In addition to teaching, she coaches the middle school cross country and the high school track team.

Co-Principal at Arts & Letters 305 United | + posts

Pilar Ramos started her educational career with New York City Public Schools nearly two decades ago as a middle school humanities teacher in schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx. After ten years of teaching literacy, she moved to the central office where she was a literacy coach, director of professional development, and eventually a director with the Middle School Quality Initiative, a DOE program working with over 100 middle schools across NYC to improve literacy outcomes for students in grades 6-8. Pilar is currently the co-principal of a recently merged Pre-K- 8th-grade school in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, the first in NYC with an explicit focus on integration. She is working hard to support her students, families, and staff toward building an antiracist school where every student feels a sense of belonging and their voices and experiences are heard and valued.

Director, U.S. Education at FHI 360 | + posts

Risa Sackman serves as FHI 360’s director of US education. She has nearly thirty years of experience providing leadership and professional development to government agencies, non-profits, institutions for higher education, and K-12 education at the school, district, and state level. Sackman earned her MS in education from Bank Street College of Education and has dedicated her career to improving students’ engagement, healthy development, and ongoing success. A visionary program designer, facilitator, writer, evaluator, and coach, Sackman uses an integrated approach to addressing students’ academic, social and emotional, physical, and character development using a positive youth development lens. Sackman has deep experience in the areas of curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, family engagement, dropout prevention, and ensuring educational equity.

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