Webinars for the 2020–21 School Year

Planning for the coming school year has never been more urgent or more complex. As educators, we face vital and interconnected goals as we prepare for reopening in the fall: addressing our students’ learning loss, healing trauma, and rebuilding our learning communities.

Please join us for the following webinars.


Webinar: Reopening Schools in an Uncertain Time: A Panel Discussion with District Leaders

Tuesday,  June 30,  2020

As we plan for the coming school year, educators everywhere are grappling with the same urgent questions. How will we address students’ trauma and learning loss? How will we support teachers? In this panel discussion with distinguished district leaders, we discuss:

  • Key considerations and non-negotiables that are guiding district planning
  • Common challenges that districts are facing
  • Research-based practices for assessing and addressing learning loss
  • The interdependence of accelerating learning and addressing students’ trauma
  • The vital role of instructional equity in planning for the year

Featured District Leaders: 

  • Kelli Marie Cedo, Ph.D, K-12 Language Arts Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Lead, Hampton City Schools, VA
  • Amy Lesan, Elementary Teaching & Learning Coordinator, Corvallis School District, OR
  • Christine Stephan, Director of Instructional Services, St. Johns County School District, FL
  • Kathleen Vasquez, Literacy Program Manager, Seattle Public Schools, WA

Webinar: Accelerating All Readers to Address Literacy Learning Loss

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

What are the best practices that will effectively accelerate our readers who have fallen behind? With unprecedented numbers of students affected by the “COVID slide,” our instructional plans must be scalable, differentiated, grounded in the science of reading, and informed by data-driven assessments that place students at their precise points of instructional need. In this webinar, we’ll discuss best practices and considerations for accelerating all readers, through the lens of the research-based Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Words (SIPPS) K–12 curriculum.

Webinar: Reconnecting With Our Students and Rebuilding Our Learning Communities

Thursday, May 28, 2020 

Our students, colleagues, and schools have experienced great stress and trauma. Now, as we prepare for a school year unlike any other, how can we best address the social-emotional needs of our learning communities? In this webinar, we’ll explore the vital SEL and relationship-building work that must occur in order for our students to feel safe, connected, cared for, and ready to learn, using the CASEL SELect K–8 curriculum Caring School Community as our guide.