Online Events for Teachers, Students & Administrators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Online Events for Teachers, Students & Administrators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Twitter Chat - Rural Education

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 20 at 2pm ET/11am PT. and the Kentucky Valley Educational Collaborative (KVEC) will host a live Twitter chat to discuss how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting equity and access in rural schools. Follow the hashtag #RuralKidsMatter on the day of the chat to participate.

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When schools are closed, the learning must continue. Unfortunately, according to Pew Research, about a third of rural American homes don’t have broadband and nearly a quarter said getting access to high-speed internet is a major problem in their communities.

In homes that do have access and devices, most aren’t equipped to have numerous family members working online at once — Only 30 percent of rural adults said they own a desktop or laptop computer, a smartphone, a home broadband connection and a tablet.

Where does it all leave children who have abruptly transitioned to distance learning? What are organizations like KVEC doing to provide the tools and resources they need to succeed? What more needs to be done across the country?

We’ll Also Discuss…

  • Replacing current face-to-face systems with high-functioning hybrid systems
  • Improving school calendars to accommodate learners in rural communities
  • Blending traditional sessions, virtual at-home instruction and technical education

The pandemic is transforming public education. We need to make sure it results in a more effective structure that’s better adapted to personalized learning, access, opportunity and equity for ALL students. Join us to be part of this important discussion.

Wednesday, May 20 at 2pm ET/11am PT
Hashtag: #RuralKidsMatter

Twitter links: Follow | Follow KVEC

Edthena Launches New Webinar Series to Support Virtual Coaching

Free ‘Kitchen Table Coaching’ webinar series is part of the new #PLtogether project, a hub for topical resources to support instructional coaching

SAN FRANCISCO (May 5, 2020) – Edthena is kicking off a new webinar series to help instructional coaches provide newly-virtual teachers with timely and much-needed support. The four-part “Kitchen Table Coaching” series, launching this Thursday, will provide strategies and best practices for facilitating virtual coaching. The series is part of the #PLtogether project ( which will provide a collection of free resources for instructional coaches, including tactical advice from notable thought leaders in the education industry.

“Effective coaching will lead to the ultimate success of distance teaching,” said Adam Geller, founder and CEO of Edthena. “The #PLtogether project will provide a hub for topical resources to support instructional coaching during this unprecedented time. The first resource – this new webinar series – offers coaches an opportunity to ask questions and get tips and best practices for supporting professional learning now.”

The 30-minute Kitchen Table Coaching webinars, which will be led by former classroom teachers Heather Purzner and Rob McCreary of the Edthena Partner Success team, will take place every Thursday in May at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT. Educators can register for some or all of the following sessions:

  • Week 1: Virtually coaching distanced teachers
  • Week 2: Facilitating distanced teacher collaboration
  • Week 3: Developing coaching logs for virtual coaching
  • Week 4: Creating virtual training and coaching cycles

Later this month, Edthena will additionally be releasing “Lounge Talks” with Elena Aguilar, Deborah Ball, Joellen Killion, and other respected thought leaders on the #PLtogether portal. During these video interviews, the experts will discuss the challenges of teaching during COVID-19 and provide tactical “what now” advice for supporting teachers in this new reality.

To register for the live webinars or get free access to the content, visit

Edthena is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos to share with colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video-based professional learning. Edthena is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as SIIA, District Administration, and Tech & Learning. For more information, visit For more news about Edthena, visit

Tele-Assessment: What You Need to Know

Leading researcher and clinical director come together to discuss the remote administration of psychological assessments during this free webinar on May 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. ET

NEW YORK, April 30, 2020 – With school closures extending throughout the country, some are calling for schools to suspend completing psychoeducational assessments, but does this do the least harm? For districts unsure of how to administer psychoeducational assessments in a teletherapy environment, this upcoming webinar can help.

PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, has been properly administering remote psychoeducational assessments to students at school and home for years. During its new webinar, “Tele-Assessment: What You Need to Know,” on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT, attendees will hear from A. Jordan Wright, PhD, ABAP, director of the Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing at New York University, and Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, clinical director for psychoeducational services at PresenceLearning, who will break down what schools need to know about tele-assessment including:

  • The tele-assessment landscape related to school closures
  • What the research says about remote delivery of assessments
  • Best practices for transitioning to delivery in a home environment
  • Real world examples of schools utilizing in-home assessments

“There is a great debate happening across schools right now as to whether all assessment should be paused during COVID-19-related closures, until it can be done validly and in alignment with assessment maker guidance. This debate misses the fact that you can do both: there are already commonly used assessments that have been research-validated for appropriate use online with equivalency to in-person administrations. This webinar will help school administrators make informed decisions about what they can use to continue assessing appropriately during this time of extended closures,” said PresenceLearning CEO Kate Eberle Walker.

Both presenters have extensive experience with the Woodcock Johnson IV and the RIAS-2 for remote assessment. Participants will benefit from the experience of these two leading experts and have the opportunity to ask questions regarding moving services to home settings.

To attend the upcoming webinar, register now.

PresenceLearning, Inc. is the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools. The company connects speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals with students through its proprietary online platform, and has delivered more than 2.5 million teletherapy sessions at hundreds of K-12 schools and districts across the U.S. through its network of nearly 1,000 certified clinicians. Investors in the company include Catalyst Investors, Catamount Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, New Markets Venture Partners, and Blue Heron Capital. For more information, visit

Resilience and Hope Summit Summit

As students struggle to adapt to the extended isolation of quarantine, mental health issues are on the rise and some at-risk students are falling through the cracks.

  • How can we engage students online?
  • How can we connect with kids who have gone missing?
  • How can we help students weather the isolation of quarantine?

