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April 5, 2020

New edWebinars | SEL, Remote Learning, Early Childhood, Reading, Equity, And More!

Note these up-coming webinars.

As you shift to online learning as a result of the coronavirus, we’ve documented some great ways you can use edWeb for collaboration and virtual professional learning. Learn more about our free platform and resources.
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Nancy Boyles
edWebinar with CE Certificate
Building Students’ Social-Emotional Strength Through Literacy
Tuesday, Apr. 7 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Nancy Boyles, Professor Emerita, Independent Literacy Consultant, and Author
Juli Dixon
edWebinar with CE Certificate
Small Group, Big Gains: Supporting Effective Pulled Small Group Instruction
Tuesday, Apr. 7 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Juli Dixon, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Central Florida
John Lant
edWebinar with CE Certificate
How to Practically Implement the 6 Keys to Early Childhood Reading
Wednesday, Apr. 8 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by John Lant, Reading Expert and Founder, Learning Dynamics Academic Schools
Angela Ballinger
edWebinar with CE Certificate
Building Foundations in Reading, Sounds, and Text
Wednesday, Apr. 8 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Angela Ballinger, Principal and Preschool Coordinator, Walker Early Learning Center, KY
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Equity in Education: An Examination of Practices in the United States
Wednesday, Apr. 8 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Steven Almazan, Public Policy Professional and Consultant, Almazan Consulting; and Anurima Bhargava, Founder and President, Anthem of Us
Michael DiSpezio
edWebinar with CE Certificate
Understanding COVID-19 and its Pandemic Impact
Thursday, Apr. 9 @ 1 pm ET
Presented by Michael A. DiSpezio, Biologist, Science Education Specialist, and Textbook Author
Terrie Noland
edWebinar with CE Certificate
Strategies for Virtual Learning for Students with Dyslexia
Thursday, Apr. 9 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Terrie Noland, C.A.L.P., Vice President, Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally
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edWebinar with CE Certificate
eLearning Teaching Tips:
Support for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Thursday, Apr. 9 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Candice Dodson, Executive Director, State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA); and Ashley Webb, Graphic Design Teacher and Instructional Coach, Mountain Heights Academy, UT
Stephanie Jones
edWebinar with CE Certificate
3 Big Ideas for Implementing Effective Social and Emotional Learning Strategies
Thursday, Apr. 9 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Stephanie Jones, Director of the Ecological Approaches to Social-Emotional Learning (EASEL) Lab, Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education
Kristin Harrington
edWebinar with CE Certificate
Distance Learning:
How to Support STEM and Physical Activity at Home
Thursday, Apr. 9 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Kristin Harrington, EdTech Coach, Flagler County Schools, FL
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April 4, 2020

Keep Connecting Weekly News 4.3.20

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Weekly News 4.3.20

A Special Message from our President-Elect, Charlene Stubblefield

Keep Connecting Message from Charlene Stubblefield

Keep Connecting Free Weekly Webinars:

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect and chat over lunchtime with our consistent group of participants as TxDLA continues its series of Keep Connecting webinars every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am – 12:30pm, sponsored by i2i Technologies. The webinars are led by distance learning experts providing a toolbox of immediate needs to our members and the distance learning community during this time of transition. The format is very conversational, not just a talking head presentation and includes a time of Q&A from participants.

Please visit our website to see the full line-up and sign up, and to stay updated with future webinars and other available (free) resources.The recordings of past webinars are also included on this page. Live webinars are free and open to anyone. On-Demand resources are available for two weeks after the live webinar. Become a TxDLA member for $35/year to get unlimited access to all resources.

Up Next Week:
FUN is FUNdamental
Tuesday, 4.7.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CST
Valary Oleinik, International Speaker and Educational Consultant on Gamification and Creativity, USDLA Board of DirectorsThere are many cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits to having fun; and putting people into positive emotional states has been proven to make better learning environments. Join us for an interactive session where we will explore ways to unleash your creativity and use fun as a way of engaging learners as we move in person learning events to the virtual space. We will also cover how adopting a gameful mindset will benefit you during these particularly stressful times and beyond.

Building Your Online Courses for the Future
Thursday, 4.9.20, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm CST
Steven Pace, SW Region Account Executive, TechSmith, and Jim Davis, Technical Solutions EDU
Easily expand your online course presence and create & manage effective video content to engage your online students. There is an easy to use, comprehensive, scalable video creation and management system already being used in Texas colleges that you can roll out quickly and effectively to meet your online course delivery needs. TechSmith Relay is the program we’ll be demonstrating and discussing the ease of use, accessibility, and improved student engagement for your video content.

