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Live Streamed Professional Development Sessions
Distance Learning Approaches Part 1: Educator Forum
The spring was especially challenging for teachers, caregivers, and students. Working together, the education community met the tasks head on. Whether you felt more challenges or successes along the way, you will find something useful in this educator forum. Examine the successes and challenges of distance learning to identify key components of high-quality remote instruction and to explore possible approaches. Gain an understanding of what distance learning looks like for other educators to inform your planning.
Distance Learning Approaches Part 2: Sharing Treasures
In this age of an overabundance of digital resources at our fingertips, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and it’s time-consuming to separate what works from what doesn’t. Collect tools and strategies for distance learning tried by other educators. Discover resources and best practices to elevate your remote instruction and enhance the experience of your remote learners.
Distance Learning Approaches Part 3: Workshop
Working with other educators and using approaches and tools from Distance Learning Approaches 1 and 2, design an engaging activity or lesson plan ready to use for remote instruction. Identify areas of comfort and discomfort within your remote teaching experience to leverage tools to engage your learners and take your remote instruction to the next level.
Distance Learning & Caregiver Support 1: Educator Forum
Building strong relationships with caregivers is an important element for success in the classroom, but it can be challenging. Educators require the support of caregivers to manage student success and caregivers need the support of educators to continue learning at home. The challenges of distance learning have amplified these needs. Join our Educator Forum to examine challenges and successes. Together we will discover essential elements of success and explore approaches to improve caregiver support as we prepare for the upcoming school year.
Distance Learning & Caregiver Support 2: Caregiver Engagement
Schools are diverse communities providing great opportunities for children and their families. Yet this diversity also presents challenges when engaging students and their caregivers in learning opportunities at home. Reflect, analyze, and discuss strategies for improving relationships with caregivers. Discover resources and best practices to provide support for caregivers so they can support their children.
Distance Learning & Caregiver Support 3: Online Workshop
Work with other educators and use approaches, resources, and best practices from Distance Learning & Caregiver Engagement 1 and 2 to embed caregiver support strategies in a lesson plan. Define specific caregiver challenges and identify elements of success to design caregiver-focused components in your lesson plan to improve learning opportunities for students at home.
Self-Paced Professional Development Sessions
The DoSeum’s Self-Paced Professional Development sessions will provide 6 CPE hours from June 15 – August 3 (not including the week of July 29 due to the 4th of July holiday), requiring six hours of coursework. Educators can complete their coursework at their own pace, but all coursework will be due by August 3. A new session will be available to start every Monday from June 15 - July 27.
As educators know, students cannot engage in STEM without the foundation of reading and writing. In this session, you will investigate the constructivist connections between STEM and Literacy through balanced literacy and hands-on STEM. Explore readers workshop activities using STEM-based books and writers workshop activities providing authentic writing experiences in the service of STEM. Learn to develop STEM and literacy activities to create a lesson plan.
Look at the world around you and consider how human-made objects and systems have been thoughtfully designed. In this session, you will learn how the maker framework contributes to the development of agency: the ability to see the world as designed and the empowerment to innovate and invent. Experience maker-centered learning using thinking routines. Discover and design ways to incorporate the maker framework into core content areas and project-based learning.
All children are curious. Curiosity is the door to the path of learning. What can educators do to keep the door open? In this session, You will explore the connections of the inquiry structure for learning science and the student-directed research process of an “I-search” writing project, Discover visual thinking strategies that enhance understanding of visual art and promote the STEM skill of looking closely. Learn to design STEAM activities and lesson plans that activate inquiry.
Visual Thinking Strategies
Engage in VTS to explore their own ability to find meaning in imagery by practicing a set of skills ranging from simple identification to more complex interpretation.
Engage in inquiry-based learning to enhance their teaching practice by building their ability to design and lead inquiry-based lesson plans.
*All Professional Development programs may be available by request.
To get more information, contact Chris Navarro at CNavarro@thedoseum.org or at (210) 572-0655.
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