What’s Good in the Classroom is Good Remotely: Planning for Teaching and Learning for an Uncertain Future

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Remote learning during lockdown was abrupt, unplanned, and incredibly challenging for all, especially those with unique learning needs and their families. Despite this, creative solutions have emerged, building on inclusive practices from their in-person classrooms. As we move toward an uncertain resumption of school this fall, how to do so in a way that supports all our students is one of the biggest unanswered questions. In this three-part series, sponsored by TASH New England, educators will learn practical tools to use in the online, remote teaching, or hybrid classroom, and collaborate and connect with educators across the country.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern, Thursdays, July 30 – August 13, 2020
Registration: Participants can register for the complete series or for individual workshops. Registration is $10 per session, or $25 when you register for the complete series.

Workshop Format

Each interactive workshop will be co-taught by PreK-12 teachers and a university professor. They will highlight evidence-based inclusive practices on the topic and frame the conversation. A panel of teachers will share how they implemented these practices in their individual classrooms in person and during remote instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect and discuss implications for returning to school in break-out rooms. Each workshop will inspire and remind us that we can support all learners in these uncertain times.

Objectives

In these workshops, participants will:

  • Learn about evidence-based practices that promote inclusive education
  • Hear from classroom teachers who implemented these practices in-person and during remote instruction
  • Connect and reflect with educators across the country who are grappling with these issues

Session Description

Session 1: July 30, 2020

The Framework that Guides Us: Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a process of designing curriculum to accommodate all learners from the beginning. Because UDL is focused on creating lessons from the ground up, remote learning provides an opportunity to rethink what guides us as we create and teach lessons that meet the needs of all our students. This workshop will enhance your ability to use principles of UDL in person and through remote teaching.

University Presenter

A portrait of Elizabeth Stringer Keefe. She has long hair over her shoulders with a large swoop brushed to her left. She is wearing a purple blazer and is in front of some varied green vegetation.

Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Ph.D. is a teacher educator, researcher and associate professor at Stonehill College, where she serves as director of graduate teacher education. Her research focuses on teacher education and special education teacher preparation, as well as teacher education policy initiatives and reforms. Stringer Keefe has more than 20 years’ experience in public and private education settings, as a teacher, consultant and critical friend to various non-profits. She is co-author of Remixing the Curriculum: The Teacher’s Guide to Technology in the Classroom (Rowman & Littlefield) and the award winning Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education (Teachers College Press). Stringer Keefe is president of Massachusetts CEC.

Educator Presenters

Emma Fialka-Feldman, 2nd-grade teacher
Kate Egnaziak, Elementary art teacher
Samuel Texeira, High School History teacher

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Session 2: August 6, 2020

You Can’t do This Alone: Strategies for Collaborating to Meet IEP Goals and Objectives

How do we ensure that students with disabilities receive specially designed instruction that includes access to grade-level standards? By prioritizing collaboration, both in person and remotely, we can truly ensure that students with IEPs are learning and achieving at high levels. Learn tips for promoting collaboration among special education teachers, general education teachers, and related service providers and hear from collaborative teams that did it – in-person AND remotely!

Presenters

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Dr. Jennifer Kurth is Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas, and affiliated faculty at the Kansas University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (KUCDD). Her research centers on inclusive education for students with extensive and pervasive support needs. This includes examining outcomes of inclusion in terms of skill development and quality of life indicators for students with disabilities, as well as how educators develop skills and dispositions for inclusive practices.

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Session 3: August 13, 2020

Building Community: Family-School Partnerships

How do we develop and support family-school partnerships in these uncertain and challenging times? What has worked in the past and what are the current obstacles we face? This workshop will focus on the core principles of collaboration with our students’ families, and consider ideas for outreach for classroom teachers to build community partnerships, in remote and in-person learning. We will examine the concepts of cultural competency, cultural humility, and cultural brokering and connect these concepts with specific examples from teachers. Participants will identify strategies to strengthen communication and build collaboration.

Presenters

A portrait of Janet Sauer. She has shoulder-length hair of indeterminate color owing to the bright light reflecting ogg one side. She is smiling and tilting her head slightly. She is wearing a collared shirt with a jacket over it. In the background is a mountain valley.

Janet Sauer is a Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She taught children in Botswana, Africa, on the Navajo Reservation, in Boston, Ohio and Iowa. At the university, Sauer co-teaches with people with disabilities, their family members, and guests from other disciplines to illustrate the complex and interdisciplinary nature of disability. Her research interests focus on examining inclusive schooling contexts and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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How to Participate

This series of live workshops will be streamed over the web via Zoom. Each presentation will be an hour-and-a-half. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions, the Zoom link and dial-in number to join the webinar at the time they register and a reminder the morning of the event.

The presentations will be recorded and available for purchase in the TASH Training Resource Library.

A Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to participants after each workshop.

If you have any questions or need help, you can contact Dina Traniello at dtraniello@verizon.net or Emma Fialka-Feldman at emma.fialkafeldman@gmail.com.