COVID-19 toppled every best-laid plan that schools had for the final months of the 2019-2020 academic year. Beginning in March, as educators scrambled to figure out their best instructional options, they often struggled to get a sense of whether their students even had some of their basic needs covered, like internet access or a space to work, in order to pursue remote learning. When in late May, as the pandemic continued unabated, the largest movement in U.S. history erupted with a national call for racial justice. Students and their educators stood up and took notice. This summit will explore how teachers and school and district leaders can encourage the development of agency, self-empowerment, and well-being among their students during the convergence of these two historic events.
Many stories are coming to light of educators working with young people, taking advantage of this inflection point to help define, build, and develop with students what it means to reflect on their own well-being, as well as serve the larger, collective good. There are also accounts of young people leading the charge in some instances, demonstrating motivation, leadership, commitment to community, and civic awareness in ways that no one could have anticipated. What does that look like? And who are the educators—and the students—who are leading this charge? What lessons can educators, researchers, and policymakers glean from these examples in order to apply them to learning going forward? And what might these promising approaches of elevating character have to say about the future direction of our schools, social institutions, and workforce?
This online summit will explore practical and promising approaches for incorporating elements of character education into educational experiences and why it matters.
A Blueprint for Student Empowerment
Civic Engagement and Student Leadership in a Virtual Environment
Making Meaningful Connections in a Virtual World
Why Sports Matter More Than Ever: A Case Study in Virtual Athletics
Empowering Students to Cultivate Their Passions
Strengthening Student & Adult Social-Emotional Learning Through SEL Measurement + Interventions
Strengthening your Tier 1 universal supports with social-emotional learning as well as providing targeted SEL interventions this fall will be more important than ever before. Panorama helps districts support students' social-emotional learning skills for students and adults with our SEL measurement tools, SEL intervention platform, and SEL Playbook. Join the conversation to receive open-source resources for supporting student and adult SEL, as well as learn how districts across the country are gaining critical SEL competencies and cultivating school connectedness, teacher-student relationships, and sense of belonging.
Development of independent content for this virtual summit is supported in part by a grant from The Kern Family Foundation.
Education Week can provide 1 hour of Professional Development credit for online summits if the educator attends live. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you shortly after the summit has ended. On demand viewing of a summit cannot be used for credit. As with all professional development hours delivered, Education Week recommends each educator verify ahead of the online summit that the content will qualify for professional development in your school, district, county, or state with your supervisor, human resources professional, and/or principal or superintendent’s office.
Coverage of character education and development is supported in part by a grant from The Kern Family Foundation, at www.kffdn.org. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.