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Recovering From a Year of Disruption: Back to School in 2021-22

This event occurred on August 19, 2021 2:30 PM EDT and is only accessible to those who originally registered.
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After a year in which district and school leaders shepherded wary communities through virtual learning, socially distanced classrooms and bus rides, mask-wearing mandates, and contact tracing and quarantines, the prospect of returning schools to some level of normalcy this fall feels promising. But uncertainty still lingers for the 2021-22 school year.

How hard will it be for some students to re-acclimate to full-time, in-person learning? What do teachers need to know to adapt instruction for the moment we’re in? How can schools be ready to address the widening social-emotional and mental-health needs of students and employees? And after saving education from complete collapse in the pandemic, how will schools evolve their use of educational technology and remote learning for new realities?

Join Education Week reporters for a discussion with school leaders, experts, and teachers on what to expect this school year and how to best prepare for it.

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Marcus Belin
Principal Huntley High School (Ill.)
Belin serves as principal of Huntley High School (Ill.), president of Illinois Principals Association, and was recently awarded the 2021 National Association of Secondary School Principals Digital Principal of the Year. Belin is a motivational speaker and host of the podcast Unapologetic Leadership. He is passionate about creating learning environments that foster social-emotional support for kids, leveraging the integration of technology to expose kids to the world around them, motivating educators, and challenging the status quo of education. Belin is an alumnus of Bradley University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and National Louis University where he received his doctorate.
Sarah Cude
Professional Development Lead for the Southwest Region Istation
Sarah Cude served as a classroom teacher for 10 years and a district reading coach for three years. She is now in her seventh year with Istation serving as Professional Development Lead for the Southwest Region of the United States. Sarah is passionate about helping teachers maximize their instructional impact to ensure all students grow.
Jenson Dennard
High School Special Education Teacher Seaford School District (Del.)
Dennard is from Delmar, Delaware and currently teaches high school special education math in Delaware’s Seaford School District. He has nine years of experience in education, as a paraprofessional, elementary education teacher, high school self-contained classroom teacher and an adjunct professor. His interests include mentoring, recruitment, and professional development. In his free time, he likes to read, play video games, workout and spend time with his family.
Ann Foster
Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Lexington Public Schools (Neb.)
Foster is the elementary curriculum coordinator for Lexington Public Schools in Lexington, Nebraska. She believes that equipping teachers with high-quality instructional strategies and materials are two key components that translate to student academic success. Foster has a Master of Science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Educational Leadership and a Master of Arts from Concordia University in K-12 Education Administration, and is currently a second year Doctoral student at Doane University.
Emily Freitag
Co-Founder & CEO Instruction Partners
Freitag is the co-founder and CEO of Instruction Partners, a nonprofit organization that works shoulder to shoulder with schools and districts to support great teaching and accelerate student learning. Prior to this role, she was the assistant commissioner of Curriculum and Instruction for the Tennessee Department of Education. In this capacity, she oversaw K-12 core academics, including standards, assessment design, instructional materials, and educator training and support. She led a collaborative effort to train more than 65,000 teachers and leaders during this time in a peer-led, content-based approach, and Tennessee saw increases in student achievement on both NAEP and state tests. At the Department, she also managed the implementation of educator evaluation and served as Chief of Staff, supporting the development of the strategic plan. For five years before coming to Tennessee, Freitag managed Teach For America’s D.C. and Connecticut Regions. In this capacity, she oversaw the support of 1,000 teachers as well as the district partnerships, alumni coordination, and fundraising efforts. She fell in love with education teaching seventh grade math in Opelousas, La., at Opelousas Junior High School (Geaux Tigers!). She graduated from Yale University and studied history with a focus on the jurisprudential history of the civil rights movement.
Lucy Geringer
Education Consultant
Lucy Geringer is the Promethean Education Consultant for New York and resides in New York City. Lucy has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish and a Master of Education degree focusing on Students with Disabilities. Lucy taught Special Education in Maryland and New York City for five years before leaving the classroom to collaborate with and support educators through her role at Promethean. In her free time, Lucy can be found exploring the city with her husband and dog Quincy!
Sharon Hoover
