Dr. Joe's keynote address will highlight the intersection between education, opportunity, racism, and the ways in which our existing models of education have failed to serve all children equitably. Nationally, the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on African-American and Hispanic communities has exacerbated equity gaps. The percentage of students in lower-income, Black, and Brown communities unable to engage in remote learning painted a devastating picture of school districts’ ability to serve all students in times of widespread crisis. Existing racial inequities were magnified and widened across K-12 (McNulty, Baird, Udell, et al., 2020; Strauss, 2020) and higher education institutions (Fain, 2020).
Dr. Joe will offer insights about the most immediate drivers of educational transformation on the path toward realizing the hope of an equitable education system.
Dr. Jilliam Joe
Senior Director of Learning Insights and Research
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For every 10 attendees in today’s session, UNICEF will deliver a therapeutic food packet to a malnourished child in the world
Live Q&A with Dr. Jilliam Joe - 12:20pm - 12:35pm EDT/9:20am - 9:35am PST
All students benefit from a strong foundation in phonological awareness and phonics skills. Systematic, explicit lessons are key to setting students on a pathway to reading success. This talk will explore the new foundational skills lessons and resources in Raz-Plus.
Those who attend this session will receive a FREE Raz-Plus membership, good through December 31, 2020, so they can follow the foundational skills pathway, making phonological awareness and phonics instruction easy!
Product Manager, Learning A-Z
Concurrent Session: Online and Blended Learning: Case studies and lessons learned from COVID-19 emergency instruction- 12:50pm -1:18pm EDT/9:50am - 10:18am PST
The COVID-19 pandemic forced teachers and teacher educators into emergency mode. Instructors and administrators often found themselves scrambling to implement remote instruction without adequate time for planning, training, or implementation. Among these challenges, there were also inspiring success stories of innovation. These experiences have empowered current and future teachers to be more agile and flexible.
Dr. Ferdig will discuss the latest best practices, strategies, and successful efforts to come out of early responses to the COVID crisis, developed by teacher educators, professional developers, researchers, and practitioners.
Richard E. Ferdig
Summit Professor of Learning Technologies and Professor of Educational Technology @ Kent State University
Concurrent Session: Bridging the Home/Classroom Gap for English Language Learners- 12:50pm - 1:27pm EDT/9:50am - 10:27am PST
In this session, you'll learn how to best support your English language learners in both distance and blended learning environments. You’ll hear success stories from the 2019-2020 school year along with stories about struggles. You'll also learn more about flexible approaches to ELL instruction for the 2020-2021 school year, and you'll get some great tips for bridging the home-to-school connection.
This talk will explore best practices for engaging students with Dual Language instruction in both distance and blended learning environments. You’ll receive tips for bridging the home-to-school connection, detailed success stories from the 2019-2020 school year, and guidance for effectively and flexibly approaching Dual Language instruction in the 2020-2021 school year.
Director of Language Acquisition @ Yonkers Public Schools
Concurrent Session: Enhance Your Digital Instruction and Learning with Google Classroom - 1:50pm - 2:35pm EDT/10:50am - 11:35am PST
In response to popular demand from educators currently using Raz-Plus or Raz-Kids with Google Classroom, this session will focus on how to more effectively deliver remote learning in a way that saves teachers time and helps promote engagement with students.
Learn how to leverage the tools and resources in Raz-Plus and Raz-Kids to provide remote opportunities for direct instruction, shared and guided reading, and meaningful independent practice. Discover how the combination of Learning A-Z and Google Classroom resources allow for formative and summative assessment, with reporting to support data-informed instructional decision-making.
Concurrent Session: Enlightened Educators Panel: Building a Strong Foundation -1:50pm - 2:35pm EDT/10:50am - 11:35am PST
Join our panel of Enlightened Educators to learn about their real-life experiences helping students to establish the critical foundational skills that form the key building blocks of literacy. Our panel will discuss the importance of vocabulary, spelling, and literacy instruction and practice; challenges in today's learning environment; and the techniques and tools they rely on to help their students learn and grow.
Q&A with Jordan Gonzalez - 2:25pm - 2:35pm EDT/11:25am - 11:35am PST
Collaboration is the fuel for building powerful tools and programs that impacts students' lives outside of our personal reach. This polling experience will allow participants to collaborate by sharing best practices while developing their virtual learning toolkit. Leveraging strategies from colleagues all around the country will contribute to efficiency, effectiveness, and student success. Share your experience and build more significant learning experiences for students and support the vital work of equity and access.
Concurrent Session: Ideas and Tips for Serving the Needs of Exceptional Learners Part 1 - 2:50pm -3:10pm EDT/11:50am - 12:10pm PST
Barb Kruger will begin the session by sharing some of her favorite tips and ideas to increase fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills that exceptional learners will want to complete. These fun and engaging activities can be easily implemented in school, remote, and blended learning environments.
Then our panel of Enlightened Educators will share ideas on how they have used Learning A-Z products to motivate their exceptional learners.
Concurrent Session: Data-Driven Foundational Skills: What the Latest Research Tells Us - 2:50pm - 3:20pm EDT/11:50am - 12:20pm PST
Julia Lindsey will share the latest insights on how research and data analysis can inform instruction and support foundational skills.
Drawing from her experience with research projects focused on practical, culturally-responsive curricula and materials to improve the teaching of reading in early elementary school, Lindsey will highlight opportunities to deliver effective instruction and practice informed by quantifiable, validated best practices.
Education Doctoral Candidate
Concurrent Session: Starting Your School Year: Connect, Plan, Communicate -2:50pm - 3:30pm EDT/11:50am - 12:30pm PST
Preparing to meet your new students at the beginning of the school year can be stressful, overwhelming, and time-consuming.
In this talk, Janie Holtz, Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, and Kathryn LeBlanc, Curriculum Coordinator/Instructional Coach, will focus on practical applications for starting your school year off right. They will share information about connecting to your students while continuing to provide the best learning instruction within a positive climate and culture.