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10 Things To Do in the First Weeks of School to Connect with Learners in Distance Learning by Katie Martin

“As the role of the educator evolves, human connection and guidance will become increasingly more- not less- important”

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Exploring our reactions: deepening learning from Diangelo’s White Fragility from restorativeteachingtools.com

“Students will reflect on white privilege and how they may have felt defensiveness and responded in unhelpful ways when that privilege or their own learned racism was identified.”

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2 Simple Ways to Improve Online Instruction from Edutopia

“In the months since the pandemic caused an emergency rush to distance learning, many teachers have made significant strides in improving the remote teaching skills they need to reach all learners. “

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Teaching in Troubled Times: A Q&A With a Trauma Expert (NEPC)

“National Education Policy Center Fellow Elizabeth Dutro responds to difficult questions about how teachers can effectively and respectfully address the traumas that are touching so many of their students’ lives, either in person or from afar, even as they, themselves, may be experiencing similar traumas of their own.”

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Tracking Student Attendance Under Remote Learning Is a Complicated Mess

“Tracking student attendance under remote learning this spring was complicated and oftentimes ad hoc, a messy process that could continue to be a big problem if schools return to full-time virtual learning anytime this school year or do some combination of in-person and online education.”

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A debate coach with experience guiding virtual discussions explains how to get students to engage with each other and with the course content: 4 tips for productive online discussions by John Ng

establish online etiquette and a discussion agenda make time for research be purposeful about group size and role assignment facilitate discussion Read article

As middle and high school math students talk through problems, they build camaraderie and gain greater conceptual understanding.

Using math problems for class discussions builds connections between students.

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Attendance Considerations for Remote Learning Plans: an example from Ohio Department of Education

“It is likely that Ohio’s most underserved students will be disproportionately affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, increasing their risk of absences.”

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Planning for the Next Normal at School: Keeping students, staff, and families safe and healthy

Here’s a guiding playbook with practical suggestions like taking time for check ins to build community and trauma informed practices like restorative practice.

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Present, Engaged and Supported: A Guide to Planning Transitions to School

“The transition back to school for the 2020-21 school year will be one like no other in recent history. Education may occur in classrooms, virtually or as a combination. School transitions in and out of classrooms may occur more than once.”

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