Co-Director National Center for School Mental Health
Hoover’s research, education, and clinical work has largely focused on creating safe, supportive, and resilient schools. Hoover is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in addition to co-directing the National Center for School Mental Health.
Jennifer Jury
Learning Consultant Microsoft
Jennifer Jury, M.S. Ed., is a Microsoft Learning Consultant with over ten years of teaching experience. Jennifer has earned the Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer Certificate and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. She is passionate about supporting teachers with integrating technology to create a 21st-century classroom. Jennifer has spoken with teachers throughout the United States and internationally about how technology can enhance and make today’s classrooms inclusive and engaging
Robert Kaiser
Principal Tulsa Public Schools
Kaiser is currently the principal at Monroe Demonstration Academy in Tulsa Public Schools. He started his teaching career with Tulsa Public Schools in 2013. Kaiser began his career at Cooper Elementary School where he taught 4th grade for two years and Physical Education for two years and in 2015 was named Tulsa Public Schools District Teacher of the Year. He has spent the last 4 years leading at Monroe Demonstration Academy serving as an assistant principal for three years and is now in his second year as the principal. Kaiser came to Tulsa with Teach for America in 2013. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma in Education Leadership and Curriculum Supervision.
Tia Kim
Vice President of Education, Research, and Impact Committee for Children
Kim is a developmental psychologist. She leads a team of education designers and research scientists working to develop and evaluate the quality, effectiveness, and reach of the Committee for Children’s programs. She is a driving force of the organization’s efforts to continually gather information about implementation fidelity and promote partnerships within the field. Kim is an expert in social-emotional learning; healthy parent-child relationships; peer relations and youth violence prevention; bullying prevention; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Jonel Leger
Supervisor of Math and Science St. Landry Parish Schools (Opelousas, La.)
Having been and educator for 26 years, Leger has taught high school mathematics and psychology, worked as a math curriculum and instructional specialist, and is now the Supervisor of Instruction for K-12 Math and Science. She has worked for 25 of her 26 years in a high-poverty, high-minority rural public school district and one year in a neighboring more urban district. She has also worked as an adjunct math instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and as an instructor for The New Teacher Project. In addition to facilitating professional learning opportunities in her school district, she has facilitated sessions for teachers at the Louisiana Teachers of Mathematics state conference.
Misty Rieber
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Lubbock ISD
Misty Rieber currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Lubbock ISD. Prior to this, Rieber held roles such as the leadership and professional development coordinator for Lubbock ISD as well as the K-12 social studies coordinator. Rieber has a bachelor’s degree in history and education from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lubbock Christian University.
Ryan Thornton
Education Consultant
Ryan was a second-grade teacher in Brooklyn for eight years before joining Promethean in 2018. He has always enjoyed teaching what he knows and loves. This includes geography, writing, math, music, and nature. Although his touring days are over, Ryan will always be a drummer as he continues to record as a session drummer for various podcasts and established artists. He is also a self-proclaimed Delaware River tubing/kayaking adventure guide. He loves that his new career path is helping teachers teach with their Promethean technology and he has a great time doing it.
Doug Vander Linden
Director of Educational Technology Burlington Unified School District 244 (Kan.)
Vander Linden is the director of Educational Technology for the Burlington School District in Burlington, Kan. He has spent the past 31 years in this role focused on all aspects of technology applications, networking, professional development, chief information officer and communications director for social media and web. In 2021, he was selected by Education Week as a 2021 Leader To Learn From.
Heather Wenzler
Learning Consultant Microsoft
Wenzler is an educator and trainer with specialties in K-12 education, curriculum and instruction, gifted education, and educational technology. Since 2005, she has worked diligently in teaching research-based strategies to K-12 students, educators, and adult learners with a focus on the integration of technology. She has dedicated 18 years to both public schools and charter schools in the Bay Area of California as a teacher of the gifted, teacher-leader, professional development provider, and classroom researcher.
Elizabeth Heubeck is a staff writer for Education Week.
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.
Liana Loewus was an assistant managing editor for Education Week who oversees news coverage of teaching and learning.
Arianna Prothero covers technology, student well-being, and the intersection of the two for Education Week.
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