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Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2021

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Kick off the new school year by joining us for the Southern Oregon Equity Summit 2021. The event includes high-profile speakers and breakout sessions that provide strategies for understanding equity through a trauma-informed practices approach.

We’ll be holding this years Summit at the Ashland Hills Inn and working with multiple partners to offer access to sites across Oregon. These sites will provide virtual access to speakers and enable people to attend as a group and thus engage in interactive discussions and exercises the presenters put forth.

Please join us  and if your district, or organization would like to host a site please contact Aaron Cooke, or Nancy Hayes.

When

August 16th-2oth

Location

The Ashland Hills Inn and multiple site-based venues.

Our Equity Summit is made available through a variety of programs and grants so is free to SOESD districts and their educators.

We are able to offer attendance to our local community partners and non-regional participants for nominal fee.

Contact Information

Aaron Cooke at 541-261-0107 aaron_cooke@soesd.k12.or.us

SOESD Helpdesk Call  541-776-8590 ext 1106.

PDUs

  • Pre-Conference =12
  • Summit =12
  • Theory to Practice = 5

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Equity Summit Complete Book List

Two Day Pre-Conference Workshops

Dr. Ross Greene

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings.

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He is the originator of the model of care described in those books, now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS). Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years and is now the founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance, which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on the CPS model. He has appeared in a wide range of media, including The Oprah Show, Good Morning America, The Morning Show, National Public Radio, Mother Jones magazine, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Globe. Dr. Greene lectures and consults widely throughout the world and lives in Portland, Maine.

Oregon Center for Educational Equity

The Oregon Center for Educational Equity is a network of highly skilled, diverse facilitators and professional development leaders whose mission is to interrupt and transform current and systemic educational inequities to ensure all students have access to personalized, equitable and high performing schools that believe and demonstrate each student can, should and will succeed.

From addressing systemic issues of educational inequity to implementing effective collaboration practices to creating school structures and classrooms that work for historically oppressed student populations, we are committed to working with educators, organizations and communities to collectively meet the needs of our children through strong, effective, and equity-focused leadership.

Beginning Equity Academy Seminar

Instructor: Daryl Dixon Daryl Dixon

Daryl Dixon is a native of Atlanta Georgia, and he is regarded as one of the most powerful, inspirational and relevant speakers and trainers on the subject of workforce diversity.  Daryl is the founder of Diversity Resource Group (DRG), and the author of Understanding Diversity; What Managers & Supervisors Need to Know To Manage Diversity Effectively.  Daryl works with organizations to help create an optimal work environment – an environment where every employee feels recognized, appreciated, valued and that his/her talents are being optimally utilized.  Daryl has consulted with organizations that range from small non-profits to Fortune 500.  Daryl received certification as an EEO Investigator.  An award winning diversity practitioner, Daryl has presented at the national SHRM Diversity Conference and was cited in HR Magazine for his expertise in the area of workforce diversity.  Daryl earned his BA degree from Morehouse College and the Master of Divinity degree from George Fox University.

Instructor: Jesse Scott

Jesse has been an educator for 20 years.  He is currently a middle school social studies teacher in Eugene, Oregon, focusing on teaching history through a non-dominant lens.  He guides his students to critically examine, discuss and explore, through historical analysis and current events, an array of social justice issues and actions.  Jesse embraces opportunities to engage in challenging conversations around equity, diversity and inclusion with his colleagues, his students, and his own multi-racial children. He also provides professional development as a Facilitator for the Oregon Center for Educational Equity (OCEE).

Summit Keynotes

Lessons for SEL

Founded in 2019 Lessons for SEL is a publishing group designed to offer Social Emotional Learning lessons to schools across the country. Their books include 6 Minute Social Emotional Learning, Circle Talk, and Discovering the Ultimate You. Lessons designed to reach students in a timeframe schools can meet. These resources have supported districts during the pandemic and create opportunities for youth of color and disabilities, as well as all students to prosper during these isolating and difficult times. Lessons for SEL is a forward-looking organization providing multiple formats and offering a variety of web resources for families and schools. The goals of Lessons for SEL are driven by its founder Dr. Byron McClure.

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Dr. Byron McClure

Is a National Certified School Psychologist by training, a father of two, a brother, an uncle, a connector, and a motivator.  He has worked with children and families for over 8 years. He is known for his research on social emotional learning (SEL) programs. In particular, his research investigated effective SEL programs for youth of color. Through several initiatives he has created several programs for African-American males and for youth of color. His daily practice include work to actively infuse SEL, restorative practices, and trauma responsive practices to improve outcomes for youth of color.

