Teaching in the Time of COVID-19: Reassessing How to Keep Students Safe, Well and Engaged

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This has been the most challenging school year most of us have ever experienced—from the lack of consistent safety guardrails and guidance, to the dearth of resources, to the pitfalls of hybrid and remote learning.

As part of the AFT’s ongoing commitment to provide information and resources to help educators meet the needs of students during the pandemic, we are inviting you to a follow-up to our Sept. 12 online symposium. Join AFT President Randi Weingarten for continued discussions on the challenges created by COVID. 

Available on Demand

We will focus on the latest information about COVID-19 and its transmission in schools, as well as tips from practitioners and other experts on how to ensure students are engaged in deep and meaningful learning — whether it’s in-person, hybrid or distance learning.


Panelists include: 

Teachers, Testing and Keeping the School Environment Safe
Robert Harrison, clinical professor, University of California, San Francisco Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Bringing Best Teaching Practices into Remote and Hybrid Classrooms
Katherine S. Dorman, high school science teacher, local site coordinator for Douglas County (Colo.) Federation and AFT national trainer
Melissa Labossiere, talent development coordinator, Pawtucket (R.I.) School Department

Forging Meaningful Connections to Engage Students and Families
Bri Miller, elementary teacher and visiting college instructor, Mankato (Minn.) School District
Walter Taylor, NBCT and director of professional development for Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Quest Center

Available for two-hours of PD credit.

You will be eligible to receive two hours of professional development recertification credit for participation in this webinar if you complete all the poll questions, survey, and actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate that verifies you completed the webinar. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the PD recertification credit is accepted.

NOTE: This will be available on demand after the event has finished.

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:  Saturday, November 21, 2020

Creative Commons License: 
Attribution Non-commercial NoDerivative CC (BY-NC-ND)


November 2020
The part about building community and making sure students are heard was useful and meaningful--favorite phrase--SEL correlates with academic achievement! Excellent! I, too, would have liked it to have been nonpartisan (though Betsy Devos should hurry up and take a hike). I also could not download the certificate, or see, hear or fill out the polls, alas.
November 2020
I thought everything was great except too much time talking politics. I wanted to get more resources and other teacher' s ideas on how to engage students while teaching online.
November 2020
Thanks Share My Lesson for helping me feel more connected during these hard times.🥰
November 2020
Good sharing of resources. Some advice was a little too general to be helpful. I couldn't download my certificate afterwards, though I answered all the polls and the survey! :(
November 2020
Very good and learned a lot. Thank you.
November 2020
Very helpful and engaging knowing other teachers are feeling the stress as well helped me.
November 2020
Good information. Thank you for offering this. I wasn't able to download the PD certificate of completion, even though I had completed all of the polls, etc. At the end, when there was a prompt to "rate" the webcast, I clicked on it and it brought me to the page where I would have to register to watch the recorded webinar.
November 2020
Thanks for the great resources, and all of the sharing. Loved the engagement ideas.
November 2020
Excellent presentation by the Dr. Wonderful resources shared by teachers for online teaching!
November 2020
Lots of great resources and web links. Nice that teachers shared their experiences. I didn't like the extended political commentary.
November 2020