Category: Pandemic responses

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

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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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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Showing up matters!

This year more than ever before, there is a great need to invest in the transition back to school for both students and families. Every student and family experienced some level of stress, while others have experienced deep trauma from family illness, death and loss of income. During the 2020-2021 school year, education may occur in classrooms, virtually or as a combination. School transitions in and out of classrooms may occur more than once. New research shows that many students could begin the new school year significantly behind in their academic learning. As protests over racism demonstrate, our public institutions, including schools have not adequately addressed the systemic barriers that limit access and equitable opportunities.

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A simple phrase that, used alone or prefacing a question, can help you connect better with others

“Tell me…”

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7 Takeaways from our experiences with distance learning: administrators may be able to handle whatever comes next year by putting people first and remaining flexible by Mary Davenport

Put people first
Less is more
Make and communicate a plan
Don’t go it alone

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