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 broad topics that should be explored before our journey begins again this fall. Participants will create a portfolio of artifacts from their experiences with this course. There will be opportunities for rich discussions via discussion boards as well as connecting with colleagues in similar roles including but not limited to PE teachers, art teachers, learning resource specialists, and world language educators.
There will be five main cohorts:
    • Early Childhood Educators
    • Kindergarten - Second Grade Educators
    • Third - Fifth Grade Educators
    • Sixth - Eighth Grade Educators
    • Ninth - Twelfth Grade Educators

*Subcohort groups 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. Educators will be tracking their time spent and creating a personalized portfolio of lessons, tools, ideas, videos, and journal entries to be used in the months ahead. Each video will have a suggested artifact to be created for the portfolio. Participation in the creation of the portfolio, as well as active participation in the various discussion boards, is strongly encouraged. The more invested each participant is in their journey through this course, the richer the experience will be.

Course Design: The course will have six learning modules with various videos, articles, blogs, discussion posts, and activities for participants to complete.

Getting Started: Canvas Orientation, Course Overview, Portfolio Description, Tracking Worksheet

Module 1: Setting the Stage: Classroom Management, Classroom Culture, Instructional Design, Communication Blueprint

Module 2: Instructional Strategies: Instructional Best Practices, Techniques and Tools for Content Delivery, Curriculum Modification, Balancing Act: Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction

Module 3: Grading and Assessment in the hybrid or virtual classroom

Module 4: Building Community: The Classroom Community, The Student/Teacher Relationship, The Parent/Teacher Relationship

Module 5: Equity and Engagement: Student Engagement, Student Collaboration, Creation, and Choice

Facilitators and guest speakers include A.J. Juliani, Rick Wormeli, Ross Cooper, Cheryl Chase, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Lauren Porosoff, Sarah Sprinkel, Sarah Ward, Connie White, Dr. Kelly Keane, Kumar Sathy, Tim Leet, and Dr. Jennifer Zwillenberg, as well as educators from across the state and beyond 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 in June, although the majority of the content will be asynchronous and therefore, self-paced. Participants may begin anytime after June 15. The 20+ hours of work may be spread across the summer break or executed in a shorter period of time, based on preference and availability.

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 by participating in 20+ hours of work, creating a portfolio, and submitting a time-spent tracking worksheet.