He is the creator of 6 Minute SEL an easy way for educators to connect with their students.  The goal was to help teachers find a realistic way to incorporate SEL core skills into their classrooms. A National Certified School Psychologist currently serving as the Redesign Student Experience Coach at Anacostia Senior High School. He joined the Redesign Team to influence systemic change at the school-wide level and to ensure students who live in Ward 8 have a high-quality neighborhood school to attend. Dr. McClure has extensive knowledge and expertise in mental health, social emotional learning, psychosocial development, and behavior, which he uses to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.

He has worked to support students’ social emotional and behavioral needs and has done considerable work advocating for fair and equitable discipline practices for all students, particularly for students of color and for students with disabilities. He has designed and implemented evidence-based practices such as restorative practices, RTI, trauma responsive practices, and principles of SEL at Anacostia High School. As a result of this work, led by Dr. McClure, Anacostia HS recently won the 2019-2020 Whole Child Award

Native Wellness Institute

The Native Wellness Institute recognizes the great impacts of historical trauma and oppression on our people. We understand that historic trauma has caused current day trauma in our families and communities. This is evident by the high rates of substance abuse, violence, gossip, negativity, poverty and other destructive behaviors and conditions.

As Native people we have the strength and resiliency to move beyond and forward from the hurtful past and utilize what our ancestors left us- prayer, faith, songs, dances, ceremony, language and the perseverance to leave a positive legacy for our future generations.

The Native Wellness Institute exists to help create an awareness of where our negative behavior comes from, provide opportunities for growth and healing and most importantly to help our people move forward in a good way. We do this by providing training and technical assistance based in Native culture that promotes the well-being of individuals, families, communities and places of work.

NWI lives and promotes the “Warrior’s Spirit” which means paying the greatest respect to our ancestors by being as positive, productive and proactive as we can, everyday of our lives.

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Presenter: Jillene Joseph Executive Director

Jillene is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre or Aaniiih people from Fort Belknap, Montana. She lives in Oregon with her life partner and children. She is the Executive Director of the Native Wellness Institute and helped to found the national non-profit organization in 2000. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Community Health Education and has served Indian Country for 30 years providing training and technical assistance in a variety of areas. Jillene has traveled to hundreds of Native communities and interacted with and learned from thousands of people. Whether she is providing youth leadership training, assisting women heal from childhood trauma or helping to bring wellness to the workplace, Jillene shares her passion for being positive, productive and proactive. She enjoys beading, reading, pow wowing and spending time with family and friends.

At Corwin, we take pride that our stakeholders are learners all over the world: that’s whom we invest in; that’s whom we want to live rich, abundant lives through education. On the eve of profound political, cultural, and social change, CEO David McCune challenged us at Corwin to dream, to dare, and to innovate. So dream, dare, and innovate we did, quickly establishing ourselves as the essential source of what works best, when, and for whom in education.

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Ricky Robertson

Ricky Robertson has had the privilege to work with students from pre-K to 12th grade who have persevered in the face of adversity and trauma. Ricky is the co-author of the book, “Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach.” As a consultant and coach, Ricky assists schools in developing trauma-informed systems of support and Restorative Practices that foster resilience and success for staff and students.

The Core Collaborative Learning Network specializes in expanding holistic, learner-centered systems. Our goal is to strengthen systems to be more grounded, connected, focused and authentic. Our aim is to produce holistic results in ways that raise the collective standard. We believe in social justice. We believe that when we learn together we can make a difference in the lives of ALL students. We believe that compassion drives performance.

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John Krownapple

John Krownapple specializes in helping organizations learn and grow in the area of human relations. His career has focused on education, diversity and inclusion, equity, and social justice. In his book Guiding Teams to Excellence with Equity, he provides a protocol for facilitating systemic, equitable change. His most recent book, Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity, co-authored with Dr. Floyd Cobb, concretely illustrates his mission to help each of us get in touch with our own dignity so that we can honor the dignity of others on structural, interpersonal, and intrapersonal levels. In doing so, John believes that we can grow as effective organizations, inclusive communities, and as a democratic society. Simply put, we can improve quality of our lives and the lives of others through dignity.

An inspirational speaker and workshop facilitator, John is currently an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as the Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Howard County Public School System.

Theory to Practice Sessions

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COVID19 Vaccines

By News, School Improvement Services, School-Wide Improvement

Why get vaccinated?

Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself, your family, and your community healthy. While COVID19 vaccines have been found to be 94% effective at preventing you from getting sick with COVID19, it still may be possible to get, carry and transmit the virus.

In the meantime, it is important that even those who have been vaccinated continue to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Physically distance from others
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid gatherings
  • Stay home when you’re sick

SOESD Rolls out Middle School Career Exploration Pilot Project in Local Schools

By News, School Improvement Services

This winter, the Southern Oregon Career and Technical Education Consortium (SOCTEC/CTE) and the Southern Oregon STEM Hub/CC4All have been working with the ODE on the planning and roll-out of an ODE/CTE middle-school career exploration pilot.  During the planning phase, ODE’s CTE Department was directed by the Oregon Chief Education Office to select five of the 17 CTE regions in the state and pilot the initiative in 25 middle-schools across the state.  Southern Oregon was selected as one of these five regions and was tasked with selecting five of our middle schools to participate.

This pilot program pairs an aptitude/interest test for 7th and 8th grade students, with career exploration opportunities that support students’ results.  Local SOESD representatives met with the Curriculum Directors, Superintendents, Principals, Career Counselors, and CTE and Core teachers from local middle and high schools to plan how this might to execute the program. The group selected a combination of the YouScience aptitude test along with the Southern Oregon Connections/Nepris platform.

Knowing that a pilot would have greater success in schools that were either smaller, or closely connected to their high school partners, and paying special attention to equity, the group noted five middle-schools that fit these priorities including Henley Middle School, Lost River Jr./Sr. High school, Prospect Charter School, Butte Falls Jr./Sr. High School, and Chiloquin Jr./Sr. high School.  Each of these schools have CTE Programs of Study at their high schools, have large populations of under-represented students, have strong career counseling for their students, and are somewhat familiar with Southern Oregon Connections/Nepris.

Concept of the pilot:

  1. During January, all 7th and 8th grade students at the middle-schools listed above will take the “middle-school” YouScience aptitude/interest test
  2. During February, staffs from the middle and high schools will follow-up with the students, going over their test results, and noting potential careers where students have aptitudes and interests that they may not have considered, or knew about before
  3. Initially, as a way of introducing students to different careers, they will be directed to explore Oregon Connections archived “tours” and “interviews”
  4. Over the following 18 months STEM/CTE will plan and hold virtual, or in-person, career exploration events through Oregon Connections with leaders from regional companies that follow these students’ aptitudes and interests
  5. If in-person restrictions allow, live events will also be held, highlighting regional education and job Pathway opportunities

Due to the nature of a pilot project and that there is further ODE funding planned over the coming years, SOESD will continue to “follow” these students, and more preceding them, through their high school “careers”, offering targeted career counseling support, and more career exploration/expanded curriculum opportunities.  It SOESD’s hope that this will allow students to choose a career Pathway based upon their growing awareness of what careers are available in their own communities, and providing the information needed for staff to assist in closing the interest/skills gap between what they know of and what they have a growing aptitude for.

“By and large, in the past, districts everywhere have lacked a means to gather the information needed to provide student-centric career counseling that is not based upon student interest alone, relying only on what information of careers that students already knew of, or found out about on their own.  Through this pilot, we hope to be able to note, then encourage a wider diversity of our students with the information that they will need to make more informed decisions about their futures,” says Brian Robin, SOESD CTE Regional Coordinator.

 

Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year Nominations are Now Open

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The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, is pleased to announce the continuation of Oregon Regional Teacher of the Year to honor exemplary educators in every region of the state!

  • Nominations are open statewide through January 31, 2021
  • Teachers will submit their applications by March 27, 2021
  • Oregon Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region
  • Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2021!
  • One of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year in September 2021!

Regional Teachers of the Year will receive a cash prize of $500 and will be celebrated across the state.  The 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 cash prize (with a matching $5,000 going to their school!) and serve as a spokesperson and representative for all Oregon teachers.

