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January 25, 2021

COHERE-CIDER Session January 2021

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to our fourth session in the 2020-21 COHERE-CIDER Sessions series on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. This free, online session will feature a study on the perspectives and experiences of heutagogical learning practice across three Canadian universities.

Title: Bridging Connections between Heutagogy, Blended and Online Learning, and Lifelong Learning: What have We Learned?

What is the relationship between self-determined learning (heutagogy) and lifelong learning that can be developed in blended and online learning environments? This question has guided a systematic literature review and a Delphi Study in three Canadian universities. Seven experts in online and blended learning shared their perspectives and experience in exploring the proposed conceptual relationship. From our two part research, it was evident that heutagogy is a new concept, yet one that has great potential in thinking differently in terms designing learning that fosters attributes of lifelong learning. From the study, we will share key concepts of heutagogical practice as tenets of lifelong learning, and some of the success and challenges when purpsosefully integrating a heutagogical approach in technology-enabled learning environments in course and program designs.

Dr. Jennifer Lock is a Professor and Vice Dean in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.

Dr. Sawsen Lakhal is Professor and Chair of the research center CRIFPE-UdeS in the Faculty of Education, Université de Sherbrooke.

Dr. Martha Cleveland-Innes is Professor and Program Director, Master of Education Program, Athabasca University and Visiting Professor of Pedagogy at Mid-Sweden University.

Paula Arancibia‑Erazo is an Educational Sciences M.A. student and research assistant at the University of Sherbrooke.

Debra Dell, M.Ed, MACP, is a doctoral candidate in the Athabasca University Distance Education program.

Noeleen De Silva is a graduate of the Werklund School of Education, Master of Education, Educational Research, concentration in Adult Learning.

When: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Adobe Connect at:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. The COHERE-CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website:

About the 2020-21 COHERE-CIDER Sessions Series

The 2020-21 COHERE-CIDER Sessions Series features presentations by leading researchers in distance, distributed, and online learning.

As many educational institutions have turned to alternate delivery modes for their programs, in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, COHERE, Canada’s Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research, has decided to move the 2020 Annual Conference into an alternative format.

For this 2020-21 season, COHERE is partnering with the Canadian Institute of Distance Education Research (CIDER) to offer an ongoing series of current research and evidence-informed practice webinars focused on online and blended learning, in Canadian higher education. Each month a presenter or a panel of presenters will share research findings and facilitate discussion focused on a relevant topic or issue. The webinar series is designed to showcase current Canadian research on online and blended learning and how it is informing practice. This series of synchronous virtual sessions provides an opportunity for knowledge dissemination among researchers, practitioners, instructional designers, and educational developers.

Call for Proposals: If you wish to present your research in this webinar series, please visit the COHERE website for the latest information, presentation dates, and proposal form:


CIDER is supported by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research
1200, 10011 – 109 Street

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8


January 24, 2021

What does the future of choice look like in our country?

Hopefully between the pandemic and the backlash towards school choice from Democratic politicians, the notion of school choice will become diminished.

Dear Michael,

Do you know that the historic Brown v. Board decision in 1954 was the beginning of the modern school choice movement?

A direct result of this landmark case was several Southern states enacting “freedom of choice” legislation, designed directly and specifically to allow parents to choose where their children attended school.

Throughout the years, the definition, meaning, and reach of School Choice has changed substantially. The pandemic has put School Choice, as a concept and right, at the forefront of the minds of people across America.

Please join us for a webinar next Wednesday 1/27 @ 4pm ET that will explore the future of choice in K-12 Education through the lens of leaders, administrators, parents and students alike.

Including Your Voice in the Future of School Choice

Actionable steps from parent advocates, school leaders and students

Wed, 1/27 @ 4pm ET


Panelists include Shawn Ehnes, Superintendent of Julesburg School District; Keri Rodrigues, Co-founder, Founding President of National Parents Union; Andrew Campanella, President of National School Choice Week; and Jemar Lee, FoS Student Ambassador.

The webinar will be moderated by Tillie Elvrum, Parent Advocate and myself.

Some questions that will guide the discussion:

Why is National School Choice Week important?

What does the future of choice look like in our country?

How can a school leader successful create choice within their district/school?

What can parents do to enact their right to choose the best schooling options for their child?

How can you get involved with the Parent Choice movement?

Hope to see you there,
Amy Valentine

Facebook: Future of School Stories (public group)
Twitter: @futureof_school and @amyvalentine555

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New edWebinars | Adult Learners, Science, Equity, Media Literacy, and more!

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Note these up-coming webinars.

