When most schools and districts shut down last month in response to a global pandemic none of us knew how long this would last or what the ramifications would be for PreK-12 education. We still don’t. Educators across the world began to prepare for, what was for most, completely unknown territory. The response was swift as schools and districts tried to provide first for the most basic and immediate needs for students – food and safety.
But what about the learning? Many are now moving into the next phase focused on what online learning should look like as the new norm – at least for the rest of this school year. How will we ensure connectivity and devices to reach all students? What should an online learning plan include? What does a virtual lesson look like? How can we effectively engage students? How much work should an educator assign? What resources are available to make this easier? The questions keep coming as educators continue to serve their students.
This webinar will focus on resources, strategies, and tangible ideas that all educators in this new online world are encouraged to borrow. Our panelists are in the midst of this right along with you and have agreed to share their own journeys and lessons learned in an effort to help build success. Come with your questions, your own ideas to share in the chat box, and to continue to build a community of educators dedicated to making this work.
In this webinar, we will:
- Identify strategies for providing professional learning for educators in the distance learning arena;
- Share ideas and resources for supporting educators in serving ALL students;
- Discuss ways that schools and districts can provide a supportive network for teachers; and
- Identify what schools and districts are/should be doing to put themselves in a good position for the future.
Eric Brooks, Chief Academic Officer, Yuma Union High School District (AZ)
Brooks is a senior consultant with Learning Forward. He served as director of professional learning with the Arizona Department of Education, where he played an integral role in the Professional Development Leadership Academy, supporting schools and districts around their work with the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI). He also supported the development of highly effective teachers and leaders as they work toward ensuring equitable distribution of effective educators. He currently serves as the chief academic officer in the Yuma Union High School District.
Michele Eaton, Director of Virtual and Blended Learning, MSD of Wayne Township (IN)
Eaton is the author of the book, The Perfect Blend. She focuses on staff and course development for Achieve Virtual Education Academy and provides leadership for the district’s blended initiatives. Eaton is a 2020 Indiana ISTE Making IT Happen Award winner, CoSN CETL and 2016 Next Generation Leader, 2018 EdWeek Leader to Learn From, president of the ISTE Online and Blended Learning Network, IUPUI online instructor, conference chair for the Indiana Connected Educators organization, member of the EdTech Heroes, and moderator for the #INeLearn chat. You can follow her on Twitter at @micheeaton.
Nancy Garvey, Director, Digital Learning, Coppell ISD (TX)
Garvey began her career as a teacher in Coppell, Texas; she later became a digital learning coach at various campuses in Coppell. In the 10 years she worked as a digital learning coach, she worked at elementary, middle, and high school campuses which gave her a multi-level experience that helped form a more holistic view of what instructional technology looks like PreK – 12. In the summer of 2014, she became the director of digital learning and has been working with the Coppell ISD Curriculum Department to continue moving our district forward.