Virtual School Meanderings

October 17, 2020

Join Us at the Aurora Institute Virtual Symposium

A weekly item from a US-based K-12 blended learning organization.

We hope to see you in October for one of our free virtual events

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Join the conversation as we partner with communities to design and implement school-based change.

In This Week’s Issue

  • Join Shawn Rubin & Cathy Sanford’s Book Club session at Aurora Institute Virtual Symposium
  • Great Teachers in Action series kicks off on Monday, 10/19 – spots still available
  • Upcoming webinar with Newsela on Disrupting Inequity through Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Pedagogy
  • Reflecting on last week’s Always Ready for Learning Strategy Lab convening

This year, the Aurora Institute Symposium (formerly iNACOL Symposium) is going virtual! Aurora Institute has designed an entirely new Symposium experience to combine the most engaging aspects of our in-person event with the opportunities embedded in a virtual gathering. The virtual Symposium will run October 26-28, 2020 and will include three days of learning and interaction with the field’s most forward-thinking leaders.

One such event is the Meet the Experts with Authors book club conversation with our own Shawn Rubin and Cathy Sanford, co-authors of the book Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change. Registration is free and we look forward to a rich and thought-provoking conversation. Learn more about the book here and sign up for our session by registering for the symposium below.

Great Teachers in Action Sessions

Monday, October 19 is a professional development day on the statewide calendar for Rhode Island schools. Join us, in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education, as we officially kick off the Great Teachers in Action series, a yearlong project highlighting the best practices of RI District Teachers of the Year and Fuse RI Fellows. A few spots are still remaining for our first FREE sessions:

  • Session 1: Back to Basics: Maximizing the Use of Google Apps for Student Engagement & Formative Assessment, facilitated by Rebecca Willner (Beacon Charter HS) from 1:00-2:00PM
  • Session 2: Increasing Student Engagement through Playlist Design, facilitated by Jess Donato & Heather Neil (both Woonsocket Education Department) from 2:00-3:00PM
  • Session 3: Combining Self-Reflection & Feedback to Strengthen Student Writing, facilitated by RI Teacher of the Year Ashley Adamson (Portsmouth) & Maeve Murray from 2:00-3:00PM

What role do educators have in disrupting the inequity that exists in curriculum, instruction, and classrooms? On Wednesday, October 21 at 3PM ET, join Newsela and Highlander Institute for a free virtual panel focused on Disrupting Inequity Through Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogy. Key takeaways for participants in this event include:

  • Achieve clarity on our roles in disrupting inequity in our curriculum, instruction, and classrooms
  • Gain strategies to unite as a school community to create the conditions for all of us to feel liberated
  • Understand the importance of culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy (CRSP) in relation to curriculum, resources, and professional learning

We will share our pedagogical framework and you will learn tangible strategies and practices aligned to the framework from a Providence educator. We hope to see you there!

Reflecting on the Always Ready for Learning Strategy Lab

Last Friday, The Learning Accelerator, in collaboration with Bellwether Education Partners, hosted a network convening for a project called the Always Ready for Learning Strategy Lab, which helps districts envision and plan ways to prioritize resilience and equity. Our Director of Pedagogy, Malika Ali, joined four panelists from organizations around the nation to work with seven districts on problems of practice and to share insights and examples to support their respective plans. Cohort members and panelists considered how to think through competency-based learning, Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogy, and virtual/blended learning through the lenses of system resilience and equity for all.

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