They say March roars in like a lion and leaves like a lamb, but this description seemed especially true for April this year. April charged in with quarantine and uncertainty as programs and instructors still scrambled to implement best practices for distance learning. As the month progressed, a sense of new normalcy prevailed and things calmed down. The unique became usual.
The focus on this month’s discussions continued to be on serving our learners at a distance. They included the following:
- Our community was fortunate to have 18-year veteran online instructor Kim Gates lead a discussion where she provided context, guidance, and encouragement for those teaching online
- Illinois professional developers Anita Kerr and Amber Fornaciari conducted the webinar I Have Online ABE/ASE Resources, Now What? Webinar that outlined a four-part strategy for moving instruction online
- CrowdED Learning’s Jeff Goumas hosted a webinar Delivering Evidence-based Reading Instruction with Technology Webinar from CrowdED Learning which featured a huge number of reading resources learners can use independently and thoughts about implementing the flipped classroom model. He also discussed the need for continuing to use these resources once we return to face-to-face classes.
- CoP member Ann Leonard asked for advice about online reading resources for students struggling to enter career and technical education (CTE) programs of study
- Lastly, Daphne Greenberg shared easy to read CORVID related documents for our learners who struggle reading complex text
The Highly Awaited and Eagerly Anticipated Monthly Pun
“A book fell on my head. I can only blame my shelf."
Thank You Community Members
Remember, this community exists because of you. Please continue to ask questions, help each other with resources and support, and suggest ideas for discussions. Thanks so much for all your contributions and all you do to serve our students in these challenging times!
Moderator, LINCS Reading and Writing CoP