Guidance for Educators
At the Teaching Systems Lab, we have three projects focused on helping educators respond to extended school closures and remote learning.
NEW: Imagining September. Reopening schools should be a community process with broad input from students and other stakeholders. Over May and June, we met with three groups of education stakeholders (parents, teachers, school and district leaders) and one student group to prototype online approaches to convening multi-stakeholder design meetings. We've published two reports, one for school leaders with guides and resources for facilitating online design charrettes, and one for educators and the public broadly, with principles and design elements for opening schools in the fall.
COMING SOON: Emergency Remote Instruction Survey. Based on 35 in-depth interviews with educators across the country, a detailed look . All 35 full interview transcripts are available at https://osf.io/2fjtc/.
April 1: In the report “Remote Learning Guidance from State Education Agencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A First Look”, we provide recommendations and best practices for state education agencies providing remote learning guidance during COVID-19 school closures.
TeachLab Podcast: Teaching Math During COVID-19
To support teachers in the midst of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, TeachLab is switching our focus to highlight tools and strategies for effective teaching during this time. Today we talk with Michael Pershan. He is a New York City math teacher at one of the first schools in the country to shut down in the face of COVID-19.
Listen to Justin Reich and Michael discuss distance learning strategies on the TeachLab Podcast.
TeachLab Podcast: Care, Compassion and Remote Learning with Facing History
In this episode, Justin Reich joins Laura Tavares from Facing History and Ourselves, a professional development organization empowering teachers & students to think critically about history & to understand the impact of their choices. We discussed building community, supporting students, and caring for each other in the transition to distance learning.
TeachLab Podcast: Online Teaching in Higher Education
Justin Reich joins NPR’s On Point with Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the challenges higher education is facing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some strategies for navigating them. They discuss the need to engage the student who are most struggling, respond to pre-recorded testimonials, and provide advice for faculty for enduring these difficult times.
Free Online edX Course: Becoming a More Equitable Educator Mindsets and Practices
Every day, teachers make thousands of decisions: what content to teach, what activities to assign, who to call on, how to respond to a student question, how to react to student behavior. These day-to-day decisions can have an enormous effect on the lives of young people, for good and ill. They can open new doors or cause lasting harm; they can make students feel seen and valued, or dampen their interest in school. In this course, we will investigate these interactions, rehearse responding to difficult scenarios, and develop a set of equity teaching mindsets and practices to support all of our learners, especially underserved students.
Keep It Simple, SchoolsEducational Leadership
Four key questions for schools and educators to ask during school closure:
1) How will you publish good projects and enrichment activities?
2) How will teachers remotely coach students?
3) How will you partner with students, teachers, and families?
4) How will you plan for re-entry?
Nature: Five Tips for Moving Teaching Online as COVID-19 Takes Hold
Justin Reich talks with Nature Reporter Virginia Gewin about online teaching in the COVID-19 crisis.
“The most common misstep is not listening to your students."