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January 22, 2022

Mitigating the Impact of Pandemic-Disrupted Learning

This webinar may be of interest to some readers.

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Finding New Ways to Mitigate the Impact
of Pandemic-Disrupted Learning


Every student deserves the opportunity to get back on track and feel confident in their learning. In this session, education leaders will share student success stories from various nonprofit partnerships, like The NROC Project, and how they have implemented proven measures to help fill student knowledge gaps.

Among the panelists will be Dr. Samuel West, District P-16 Director at Houston Community College, where he provides leadership for all K-12 programs in the seven public school districts throughout the greater Houston area. We will also explore Ivy Tech’s Knowledge Assessment Initiative, an award-winning program implemented in 2020 under the direction of Gwenn Eldridge, who will be our other panelist for this session.

The NROC Project is a national nonprofit organization collaborating with secondary, postsecondary, and adult education leaders to develop digital courses and web-based tools that improve college readiness, retention, and success.

Meet students where they are.

The NROC Project | PO Box 222156 Carmel, CA 93922


January 18, 2022

Q&A webinar: How learning continued during the COVID-19 pandemic: Global lessons from initiatives to support learners and teachers

This webinar may be of interest to readers.

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How learning continued during the COVID-19 pandemic

Global lessons from initiatives to support learners and teachers



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About this webinar

School closures became common around the world during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with the task of keeping learning going without school facilities, educators and governments quickly adapted and many innovations emerged. The OECD, the World Bank, Harvard’s Global Education Innovation Initiative and HundrED have documented a range of examples of these efforts from the first wave of school closures, looking at low-, middle- and high-income countries on all continents and drawing some lessons from these fast-paced responses to reimagine a post-pandemic version of education.

Join us as we launch a new report that outlines 45 of these education continuity stories and discuss how such initiatives can contribute to the current pandemic situation and the overall development of education worldwide.

Speakers include:

  • Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills
  • Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education, World Bank
  • Fernando Reimers, Professor of Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Saku Tuominen, Education innovation specialist and Founder, HundrED

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24 January, 15:00 (Paris time)

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January 16, 2022

1/24 NSBA Advocacy Institute student panel invitation- Washington D.C.

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Hello Project Tomorrow friends:

We come to you with a great opportunity for our fiends in the Washington D.C. region!

Project Tomorrow/Speak Up is working with NSBA to ensure that student voices are heard in the ongoing policy debates on education. Dr. Julie A. Evans will be hosting a student panel at this years NSBA Advocacy Institute on Monday, January 24 from 9:45 am – 10:30 am at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. and we are looking for high school students who would like to share in person their experiences in using technology for learning, as well as the impact of the pandemic on their education over the last two years- their ideas and insights will impact educational decisions nationwide

This is a great opportunity for your student, representing your district, to participate in a national event attended by hundreds of school board members from around the country, this panel will follow the keynote address by Miguel Cardona, US Department of Education Secretary!

This is a significant way to demonstrate to your community and to your students that you value the importance of students’ ideas on national policy and education programs. We can help you with developing a press release about this event if needed.

This experience will serve as a wonderful resume item for your deserving student. Project Tomorrow will provide a certificate for your student and community service hours.

If you have any students or schools in mind that you think might be interested or a good fit, put them in contact with Pilar Comparan, Education Program Manager at Spots are limited, email us soon!

Please note that the District of Columbia requires proof of vaccination for everyone over 12 years of age to enter indoor premises in DC starting January 15. The order includes meeting establishments including hotel common rooms. Also note that NSBA is closely monitoring the Covid situation, and it is possible that this event will switch to a virtual format.

Thanks so much for considering this request and for your strong support of Project Tomorrow/Speak Up!

Don’t forget that the Speak Up Research Project provides an easy and cost-efficient way for you to capture the authentic views of your students, parents, and staff about digital learning, new learning and school models, aspirations for education and perceptions of school climate. You can also gain a contextual understanding of how the views of your stakeholders compare to state and national data results . And Speak Up participation, as always, is 100% free to all K-12 schools and districts. Sign up to participate at:

-The Project Tomorrow Team


Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.orgor via phone at (949) 609-4660.

