Guidance for State Leaders and Educators
Image Credit: Megan Haddadi, Head Of Technology, Park School
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Teaching Systems Lab reviewed state education agency guidance to identify areas of consensus and emerging practices. 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.
The data used for the report were the websites created by state agencies in response to COVID-19, reviewed as of March 31st 2020. We have published our data and analysis in an open dataset and we welcome comment, feedback, and corrections. Below, we have a recorded webinar discussing the report (slides here), an interactive state map of COVID-19 guidance, and other resources for educators.
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, Schools
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.”