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A Seat at the Table: How Can We Help Students Feel Connected to School?

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Even the best educators have struggled over how to keep their students engaged. The pandemic only deepened the challenge: With students home for months on end during COVID, isolation and alienation became engrained in their academic experiences, in spite of teachers’ best efforts. What can educators do to help students find their way back?

Join host Peter DeWitt as he discusses how to help students recover their joy of learning with leadership researcher Russ Quaglia, veteran school leader Ron Myers, and science teacher Jonté Lee (aka “#TheKitchenChemist”).

Speakers
Jonté Lee
Jonté Lee has been a STEM teacher in Washington public schools for eight years, having earned his license from Howard University’s alternative certification program, Ready To Teach. At the height of the pandemic, while his students watched online, Lee regularly turned his kitchen into a chemistry lab, earning him the moniker “The Kitchen Chemist.” His kitchen lab garnered the attention of Education Week, People Magazine, Good Morning America, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. He was also featured on Amazon’s “Regular Heroes” and named one of ABC News Heroes in 2020.
Ron Myers
Ron Myers has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in rural, suburban, and urban public schools in Oklahoma and Texas for nearly four decades. In August, he will assume a full-time teaching position as an assistant professor of professional practice at the College of Education at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth.
Russ Quaglia
Russ Quaglia is a researcher who studies student voice and aspirations and provides professional development to educators on how to support student learning. He authored the “School Voices” suite of surveys, which has surveyed more than a million students worldwide on the conditions that impact self-worth, engagement, purpose, and voice. He has written several best-selling books, including Student Voice: The Instrument of Change and Engagement by Design, which he co-authored.
Moderators
Peter DeWitt
Opinion Contributor, Education Week
A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, Peter DeWitt provides insights and advice for education leaders. He pens an opinion blog for Education Week, Finding Common Ground and is the host of A Seat at the Table.

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