Get insights and actions from Education Week journalists and expert guests on how to start the new school year on strong footing.
The 2022-23 school year presents a fresh start, even as the hardships of the pandemic and other traumatic events of the past three years linger and will need educators’ full attention.
The year ahead brings a new opportunity to re-engage students, help teachers find or rediscover their purpose, and cultivate learning environments where kids and teachers feel safe, connected, and excited to learn and grow.
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Welcome and Introduction
Industry Perspective: Scavenger hunting for Digital Literacy
Digital literacy skills are essential to prepare students for their future education and careers. Learn how educators can foster digital and tech literacy skills at the beginning of the school year with a scavenger hunt, and engage students in new innovative ways.
Panel Discussion: How To Help Students and Teachers Feel Safe and Connected
Worries about potential school shootings are rising, staffing shortages are making it harder for overworked teachers to connect with students in meaningful ways, and divisive battles over curriculum changes are spilling over into classrooms.
How can schools help teachers and students feel safer and more empowered to make things better? What steps can district leaders, principals, and teachers take to turn these difficulties around and build greater resilience among teachers and students? Guests will address these questions and more.
Industry Perspective: Educator Well-Being: Embracing Emotional Data To Sustain and Support Your Workforce
Explore how to acknowledge and embrace challenging emotions as “data points” that help sustain and support our educators. The past few years have taken their toll, with an unprecedented number of teachers reporting burnout or leaving the profession altogether.
We know the social-emotional health of our educators is important--perhaps more than ever--but many school and district leaders still struggle with how to proactively address the stress, fatigue, and other challenging emotions that their workforce brings.
Led by 2020 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Takeru "TK" Nagayoshi, this presentation will provide you with specific ways to connect with educators and develop sustainable solutions to your staffing issues.
Panel Discussion: Re-Energize Your Teachers in Meaningful Ways
Teachers say that they’re burnt out and exhausted from the stresses of the past couple of years, and that students are too, making it harder to get them engaged and motivated about school. That reality means school and district leaders will be hard pressed to figure out better ways to energize their teachers.
Get recommendations from a principal and teacher about what will work best for the upcoming school year.
Industry Perspective: Revitalizing Education Through Inclusive Learning
Students today are more diverse than ever. The pandemic exposed issues in access and equity. It also revealed the importance of recognizing that each student learns differently.
While there are still many challenges to overcome, it’s imperative that all students have the tools they need to understand and to be understood.
You will learn:
- How to prepare for new, inclusive education realities
- Why Universal Design for Learning is critical for the future of education
- How education leaders can reassess practices with an eye toward the future
Interactive Session: Rebuilding Students’ Confidence in Tackling Rigorous Work: What Will It Take?
Audience polling, along with Education Week reporting and data will drive this discussion, led by Education Week staff writer Ileana Najarro.