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New edWebinars | Literacy, Cybersecurity, SEL, Science, Handwriting, and more!

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Get a Grip: Teaching an Important Handwriting Skill
Tuesday, Jan. 18 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Roxanne Thompson, OTR, National Presenter & Content Specialist, Learning Without Tears; and Valerie Zaryczny, MS, OTR/L, National Presenter & Content Specialist, Learning Without Tears
Using Multimedia to Enhance Science Teaching and Strengthen Understanding
Tuesday, Jan. 18 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Michael Heithaus, Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University, and Co-Author of HMH Into Science®
SEL Strategies for Both Academic and Social-Emotional Growth
Tuesday, Jan. 18 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Ward Eames, Chief Executive Officer, Livestream Learning Studio; and Frank Maciel, Creative Director, Livestream Learning Studio
Connecting the Science of Reading to the Science of Learning for Equitable Outcomes
Wednesday, Jan. 19 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Linda Diamond, M.Ed., Educator, Author, Speaker, Consultant
Cybersecurity Readiness in K-12 Schools
Wednesday, Jan. 19 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Freddie Cox, Chief Technology Officer, CETL, Knox County Schools (TN); Marlo Gaddis, Chief Technology Officer, Wake County Public School System (NC); and Colleen Hoy, Director Product Management, ENA
Improving K-3 Reading Achievement: How to Do This. Now.
Thursday, Jan. 20 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Stacy Hurst, M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, Southern Utah University, and Chief Education Officer, Reading Horizons; and Donell Pons, MAT, M.Ed., Literacy and Reading Coordinator, American International School of Utah
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January 12, 2022

Centering Equity in Digital Learning for Every Learner Everywhere

This webinar from the folks at the National Repository of Online Courses may be of interest to some readers.

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Centering Equity in Digital Learning
for Every Learner Everywhere

Research shows that student performance in gateway courses is a direct predictor of college success; however, historically minoritized student groups are often underserved in these courses, resulting in decreased retention.

Digital learning can be a catalyst for improving course outcomes for minoritized students, and educators also need awareness and tools to address the affective, interpersonal, and situational challenges that these student groups experience.

Join this exploration of strategies for faculty and institutional leaders that center equity in digital learning transformation at scale.

Are you unable to attend? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a link to the archive.

Jessica Rowland Williams, Ph.D. | Moderator
Director, Every Learner EverywhereJessica is the Director of Every Learner Everywhere, a network of organizations with a mission to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning and better serve Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, poverty-affected students, and first-generation students. As Director, she provides leadership and vision for the network and leads the operation of the network strategy.

Learn more about Jessica.

Kristen Fox | Panelist
Managing Director, Tyton PartnersKristen is a Managing Director in the strategy consulting practice at Tyton Partners. Kristen has spent 15 years working at the intersection of higher education, online learning and workforce development. She is a frequent author and presenter on digital teaching and learning in higher education.

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Connie Johnson, Ed.D. | Panelist
Chief Academic Officer and Provost, Colorado Technical UniversityDr. Connie Johnson is Colorado Technical University’s (CTU) Chief Academic Officer and Provost, working with both online and ground degree programs. She has oversight of academic affairs, including faculty, curriculum, classroom experience, and accreditation. As a panelist, she will represent perspectives of the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO).

Learn more about Connie.

Van Davis, Ph.D. | Panelist
Chief Strategy Officer, WCETVan joined WCET in 2021 as Chief Strategy Officer where he is responsible for all aspects of WCET’s strategic planning; diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; and assisting the team with policy and research efforts. Van also serves as Service Design and Strategy Officer with Every Learner Everywhere where he leads the development and delivery of the organization’s Service Design and Delivery work.

Learn more about Van.

The NROC Project is a national nonprofit organization collaborating with secondary, postsecondary, and adult education leaders to develop digital courses and web-based tools that improve college readiness, retention, and success.

Meet students where they are.

The NROC Project | PO Box 222156 Carmel, CA 93922

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