Planning ahead with Capstones: Project-based lessons for a changing school environment

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Join Areli Schermerhorn from the Syracuse City School District, Melissa Labossiere from the Pawtucket School Department and Share My Lesson on a webinar for preparing to return to school. As schools prepare to welcome students for in-person and/or remote learning, the AFT understands the challenges of planning for an uncertain future, and we are here to help.

Available on Demand

Capstone projects, developed by AFT members, are well-designed, project-based lessons that can be used at the start of the school year, during the school year, or as end-of-the year culminating instruction. Utilizing universal design for learning, grade-level standards, differentiation strategies, and performance-based assessments, these lessons for grades K-12 integrate the best practices for teaching diverse populations of students. Teachers can use all or parts of the lessons that best address the needs of the students in their own in-person and/or remote classrooms. The capstones are also available in Spanish for our bilingual educators and students. We will also share info about a free app, Zigazoo, filled with fun learning activities to do with students—and for parents to use at home. Join us to learn more about these engaging teaching resources for online and in-person learning.


Available for one hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval. 

On Demand version is available in closed captioning in English and Spanish.

Original Air Date:  Thursday, August 6, 2020

  #4 COVID-19 Distance Learning / Hybrid Learning Webinar

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August 2020
Well done! Awesome resources I can use immediately , I needed this. Thank you. I am excited, how education and instruction should be, portfolio projects promoting a growth mindset and allowing our student s to have voice and choice in an equitable and culturally relevant way. much appreciated.
August 2020
Outstanding! I am so glad to learn about Zigazoo! Can't wait to use it with my students!
August 2020
August 2020
Excellent Webinar. I will use in my classroom. [email protected]
August 2020