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Featured Resources

Tips for Students (Submitted by Brian St. Amour, Temple College)
A Principal’s Reflections: 8 Non-Digital Remote Learning Ideas (K-12)
THECB FAQ for Higher Education Institutions on Compliance with State Rules and Reporting Requirements Impacted by COVID-19 (Higher Ed)
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Partner Spotlight

TxDLA has had a longstanding partnership with Diamond Partner Barco and Barco’s Director of Education Sales, John Copeland. From the very first TxDLA Annual Conference, John was involved and has supported every TxDLA conference since then in some capacity. He currently serves on both the TxDLA and USDLA Board of Directors, and has been an invaluable leader to TxDLA, always willing to serve with a friendly smile.

Barco’s WeConnect Virtual Classroom solution is the ultimate solution for delivering virtual instructor led training. Lots of solutions can offer polling, questions, quizzes and breakout sessions, but no one else can offer a purpose built platform specifically for training and learning with the quality and scalability of Barco’s Virtual Classroom. Check out the recent webinar that Barco presented, or reach out to John if you would like to find out how you can use Barco’s platform.

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TxDLA Partner Solutions

TxDLA thanks it Partners for submitting specific resources and special offers to our members as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the Partner Solutions section of the Keep Connecting website for regular updates.
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U.S. Department of Education Issues Proposed Rules for Distance Learning

The U.S. Department of Education issued proposed rules for distance learning on April 1, 2020, following a months-long rulemaking process last year. The proposal seeks to give schools more flexibility for providing online programs, such as by reducing some barriers to offering competency-based education and providing latitude for measuring the credit hour. Submit comments before May 4.
Read and Comment on Proposed Rules

TxDLA Membership

If you have not renewed your 2020 TxDLA membership, please consider renewing today for only $35 to continue receiving this timely digest, unlimited webinar recordings, and to enjoy all of the benefits of TxDLA!
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NCVPSTalks-Supporting Your Transition To Virtual Learning (Week of 4/6/20)

See all of the NCVPS webinars coming up next week.

This week, NCVPSTalks Professional Development will feature Interactive Conversation Webinars.
Week of April 6, 2020
Join us for this interactive conversation focused on sharing best practices for supporting students in learning online. Leave with a toolkit of resources to bring your face-to-face classroom into the virtual world!
How do I effectively teach CTE courses online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching CTE courses in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach Science online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching Science in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach high school
English online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching English in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach
Social Studies/History online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching Social Studies in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How to cope with this new way of teaching?
This session provides best practices for organizing and simplifying tasks to help the teacher stay calm and enjoy their role as the online instructor.
How do I effectively teach Math online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching Math in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
How do I effectively teach Biology online?
This session provides the best practices for teaching Biology in an online environment. This session will introduce participants to effective course materials and instructional methods. This session will also explain how to appropriately cite instructional materials in order not to infringe on copyright.
We Are All Language Teachers: Supporting English Learners Across the Content Areas
In this professional learning session, K-12 educators will deepen their understandings of the context for why cross-disciplinary support for English Learners (ELs) is needed; be introduced to the theory informing Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL); and will engage in and share research-based instructional practices that support ELs’ literacy and language growth.
Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Students through Distance Learning
In a moment in history where we are all isolated, it has never been more important for us to feel connected to our students and each other. In this session, we will discuss strategies and activities to foster meaningful relationships and build a virtual learning community that supports our students’ social and emotional needs through empathy in our new virtual learning context.
Instruction, Remote Learning, and the Adolescent Brain
In only a few short weeks, teaching and learning has drastically changed. In this session, we will share strategies and resources based on brain sciences. In particular, we will explore how secondary teachers can best align remote instruction to how the adolescent brain works to keep students engaged and excited about learning.
Principal & Coach Focus: Supporting Teachers in Implementing Remote Learning
The importance of principals and coaches providing support for their educators and students is more important than even in the challenging transition to remote learning. In this session we will focus on strategies for supporting instruction, social and emotional learning (SEL), and strong communication with the school community. Additional recommendations for coaching and leading from afar will be shared.
Fostering Engagement in Times of Uncertainty
During this time of uncertainty, educators are exploring new and effective ways to engage with their students, families and school communities. Together we will share strategies for supporting active engagement and discuss ways you can capture new learnings for personal and professional reflection.
Scaffolding Instruction with English Learners
In this professional learning session, K-12 educators will analyze dynamic and situated instructional supports that develop English Learners’, and all students’, ability to engage with and make meaning of disciplinary concepts through interactive language practices.
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Join REL Midwest On April 8 For A Webinar: Research-Based Resources, Considerations, And Strategies For Remote Learning

More up-coming webinars.

REL Midwest Webinar: Research-Based Resources, Considerations, and Strategies for Remote Learning
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On Wednesday, April 8, at 12:00 p.m. Central Time, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest will host a 60-minute webinar on research-based resources and strategies available for educators teaching in a remote setting.

The webinar will feature experts in the field from REL Midwest and the American Institutes for Research (AIR). Melissa Rasberry, senior technical assistance consultant from AIR, will guide a review of key considerations in moving students to remote learning. Fausto Lopez, senior technical assistance consultant from REL Midwest, will describe proven strategies to foster social and emotional learning in a remote environment, discuss considerations for managing adult learning as teachers move into a remote environment, and provide an overview of features of online platforms available to schools and districts.

