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Remote Learning with the Early Grades: Teacher-supported Family Engagement at Home

Date: Thursday - March 12, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: eSeminar

Target audience: Early Childhood and Lower School teachers of all subjects

 

Remote Learning with the Early Grades: Teacher-supported Family Engagement at Home

With Gina Marcel Primary Technology Integrator and Kathryn Kaiser Primary Division Director at The School at Columbia University

Thursday, March 12 (4:00 - 5:00 pm) 

In this workshop, Gina and Kathryn will provide a case study of preparing and delivering developmentally appropriate, authentic, and engaging learning and teaching online. Teachers at The School recently put together a program that could honor teachers' educational values, support families unable to be in school, and maintain active learning for children. The strategies we will discuss could be platform-independent and tool-independent. No Learning Management System (LMS) is required to deliver this kind of instruction. We will discuss asynchronous as well as synchronous delivery methods we have piloted. You will conclude the workshop with a better understanding of how to design, implement, and deliver learning in an online environment for our youngest children.

$25.00    This eSeminar will be recorded.

Register here

 

Gina Marcel is the Primary Technology Integrator at The School at Columbia in New York City. She has been a curriculum design practitioner for over 20 years in her capacity as a former administrator and teacher in both university and K-12 independent school settings. An active promoter of education technology and teaching and learning, Gina served as the Co-Chair of the New York State Association of Independent Schools Education and New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS) Information Technology Committee (NEIT) and a past president of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists (NYCIST). In both positions, she facilitated citywide forums and continued the internationally attended NEIT conference for multiple years. Finding purpose as a leader in constructionist teaching and learning, she continues to study at Columbia University Teachers College, pursuing a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in School Change and Leadership in the Curriculum and Teaching Department. Gina continues as a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM) Educator at The School at Columbia University, while researching pedagogies for fostering play and joy in all areas of elementary education.

Kathryn Kaiser is the Primary Division Director (Grades K-2) at The School at Columbia in New York City, where students are currently remote learning. Her doctoral research focused on culturally responsive approaches to integrating technology in classrooms. Kathryn is a graduate of the Teachers College Klingenstein Leadership Academy and the Communications, Technology and Education Program. She has been the New York City Coordinator of a literary intervention program in the public schools of District 6, where she trained over a hundred 1st and 2nd grade teachers, reading specialists, and paraprofessionals in remediation for low-performing students. In addition to teaching preschool, she has taught Science, Social Studies, and special education to elementary students. Kathryn co-founded Riverbed Media, Inc., a digital art studio company through which she directed a number of educational outreach programs both in New York and abroad, such as the Frankfurt Ballet. Projects she participated in received a Guggenheim Fellowship, grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Computer/World Smithsonian Award. Kathryn's many accomplishments in the realm of educational technology include being awarded a grant from America's Clean Water Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency to co-create science software and curriculum.

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