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Talking to Elementary and Middle School Students About COVID-19

Thursday, July 2, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Talking to Elementary and Middle School Students About COVID-19

Presented by Michael A. DiSpezio, Science Author and Educator

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In this informative and instructive edWebinar, Michael DiSpezio returns to share his decades of educator experience as he offers a primer on the best strategies to teach upper elementary and middle school students about COVID-19. A former biologist, Michael shares his understanding and passion for life science, modeling best practices in teaching this critical subject to our students. Supported by a richly illustrated slide deck, his suggestions on what to say (and what not to say) are offered according to what school physiologists suggest for minimizing anxiety in young people. In this edWebinar, learn how to effectively employ a variety of educational strategies to best confer sophistication and appropriate content. So please watch Michael for this blended approach in science content and effective pedagogy, as you learn how best to communicate age-appropriate COVID-19 understanding to our K-8 students. Plus, he offers an update on the most recent progress in the development of both vaccines and therapies.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through middle school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

Michael DiSpezioAbout the Presenter

Michael DiSpezio is a globally respected renaissance educator, speaker, and science education author. He hosts JASON broadcasts and shepherded the Discovery Channel to their first Emmy Award nomination. A former marine biologist, he worked as a research assistant to a Nobel prize winner. Leaving the laboratory and his instructor role at Boston University, he celebrated his passion for education as a K-12 classroom teacher for ten years. Returning to graduate school, he completed his Ed.D., based upon his work in HIV/AIDS education. In addition to writing the national curriculum on The Science of HIV, published by the National Science Teachers Association, Michael has authored over 25 trade books and coauthored over 60 textbooks. Beyond his work with leading print publishers, he has developed materials for Google, Disney, the Discovery Channel, PBS, Children’s Television Workshop, MTV, Scientific American Frontiers, The JASON Project, and the US Department of Education. These days, his interests in developing AR and VR experiences have been supplanted by the need to create COVID-19 literate students.

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