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Online Learning and Other Resources for the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic: Work from Home Resources for Educators

Webinar: Navigating a Socially Distanced Classroom for Students with Autism

Due to COVID-19 and new guidelines from state and local health officials, school leaders, teachers and staff are faced with the new challenge of maintaining social distancing at school and in classrooms in the upcoming school year. In this edWebinar, Aimee Dearmon, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA, will discuss the challenges associated with social distancing in school buildings and in classrooms and how to navigate the new guidelines for students with autism and other developmental disabilities.

She will discuss creative, evidence-based practices for teaching students new routines focused on social distancing, the importance of wearing a mask, and staying healthy through self-care routines. She’ll also provide free visual supports and resources as well as discuss ways to support families in navigating new challenges at home. Participants will learn strategies and tools that can be used with students in pre-K through post-secondary classrooms.

**Though the webinar registration is now closed, the recording of the presentation will be posted at the link below after Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

Culturally Responsive Education: Addressing Diversity

In this webinar, Dr. Saundra Tomlinson-Clarke and Dr. Penelope Lattimer from Rutgers University summarized the research on effective ways to promote culturally responsive education. Participants explored the impact of a diverse student population on school achievement and shared strategies for meeting the cultural and linguistic needs of all learners.

Webinar: Classroom Communication for Now and for What's Next

Communication has always been an essential skill for teachers. But with the shift to remote learning it has become even more critical that teachers are equipped with the practices and tools to effectively communicate with students and their families. This webinar is designed for teachers, coaches, or school leaders looking to:

  • Respond to feedback from families that they would like improved communication during remote learning
  • Design communication practices for returning back to on-campus instruction
  • Improve classroom-level communication in general

Making Remote Learning Manageable for Teachers and Students

Provided by the Heinemann Blog, this editorial piece by Jennifer Serravallo provides readers with a guide on how teachers and students can plan their days to focus on the learning that matters during social isolation.

Webinar: Creating Accessible Documents and Slide Decks

Learn skills for creating documents and slide decks that are usable for all learners, including students who use assistive technology. Skills will include personalizing display options and activating text to speech.

Presented by: Mindy Johnson and Luis Pérez, AEM Center

Inside Higher Ed - Preparing for a Fall Without In-Person Classes

Inside HigherEd has published an article about how we can prepare for a possible fall 2020 without physical in-class education: 'If campuses are still off-limits to students come September, this spring's version of remote learning won't suffice. Some colleges are preparing (quietly) to deliver better online learning at scale if needed.' Here is the link to the article. 

Webinar: Creating High-Quality and Accessible Video

Learn skills for creating high-quality videos that also engage learners and promote understanding. Strategies will include the Top Ten Tips for Creating Quality Videos

Presented By: Patti Ganley and Luis Perez, AEM Center

Webinar: eLearning Teaching Tips: Support for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In support of the SETDA Coalition for eLearning, SETDA will collaborate with teachers that have extensive experience teaching online to share tips for best practices for online learning. Teachers are being asked to transform the way they teach and to meet diverse learning needs, and they need support. Join this edWebinar to hear from experienced teachers, ask questions, and share your examples as we all work to support students in this time of need. This edWebinar will be of interest to preK through high school teachers and school leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Presented by Candice Dodson, Executive Director, State Education Technology Directors Association

New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home

"In special education, teachers say that schedules, sensory supports, and close collaboration with families can help smooth the transition to remote learning during Coronavirus."

This article from Edutopia provides strategies for Special Educators to use while adapting to the realities of distance learning.

Webinar: Distance Learning Requires a Student-Centered Approach

Taking a student-centered approach to distance learning presents valuable opportunities for leaders and teachers to enhance the learning experience This webinar will introduce a phased approach to implementing distance learning that priorities work for districts and school leaders. This webinar will include a high-level overview of those priorities and share school leader checklists that align actions with priorities.

Essential Apps for the Physical and Digital Classroom

►►►Provided by Edutopia, this article reviews teacher-recommended apps and digital tools to support learning, whether it is in the classroom or at home.

