Join a collaborative community to exchange ideas about remote teaching and learning while connecting with HGSE faculty through an ongoing series of interactive webinars about teaching at this moment.
When COVID-19 restrictions suddenly required remote teaching and learning, the education community made an unprecedented shift. Teachers nationwide changed instructional methods to support students in a virtual environment, modified lesson plans to encourage continued student engagement, and worked to develop new strategies to assess student understanding from a distance.
To address these critical challenges, the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) offers practitioners and researchers a chance to come together in a new webinar series entitled, Big Ideas on Little Screens: Talks on Teaching Today.
Led by HGSE faculty, the teacher-focused webinars put “big ideas” from research initiatives related to teaching and instructional design in conversation with challenges teachers now face. Throughout the series faculty and participants will engage in live Q&A and continuous online discussion boards in a supportive community of fellow educators. Topics will include: designing for equity and access; literacy development; teacher leadership and development through mentoring and coaching relationships, and best practices in online learning environments.
The eight-week webinar series will run from June 25 through August 14, hosting at least one webinar per week. Each hour-long session will include a faculty-led conversation followed by an interactive discussion with fellow teachers that can continue beyond the session itself. The next webinar, "Because Black Lives Matter: Using Books With their Film Adaptations to Promote Pro-Social Learning" with Tonya Lewis Lee and Robert L. Selman will take place Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. EDT.
Other essential questions addressed will include:
- How Do We Teach to All Students in Virtual Classrooms?
- How Do We Use Design to Facilitate Virtual Learning?
- What Does Family Engagement Look Like Now?
- How Can We Engage Students in Remote Literacy Learning?
- How Does Understanding Your Personal Relationship with Technology Affect Your Classroom?
- What is “Deeper Learning” and What Does it Look Like in the Online Classroom?
- How Can We Support Beginning and Veteran Teachers in Their “New” Classrooms?
- What is Media Literacy and Why Is It Vital Today?
Be sure to check back frequently, as new topics and the schedule for the first three webinars will be announced in early June. Participants can register at any time for the series, viewing upcoming webinars live and reviewing past webinar recordings in accordance with their schedule.
- Reflect with HGSE faculty and peers on the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift to online learning environments
- Identify elements from the work of HGSE faculty that sparks conversations, innovations, and insights from peers and colleagues
- Generate and share new perspectives and strategies for effectively supporting all students in remote settings
- Assemble an expanding network within the educational community by engaging with fellow educators in continuous, supportive online discussion
Who Should Participate
- Teachers and Teacher Leaders
- Instructional coaches
- Learning specialists
- Grade Level/Content Leads
- Department Heads/Academic Deans
- After-School Program Heads