Leading and Learning Through Covid & Beyond

SPRING LEARNING SERIES 2021

Professional Learning, Reimagined

We partner with education organizations to reimagine professional learning, build teacher and leader capacity, and improve outcomes for all students.

Whether the thermometer agrees or not, spring is finally here! As this particularly unique school year is nearing its end, it's vital that we take a few moments to reflect on everything we've been through, especially as we plan for the next few months and the 2021-2022 school year. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic exposed the shortcoming and inequities of our education system, but it has also provided opportunities to address them, reflect, and envision what is possible moving forward - what happens post-pandemic?

The past 15 months have seen drastic developments and investment in technology, infrastructure, professional learning, and curriculum. Though these changes may have originally been implemented to meet the moment, educators have also created new possibilities for equitable learning experiences, so that we can support students whatever the context through Covid and beyond.

The continuation of the Spring 2021 Learning Series brings together coaches, educators, and experts to share their knowledge and best practices to bridge the gap between the "now" and the "not yet."

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Sessions will focus on one of the four elements of student-centered learning:

Instructional   Leadership

Responsive and Inclusive Practices

Flexible Instructional Models

Curriculum and Academic Content

Engaging Students at Any Distance
On-Demand

Join BetterLesson Coach Liz Russillo to learn how she has kept her students engaged throughout the last year. Unpack how she’s adjusted her practice to support both the virtual and hybrid setting. Leave with concrete strategies to employ in your classroom to keep students engaged and connected, in whichever learning modality you’re using.

LIZ RUSSILLO

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Tools and Strategies for Flexible Assessment and Feedback
On-Demand

Learn how to modify face-to-face strategies for an online environment. Ensure adaptations serve the needs of all students with authentic flexible assessment tools that can be used in distance or hybrid learning and in brick and mortar classrooms. Leave with strategies you can immediately use in your context, whatever it may be.

MEIRAV KRAVETZ

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Roundtable Discussion: How Districts are Reshaping Instruction Post-Pandemic
On-Demand

In Partnership with Newsela
After a year of trials and innovation, what should this return look like? Join colleagues from across the country for a dynamic discussion about what teaching and learning can look like beyond covid. Hear how leaders are using what they’ve learned during the pandemic to think differently about the return to school.

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Sessions will focus on one of the four elements of student-centered learning:

Instructional   Leadership

Responsive and Inclusive Practices

Flexible Instructional Models

Curriculum and Academic Content

Roundtable Discussion: How Districts are Reshaping Instruction Post-Pandemic
On-Demand

In Partnership with Newsela
After a year of trials and innovation, what should this return look like? Join colleagues from across the country for a dynamic discussion about what teaching and learning can look like beyond covid. Hear how leaders are using what they’ve learned during the pandemic to think differently about the return to school.

Watch Now
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Engaging Students at Any Distance
On-Demand

Join BetterLesson Coach Liz Russillo to learn how she has kept her students engaged throughout the last year. Unpack how she’s adjusted her practice to support both the virtual and hybrid setting. Leave with concrete strategies to employ in your classroom to keep students engaged and connected, in whichever learning modality you’re using.

LIZ RUSSILLO

Tools and Strategies for Flexible Assessment and Feedback
On-Demand

Learn how to modify face-to-face strategies for an online environment. Ensure adaptations serve the needs of all students with authentic flexible assessment tools that can be used in distance or hybrid learning and in brick and mortar classrooms. Leave with strategies you can immediately use in your context, whatever it may be.

Watch Now

MEIRAV KRAVETZ

Watch the Series On-Demand

Implementing Flexible Professional Development at the District Level
On-Demand

Walk through the shift from delivering in-person district level professional development to a system that is virtual, flexible and educator-centered. BetterLesson Coach Kim Penn and Evergreen, Montana Instructional Coach Jennifer Doss will share the process of shifting professional learning to an online format, how teachers have responded to the new learning format and next steps to continue to engage educators.

KIM PENN & JENNIFER DOSS

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Bonus Session! Smooth the Transition Back with Engaging Hybrid Instruction
On-Demand

Join Solution Designer, Romain Bertrand,  to learn how to create a rigorous, engaging hybrid learning experience that can accelerate student growth whether they’re in the building or at home. Unpack the primary challenges of hybrid learning and explore how student ownership, choice, and voice can create dynamic, meaningful learning experiences. Leave with tools and strategies you can begin using immediately.

ROMAIN BERTRAND

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Watch On-Demand

Bonus Session!
On-Demand

Join Solution Designer, Romain Bertrand,  to learn how to create a rigorous, engaging hybrid learning experience that can accelerate student growth whether they’re in the building or at home. Unpack the primary challenges of hybrid learning and explore how student ownership, choice, and voice can create dynamic, meaningful learning experiences. Leave with tools and strategies you can begin using immediately.

ROMAIN BERTRAND

Watch Now

Implementing Flexible Professional Development at the District Level
On-Demand

Walk through the shift from delivering in-person district level professional development to a system that is virtual, flexible and educator centered. BetterLesson Coach Kim Penn and Evergreen, Montana Instructional Coach Jennifer Doss will share the process of shifting professional learning to an online format, how teachers have responded to the new learning format and next steps to continue to engage educators.

