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K-12 Student and Teacher Communication Works. Here’s How.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow
Sponsored by Blackboard
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While schools have long championed the importance of school-to-home communications and encouraged family engagement with local schools, the remote e-learning environment has promoted effective communications from an important goal to an absolute imperative. But what does effective communications mean in this new era of teaching and learning, especially relative to the ongoing dialogue between teacher and student?
In this edWebinar, Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Project Tomorrow, presents new research findings from 110,000 K-12 students nationwide about their preferences and expectations for two-way communications with their teachers. For example, student and teacher texting increased significantly during the sudden shift to digital learning because of COVID-19 school closures. While only 16% of students in grades 6-8 said they regularly texted with their teachers prior to school closures, almost one-third of students reported this was a regular occurrence during school closures. Texting, social media posts, mobile app alerts and personal emails are now all part of the students’ virtual communications backpack with their teachers and schools.
Beyond gaining new understanding of the tools in the backpack, attendees will also acquire new insights around the inherent linkages between effective communications and student success in school.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to elementary through high school teachers, school and district leaders, and district communications professionals.
About the Presenter
Dr. Julie A. Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow and is the founder of the heralded Speak Up Research Project which annually collects and reports on the authentic views of 400,000 K-12 students, parents and educators on education issues each year. Dr. Evans serves as the chief researcher on the Speak Up Project as well as leading research efforts on the impact of digital content, tools and resources in both K-12 and higher education. Prior to this position, Dr. Evans enjoyed a successful entrepreneurial career in the technology industry including with two education technology startups. She is a graduate of Brown University and earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, San Diego and California State University San Marcos. Dr. Evans serves on several boards and advisory councils and is a frequent speaker and writer on K-12 and higher education issues around digital learning.
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