Reopening schools – what does hybrid mean?

Presenters: Pedro Dones, Robert Lamkin, Mark McHugh, and Emanuelle Sippy

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School systems across the country are grappling with reopening, reentry, and possible resurgence. There is pressure for schools to open online with equal pressure being applied to open in person. One option that seems to be a solution for some school systems is a hybrid model in which students would complete their studies both in-person (with reduced class sizes) and online. Hear from district and school-based leaders about what this schedule might entail, how they will engage and meet the needs of students, how they are keeping parents informed, and how the last quarter of the last school year is informing this year’s start. Also hear from a student leader as she shares her experience and the outcomes of a new Kentucky study looking at

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Teacher and Teacher Leader at Academy for Personal Leadership and Excellence | + posts

Pedro Dones is a middle school mathematics teacher and teacher leader at the Academy for Personal Leadership and Excellence in the Bronx. Teaching in the same Bronx district where he attended school, Dones has a unique ability to relate to his students. During remote learning, Dones encouraged colleagues to have a mindset centered on empathy, compassion, and be creative in their efforts to reach students. He created a YouTube channel where his students can access math tutorials, which also allows him to maintain his connection with students, particularly by incorporating his wrestling alter ego, “The BIG Action,” into lessons. Dones was recognized as a New York City Department of Education 2020 Big Apple award recipient for his work during the pandemic school year, and has since been featured in such media publications as the Washington Post, CCN, and Time Magazine.

Curriculum Director at McComb School District | + posts

Robert Lamkin serves as the McComb School District’s curriculum director under the leadership of Superintendent Cederick Ellis, Sr. Prior to Lamkin's transition to the curriculum department, he served as the instructional lead-learner of McComb High School for nine years. Under his leadership, the high school’s academic performance increased from an F rating to a C rating and continued to maintain academic growth during his tenure. In 2017, Lamkin was named Administrator of the Year for McComb School District. He received awards for completing the National Institute of School Leadership Program and the American Association of School Administrators' Aspiring Superintendent Academy.

Principal at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools | + posts

Mark McHugh served as principal at McClintock Middle School since 2016. McClintock is a Title 1, partial STEAM magnet school in Charlotte with over 1200 students. Prior to serving as principal at McClintock, McHugh served in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as an assistant principal at Community House MS, Dean of Students at Providence HS, and teacher at Myers Park HS. Graduate of CMS schools, North Carolina Teaching Fellow Scholar at Elon University and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools/Winthrop University Educational Leadership - Leaders for Tomorrow program.

High School Senior and Student Voice Team Lead | + posts

Emanuelle Sippy is a high school senior in Lexington, KY. She co-directs the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, collaborates on the Education Justice Collective's Move School Forward Campaign, and organizes with Future Coalition.

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