EdTech Center – Distance Ed Strategy Sessions
**Summer 2021 Update** Our Distance Ed Strategy Sessions will be put on pause and we’ll be launching a Summer Maker Camp Series! Join the kick-off and info webinar here and register for the entire summer series here.
Join the EdTech Center and partners on these webinars scheduled Fridays at 10:00 Pacific, 12:00 Central, 1:00 Eastern. Each webinar will feature: lightning talks, breakout discussions and group Q&A.
Did you miss a strategy session? Visit our Distance Ed Strategy Session resource page to access all of the previous webinar recordings, slides, breakout sessions recordings, notes and more!
June 11, 2021: The Briya Public Charter School in Washington DC has paid careful attention to the skills needed to engage in remote instruction and their learners have benefited. Briya’s structured approach includes a thorough orientation, computer access, and ample support resources and is guided by a checklist that defines targeted digital skills. The result of this approach is the creative use of educational and communication technologies to support video assessments, recorded video lessons, and student-created videos for digital storytelling. During this session, Jamey Sadownick, Briya’s Technology Integration Coordinator, will share a digital skills checklist and other support resources that were developed over the past year to make this approach possible. Following that, Kirsten Wittkowski, Adult Education Coordinator & Instructor, will spotlight examples of the innovative activities and resources that Briya’s instructors use to make technology-rich instruction accessible to all of their learners.
May 14, 2021: This strategy session will focus on what shifts programs have made in the last year and what is sticking as programs develop reopening strategies. Karen Rivas and colleagues from the Carlos Rosario Adult Public Charter School will share resources and experiences with a human-centered approach that will be key to reopening for the 2021-22 school year. Focusing on meeting the needs of the moment and blending adult-ed student needs, Carlos Rosario is exploring offering flexible learning spaces based on what they learned during the pandemic while adjusting to changing local health guidelines and DC School parameters. Next, we’ll hear how the Ronald M Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning/St. Paul Adult Basic Education (MN) embraced a new approach to make technology-rich instruction more equitable. In the fall of 2020, they started implementing “push-in” digital literacy instruction. Adam Kieffer describes his visits to remote ELL class sessions, where he offers highly relevant, digital skills instruction. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
April 9, 2021: The past year has spotlighted how inequitable access to technology and digital skills development compounds existent inequities. Even as we return to more face-to-face settings, the skills adult learners will need for continued success are increasingly digital. During this session, Stacey Wedlake, Research Scientist at the Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington, will share a skills framework designed to answer the question: What digital skills do people need to learn to participate in today’s world? Then, the EdTech Center’s Priyanka Sharma will share the recently launched Digital Navigator Hub, which includes guides and aligned learning resources organizations can use to provide on-demand tech support to learners; relevant information to secure connectivity and devices; and foundational digital skills, learning and job training. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
March 12, 2021: Delivering effective integrated education and training remotely can be an especially challenging task. While we continue to gather great ideas and best practices or delivering foundational skill instruction in math and reading from a distance, we’ve had less guidance on how to provide meaningful remote instruction for hand-on training concepts such as occupational safety or how to assemble a toilet. During our first lightning talk, we’ll learn how David Hilder from So Others May Eat in Washington, DC has developed innovative, engaging lessons using Google Classroom to provide integrated lessons that develop occupational skills, math skills, and digital skills all at once. During our second lightning talk, Daryl Robinson and Troy Sockly from Congress Heights (also in Washington, DC) will share how they are using video and a mix of in-person and remote training demonstrations to effectively provide technical skills training to all learners. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
February 12, 2021: Build an Evidence-based Strategy Toolkit! Looking to add more technology-centered routines into your practice but not sure where to begin? Join us for this exciting session to learn about tools and tips for building an evidence-based, tech integration strategy toolkit! First, Medha Tare and Sarah Cacicio from ETC partner Digital Promise share their recently released evidence-based Adult Learner Model that can be used to improve instructional strategies.Then, Jayme Adelson Goldstein of Lighthearted Learning will put theory into practice by sharing a guide full of tech integration strategies that includes guidance for how students experience different strategies when using a mobile device. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
January 8, 2021: 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic have brought about significant shifts in hiring demand and have accelerated the future of work in ways that none of us could have predicted. Immigrant and refugee communities have been disproportionately affected by job losses, and also make up a larger percentage of essential workers in healthcare and grocery/retail, among other sectors. IET Career Pathway programs must rapidly adapt to the changing needs of both their learners and the employer hiring demand within their local communities. Katie Nielson, PhD. and Tadd Wamester from the Voxy EnGen team will unpack these issues and also provide insight into how programs are transitioning to blended and virtual IET & career-focused language learning, now and into the future. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
