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Equitable Practices for Online Learning – Free Webinar Series

COVID-19 is having a huge impact within our families, classrooms and communities. Faced with school closures, many schools are turning to online tools to continue learning outside the classroom. Such tools can help you rethink your already planned lessons into a digital format.

IDRA is actively developing webinars and digital workshops for educators to continue student learning during this unprecedented event. This library of webinars is growing so please check back often to find what you need or get on our email list to receive notices.

This series is provided through the IDRA EAC-South.

Webinar Schedule

Equitable Practices for Teaching Online

Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm (cdt) – Watch recording 

Featuring Dr. Paula Johnson, IDRA, and Dr. Stephanie Garcia, IDRA

This webinar helps teachers rethink their lesson plans for an online platform, including resources like teacher-created YouTube channels and explainer videos, tools for sharing resources with your peers, and ways of working with your district to ensure students have access.


Digital Divide: Connectivity, Infrastructure and Devices

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 2:00-3:30 pm (cdt) – Watch recording

Featuring Jordana Barton, Federal Reserve Bank; Rene Gonzales, Lit Communities, and Terrence Wilson, J.D. IDRA

Get practical solutions to addressing the digital divide for your students. This webinar explores immediate and sustainable long-term strategies that preserve the integrity of district fiscal policies.


Tools & Tips to Alleviate the Homework Gap

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm (cdt) – Watch recording

The homework gap is not a new problem. But with the move to system-wide distance learning, it’s not just a homework gap any longer. This webinar presents ways to support students who do not have internet access or computer.

Facilitating Online Math Sessions 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm (cdt) – Watch recording

Get tips you can use right away! Compare ways of supporting students in Google Classroom in shared spaces versus virtual learning environments. And see how to use Zoom Whiteboard, Explain Everything, and Google Classrooms and Training.

PBL at Home & Across the Curriculum

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm (cdt) – Watch recording

Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful approach for educators to use with distance learning because it creates quality home learning experiences. Through hands-on experiences, students can explore, create, engage and connect what they are learning to the real-world. Join us as we explain PBL components of this interdisciplinary and inquiry-based learning approach with an equity lens and discuss applications of PBL across the curriculum.

Journal Writing About the Present for the Future – ELAR Webinar Part 1

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 2:00 PM (cdt) – Watch recording

Lead your students as they create a primary source for future historians. In Part 1 of this three-part webinar series, Abydos trainers will outline literacy lessons adaptable for all grades as students use journal writing to record their responses to a pandemic that has upended their school year.

From Journaling to Personal Narratives – ELAR Webinar Part 2

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 2:00 PM (cdt) Watch recording

In the second of this three-part webinar series, Abydos trainers will demonstrate a process where students select one of their journal entries to expand it into a fully developed personal narrative, reflecting the significance of the COVID-19 event.

From Journaling and Personal Narratives to Letter Writing – ELAR Webinar Part 3

Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 2:00 PM (cdt) Watch recording

In the final installment of this three-part webinar series, Abydos trainers will present steps for students to select from their journal entries one issue important to them. Students will expand their writing into a letter to someone in authority suggesting how the issue and its outcome could have been improved upon.

Chief Science Officer Students Determined to Promote STEM Despite School Closures

Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 2:00 PM (cdt) – Watch recording 

IDRA’s Texas Chief Science Officer students have an inspirational message to share about how they have been coping with COVID-19 challenges and distance learning. These youth STEM ambassadors have not stopped their work to enrich a STEM culture despite their school and community closures. Instead, they have insightful perspectives on how they have been navigating these challenges, how they have stayed connected, and how they keep innovating and creating during this time. Watch as we elevate student voices and share their student success stories.

Teaching Science in Virtual Learning Environment

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 2:00 PM (cdt) – Watch recording

Explore how to leverage online platforms to make high-quality science learning interactive and hands-on from home. Dr. Stephanie Garcia and Michelle Vega will showcase four online platforms for teaching science concepts virtually: Educreations, Explain Everything, Quizlet and Padlet. They’ll show how to use these tools through an online learning module template focused on Newton’s Laws of Motion, a middle school science concept.

How a School District Tackled the Digital Divide 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 2:00 PM (cdt) – Watch recording 

Hear how San Antonio ISD faced the digital divide to ensure learning continued for their students during COVID-19. Eva Mendoza, executive director of information technology, will describe the work that San Antonio ISD performed to bridge the digital divide in her district.  She will discuss the challenges, successes and what’s next. Also, Clarissa Ramon from Google Fiber will share how funders can support your district when immediate needs arise.

Teacher, Parent and Student Perspectives on Using Google Classroom Effectively

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 2:00 PM (cdt) – Watch recording

Most people know that Google Classroom is a free online classroom management system, developed by Google for schools. But being a powerful and popular tool, doesn’t necessarily keep teachers from experiencing bumps along the way in. In this webinar, get tips on how to use Google Classroom more effectively from the perspectives of a teacher, parent and student.

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