Help me! Structures, Tools and Support for a COVID-19 Return.

With Myron Dueck

In what seemed like an instant, COVID-19 resulted in our students and teachers stepping out of our schools and into a new world – literally.

We suddenly needed to adapt to remote learning situations, to define essential outcomes and connect virtually, digitally, distanced. We will undoubtedly be learning a few things through this experience. Some of our epiphanies have involved innovative instructional, grading and assessment practices.

Appropriate digital literacy skills were brought into sharp focus, and we’re again reminded that relationships are central to all that we do.

Now we’re looking at a return that also appears a little murky. What we’ve learned will undoubtedly shift our landscape to some extent when we do return to a ‘new normal’.

Join this multi-day PD opportunity for a positive and hopeful conversation around rethinking a few things before and during a shake-up.

Key learning outcomes include:

  •  Examining the language we use in grading, and how it can support the teaching of contemporary standards in remote learning environments.
  •  Exploring the learning tools we use such as rubrics and their importance in sharing success criteria with our students.
  • Questioning the definition of digital literacy and examining ways we can assist our students in developing appropriate and timely skills for digital interaction.
  • Considering shifts to standards-based instruction and assessment that have proven effective in the remote learning realities of the COVID era.
  •  Leveraging the importance of home and community relationships in our delivery of curriculum.
  • Sharing asynchronous project-based learning templates and other directions.
  • Sharing ideas of how we can use and manage homework during COVID.
  • Exploring how to support SEL initiatives to address students who’ve been away from school for longer than ever before and the associated pressures.

Online Event

Dates: This event took place on August 18-19, 2020. Both days have been recorded and are available to purchase until January 1, 2021.

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Myron Dueck

Workshop Presenter

Over the past 22 years, Myron Dueck has gained teaching and administrative experience in both Canada and New Zealand in subjects ranging from grades 4 to 12. Beginning in 2006, Myron developed a number of grading, assessment and reporting systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to the feedback they receive and play a significant role in the reporting of that learning. Myron has been a part of administrative teams, district groups, school committees and governmental bodies that have further broadened his access to innovative ideas.

Myron has shared his stories, tools and first-hand experiences with public, charter and international school educators around the world, and recently his presentations have diverged to include global education trends and broader socio-economic realities that impact learning. Myron has twice been published in EL Magazine. His best-selling book,Grading Smarter, Not Harder– Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014 and in 2015 ASCD released a video project based in his own school district entitled ‘Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom’.

In 2019, ASCD released the first of a three-part online streaming series, hosted by Myron, looking at how we include students in assessment.

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