School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum

What Will It Take for Schools to Get Better?

This event occurred on September 15, 2022 4:30 PM EDT.
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Many predicted that COVID could very well launch the transformation of education in the United States, given the upheaval it unleashed. After so much disruption, how could educators go back to the way things were? Meanwhile, inside districts, many educators have been managing a complex landscape with multiple crises that have been requiring their full attention. Grave concerns over student mental health and equity, mounting staffing shortages, and a divisive political landscape have combined to make instruction—and leadership—challenging and fraught.

While large-scale transformation might not be close at hand, this forum will focus on what must happen for transformation to occur—not as a blue-sky proposition, but rather what educators and education leaders can do immediately and feasibly to incite lasting and productive change that will make a difference in the lives of their students.

Educators know that tinkering around the edges just won’t cut it right now, but they are also up against some of the biggest learning challenges not only of their careers but that the field of public education has faced in the last century. It’s time to figure out a path forward.

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2:00pm ET

Welcome and Introduction

2:20pm ET

Industry Perspective: Curating Magical SEL Conversations

2:30pm ET

Panel Discussion: Why Can’t We Talk to Each Other Anymore?

3:00pm ET

Industry Perspective: Taking Professional Development to the Next Level for the New School Year

3:10pm ET

Panel Discussion: How Can We Break Down the Barriers Standing in the Way of K-12 Transformation?

3:55pm ET

Industry Perspective: Encouraging Problem Solving Skills Development through Design Challenges

4:05pm ET

Interactive Session: What Lessons Can We Learn From DEI Initiatives?

4:20 pm ET

Closing Thoughts



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