Marshal Conley, senior technical assistance consultant from REL Midwest, will review reliable, evidence-based resources for remote learning. Educators will also share their experiences and strategies for remote learning. The audience will have multiple chances to ask questions throughout the presentation.

To register for the event, please click on this link below. Please also share this link with others who you think would benefit from learning more about this topic!

You also may be interested in the recording and materials from the webinar cohosted by REL Midwest and the Region 9 Comprehensive Center focused on transitioning classroom practices to a remote environment. To access that webinar and its materials, please click on this link:

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Checovich at

The REL Midwest Team

EDEN COVID19 Webinars #onlinetogether 6 April 5PM CET

Note these up-coming webinars.

The current pandemic has accelerated demand for the transition from traditional education to its online equivalent. EDEN is honoured to announce a new series of EDEN webinars: Education in time of a pandemic.
#onlinetogether #covid19every Monday at 17:00 CET.
Meet Ebba Ossiannilsson and Diana Andone on Monday, April 6 at 17:00 CET on the topic: When education moves home: implications for students, academics, administrators, and education leaders.
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Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

You will meet

Diana Andone

EDEN Vice-President
Director of the eLearning Center at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
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Dr. Andone runs the team who developed the university’s award winning Virtual Campus CVUPT and is also a professor at the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, in the area of multimedia and web technologies. She is passionate about the ubiquitous access to technologies and how they can be used to improve people’s lives.

Ebba Ossiannilsson

EDEN EC, EDEN SIG TEL QE, EDEN Council of Fellows, ICDE EC, ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair, Swedish Association for Distance Education, Digital Job and Skills Coalition Sweden, Swedish Institute for Standards, ISO
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Professor Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson is an independent researcher, expert, consultant, quality assessor and influencer in the fields of open online flexible and distance learning. She is a member of the EDEN EC, EDEN NAP, EDEN Council of Fellows, and Chair of the EDEN SIG for Technology-Ebabled Learning and Quality Enhancement. Ossiannilsson is in the ICDE EC, and an ambassador for the worldwide advocacy of OERs, she is the Chair of the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee. She is a member of the ICDE Global Quality Network and of the Advisory Board for the Strategic Plan 2020-2022 ICDE. Ossiannilsson is a quality expert for ICDE, and the EADTU. Ossiannilsson is Vice-President of the Swedish Association for Distance Learning (SADE), and member of the Job and Skills Coalition Sweden, as well as working with the Standard Institute Sweden, and ISO.


With the escalation of Covid-19, educators around the world are encouraged to move to online and distance learning as schools and universities are forced to physically close campuses (buildings). Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in order to contain the spread of the COVID -19 pandemic. UNESCO estimates that more than 850 million children and young people – about 80% of the global student population – have had to stay away from schools and universities due to pandemic COVID 19. Nationwide closures are in effect in some 110 countries and local closures in many others. This means more than doubling the number of students prevented from attending educational institutions, and a further increase is expected during this Covid 19 pandemic.

From one day to the next, teachers around the world have found themselves managing virtual classrooms, communicating with their students over social media platforms and learning by doing as they provide education from a distance to over 1.5 billion students affected by school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So when education moves home, what are the implications for students, academics, administrators, and education leaders

Some questions that will be discussed 

During the webinar, the questions of why, what, who, how, and when will be discussed when education moves home, and what the implications are for students, academics, administrators and education managers.

  • The differences between emergency distance learning and online learning will be discussed.
  • How can high-quality education be facilitated, promoted and offered despite many challenges?
  • How can academics and learners be protected, supported and recognized?
  • What kind of lessons will we learn from Covid19 and what challenges do we face?
  • One obvious problem is that the “educational business” will not be the same as it is today.
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Monday, 6 April 2020,
17:00 CET

NEW EDEN webinar series: Education in time of a pandemic #onlinetogether #covid19

In these times of lockdown due to the Coronavirus COVID-19, face-to-face educational functions and activities are being moved online, using remote working sites and tools. Many of us are struggling with the adjustment to working and teaching online, especially those who have always taught in a traditional classroom and are now being asked to rapidly regroup and prepare for a longer period of educational “social distancing”. Where do you begin? How do you manage the process?

To address these questions and many others, EDEN will be rolling out a series of practical webinars on how to take face-to-face education online. These webinars will start by focussing on the day-to-day challenges our teachers and educators face and move on to consider other, broader institutional aspects.

These #onlinetogether #covid19 webinars are especially developed for these uncertain times, featuring experts and experienced practitioners within the field of open, distance, and e-learning. These weekly, one-hour webinar sessions will be held every Monday at 17:00 CEST. Each webinar will consist of a brief presentation addressing the webinar topic, that will be further complemented by a question-and-answer session, where you are greatly encouraged to participate, share your opinion and experiences, and  ask your most pressing questions.

You can find the upcoming webinars on our website.

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