Webinar: Leading Through Uncertainty: Planning for Change, Not Perfection

During a time where information quickly becomes outdated, leaders must approach their planning with flexibility, and engage in ongoing cycles of planning, reflection, and iteration. We will share best tactical practices to utilize in the process, whether you are: 

  • Trying to wrestle with how to best support distance learning for your students
  • Working to process the vast amount of new information available daily
  • Or trying to plan for learning once school is back

10 Tips for Combating Frustration with Online Student Engagement from the CECommunity

Each day, special educators take to the CECommunity All-Member Forum to ask questions, share advice, and improve their practice. And in the time of distance learning, we hear you: getting students and parents motivated to do work online can be a challenge.

As you work to provide special education remotely, here’s some advice for keeping students and families engaged from the CECommunity, where more than 20 fellow educators of exceptional children shared their views on the topic.

Webinar: How to Set Your Class Up for Distance Learning Success

Millions of students across the United States have transitioned to distance learning environments in a matter of days.

As this transition happens, educators are completely redesigning curriculum and instruction and optimizing teaching practices for this new environment. 

To enable educators to quickly set their class up for distance learning success, this webinar features digital communication expert, A. Lee Judge, and eLearning designer, Nicasia Anzalone Caires, who shares strategies to engage students, collaborate, and reach out to parents and families at a safe social distance.

Webinar: Engaging Families Through the Coronavirus Pandemic: National Organizations Share Their Plans

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life for an indefinite period of time. Families, educators, and other practitioners across the country are struggling with how to adjust to this new reality and what it means for children. When it comes to education during these challenging circumstances, families need access to information and learning ideas, ways to understand the information, and ways to take action on it. In this webinar, national organizations at the forefront of providing resources and tools that parents and practitioners need to navigate through this uncharted territory will share what they are currently providing and what is planned moving forward. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and share their own ideas and resources through our webinar chat feature.

Presenters: -Joshua Sparrow, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital -Kwesi Rollins, Vice President, Leadership & Engagement, Institute for Educational Leadership -Josh Cramer, Executive Vice President, National Center for Families Learning -Merwyn Scott, Director of Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement (CAPE), National Education Association -Andrew Russo, Co-Founder & Director, National Family Support Network -Helen Westmoreland, Director, Family Engagement, National PTA -Pamela Johnson Ph.D, Executive Director, Ready To Learn, Corporation for Public Broadcasting -Scott G. Allen, MS, Deputy Director, Public Library Association -Erin Moore, National Organizer, United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN) -Tommy Sheridan, Deputy Director, National Head Start Association -Susan Shaffer, President and Co-Founder, MAEC

View NAFSCE's response to the Covid-19 pandemic here.

Innovative Ways to Make Coronavirus a Teachable Moment

"When the world feels dangerous, harnessing learning can provide some measure of clarity and perspective."

This article from Edutopia provides teachers with suggested strategies to change students' perspective on this difficult time and make the COVID-19 pandemic an experience worth learning from.

Can Teachers Read Books Out Loud Online? Actually, Yes

This resource provides important and relevant information for educators worried about the copyright law surrounding reading books online by providing knowledge of fair use laws.

Join Essential Elements for Learning

SETDA's Essential Elements for eLearning is a free professional learning community that provides policymakers, school administrators and educator leaders a better understanding of policies and practices related to online learning, digital content, and eLearning days.

Webinar:Using Text Messaging to Engage Students and Reduce Absenteeism

Join Joanna Smith, CEO of AllHere, for this edWebinar as she provides insights and best practices on using SMS two-way conversational text messaging to engage students and parents, and how the science shows increased participation in remote or hybrid school settings and ultimately how to drive to higher student engagement and lower absenteeism.

Webinar: Monitoring Student Engagement in the “New Normal”

Join this edLeader Panel to see how Virginia Beach City Public Schools utilizes data analytics to monitor engagement patterns, application and device access, and more. The panelists will discuss the challenges present in monitoring engagement patterns and supporting students virtually. They will also share ideas and processes to support a review of engagement. Attendees will learn the methodologies being utilized by one large district to gather engagement data, assess patterns, and evaluate instructional technology access remotely.