December 11, 2020: Learn how one region in South Carolina has worked to develop effective practices building learning resource libraries at scale. First, Mary Gaston, Technical Assistance Specialist for SCAE, will share how her team worked to rapidly find, create, and share online learning content in the wake of COVID-19 school closures for their region, and over time has developed a coordinated process for making these resources readily available to educators across the state. Then, Kathy Woodson (SC Adult Ed Training Specialist), Kathy LaBegue (Greenville Lifelong Learning Instructor), Anita Wilson (TAN 1 Curriculum Specialist), and Mickey Cox (Oconee Adult Ed Instructor), will share how they have been able to take these reusable learning resources and implement them into their instruction. You will leave with lots of ideas for how collaboration can help you and your colleagues effectively coordinate the curation, creation, and sharing of content to meet the needs of your learners. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
November 13, 2020: Staff from Rio Salado College and Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County will share strategies for how they have successfully transitioned to teaching online when faced with the challenges of pivoting instruction at a moment’s notice. Then, Robert Breitbard from Burlington English will describe how teaching with one comprehensive blended curriculum allows teachers to shift instruction to any learning environment. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
October 9, 2020: We’ll hear from the Nashville Public Libray and learn about their “ecosystem of support” model, including the professional development resources they developed, community offerings and how they work together. We’ll also look at the newly released Transforming Distance Education course and the lessons related to this week’s topic. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
August 21, 2020: This webinar will feature Southwest Minnesota ABE program manager See Muoa-Leske describing Reading Skills for Today’s Adults and how their library of free leveled readers is designed to support literacy development for English language learners. The second presentation will build on RSTA presentation, showing how the leveled readers have been integrated into engaging mobile accessible learning objects. Both Xavier Munoz from the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and Jeff Goumas from CrowdEd Learning will share their work. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
August 7, 2020: This webinar will cover issues important to consider when integrating volunteers into your distance education programming and instruction. We will feature lightning talks from two experts on the subject: Rob Podlasek from Literacy Minnesota and Todd Evans from ProLiteracy. Learn how their organizations address challenges like: supporting volunteers, structuring programming to make best use of volunteers, training and onboarding volunteers, and attending to security and privacy issues. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
July 24, 2020: This webinar features two lightning talks. First, Ashley Winkle and Claire Gilliam will share how team teaching helped the staff at Literacy Council of Tyler to transition from a face-to-face to remote learning environments by creating opportunities for teachers to support each other with technology issues, instruction, discussion guidance, & overall community building. Then Monica Zambrano and Zazil Rojas from Building Skills Partnership will share how their employer-union partnership work used Facebook as a convenor to help address the Needs of Immigrant Latino Frontline Workers during the COVID-19 Crisis. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
July 10, 2020: This webinar features two lightning talks. We welcome Heather Tatton-Harris, from Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, who will share resources and strategies they developed to do registration and intake completely online. EdTech Center advisor Jeff Goumas will share a promising new tech resource – smartphone emulating or “mirroring” – that teachers can use to help students working on mobile devices. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
June 26, 2020: This webinar features two lightning talks. We welcome Riva Pearson, from JVS Hyde Park ESOL Program, who will share remote reading instructional strategies for using articles for The Change Agent, a biannual magazine of student writing published by the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC) at World Education. Joey Lehrman and Tiffany Thomas, Delgado Community College will describe their work using student engagement data to provide effective coaching. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. You can find the recording and webinar materials here.
June 12, 2020: This webinar features two lightning talks. First, Sherry Lehane from the Rhode Island Tech Hub for Adult Education will share strategies for creating mobile learning content on common technologies (like Google Slides) that maximizes readability and engagement for students learning on phones. Then, Rachael Riggs, from Frederick Community College, will share strategies for maximizing engagement in online classrooms. She’ll share how she creates media and sets up role play activities (among other things) to support learning for English language learners. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. Watch the recording here.
May 29, 2020: Our webinar on Friday May 29th, 2020 features two lightning talks. First, teachers Kristin Klas and Laura Tamali from St Paul Adult Basic Education (MN) will share strategies for using multiple google applications integrated on a weebly site to support distance education. Then, Jessica Wabler from the YWCA – National Capital Area will present resources she has created to make possible the online screening needed to fully understand learners’ needs and the resources required to support persistence in distance education. Following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. This webinar marks the beginning of our summer schedule – when we’ll move to sharing presentations every other week. Watch the recording here.