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Learner Variability Among Adult Learners:
Strategies for Programs and Practices
Monday, Jan. 25 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Todd Windisch, Assistant Professor, English as a Second Language, College of San Mateo; Elizabeth Walsh, Student, English as a Second Language, College of San Mateo; Brendaly Drayton, Ph.D., Scholar in Residence, Learning Communities, Pennsylvania State University; and Medha Tare, Ph.D., Director of Research, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise
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Science Leaders Speak: The Unique Challenges of Science Education in a Post-Pandemic World
Monday, Jan. 25 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Jim Pellegrino, Ph.D., Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago; Christopher Lazzaro, Ph.D., Director of Science, New Meridian Corporation; Tricia Shelton, Director of Professional Learning and Standards Implementation, NSTA; and Matt Krehbiel, Director of Outreach, OpenSciEd
Alan Downward
Teaching CTE-STEM and Engineering in a Remote or Hybrid World – Why and How It Works
Tuesday, Jan. 26 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Alan Downward, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist, Flinn Scientific
Jaime Harris
A Midyear Check on Equity and Growth: Strategies for Using Data to Inform Adjustments and Improve Outcomes
Wednesday, Jan. 27 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Jaime Harris, Ed.S., NCSP, School Psychologist, Co-Founder of eduCLIMBER, Illuminate Education
edWebinar Presenters
Addressing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice in Changing School Communities
Wednesday, Jan. 27 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Flavia E. Iuspa, Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Education and Human Development, Florida International University; Dr. Elizabeth Cramer, Professor and Graduate Program Director, School of Education and Human Development, Florida International University; and Dr. Maria Tsalikis, Associate Teaching Professor, School of Education and Human Development, Florida International University
edWebinar Presenters
Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: How to Recognize and Understand Conspiratorial Thinking
Wednesday, Jan. 27 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Shaelynn Farnsworth, National Director of Educator Outreach and Success, The News Literacy Project; and John Silva, Senior Director of Education and Training, The News Literacy Project
Debbie Zacarian
Responsive Schooling for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Wednesday, Jan. 27 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Debbie Zacarian, Founder, Zacarian & Associates
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Leading for Equity: Building an Incremental Equity Agenda
Thursday, Jan. 28 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VA), and Dr. LaQuiche R. Parrott, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VA)
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January 22, 2021

Announcing the 2/5 Webinar on “Writing Policy Briefs and Statements”

This item may be of interest to some readers.

Dear Friends and Comrades — I hope that 2021 is off to a good start for you.  Please mark your calendars for my next webinar:


Friday, 5 February 2021
9:00-10:00am (Hawai’i) / 11:00am-12:00pm (Pacific) / 2:00-3:00pm (Eastern)

Educational scholars are often trained to write academic articles but not to translate or leverage our research for a broader audience of policy makers and the general public. This webinar shares examples of policy briefs and public statements that I have authored or coauthored (with CARE-ED, CReATE, EDJE, or NEPC), descriptions of different types of publications, tips on key elements and aspects of such publications, and resources. This webinar is open to the public and designed specifically for educational practitioners, leaders, scholars, and advocates. This webinar will not be recorded.

Registration is on a sliding scale (pay what you can), starting at $0. Registration is required and space is limited.

Please note: Instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants a few hours before the start time. Registration closes one hour before the start time.

To register:

Kevin Kumashiro, Ph.D.
Movement building for equity and justice in education

January 20, 2021

Aurora Institute Webinar 1/27 – Strengthening Relationships and Social Emotional Learning Supports to Foster Equity and Academic Success

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A final item today from the neo-liberals.

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Strengthening Relationships and Social Emotional Learning Supports to Foster Equity and Academic Success

Strengthening Relationships and Social Emotional Learning Supports to Foster Equity and Academic Success

January 27, 2021 | 1 PM ET
More than ever, successful schools are laser-focused on strengthening relationships with students, bolstering social-emotional learning (SEL) supports, and guiding each student’s academic growth. These are the facets of an effective primary person model—a term for the conditions and practices that enable these goals—which help to drive equity and build a sense of identity and belonging.

Springpoint Directors of Leadership & School Design Jeff Sudmyer and Christy Kingham will lead a webinar, kicking off with an overview on the importance of learning partnerships as a way to emphasize the critical role of trusting, caring relationships that are essential to successful primary person models.

Participants will have an opportunity to dig into a practical academic coaching tool and unpack a model academic conference alongside a school-based educator, School Social Worker Athania Ramos, who will join to discuss the critical moves that help her successfully support students on their learning journey. Springpoint will provide resources and tools that participants can use in their own school community following the session.


  • Jeff Sudmyer, Director, Leadership & School Design, Springpoint
  • Christy Kingham, Director, Leadership & School Design, Springpoint
  • Athania Ramos, School Social Worker, CREC Impact Academy
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