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Summer Professional Development Series - Weeks Two and Three
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 9:00 AM EST to Thursday, July 16, 2020
Category: AISGW Events

Week Two: Best Practices for Online Student Engagement and Assessment

Weeks Two and Three are presented as a package to recognize that remote teaching involves an instructional component and a community/relationship component.  In this case, Summer LogoWeek Two will focus on instructional approaches and strategies.  Week Three will emphasize the human side of teaching, primarily through recorded sessions on community, well-being and student motivation and academic integrity.  

Week Two-- Best Practices for Engaging and Assessing Students Online

When: July 14th-16th
Time: 9:00-10:15 AM (K-5 session)
          11:00 AM-12:15 PM (6-12 session)
           2:00 PM (Subject-specific roundtables, primarily for 6-12 teachers)
Audience: K-12 educators and academic leaders  

During Week Two, Connie White will use her lens as a former upper school physics teacher, EdTech expert and independent school director of teaching and innovation to address two of the trickiest yet most important aspects of distance teaching -- engagement and assessment. Peer roundtables will be held to brainstorm ways to approach special challenges in science, mathematics and the humanities.

In addition to the live sessions, the program will include peer discussions, self-paced video recordings and mini-Master Classes that can be viewed on your own time. Note: These are different from the series of recordings from Heart of Character on SEL, community building, academic integrity and intrinsic motivation that is also included (see Week 3 for more information). 

July 14th

  • Increasing Student Engagement in an Online Environment 
  • Science Roundtable (Middle and Upper School)

July 15th

  • Designing Effective Assessment When Teaching Online
  • Humanities Roundtable (Middle and Upper School)

July 16th

  • Special Session for Division Leaders:  Successfully Leading Academic Change Initiatives in Schools 
  • Math Roundtable (Middle and Upper School)

 This part of the program will be structured as follows: 

  • Separate morning sessions broken out for grades K-5 and 6-12
  • Content focusing on creating online learning environments where children can thrive as well strategies for ensuring clarity, differentiation and appropriate level of challenge
  • Participant-driven afternoon cohort conversations focusing on the humanities, science and math
  • Special program for academic leaders on best practices for online meeting design and collaboration

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Week Three -- Nurturing Connection and the Human Spirit

When: July 21st-22nd
Time: 9:00AM & 11AM- Presentations
          A series of self-paced videos will be released on July 21st
Audience: K-12 educators and division leaders

In this final week of AISGW summer learning, a blend of synchronous and asynchronous sessions will focus on the heart of the work we do in independent schools -- creating a community that nurtures its members and cares for the world around it. Recognizing the challenge of meeting these needs in a distance setting, we’ll offer sessions on anti-racism, inclusive teaching, fostering community, creating strong connections with parents, promoting student integrity and well-being, and teaching for good. These conversations will be led by experts from around the country and from within our own AISGW community.

July 21st

  • Teach Boldly: A New Approach for the Future of Education Guided by Inquiry, Shared Humanity, and Taking Action for Social Good (all grade levels welcome) Dr. Jennifer Williams 
  • Leading for Racial Justice in Independent Schools (all grade levels welcome) Katie Gibson

July 22nd

  • Equity of Opportunity:  The Methodologies of Teaching ALL Kids (K-8 focus but all are welcome) Cornelius Minor
  • Pandemic Partnerships:  Building Connections with Lower School Parents During Distance Learning (lower school focus but all grade levels welcome) Jalene Spain-Thomas

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Self-Paced Learning on Your Own Time

This week we’ll be releasing four 45-minute videos from Heart of Character to view on your own time. These videos will address the central topics of community, relationships and character in an on-line setting.

These videos are best enjoyed by middle and upper school educators. Please note that these recorded sessions are NOT part of the mini-MasterClass series and will only be available to participants who register for Weeks Two and Three or the All-In pass.

Cost:  $485 per teacher per school for Weeks Two and Three. 

Click Here to Register!

Interested in registering for Weeks One, Two and Three? Choose the "All-In" Package-  $620 per teacher per school.   Please register separately for Week One and then register for Weeks Two and Three. 

Maximum Cost: $1,500 - Schools will be charged the individual per teacher fee up until $1,500.  If multiple teachers from the same school register and their collective fees exceed $1,500, the amount owed will be capped at $1,500. Invoices issued at the conclusion of the series.

This event is for AISGW members only.