May 15, 2020: Our strategy session on Friday May 15th will feature innovations to help states, programs, and teachers that are working to make it easier for teachers to create or curate their own developed curricula. First Jeff Goumas from CrowdED Learning will share a new tool—SkillBlox—designed to make it easy for instructors to quickly find free resources aligned to the College & Career Readiness Standards, as well as a current initiative supporting teacher collaboration in OER content curation and delivery to students. Then, Corina Avila and Kyle Boyson from the Arizona Department of Education will describe their state’s process for training and certifying teachers to assign proxy hours (using the teacher verification model) for online content they have created. A 30-minute discussion follows the presentations. Watch the recording here.
May 8, 2020: Our webinar on Friday May 8th, 2020 features two lightning talks. First, Lori Looney and her colleagues from Kentucky Skills U will share their innovative approach to providing resources and professional learning to help their teachers deliver quality distance education. Then, Tamara Thompson from Mockingbird Education will share strategies she has found useful for supporting learner engagement in synchronous online instruction. As always, following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. Watch the recording here.
May 1, 2020: Please join us for in our Friday webinar on 5/1 for a view of how one state is tackling the need to rapidly scale distance education. This Friday we’ll feature two lightning talks from Texas. First, Texas State Adult Education Director Anson Green will share the critical steps that the Texas Workforce Commission made to make it possible for programs to serve more learning at a distance. Then Ashly Winkle from the Literacy Council of Tyler will walk you through how to use Wakelet to support instruction – making it possible for teachers who don’t have a website to organize digital resources. As always, following the lightning talks, we’ll break into two discussions and you can choose which topic you’d like to further explore. Watch the recording here.
April 24, 2020: Resources and Strategies for Supporting Learners- our strategy session this week will feature resources especially helpful for learners who need extra support and alternatives to traditional online learning. First we’ll feature Joselyn Marte, program coordinator and advisor at the Lawrence Adult Learning Center, in Lawrence, MA. Joselyn will describe how to provide wrap around support and navigation services using technology. Next, Dr. Jessica Rothenberg-Aalmi from Cell-Ed will describe how Cell-Ed curricula and personalized coaching can be accessed on a range of devices – including flip phones. One featured resource is a free COVID-19 info course in multiple languages to help youth and adult learners stay safe during the pandemic.Jessica will also discuss the launch of a major initiative April 30th to reach the most vulnerable learners with free programming. Watch the recording here.
April 17, 2020: Join us for two lightning talks and breakout discussions addressing strategies for meeting with students at a distance. Jennifer Kleupmen, an Education Specialist with the Community Education and Training Department at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, NJ, will talk about her experience using Zoom to support synchronous meetings. Anthony Tassi from Literacy Partners will describe strategies for using their free ESL curriculum, We Speak NYC, as part of virtual learning circles. Watch the recording here.
April 10, 2020: Join us for three lightning talks and breakout discussions on a virtual workplace ESOL training developed by National Immigration Forum (The Forum) with support from the EdTech Center. Jennie Murray from The Forum will talk about finding employer partners in this challenging time; Ana Negoescu from The Forum and Victoria Neff from the EdTech Center will share the process the project used for completely virtual on-boarding and orientation. Susan Gaer, EdTech Center Advisor, will share strategies for moving usual classroom instruction and activities to an online format. Read about the project in this report: Upskilling New Americans: Innovative English Training for Career Advancement. Watch the recording here.
April 3, 2020: Ashly Winkle from the Literacy Council of Tyler (TX) will explain how teachers can use Hyperdocs (linked Google Docs) as a way to structure lessons delivered at a distance. Judy Mortrude from World Education will walk through the newest guidance document from OCTAE on policy that supports distance education. Watch the recording here.
March 27, 2020: This webinar, designed for administrators, professional development leaders and teachers, will feature lightning talks about using WhatsApp as a central instructional tool and a description for how one state is using the Teacher Verification Model for proxy contact hour counting.Watch the recording here.
March 20, 2020: The first webinar, designed for administrators, professional development leaders and other practitioners, will cover a preview of the Tips for Distance Learning site. We will feature lightning talks about LINCS resources and guidance on choosing online curricula. We will offer break out discussion on these and other topics participants have about getting started with distance education. Watch the recording here.