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July 5, 2020

New edWebinars | Attendance, Equity, Back To School, And More!

Note these up-coming webinars.

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Effective Attendance Messaging and Interventions: Nudging Students and Parents to Engage
Tuesday, Jul. 7 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Hedy Chang, Executive Director, Attendance Works; and Peter Bergman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Hosted by Joanna Smith, Founder and CEO, AllHere Intelligent Attendance Interventions
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Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms: A Response to Racism in America
Wednesday, Jul. 8 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D., Chief Research Innovation Officer & Director, HighScope Educational Research Foundation; Stephanie Curenton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Boston University; Kerry-Ann Escayg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha; and Tonia Durden, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Birth-Five Program Coordinator, Georgia State University
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Recreating the Conditions for Learning This Fall
Thursday, Jul. 9 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Angela Duckworth, Founder & CEO, Character Lab, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, MacArthur Fellow; and Todd Rogers, Director, Harvard Student Social Support R&D Lab, Founder and Chief Scientist, EveryDay Labs
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July 4, 2020

This Week’s Remote Learning Resources From The REL Program

The weekly listing of regional education laboratories resources.

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This Week’s Remote Learning Resources from the REL Program

In response to COVID-19, the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) have collaborated to produce a series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by the pandemic. See below for a roundup of upcoming REL events and featured resources on this topic. A full list of resources is available on the REL COVID-19 webpage.

Upcoming Webinars

Re-opening Schools Safely: New Evidence on Mitigating COVID-19 Spread
Monday, July 6 at 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET

REL Mid-Atlantic
This webinar will share lessons learned from a project with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide coaching and technical support on its plans for reopening schools in the fall. Presenters will discuss emerging evidence on the COVID-19 pandemic, best practices in blended and remote learning, and findings from an agent-based modeling simulation that estimated the level of COVID-19 transmission in schools under various scenarios and mitigation strategies.
Audience: school leaders, district leaders, state leaders, community partners

Supporting Children’s Reading at Home: Family Resources for Kindergarten through 3rd Grade
Thursday, July 9 at 2:00–2:45 p.m. ET

REL Southeast
This webinar will provide a virtual walk-through of the “Supporting Your Child’s Reading at Home” resources for parents and caregivers of rising kindergarten through grade 3 students. During the session, participants will learn how to use the resources with children at home.
Audience: families, caregivers

Featured Resources

Adapting Educator Professional Learning to a Virtual Environment
Webinar recording | REL Pacific
Audience: teachers, school leaders, staff development coordinators

Career Readiness: Preparing the Student
Infographic | REL Southeast
Audience: families, teachers

Reaching Teaching, and Empowering Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Blog | REL West
Audience: district leaders, state leaders

Tips from a Teacher: Supporting Early Childhood Literacy Skills in the Time of COVID-19
Blog | REL Midwest
Audience: families, caregivers


The Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) build the capacity of educators to use data and research to improve student outcomes. Each REL responds to needs identified in its region and makes learning opportunities and other resources available to educators throughout the United States. The REL program is a part of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) in the U.S. Department of Education. To receive regular updates on REL work, including events and reports, follow IES on Facebook and Twitter. To provide feedback on this or other REL work, email

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Next Steps From Virtual Panel: Reopening Your K-12 Schools Safely Webinar

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Lounge & Learn Weekly News: HyFlex Model Webinar Next Week!

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Weekly News 7.1.20

HyFlex Model, Part 2 Panel & Discussion: TxDLA Lounge & Learn Webinar Series

TxDLA’s FREE weekly summer webinar series, “Lounge & Learn” continues this week through August. These interactive webinars will regularly meet on Thursdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Recordings will be available for two weeks for free on our website and indefinitely for TxDLA members.

Next week:

**Tuesday (note new day!), 7.7.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CDT
HyFlex Model: Part 2 Panel & Discussion  
Moderator: Charlene Stubblefield, Prairie View A&M University

Panelists from Texas A&M University System Council for Academic Technology and Innovative Education (CATIE):
Dr. Lisa Bunkowski, Texas A&M University Central Texas
Dr. Sunay Palsole, Texas A&M University College Station

Back by popular demand! Get your questions answered about HyFlex.  Follow-up question will be answered:

  • What benefits does the Hy-Flex model have over a blended model?
  • How to I teach with students online and in the classroom?
  • How do you address attendance for the remote colleagues *IF* they are not able to be in the live remote class? Do you allow them to watch the recording and then grant attendance, or they have to write a blurb, synopsis, etc.? or Do you not worry about attendance?
  • Do you feel you would need to be able to adapt for the remote students when wearing a mask? It’s hard to  connect at a distance, but with the face covered, how can you make that connection?
  • How was the camera and microphone setup in your rooms?
  • Which live streaming service did you use in class?
  • How did you get students engage with the students what where watching the stream?

And more…

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Registration Open for the 2020 TxDLA Virtual Conference, September 29 – October 2

Don’t miss three full days of fireside chats, breakout sessions, virtual networking halls, exhibits, games, awards presentation and fun activities at TxDLA’s 2020 Virtual Conference, September 29 through October 2. Price is $235 and will include both live and on-demand access to recorded sessions after the live event. Topics will include:

  • Student Engagement
  • Open Education Resources
  • Gaming
  • Data/Learning Analytics
  • Accessibility
  • Quality Course Design
  • Video Best Practices
  • Blended & Hybrid Learning
  • Proctoring

Attendee registration is now open. An overall schedule is posted, with details on sessions coming very soon!

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Featured Resource: How to Beat Summer Learning Loss (K-12)

TxDLA continues to add to its COVID-19 resources for “Keep Connecting”. The newest resource link added is “The Path to Clear Communication in Crisis Mode” written by TxDLA member Laresa Trusty with Texas A&M Central Texas.

See our Resource Page for a complete list of resources including:

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July 2, 2020

[Webinar] The Survival Skills Every Teacher Needs

This vendor webinar may be of interest to some readers.

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The rules in education changed. Going forward, online teaching will be a part of just about every educator’s responsibilities.

With so much on the minds of education leaders, we designed a turnkey program that makes it easier to have your teachers prepared in time for fall. From the support of a blended learning coach, a professional learning experience grounded in research that is proven to make a meaningful difference for teachers and students, and delivery options that reach all of your teachers, everything you and your teachers need to succeed is included in this fall readiness program.

To guide you through it, we’re bringing together blended learning expert and President of Ready to Blend, Heather Staker, and competency-based learning expert and Chief Learning Officer at BloomBoard, Kelly Montes De Oca, to discuss the six foundational skills every teacher needs and the ready-to-go solution that prepares them for the fall.

In this webinar, they’ll answer the big questions on every leader’s mind:

  • What are the critical skills teachers need to succeed this fall and beyond?
  • With time running short, how can leaders ensure that equipping teachers with these skills really leads to a meaningful change in practice?
  • How do leaders implement a realistic timeline and action plan to have all teachers ready for the fall?

Register now to learn how you can guide your teachers to success this fall and in the future.

A Leader’s Guide: The Survival Skills Every Teacher Needs this Fall and Beyond
Wednesday, July 1 at 1:30 pm


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