Friday, July 31, 2020

Today: The Future of Teaching & Learning Post-COVID-19

Join me today, Friday, July 29th at 4:00 pm to hear education experts discuss the future of teaching and learning post-COVID-19. We will listen to a panel together, then myself and co-moderator Laura Ogando will lead participants in a discussion about what we've heard and how it applies in our own context.  

Screenshot of six panelists and moderator Errol St. Clair Smith


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

A Better Plan for School Reopening This Fall

Districts around the country are sharing plans for the reopening of schools this fall. In many cases the plans are rather complex and impractical for working families. For example, many have schedules in which students attend school part time, which could involve being in school buildings two to three days per week or having schedules that require being in the building for just the morning or afternoon. It may even vary from week to week.  

Not only is this a problem for families, it could be a problem for districts as the President has threatened to withhold funding for schools that don't fully reopen. Many governors, mayors, chancellors, and superintendents are livid as this puts the lives of students and staff at risk.

However, if we can re-imagine school, there is a way to fully open buildings following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

To find out how this can work, check out my article "A Better Plan for Reopening Schools" in Tech & Learning magazine.

Screenshot of the article "A Better Plan for Reopening Schools"

Monday, July 27, 2020

Today: Preparing to Switch Between On-Site & Online Teaching

Join me today, Monday, July 27th at 4:00 pm to hear educators discuss how to switch between on-site and online teaching. We will listen to a panel together, then myself and co-moderator Laura Ogando will lead participants in a discussion about what we've heard and how it applies in our own context.  
Photos of six panel members


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Join Me to Discuss Digital Citizenship Today at 1 pm!

As learning has moved to the digital space it has become more important than ever that every teacher knows how to teach digital citizenship.

Join me and my colleagues for a fun and lively session and conversation about creating a culture of digital citizenship.

We will look at the current challenges educators are facing with digital citizenship instruction and will also go over best practices around digital citizenship in times of remote teaching. We will discuss norming behavior.

We’ll also facilitate discussions around various digital citizenship scenarios, see where participants stand, and develop our thinking around citizenship in the digital age.

Attendees will receive a comprehensive guide and shareable resource outlining how to teach digital citizenship.

Free registration for readers of The Innovative Educator at

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Daily Summer Learning for 3K - 2nd Grade on WNET - PBS

Starting Monday, July 13th at 12 pm summer episodes of #LetsLearnNYC will air on Thirteen WNET New YorkLessons will be for students aged 3 - 8 and will air every weekday. If you miss an episode or don't get WNET, you can catch the episodes after they air at: include a mix of foundational reading skills, literacy, math, social studies, and science. Each episode also has supplemental learning materials.

Literacy lessons will focus on foundational skills such as phonics and fluency, reading vocabulary and comprehension, and writing. Each episode will include a “story time” that helps students connect the literacy instruction to important facets of their lives and experience the power and pleasure that literacy offers. Other lessons will focus on having fun with numbers, discovering science, and finding out about the world around us. 

The broadcast will also include “Parenting Minutes,” short videos produced by The WNET Group with information on social-emotional and early childhood learning for families to use with their children.

The hosts of Let's Learn NYC! are DOE instructional leaders and coaches with expertise in teaching young learners. Public school educators film segments from their homes using their phones, tablets, or laptops, and send them to THIRTEEN to be edited, scheduled and aired.

Let's Learn NYC! is produced by WNET in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020