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Crafting an Equitable Reopening Plan with Hybrid and Remote Models
Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Elena Esquer, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Palmdale School District, CA; Lisa Richardson, High School Math Teacher, Clear Brook High School, Clear Creek ISD, TX; and Michelle Rainey, Principal, Da Vinci Connect, CA
Hosted by Melissa Toohey, Educational Technology & Adoption Specialist, Ozobot
Sponsored by Ozobot
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This panel discussion will cover how to craft an effective and equitable reopening plan with concrete strategies for both the school board and the classroom. In this edWebinar, K-12 education innovators share insights from their schools and districts, including a school that has followed a hybrid model for the last 8 years. Together, they cover:
- Remote and hybrid learning models
- Equitable, culturally relevant, and responsive teaching strategies
- Driving engagement in math, ELA, and more in the wake of COVID-19
- New approaches to assessment and measurement
- Administrators will learn about strategies, resources, and best practices for crafting or refining their own reopening plans.
Viewers will glean insights into how school and district leaders are looking to support them through the challenges ahead and tips for adapting their lesson plans for hybrid and remote models.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to school and district leaders and K-12 teachers.
About the Presenters
Elena Esquer currently serves as the assistant superintendent of educational services in the Palmdale School District. She has served the district for 23 years as a teacher, parent, assistant principal, and principal. She has worked extensively in serving English Language Learners, Standard English Learners, Toward Equity, Parent Engagement, and Cultural Proficiency. Elena values collaboration, voice, and leading from the middle while seeking best practices to improve student learning and teacher pedagogy. Continuous learning is always a true focus and an expectation she has of herself and others.
Lisa Richardson has been teaching high school math for 19 years. She currently teaches math models with applications and advanced quantitative reasoning at Clear Brook High School. Lisa has worked throughout her career with special populations and has also taught English Language Learners. She has successfully integrated computer science into her high school classroom, even being named an Ozobot Certified Educator and Sphero Lead Educator. A lifelong learner, she is continually attending, participating in, and even teaching professional development across the state. Lisa shares her work and students’ success on both a teaching blog and social media as well as with other educators across the globe. Her teaching focus is to learn and develop as an educator to be a better teacher for her students.
Michelle Rainey has spent the past two decades cultivating responsive schools in Southern California as a teacher, department chair, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. She joined Da Vinci Schools in 2009 as a founding teacher and is now the principal (and a mom) at Da Vinci Connect. Her current work includes continuing the work of Connect’s K-8 hybrid model while expanding the program to include grades 9-12, an early college experience, and competency-based learning. She is inspired daily by students, families, and staff who create rich and meaningful ways for parents and teachers to co-educate their children using instruction that prepares students for a life of curiosity and learning. Michelle earned her B.A. in English and master’s in education from UCLA, completed her National Board Certification, and is currently earning her doctorate of education in UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program.
About the Host
Melissa Toohey is a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher. She has taught in various educational settings, including private, charter, and public schools. Her greatest accomplishments include establishing and creating the first elementary school STEAM program in Watts, being awarded a $100,000 grant, and helping her students discover their academic and non-academic strengths. Prior to joining Ozobot, Melissa coached teachers on implementing computer science and served as a lead curriculum developer. She currently serves on the Education team at Ozobot, and she prioritizes equity and access to computer science education in her work. In addition to her professional role, Melissa is pursuing her doctoral degree in UCLA’s educational leadership program. Go Bruins!
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