Anyone can nominate a teacher! All Oregonians are encouraged to nominate their favorite teacher today at: oregonteacheroftheyear.org

Trauma-Informed Practices and Social Emotional Supports

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Session Information

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Start: Friday April 2nd, 2021 at 01:00 PM
End: Friday April 2nd, 2021 at 04:00 PM
PDUs: 3.00
Instructor: Ricky Robertson
Location: ZOOM
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Start: Friday April 9th, 2021 at 01:00 PM
End: Friday April 9th, 2021 at 04:00 PM
PDUs: 3.00
Instructor: Ricky Robertson
Location: ZOOM
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Start: Friday April 16th, 2021 at 01:00 PM
End: Friday April 16th, 2021 at 04:00 PM
PDUs: 3.00
Instructor: Ricky Robertson
Location: ZOOM
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Start: Friday April 23rd, 2021 at 01:00 PM
End: Friday April 23rd, 2021 at 04:00 PM
PDUs: 3.00
Instructor: Ricky Robertson
Location: ZOOM

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In this four-part virtual workshop, presented over four mornings in November, December and January, renowned educator, consultant, coach and author Ricky Robertson will deepen participants’ understanding of trauma-informed behaviors, social-emotional supports and restorative practices as well as introduce strategies for implementation of the principles and practices in the classroom and schoolwide.To help foster a sense of community, participants should try to attend all four sessions as part of the workshop cohort; however, this workshop will repeat in April 2021, so a missed session can be made up later.Session 1 – Friday, April 2, 2021 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Schoolwide Trauma-Responsive Practices (Tier 1)
A trauma-informed approach is a schoolwide approach to supporting the social-emotional and behavioral needs of all students, especially those impacted by ACEs and trauma. In this virtual workshop, we will explore student behavior as a form of communication and develop classroom-based and schoolwide strategies to support students. Participants will deepen their understanding of relationship-based teaching and acquire skills to foster safety, trust, and belonging in their classrooms and schools. They will be introduced to strategies that support students’ abilities to communicate, problem-solve, regulate, and develop a sense of accountability and hope.Session 2  – Friday, April 9, 2021 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Trauma-Informed Social Emotional Learning
Social-emotional learning is a critical component of quality core instruction. To truly have an impact, social-emotional competencies must be integrated into daily classroom routines and management. Students’ social-emotional outcomes improve when they see healthy behaviors regularly modeled, practiced, and reinforced. In this session, participants will develop a plan for integrating culturally responsive and trauma-informed social-emotional learning competencies into their curriculum and instruction.Session 3 –  Friday, April 16, 2021 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Trauma-Informed Restorative Practices
Trauma-informed schools respond to conflict in ways that build trust and accountability. In this virtual workshop, participants will be introduced to the fundamental principles of Restorative Practices. Participants will be introduced to Tier 1 community building circles for both staff and students. Then we will explore the core principles of Restorative Practices and some useful tools to engage in restorative dialogue and problem-solving. Participants will consider next steps for integrating these principles and practices into their classrooms and schools.Session 4 – Friday, April 23, 2021 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Teams & Teamwork for Sustained Implementation
To truly meet the needs of our students, we have to focus on long term implementation of trauma-informed behavioral and social-emotional supports. We cannot do this work alone, we need to work together with our colleagues, students, families, and community partners. This session will focus on teams and teamwork to support long-term implementation of trauma-informed practices and ways to assess their impact and build teachers’ collective efficacy in responding to the needs of their students. In many respects, this session is the most important one of the entire series. If we don’t have a system in place to monitor the impact of our efforts then there is no way to sustain and improve them.About Ricky Robertson: I am an educator, author, and consultant who has worked with alternative and traditional schools, serving students from grades preK-12 within urban, suburban, and semi-rural communities. I provide coaching, consultation, and multi-day professional development workshops to build systems of support for students impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma, and the educators who work with them. I have a background in Restorative Justice/Practices, culturally responsive teaching, LGBTQ+ student advocacy, and trauma-informed practices for teaching and behavior management.

ZOOM

Interdisciplinary

Free to all educators within SOESD component districts

Nancy Hayes
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Aces 101

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Session Information

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Start: Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 06:00 am
End: Sunday January 24th, 2021 at 11:59 pm
PDUs: 5.00
Instructor: Ruth McDonald

Event Details


In this self-paced, multi-session online course (conducted through Canvas), participants will:

  • Familiarize with the original and ongoing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) studies
  • Identify types of ACEs
  • Understand the long-term, significant impacts of ACEs on children and families
  • Identify the impact ACEs can have on a student’s social, emotional, and academic development
  • Identify strategies and resources for prevention of ACEs in children
  • Identify strategies for supporting children with ACEs in the school/classroom

The class is limited to 25 participants per cohort. Registration closes at 4 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020. A confirmation email will be sent from Canvas to the first 25 registrants as educators are enrolled. Additional opportunities to take this course will continue to be offered throughout the school year.