KIM PENN & JENNIFER DOSS

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How Leaders Can Prepare Educators to Teach for Justice
On-Demand

Join equity leaders Afrika Afeni Mills and Lindsay Lyons to unpack how to create space for difficult conversations, and interrogate current blind spots and obstacles that keep us from going deeper. Then, explore four key principles that can improve your team’s capacity to teach for justice. Leave with resources and frameworks that will help you take meaningful next steps on your journey.

LINDSAY LYONS &    AFRIKA AFENI MILLS

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How Leaders Can Prepare Educators to Teach for Justice
On-Demand

Unpack how to create space for difficult conversations, and interrogate current blind spots and obstacles that keep us from going deeper. Then, explore four key principles that can improve your team’s capacity to teach for justice. Leave with resources and frameworks that will help you take meaningful next steps on your journey.

LINDSAY LYONS, AFRIKA AFENI MILLS

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Windows & Mirrors Three Ways: Honoring Student Voices and Broadening Perspectives 
On-Demand

Creating equitable classrooms begins with valuing the experiences of all students, so that they feel seen and heard. This is true not just for students but for teachers and leaders as well. In this session, we'll examine how the Windows & Mirrors strategy can be implemented at the classroom, building, and district level to foster inclusive conversations that elevate multiple perspectives.

KENNEDY SCHULTZ

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Social-Emotional Learning: Transitioning Back into the Building
On-Demand

Social-emotional learning is one of the most important aspects of a student's educational experience. In this session, participants will revisit Casel's SEL competencies while acquiring new instructional strategies for all in-person and remote teaching and learning. Participants will leave this session with a toolkit filled with information that can help address social-emotional learning as everyone transitions back to in-person learning.

LAUREN JACKSON

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Windows and Mirrors Three Ways: Honoring Student Voices and Broadening Perspectives

On-Demand

Creating equitable classrooms begins with valuing the experiences of all students, so that they feel sean and heard. This is true not just for students but for teachers and leaders as well. In this session, we'll examine how the Windows & Mirrors strategy can be implemented at the classroom, building, and district level to foster inclusive conversations that elevate multiple perspectives.

KENNEDY SCHULTZ

Watch Now

Social-Emotional Learning: Transitioning Back into the Building

On-Demand

Social-emotional learning is one of the most important aspects of a student's educational experience. In this session, participants will revisit Casel's SEL competencies while acquiring new instructional strategies for all in-person and remote teaching and learning. Participants will leave this session with a toolkit filled with information that can help address social-emotional learning as everyone transitions back to in-person learning.

LAUREN JACKSON

Watch Now

Personalizing Instruction: Supporting Students to Develop an Academic Vocabulary and Making a Differentiated Toolbox
On-Demand

Differentiation has always been an important skill for any impactful educator - tailoring content, process, products, or the learning environment to meet the needs of ALL learners. Join us for a 2-for-1 session with Master Teachers Karen Duffner and Cheryl Palmer for two approaches to Personalizing Instruction: Supporting Students to Develop an Academic Vocabulary and Making a Differentiated Toolbox.

KAREN DUFFNER &
CHERYL PALMER

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Teacher, Can You Hear Me?
On-Demand

What have we learned from distance learning? How do we authentically bring students into the learning experience and make them feel like they have a seat at the table? How do we, as adults, create space for students to push in, make meaning, and share their thoughts and opinions? Master Teachers Julian Johnson-Marshall and Chloe Knowling, both High School English Language Arts teachers, sit down to begin answering these questions and more, as they discuss the importance of honoring student voices. 

JULIAN JOHNSON-MARSHALL & CHLOE KNOWLING

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Collaborating with Colleagues to Meet the Needs of All Learners
On-Demand

In working to meet the specific needs of all learners, what do  adults in the building need to do differently? How can they best work together to achieve success? Join Master Teachers Cara Kearney and Alexandria Raine to identify steps to build a culture of trust within PLCS, departments, and/or teams. Reflect on the steps you're already taking, and consider not only what practices to add, but which ones to stop.

CARA KEARNEY & ALEXANDRIA RAINE

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Personalizing Instruction: Supporting Students to Develop an Academic Vocabulary 

Making a Differentiated Toolbox
On-Demand

Differentiation has always been an important skill for any impactful educator - tailoring content, process, products, or the learning environment to meet the needs of ALL learners. Join us for a 2-for-1 session with Master Teachers Karen Duffner and Cheryl Palmer for two approaches to Personalizing Instruction: Supporting Students to Develop an Academic Vocabulary and Making a Differentiated Toolbox.

KAREN DUFFNER, CHERYL PALMER

Watch Now

Honoring Student Voice
On-Demand

What have we learned from distance learning? How do we authentically bring students into the learning experience and make them feel like they have a seat at the table? How do we, as adults, create space for students to push in, make meaning, and share their thoughts and opinions? Master Teachers Julian Johnson-Marshall and Chloe Knowling, both High School English Language Arts teachers, sit down to begin answering these questions and more, as they discuss the importance of honoring student voices. 

JULIAN JOHNSON-MARSHALL & CHLOE KNOWLING

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Collaborating with Colleagues to Meet the Needs of All Learners
On-Demand

In working to meet the specific needs of all learners, what do  adults in the building need to do differently? How can they best work together to achieve success? Join Master Teachers Cara Kearney and Alexandria Raine to identify steps to build a culture of trust within PLCS, departments, and/or teams. Reflect on the steps you're already taking, and consider not only what practices to add, but which ones to stop.

CARA KEARNEY & ALEX RAINE

Register Now