Webinar: The Future of Learning Starts Now: LAUSD and Verizon Makes Distance Learning a Reality

Presented by Education Week

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light a stark reality that access to the tools and services that make remote learning possible isn’t a “nice-to-have,” but a necessity. Faced with the challenge of bringing virtual learning to more than half a million students, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) relies on proactive planning, strategic execution, and partnerships. Join LAUSD and Verizon for a webinar to learn how one of the largest school districts in the nation helps students stay connected and learning. The guests will explore the challenges facing educators and how they are addressing issues beyond technology to help bring effective solutions for all students.

How to Be a Better Online Teacher

Flower Darby, a senior instructional designer at Northern Arizona University, has written an article on how to become a better online teacher for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Having been thrown into online teaching that abruptly due to the pandemic, many educators and parents 'may not feel fully invested in your online teaching practice. Yet it can be just as rewarding as teaching in a bricks-and-mortar classroom, if in different ways.' Darby writes:

"What you will find here is advice on how to make your online pedagogy as effective and satisfying as the in-person version, including:

Online classes aren’t going away — enrollments continue to grow year after year. Further, online education increases access for students who, with work and family obligations, would not otherwise be able to go to college. Those people are just as much our students as the ones who show up on the campus, and they, too, deserve the best teaching we can offer."

Access the article here. 

Webinar: We’re All in This Together: Four Cs for Supporting All Learners in the COVID-19 Crisis

This webinar provides an overview of the who, what and how of 4 Cs — Coordination, Collaboration, Communication, and Continuity — that help us work together to support students and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that students with disabilities and their families have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from learning opportunities using technology and other strategies.

Presented By: Joy Zabala and Janet Peters, CITES and AEM Center

World Language Education at Home: Engaging K-12 Monolingual Students Webinar

Watch this prerecorded edWebinar as Melanie Rogers, M.Ed., Training Team Lead of Rosetta Stone Education, discusses strategies on how to engage monolingual students with a world language education at home.

World language educators have one goal: to develop students’ ability to communicate in the target language. Over the last 30 years, the field of world language education has undergone a major paradigm shift, moving away from verb conjugation charts, grammar rules, and vocabulary lists toward student-centered activities that provide target language input in a meaningful and authentic way. It’s even harder to do it in a remote setting in times like now. During this edWebinar, viewers will learn about:

  • The benefits of bilingualism
  • The advantages of early immersion
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • The importance of parental involvement and how to engage the parents to get their children speaking
  • Providing engagement strategies for your monolingual students while at home

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

The TeachThought Podcast: Teaching with Tech In Coronavirus Times (and Beyond)

In this TeachThought Podcast, Drew Perkins talks with Sarah Gilmore and Katierose Deos of Intechgrate and authors of a new book “Integrating Technology: A School-Wide Framework to Enhance Learning” about the effective use of technology to teach, especially in this time of school closures due to Coronavirus.

Teach from Home by Google

Teach from Home is a temporary hub of information for educators of information and tools to help educators during the Coronavirus pandemic. The resources contained in this hub can inform educators about the logistics of creating online learning classes, how to connect to tools, how to best use tools, how to keep students engaged, and how to support communication through the use of Google's apps, tools, and resources.

Coaching in Crisis: Revise and Rethink eLearning on the Fly Webinar

In support of the SETDA Coalition of eLearning, join this prerecorded edWebinar for a closer look at how to design eLearning experiences with your community in mind. Listen and learn how experienced eLearning coaches, Nadine Gilkison and Lisa Highfill, provide insight for coaching in a crisis. The SETDA Coalition of eLearning provides resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost. This coalition supports leaders and sparks innovation around eLearning related to the COVID-19 virus as well as inevitable inclement weather and other disruptive events.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to PreK through high school teachers and school and district leaders.