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Reflections on Remote Learning with the Early Grades (lessons learned and making plans for the future)

Date: Wednesday - May 20, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: eSeminar

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



In this eSeminar Gina and Kathryn will provide a look back at the experience of preparing and delivering developmentally appropriate, authentic, and engaging learning and teaching online. We will look back on the asynchronous as well as synchronous delivery methods we piloted and share family feedback gathered on their experience at home.

Teachers at The School delivered a remote program that honored teachers' educational values, supported families unable to be in school, and maintained active learning for children.

Our planning with teachers has now shifted to the changing context of beginning a school year (rather than ending) with young learners remotely.

  • How do we establish trusting relationships between young students and teachers?
  • How do we build a community between students?
  • How do we assess their understanding in academic content areas in order to design meaningful instruction?

You will conclude the eSeminar with a better understanding of how to collaboratively design, implement, and deliver learning in an online environment for our youngest children as well as important questions to be thinking about in a new school year.


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. In addition, Gina continues to collaborate with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) at the People of Color Conference, installing a fully interactive STEAM Maker Space Hub. 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.  She looks forward to serving as Co-Director of the Associate Program in September 2020, mentoring future independent school educators. @fpgina

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.

NYSAIS member schools - $25.00

Non-members - $50.00

Register here

Registration closes 1 hour before the start of the event.

Be sure to enter all attendee email addresses correctly.

The Zoom link for this eSeminar will be sent in the confirmation email after you finish the registration process. Please do not consider yourself officially registered until you receive the email.

This eSeminar will be recorded and, depending on privacy and quality concerns, may be provided to registrants after the presentation.

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