Excellence and Equity in Remote Learning: A Series for Educators

The Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted K-12 education. Please join us for this virtual series, offered by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, on creating supportive, engaging and equitable learning experiences for students in this new environment. 
 
This series highlights the reflections and expertise of a diverse set of educators, parents, community members and faculty as we, together, consider and plan for the new challenges we will face in the upcoming school year. 
 
Links to recorded or live sessions, as well as additional resources, can be found below under each of the sessions. 

 

Session 1: Learning from Parents and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers are essential to remote learning, but their perspectives are often hidden from educators. This session centers the voices of parents so we can learn from their experiences over the past few months and improve remote learning going forward. The panel will emphasize the perspectives of parents from communities impacted by educational inequality.
 
Moderator: Anel V. Suriel,  Rutgers Graduate School of Education
Parent Panelists: Melissa Columna Vargas, Yolanda Hernandez, Jon Olivo and Carol Suchit-Hudson
 
View this recorded session at: https://youtu.be/Ukxk9gsG0kE
 
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Session 2: Social and Emotional Support in the Remote Classroom

Students need social and emotional support more than ever. At the same time, there are new and unprecedented challenges to providing that support. This session focuses on the ways we can support students socially and emotionally in remote settings and will feature students, teachers and counseling professionals.  
 
Moderators: Dr. Lennox Small, New Brunswick Public Schools and Kristy Perez, City University of New York
Panelists: Dr. Caroline Clauss-Ehlers, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Gabriella Mosco, New Brunswick Public Schools; Laurab Pirzada, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Megan Russell, New Brunswick Public Schools
 
 
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Session 3: Approaches to Teaching Well in Remote Settings, with a Focus on Emerging Bilinguals 

Creating remote classrooms that are engaging and educational is a new challenge for educators. In this session, teachers will share approaches, tools and strategies that are relevant for all, but particularly helpful for supporting emerging bilingual students in remote settings. 
 
Moderator: Marina Feldman, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
Panelists: Brian Benavides, Hunterdon Central High School; Melissa Katz, New Brunswick Public Schools; Genevieve Lengyen, Bridgewater-Raritan School District
Discussants: Dr. Laura Arredondo, Hunterdon Central High School; Dr. Mary Curran, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
 
 
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Session 4: Approaches to Teaching Well in Remote Settings, with a Focus on Students with Disabilities

Creating remote classrooms that are engaging and educational is a new challenge for educators. This session will describe approaches, tools and strategies that are relevant to all, but particularly helpful for supporting students with disabilities in remote settings. 
 
Moderators: Dr. Nicholas Solomon, Franklin Township Public Schools and Dr. Judith Harrison, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
Panelists: Colleen Begley, Franklin Township Public Schools; Orion Nolan, Manville School District; Janel Powell, Highland Park School District
 
 
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Two additional resources: Quizizz & Desmos
 

Session 5: Anti-Racism in the Remote Classroom 

Classroom conversations about and curricular engagement with race, racism and equity are essential. Remote learning settings pose a particular set of challenges for addressing these  topics. This session will focus on how to sensitively, honestly and effectively engage in this critical work in the remote classroom.
 
Moderator: Dr. Joy Latahara Smith, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
Presenter: Dr. Christine Umali-Kopp, Santiago Canyon College
Panelists: Panelists: Dr. Antony Farag, Westfield High School; Dr. Lennox Small, New Brunswick Public Schools; Bailey Verdone, Westfield High School; Cienai Wright-Wilkins, Seattle, Washington Area High School
 
 
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Excellence and Equity in Remote Learning Steering Committee: Dr. Laura Arredondo, Hunterdon Central Regional High School; Samantha Bruno, Edison Township Public Schools; Monique Coleman, VISTAS Education Partners; Dr. Mary Curran, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Amanda Dominguez, New Labor; Dr. Caroline Clauss-Ehlers, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Marina Feldman, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Brandi Gustafson, New Brunswick Public Schools; Dr. Judith Harrison, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Jessica Hunsdon, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Dr. Michelle Smith Macchia, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Orion Nolan, Manville School District; Kristy Clementina Perez, Baruch College/CUNY; Dr. Beth Rubin, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Dr. Lennox Small, New Brunswick Public Schools; Dr. Joy Latahara Smith, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Dr. Nicholas Solomon, Franklin Township Public Schools; Anel V. Suriel, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; and Melissa Vargas Columna, Rutgers University.