In part 1 of 3 in AYPF’s Deeper Learning in the Time of COVID-19 webinar series, we will discuss how a focus on student-centered and personalized learning, with a special emphasis on fostering student self-direction and metacognition, in New Hampshire is helping students to succeed during COVID-19.
In partnership with the New Hampshire Learning Initiative, this webinar will highlight the state’s efforts in advancing essential skills and dispositions of successful learners. New Hampshire’s focus has been on work-study practices that can help students be successful inside and outside of the classroom. These practices include communication, collaboration & creativity, and self-direction. In this webinar, we will discuss how students are employing metacognition and self-direction, as well as hear from teachers and administrators on how they support student learning in these areas.
- Jonathan Vander Els, Director of Innovative Projects, New Hampshire Learning Initiative
- Sarah Collins Lench, Chief Curiosity Officer and Learning Networks Director, Center for Innovation in Education
- Ellen Hume-Howard, Executive Director, New Hampshire Learning Initiative
DATE: Tuesday, June 9
TIME: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
About AYPF’s Deeper Learning in the Time of COVID-19 Webinar Series:
Since the outbreak of coronavirus, the educational landscape has been transformed. With the majority of schools closed throughout the nation, in many cases student learning has shifted online, highlighting the myriad opportunities and challenges of remote instruction. Teachers had to adapt almost overnight to virtual classrooms, and were asked to teach students in a way they had not necessarily been trained in. Students needed to become accustomed to independent learning, either online or from compiled paper packets of worksheets. In a number of schools that have engaged in deeper learning for many years, the transition for teachers and students to this new reality has proceeded more smoothly.
In this 3-part webinar series, AYPF will highlight districts and schools that have experienced fewer challenges in continued learning, and the factors that contributed to a more seamless transition. These are schools that have emphasized the interrelated competencies of deeper learning: mastery of rigorous core academic content, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, effective communication, learning how to learn, and cultivation of an academic mindset. As the pandemic unfolds, the explicit attention devoted to honing these competencies (sometimes referred to as essential skills, or success skills, et. al.) has helped students and teachers as they adapt their learning to ever-changing conditions.