Online

Interdisciplinary

Free to all educators within SOESD component districts

Nancy Hayes
5417768590
nancy_hayes@soesd.k12.or.us

Online – webPD Trauma-Informed Practices

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webPD Trauma-Informed Practices

Session Information

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Start: Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 06:00 am
End: Sunday January 24th, 2021 at 11:59 pm
PDUs: 5.00
Instructor: Amanda Lacy

Event Details


In this self-paced, multi-session online course (conducted through Canvas), participants will:

  • Build upon the broad, foundational knowledge of trauma gained in courses, such as ACEs 101
  • Learn and discuss the six principles of trauma-informed approach in education
  • Gain an understanding of how vicarious trauma and neuroscience shapes learning AND teaching
  • Apply skills learned to implement tools for their classrooms, with colleagues and out in the community
  • Find out how to use simple strategies to combat compassion fatigue and counteract the stress in the workplace, especially during the pandemic

The class is limited to 25 participants per cohort. Registration closes at 4 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020. A confirmation email will be sent from Canvas to the first 25 registrants as educators are enrolled. Additional opportunities to take this course will continue to be offered throughout the school year.


Online

Interdisciplinary

Free to all educators within SOESD component districts

Nancy Hayes
5417768590
nancy_hayes@soesd.k12.or.us

SOESD launches webPD, a one-stop professional development shop for Southern Oregon educators

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This September SOESD lanched webPD, an online platform that gives Southern Oregon educators a convenient, flexible way to partake in professional development courses, engage with fellow educators within learning cohorts, and earn the professional development units (PDUs) required to maintain their teaching licenses.

webPD is the brainchild of Director of School Improvement, Dr.Mark Angle-Hobson. The platform was developed in support of the Southern Oregon Regional Educator Network’s tenets (equity, teacher voice, learner relevance and accessibility for ALL educators), and the challenges educators face when attempting to achieve their personal educational goals. “Teachers lead busy lives. They’re in the classroom before school begins preparing lessons; they spend the school day delivering lessons and tending to student needs; after school, they spend hours grading papers and caring for their families at home. Even in the calmest of times, it’s difficult for educators to attend conferences and workshops. Then you throw in a pandemic and natural disaster or two…Self-paced, online courses with a minimal time commitment make sense,” says Angle-Hobson.

webPD will roll out over three years. In its first year, webPD will offer five, five-week courses developed around themes based upon district priorities: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 101, Trauma Informed 101, Equity 101, Social Emotional Learning 101 and Universal Design for Learning 101. Year two will include the 101 courses with the addition of five intermediate (201) courses; year three will offer the 101 and 201 classes as well as five advanced (301) courses. Registration for ACEs 101 is now open.

Angle-Hobson pointed out, “By the end of year three, educators can earn all the PDUs they need to renew their teaching license through webPD. What’s more, SOESD is offering free enrollment to its 13 component districts during year one.”

For Teachers By Teachers Promising Practices Symposium

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Friday October 9th, 2020 at 08:00 AM to 2:50 PM

OESD’s For Teachers By Teachers Promising Practices Symposium promises to be a day of learning and sharing for educators from throughout Southern Oregon. Attendees will have the opportunity to virtually attend three two-hour sessions (and earn up to six PDUs) on hot topics in the areas of science, math and educational technology. Six sessions will be presented by peers, recognized as local experts and leaders. The remaining three sessions will be led by vendors. All nine presenters were part of the recent EDTech Summit and were identified via attendee survey as conference MVPs.

Session titles and times are below. Registrants will select the one to three sessions they wish to attend via a conference app on the day of the symposium. Information on how to use the conference app will be sent to registrants during the week before the event.

Session Offerings for the 8 am to 9:50 am timeslot include:

  1. Teaching Research and Writing and Managing Papers/Projects During the Pandemic
  2. Promoting Equity and Engagement in the Middle and High School Classroom
  3. How3Canvas

Session Offerings for the 10 am to 11:50 am timeslot include:

  1. Integrating AR/VR into STEM and CTE Programs
  2. NGSS in a Virtual Realm
  3. Power Up Your Google Game

Session Offerings for the 1 pm to 2:50 pm timeslot include:

  1. How Neuroscience Helped Design a Math Program That Meets the Diverse Needs of Students in the Wake of COVID-19
  2. Seesaw for Hybrid and Distance Learning Classes
  3. Gamified Comprehensive Distance Learning
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