Please join us for a live online panel discussion with a group of students and two thought leaders on this important topic.

This online summit will be hosted virtually and participants will be able to submit questions as we all learn from these field experts.

Hasan Davis
Former Commissioner of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Hasan travels the country to help young people and adults find their voice, personal power, sense of self-respect, and dignity. And he uses his passion for theater to help others connect with historical African-American figures.

Christian Moore, LCSW
Author of The Resilience Breakthrough
Christian Moore is an internationally-renowned speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and advocate for youth. He is the founder of the WhyTry Program.


Applying and qualifying for CARES Act funds

The recently signed CARES Act has made billions of dollars in stimulus funds available for educational purposes, including funding streams that can be utilized for education technology and student mental health services. Specified funds include:

  • $13.5 billion for K-12 education virtual offerings
  • $3 billion for governors to allocate emergency support to local educational agencies and institutions most impacted by COVID-19
  • $425 million for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support student mental health initiatives

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education is now allowing states to apply for flexibility when using parts of existing Title funds to enhance distance learning efforts. These new guidelines ensure districts have the freedom to use federal funds to address their most urgent needs.

Register for this webinar with Dr. Kecia Ray to learn more about applying and qualifying for CARES Act funds.

Happy and Healthy at Home: Student Mental Health and Distance Learning

Distance learning can be isolating for students, who may feel disconnected from friends and teachers. While schools may have protocols in place to support struggling students on campus, educators may be unsure of how they can help remotely.

Join this webinar for a discussion about this “new normal” of distance learning, trends of how students are doing as seen through Gaggle’s data, as well as how educators can keep students safe and connected while they learn at home.


Free webinar series this spring to guide educators through distance learning with Gold Standard Project Based Learning

Novato, CA (April 14, 2020) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL), is offering a free webinar series designed to offer practical guidance for facilitating Gold Standard Project Based Learning online with students. To register, visit

All webinars will be presented live and recorded versions will be made available for free upon request.

“We asked educators what they need most right now and their feedback helped us create this series of informative and resourceful webinars,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “It is important we continue to support educators as they work to engage students in learning through these uncertain times.”

The free webinar series is facilitated by Antoinette Magee, regional director of educational partnerships at PBLWorks, and will include a variety of guest experts. The first four webinars in the series include:

How to Adapt a Gold Standard Project for Online Learning (Wednesday, April 15 – 12:00-1:15 PM PST or Friday, April 17 – 9:00-10:15 AM PST) will teach educators how to adapt a Gold Standard PBL project for online learning and how to engage students in intellectually challenging and meaningful work online.

Solutions for Sticky Problems of Practice for Facilitating PBL Online (Wednesday, April 22 – 12:00-1:15 PM PST or Thursday, April 23 – 12:00-1:15 PM PST) will present practical solutions for the top challenges teachers are encountering as they design and facilitate PBL online.

How Can High Quality PBL Create Equity in the Classroom? (Wednesday, April 29 – 12:00-1:15 PM PST or Thursday, April 30 – 3:30-4:45 PM PST) will explore how bold educators can activate change to foster equitable learning environments that better equip all learners to reach their academic, vocational, and personal aspirations.

An already completed webinar on 7 Tech Tools for Supporting Online PBL took place the week of April 6. A recording can be requested here. This webinar offers technology tools that work well for online learning and align with PBLWorks’ 7 Essential Project Design Elements.

To learn more about PBLWorks’ webinar series, visit

About PBLWorks

PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) believes that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is on building the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and on supporting school and system leaders in creating the conditions for these teachers to succeed with all students. For more information, visit

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Conference brings together a community of peers and experts to do deep, focused and real work to prepare teachers to deliver quality Project Based Learning to students

Novato, CA (April 7, 2020) – With announcements of school closures across the country and a commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of the PBL community, PBLWorks has decided to move its annual PBL World conference to an online format.

PBL World 2020 Online will take place over three days, June 16-18, 2020. To register, visit

The online conference will bring all the elements of PBLWorks’ professional learning to attendees via digital connection and collaboration tools. Educators will participate in an engaging, highly interactive Project Based Learning experience, and will collaborate in virtual small and large group activities guided by PBLWorks’ expert National Faculty.

“These are challenging times for all of us as we work to be effective educators during school closures. We’re determined to bring to our community a robust, hands-on professional development experience that educators can participate in from the comfort of their homes,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks.

PBL World 2020 Online will feature keynote speaker Zaretta Hammond, an educational leader in culturally responsive teaching practices. Additional keynote speakers will be revealed in the coming months. PBL workshops that run over the course of the three-day conference include:

PBL 101 Workshop – A foundational course in Gold Standard Project Based Learning, this workshop delivers strategies that lead to sustained changes in educators’ practice.

PBL 201 Workshop – An in-depth course for experienced PBL practitioners focused on Gold Standard Project Based Teaching practices.

PBL Leadership Team Workshop – A dive into how school and district leaders can create the conditions needed for Project Based Learning to thrive in their systems.

To learn more about PBL World 2020, visit

About PBL World

Now in its ninth year, PBL World brings together more than 1,400 K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district administrators for three days of immersive workshops based on the PBLWorks model for Gold Standard PBL. Workshops are designed for educators who are ready to start their PBL journey, or who want to advance their practice.

PBL World is known for its highly collaborative environment. It attracts a vibrant community of educators, who engage in deep, focused work together.  The conference also offers thought-provoking keynotes from PBL leaders and student speakers.

About PBLWorks

PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) believes that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is on building the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and on supporting school and system leaders in creating the conditions for these teachers to succeed with all students. For more information, visit