Continuing the Coffee Break Discussion on PD, Remote Learning and COVID-19

Colleagues,

Thank you to everyone who joined this week’s coffee break. This new initaitve is designed to promote active dialogue and conversations with community members. If you would like to continue the discussion on providing learners with physical and/or cognitive disabilities with access to remote resources or discussing equity clallenges, join Mike Cruse here:  https://community.lincs.ed.gov/comment/29439#comment-29439

Highlights from the Professional Development fucus include: 

  • NH offered every other week/monthly remote (Zoom)water cooler meetings for various cohort groups, to allow real time questions, sharing, and responses from colleagues. 
  • AZ has been holding "office hours", about a four hour block, where teachers can hop in and out to get live technical assistance. Instead of scheduled meetings to address issues. They have also started a webinar series, under 30 minutes each session, featuring a digital tool for instruction. They are housed in our YouTube playlist so they can be accessed at any time.
  • IL offeriedwebinars and training specific to best practices for using Learning Management Systems. Helping teachers improve their instruction by maximizing the features of the LMS - focusing on student engagement, assessment, giving feedback.
  • One participant shared BurlingtongEnglish had a quick 5 step to virtual instruction checklist (that is not specific to English language learners nor using Burlington) that was really helpful.  

Questions include 

  • Our program did not have digital capacity so we are working with both students and teachers from near 0 capacity so looking to see if other programs have navigated that

CoP Members, what strategies and advise do you have?

I'd love to continue the discussion, so share your thoughts, ideas, and new comments. 

Sincerely, 
Kathy Tracey