NewSchools Webinar Series

America’s educators and families face a back to school season like no other, and we’re all facing more questions than answers. Our #DistanceLearningLessons webinar series will bring expert guidance right to your screen. We’ll discuss what school leaders are thinking about as they plan for the 2020-2021 school year. This series of webinars will feature tangible tools and resources that center equity and highlight the voices of teachers, school leaders, and others. We will feature guest speakers with the experience and expertise on the challenges we all face, as well as real-world solutions in a time of restricted movement and strained budgets.

Our Moral Imperative: Racial Equity and the Public School System

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What Will Learning Look Like this Fall? Scenario Planning for an Uncertain Future

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Grade-Level Instruction or Personalized Pathways: Is it Possible for Schools to Incorporate Both in Distance Learning Plans?

When schools closed, some continued to cover new grade level material. Others provided more flexibility and choice. Students will return with varied needs, and reopening plans must address them equitably. Is it possible to provide students with grade-level instruction through personalized pathways? Stacey Childress from NewSchools will talk with Efe Odeleye and Osen Osagie from Achievers Early College Prep Academy about their initial fall reopening plans. Emily Freitag of Instruction Partners and Jennifer Charlot of Transcend Education will provide live coaching. Webinar length: 60 minutes.

How to Support Students' Social Emotional and Academic Needs When Schools Reopen

Students had different experiences with distance learning, so their social-emotional and academic needs will be different this Fall. Schools face a massive number of operational, cultural and instructional questions as they plan for reopening. How might educators focus on a few things that matter most to help students get off to a strong start? We’ll share findings from a three-year study to help answer this question and school leaders from our portfolio will discuss how the lessons apply to reopening plans. Webinar length: 75 minutes

Serving all Students Well in Distance Learning | Spotlight on English Language Learners

Distance learning forced schools to grapple with how to support different student groups well. English Language Learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing student subgroup; by 2025, they will represent 25% of all public school students. Join us for this webinar led by the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) team about emerging distance learning approaches for serving ELLs. The SEAL model focuses on pre-school to sixth grade language development, but elements of their approach will be applicable to students in all grades. Webinar length: 60 minutes.

This webinar series is brought to you with generous support from the Walton Family Foundation.