As we close the books on this most unusual school year and look ahead to 2020-2021, we need to begin transitioning from an emergency mindset to a planned distance learning outlook. Chances are great that we will have periods next year where school will need to take place away from our campuses. How can educators better prepare to be ready for the unknowns ahead? This mostly asynchronous course will take a deep dive into eleven broad topics that should be explored before our journey begins again. 

Who: All NCAIS educators


    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Kindergarten - Second Grade Educators
    • Third - Fifth Grade Educators
    • Sixth - Eighth Grade Educators
    • Ninth - Twelfth Grade Educators

*Subcohorts will also be developed within the larger groups for collaboration and idea exchanges

What: 20+ hour blended courses to help educators navigate the transition to planned distance learning. While most of the course is asynchronous, there will be opportunities for synchronous learning. Each cohort will take a deep dive into topics such as:

  • Classroom management, including routines, schedules, and expectations
  • Instructional best practices
  • Grading and assessment in a distance learning environment
  • Online resources/digital content
  • Techniques & tools for content delivery
  • Curriculum modification
  • Balancing synchronous and asynchronous instruction
  • Building community
  • Developing student and parent relationships
  • Tools for student creation, collaboration, and choice
  • Strategies to improve student engagement

Facilitators and guest speakers include A.J. Juliani, Rick Wormeli, Ross Cooper, Cheryl Chase, Sarah Sprinkel, Sarah Ward, Connie White, Dr. Kelly Keane, Kumar Sathy, Tim Leet, and Dr. Jennifer Zwillenberg, as well as NCAIS educators from across the state who will speak to their journeys this spring and lessons learned for the future. 


Speaker Bios


When: Course opens June 15. Some synchronous opportunities will be offered, although the majority of the content will be asynchronous and therefore, self-paced.

Where: Canvas, YouTube, and Zoom

Cost: Member Price $195, Guest Price $245 (Group pricing is available, please reach out directly to Stephanie Keaney for more information)

CEU certificates will be awarded to those who complete the course.