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Teaching in the Time of COVID: The Challenges and Opportunities for Transformation

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

Teaching in the Time of COVID: The Challenges and Opportunities for Transformation

Presented by Dr. Patricia A. Jennings, Professor of Education, University of Virginia; and Ashley Bullock, Teacher, Chesapeake Public Schools (VA), and doctoral student, University of Virginia
Moderated by Chad S. Ratliff, MBA, M.Ed., Principal, Albemarle Lab Schools (VA)

Sponsored by Norton Books in Education

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In her new book, Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators, Dr. Tish Jennings presents a matrix of stress factors that lead to burnout and shows how teachers can tackle the sources of stress at each pressure point. Many of these stressors are artifacts of the old “factory model” of the school system that are no longer relevant, in light of our modern understanding of learning and developmental science. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended this archaic system and added new stressors to the job of teaching our children and youths. However, this disruption may provide an opportunity to transform this system to better meet the needs of our students and improve our working environment going forward.

In this edWebinar, Dr. Jennings is joined by high school teacher and University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development doctoral student, Ashley Bullock, and Chad Ratliff, Principal of an innovative public charter school in Albemarle County, VA, to discuss the challenges of teaching during COVID and how they might open doors to reimagining our school systems and how teachers can become empowered to promote these changes.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers and school and district leaders.


Patricia JenningsAbout the Presenters

Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings is a professor of education at the University of Virginia and an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. Her research places a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom. Dr. Jennings recently led the team that developed CARE, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well-being, classroom interactions and student engagement in the largest randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based intervention designed specifically to address teacher occupational stress. She is the editor of Norton Books in Education’s Social and Emotional Learning Solutions series and the author of the best-selling Mindfulness for Teachers, Mindfulness in the Pre-K – 5 Classroom, The Trauma-Sensitive Classroom, and Teacher Burnout Turnaround.


Ashley BullockAshley Bullock is a teacher at Chesapeake Public Schools (VA), and a doctoral student at the University of Virginia. She jokes that she is a slightly together, slightly a mess educator who is trying to find the best practices to support all her students. Having worked in diverse schools, she firmly believes that supporting teachers and empowering students is the best way to change the world for the better. Her passions include educational topics such as equity in education, trauma-informed practices and vicarious trauma to teachers. In her off time, you can find her at the beach, traveling, watching sports, and eating really good pizza.


Chad RatliffAbout the Moderator

Chad Ratliff has been Principal of Murray High School and Community Public Charter School (Community Middle) in Virginia since 2017, previously serving as Director of Innovation and Instructional Programs for Albemarle County Public Schools. He is also a teacher in the upper school, facilitating a dual enrollment course in entrepreneurship and the theory of knowledge course in the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. Chad is co-author of Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools (Jossey-Bass, 2018). He also authored the foreword, “On Liberating Teachers,” in University of Virginia Professor Dr. Patricia Jennings’ book, Teacher Burnout Turnaround: Strategies for Empowered Educators (Norton, 2020). In 2017, the National School Boards Association named him one of the “20 to Watch” educational leaders in the country.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
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