Excellence and Equity in Remote Learning: A Series for Educators

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping education in the United States and around the world. Facing unprecedented challenges, educators, families and students have responded with creativity, empathy and innovation. Please join us for an ongoing virtual series focused on creating supportive, engaging and equitable learning experiences for students in this new environment. This series is organized through the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and highlights the reflections and expertise of a diverse set of educators, parents, community members and faculty. 
 
Recording and resources for Summer 2020 Sessions 1-5 can be found here
 
Read below about Spring 2021 Sessions 6 - 10 and register here.
 

Session 6: Remote Preschool: What We’ve Learned

Wednesday, January 13, 7:00 - 8:00pm 
 
Remote schooling is especially challenging for the youngest learners and their families. This session features the hard-earned wisdom of New Jersey preschool educators who will describe how they engaged with students, ​teachers, and families during remote instruction. The panelists will model strategies, share resources, and answer questions from participants.
 

View this recorded session at: https://youtu.be/qA2qSTXEE-Y

Moderators: Beth Gardiner, National Institute for Early Education Research and Dr. Georgenne Weisenfeld, National Institute for Early Education Research

Presenters:  Natalia Cruz, Paterson Public Schools; Jenna Tahbaz, Paterson Public Schools; and Harry Vanderburg, and Piscataway Township Public Schools

Resources

Presentation by Dr. GG Weisenfeld
Presentation by Natalia Cruz
Presentation by Jenna Tahbaz
Presentation by Harry Vanderburg

Session Organizers:  Beth Gardiner, National Institute for Early Education Research; Deanne Guastello, Morris Public Schools; Emily Munge-Njuguna, Paterson Public Schools; and Dr. Georgenne Weisenfeld, National Institute for Early Education Research

Session 7: Learning from Students: Young People Speak about Remote Learning

Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

The pandemic has completely changed the ways in which children engage with friends and family, in school and with their educators, and within their local communities.  Without notice, they have had to adapt socially, emotionally, physically, and academically.  In this session, we aim to amplify the voices of K- 12th grade students as they share their experiences learning and engaging remotely during the pandemic.  

 View this recorded session at: https://youtu.be/9vgJDQQcneI

Moderators:  Samantha Bruno, Edison Township Public Schools; Dr. Amy Lewis, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Krupa Patel, Bound Brook Public School District; Amanda Potter, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers; and Dr. Nicholas Solomon, Franklin Township Public Schools

Resources

Interview Questions about Remote Learning

Session Organizers: Samantha Bruno, Edison Township Public Schools; Dr. Amy Lewis, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Krupa Patel, Bound Brook Public School District; Amanda Potter, Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers; Dr. Randi Ostrove, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Dr. Nicholas Solomon, Franklin Township Public Schools; and Karla Velasquez, Bound Brook Public School District

Session 8:  Teaching the World: How Remote Learning Facilitates Global Perspectives (Extended Session)

Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
 
While the pandemic has imposed many restrictions on schools and teachers, it has also eliminated some barriers of time and distance and inspired educators to explore possibilities to build local-global connections and engage more broadly with the world using technology and diverse curricular materials. The Teaching the World two-hour session covers a range of topics related to global education in the remote learning context. We begin with a keynote presentation by Jacquelyn León of Locally Made, Globally Grown, followed by examples of how educators are putting global education into action in elementary and secondary contexts. Children’s book authors will discuss ways to use literature to make local-global connections, and we will close with a panel of educators who will share the ways they put global education into action and reflect on these practices from an equity framework.
 
 View this recorded session at: https://youtu.be/QYjjigB10UE
 

Moderators: Dr. Mary Curran, Rutgers Graduate School of Education and Dr. Tanja Sargent, Rutgers Graduate School of Education

Presenters/Panelists
Plenary | 7:00 PM
Jacquelyn León, Locally Made, Globally Grown

Local-Global Virtual Exchanges |7:30 PM
Dr. Ignacio Esteban, Highland Park School District; Adriana Medina Ojeda, La Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, UABIC High School; Kim George, North Brunswick Township Public Schools; and Preeti Singh, North Brunswick Township Public Schools

Local-Global Children’s Literature |8:00 PM
Gita Varadarajan, Save Me a Seat author and Nushin Alloo, The Adventures of Laila and Ahmed in Syria author

Panel: A Critical Conversation on Global Education in Action | 8:30 PM
Dr. Nilufer Guler, Rockhurst University; Chen Gang, Kehuan Schools, Shanxi, China; and Adam Gold and students, Highland Park School District

Session Organizers: Cecilia Birge, Princeton Public Schools; Dr. Mary Curran, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Adam Gold, Highland Park School District; Jacquelyn León, Locally Made, Globally Grown; and Dr. Tanja Sargent, Rutgers Graduate School of Education
 

Session 9: Trans Youth in K-12 Schools: Affirming Educational Practices

Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 - 8:00 PM

The purpose of this session is to open up dialogue around classroom- and school-level practices that affirm trans and gender-expansive youth. Participants will learn how to challenge gender-based systems of inequity that marginalize and erase trans identities and experiences. A panel of five K-12 educators from a range of backgrounds will share their experiences engaging in gender-affirming educational practices and cultivating gender-inclusive school cultures. Participants will learn about affirming practices that can be applied in face-to-face or remote settings.

 View this recorded session at: https://youtu.be/lL0-f5f-wyM 

Moderator: Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Arcadia University

Resources

Trans Youth in K-12 Schools List of Resources

Presenters/Panelists

Ann Bodnar; South Orange-Maplewood school District; Izzy Boyce-Blanchard, School of Visual Arts, New York; Dennis Hill, Passaic County Community College; and Dana Maulshagen, Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School

Session Organizers: Pat Hurley, South Orange-Maplewood School District; Melinda Mangin, Rutgers Graduate School of Education; Kate Okeson, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School; and Solaris Ortiz, Elizabeth School District