In these unprecedented times, we are in service of you, our partners, the education community and ultimately our students who need all of us now more than ever. We’ve created this space for you to discover vetted resources, learn from experts across the field via live webinars, and most importantly connect with other educators and leaders in communities of practice to support you in the long-run.
REGISTER FOR OUR UPCOMING WEBINAR
Leveraging Instructional Leaders to Create a Path Forward
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET
Register for the upcoming webinar below:
Students at the Center
Atyani Howard, Chief Program Officer, New Teacher Center
As COVID sweeps the globe, American schools have been shuttered, diminishing the power of millions of children. In the midst of navigating my daily responsibilities as a leader and mother of twin boys, this moment has thrust me into deep reflection. I have been wondering what students across this country have to share that could serve as a catalyst for a more holistic and enduring response. I have also been grappling with my most closely held beliefs about the complex purpose of school and what matters most right now.
At my core, I believe schools are living organisms fed by the energy of the students, educators, and families who collectively create this vital American structure. In this metaphor, our young people are the source of the energy that ultimately converts into the power necessary to sustain and grow the organism. At this very moment, our most vulnerable young people, whose very power and growth is substantially tethered to the organism itself, are suffering.
A lot of young people my age are trying to figure out what this is….What will this mean that things were stripped away so quickly? One minute we were in school and the next minute we were in a pandemic.
Sophomore, Kenwood High School, Chicago, Illinois
Read the full student conversation HERE.
Leveraging Instructional Leaders to
Create a Path Forward
When: June 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm PT / 3:00 pm ET
Where: Register for the webinar HERE.
As we begin approaching the end of a school year and chart a path toward the fall, we must as a collective think through the continued and uncertain impact of COVID-19 on our school cultures, instructional supports, and ways of operating. Districts, schools, communities, students, and educators continue to evolve in the face of this challenging time and it is imperative to consider ways in which leaders can reflect and continue to revolutionize student learning, regardless of setting.
In this webinar, you’ll learn actionable best practices that leaders can implement, figure out how to optimize student learning as we continue to adapt to this environment, and get inspiration from voices from the field whose strength and resilience has helped them face the most unprecedented of challenges.
– CASEL CARES is a new initiative that connects the SEL (social emotional learning) community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. We are committed to our vision of disseminating high-quality SEL research and best practices – and are more determined now than ever. Please feel free to access and share the resources, which are designed to support educators, parents, and anyone who works with children.
– In response to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the educational system, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has granted more than $1 million to the Council of Chief State School Officers, the International Society for Technology in Education, National Parents Union, and State Educational Technology Directors Association to support educators and families. These initial grants are aimed at providing resources to states and school districts impacted by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a premiere resource under the umbrella of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (HHS). This detailed resource provides facts and advice for caregivers about how to help kids cope with anxiety and stress triggered by coronavirus.
Communities of Practice
We are launching three Communities of Practice to convene educators, districts, community organizations, and education support nonprofits to learn from experts and leaders in the field, share resources and best practices, and participate in thought leadership around key levers in meeting student and educator needs during these challenging times. Community members will be able to participate in collaborative virtual events, engage in topic-related resource hubs, share success stories and thought-partner around common problems of practice.