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Embracing Student Engagement: The Pathway to Post-Pandemic Learning

This event occurred on June 23, 2021 3:02 PM EDT, but is available to view on-demand.
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As schools emerge from remote learning, educators are understandably worried about content and skills that students would otherwise have learned under normal circumstances. This raises the very real possibility that children will face endless hours of skill-and-drill remediation that is intended to help close gaps but could lead to students disengaging from school entirely. In fact, new research conducted by the EdWeek Research Center and commissioned by Newsela, suggests that most administrators increased their reliance during the pandemic on self-paced computer interventions that offer focused skills practice/remediation and 93 percent say their use of these interventions will remain the same or higher in 2020-21. Yet the same survey also suggests that when it comes to pandemic recovery, educators prioritize not rote memorization but student engagement facilitated by high-quality instructional materials and social emotional learning. This webinar will use survey results to shed light on the gap between educators’ perceptions and their practices while also discussing practical approaches to start down the path of engaging and enriching post-pandemic learning.

Speakers
Dan Cogan-Drew
Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer Newsela
Dan brings twenty-plus years of professional experience spent working towards a more perfect union of teaching, learning and technology. Prior to Newsela, Dan was the founding Director of Digital Learning at Achievement First Public Charter Schools, where he spearheaded the integration of digital learning technologies across the network. He began his education career in Teach for America and went on to teach in public and private schools, as well as in the US Navy. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Brown University, and Tufts University.
Tamara Acevedo
Deputy Superintendent of Academics Denver Public Schools
She previously served for five years as the Lead Instructional Superintendent for Denver Public Schools in Network 1 – Northwest Collaborative. Tamara initiated the creation of breakthrough networks, an innovative learning structure focused on specific school needs and lead by principal leaders. Tamara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Disorders and Speech Science from the University of Colorado and a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Denver University.
Nikolai Vitti
Superintendent Detroit Public Schools (Detroit, Mich.)
Moderator
Holly Kurtz is the director of the EdWeek Research Center.

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