Announcement: New Office of Educational Technology Webinar and Blog Series: Planning for Changing Learning Scenarios: Navigating the Road Ahead

The 2021–2022 school year is already presenting unique challenges for public education. Districts must provide equitable learning opportunities and maintain continuity of learning through incredible disruptions.

What happens when a single student or a few students are out due to the pandemic? What happens when a meaningful set of the class is out for a number of weeks? What happens when it’s a different set of students out each day or weeks on end so there’s no critical mass in the classroom?

It is evident that districts and schools need to plan for changing circumstances, be responsive and demonstrate dexterity, and continue to retool their operations to mitigate potential temporary and periodic school closings and adapt to any contingencies that might emerge during this school year. To help school systems navigate this shifting landscape, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, with support from Digital Promise and The Learning Accelerator, will release a blog and corresponding webinar series to identify and share promising practices for effectively addressing different teaching and learning scenarios.

Join us on Wednesday, September 22 from 1–2 p.m. ET / 10–11 a.m. PT for a free webinar moderated by Chris Rush, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Innovation and Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, and Jean-Claude Brizard, President and CEO of Digital Promise.

The first in the series, this webinar will explore the emerging scenarios caused by the pandemic that school systems are currently facing, and share strategies implemented by educators to persist and succeed within the context of these contingencies, addressing not only high-level policies but also day-to-day implementation in classrooms. Now is the time to seize opportunities that create more resilient schools and build on the lessons learned. To emerge stronger from the pandemic, our community must establish a new paradigm for education: one that brokers new opportunities for teaching, learning, and powerful use of technology; values connectivity between the school and the home; and facilitates continued partnership between districts and communities.

Panelists will include:

  • Elizabeth Loether, Principal, Rios Elementary Computer Science Magnet School (California)
  • Dr. David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District (California)
  • Dr. Beth Rabbitt, CEO, The Learning Accelerator

Can’t make the webinar? Complete this form to share the scenarios your school or district is facing and any strategies you have implemented to address different teaching and learning scenarios. If you would like support with a current challenge, please indicate that as well. This may provide thought partnership and guidance for education practitioners and leaders across the country and help us determine programming for the rest of the series.

This blog contains examples of resources that are provided for the user’s convenience. The inclusion of these materials is not intended to reflect its importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered. These materials may contain the views and recommendations of various subject matter experts as well as hypertext links, contact addresses and websites to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The opinions expressed in any of these materials do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any outside information included in these materials.

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