EOU Center for Culturally Responsive Practices
The demand for teachers with cultural competency is ever-increasing. Many communities in Eastern Oregon are experiencing an increase in ethnic and language minorities; however, there is not a correlating increase in ethnic and language minority teachers. By making culturally responsive pedagogy available to teachers, schools can better create classrooms in which student language, culture, and backgrounds will be responded to and infused within every aspect of education and curriculum.
Visit the EOU Website to view the center's professional development series.
SEL/Trauma Informed Care Resources
Designed to guide school communities in responding to events that cause extreme stress, this module will help teachers and school leaders strengthen their own resilience and recognize signs that students are in need of mental health supports. Three units cover understanding stress reactions, identifying your place in the recovery process, self-care strategies, connecting with and supporting others, and student care, all in service of supporting resilience in your school community. Sign-up to Participate in the Field Test (8/19/20 - 12/31/20)
Aperture Education: SEL at home
Promoting SEL at Home is a series of developmentally appropriate social and emotional learning (SEL) resources for parents, families, and caregivers to use at home. These lesson ideas facilitate the development of SEL skills in children, from infancy through high school. Additionally, Aperture Education has a Parent Portal with other resources families can access during this transitional time.
SEL / Trauma Informed Care Video Resources
"It's A Great Time To Be Strong" Asynchronous Video Course by Fostering Resilient Learners (Enroll for Free)
In the most challenging and trying times, we must summon strength from within. In this course, learn strategies for building and applying your inner strengths every day.
Distance Learning Resources, COVID ERA Teaching, & ODE Links
TEACH FROM ANYWHERE: Giving teachers and families the tools and tips they need to help keep students learning (Google).
Distance Learning Up Close: Teaching for Engagement and Impact in Any Setting (Registration Link to On-Demand Webinar)
Best Practices: Online Pedagogy (Best Practices for Teaching Remotely from Harvard)
COVID Era Teaching - Face to Face / Distance Links
COVID-19 School Response Toolkit: The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools across the country to confront unprecedented challenges. And the longer schools remain closed—likely through the end of the academic year in most states—the higher the stakes become for next school year. To tackle these challenges, school systems must focus on the strategies proven to accelerate student learning. Even imperfect attempts to accelerate learning back to grade level will create far better school experiences for many students than what they received before the crisis.
How to Help Students Get Used to Wearing Masks (Edutopia Article)
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Guidance
Early Learning Resources
Critical Considerations for the Return to School for Young Children (Webinar hosted by NCPMI in preparation for the Fall 2021 school year)
Teaching with Technology Video Resources
Virtual Teaching Academy Sessions
ADMINISTRATORS: Please feel free to share with your schools, colleagues and friends. This is our way of giving back to the community in a time when we are all in need of some assistance. At the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Alliance for Virtual Learning, (spearheaded by University of Phoenix and Blackboard), created a free, online series to assist school district administrators and educators to prepare for online learning. The series was kicked off by a two-part webinar in which school district leaders discussed what they’d learned about online learning prior to Covid-19 and how it helped them to support their students and teachers during the pandemic. Following the kickoff, attendees were presented with a Blueprint for Success. This tool provides a means to assess current abilities, assets, inequities, infrastructure and more. The * Blueprint for Success is a key component for understanding the specific strengths and weaknesses of a district/educator’s ability to effectively teach online. (*Click to download) The series ramped up through a total of 10 sessions, each illuminating the criteria necessary for success in online learning. Now that the live sessions have concluded, we are happy to share the following free, online event videos to help K-12 teachers and administrators adapt to the new virtual learning landscape. Please visit the following link where you can download each session, including the Blueprint for Success: https://content.blackboard.com/virtual-teaching-academy
Planning for a Successful Shift to Virtual Teaching and Learning. Presenters: Pat Hoge, Tom Vander Ark, and DeWayne McClary
Best Practices When Teaching and Learning Move Home. Presenters: Lisa Dawley and Kerry Rice
Providing Equitable Access to Instruction and Resources for Each Student and Teacher. Presenter: DeWayne McClary
Keeping Students and Teachers Connected, as well as Students to Students. Presenters: Pam Roggeman, Matt Moody, Debbie Vickers, and Maggie Verdoia
Supporting and Communicating with Families When Learning Moves Home. Presenters: Randy Phelps, Chandre Sanchez Reyes, Stephanie Austin, and Rodney Smith
When to Come Together and Why? Presenters: Michele Eaton and Chandre Sanchez Reyes
Serving the Needs of Special Education, Gifted, and English Language Learners in a Virtual Environment. Presenters: Tracy Broccolino and Kareem Neal
Are Students Learning and How Do We Know. Presenters: Dan Gohl and Daryl Diamond
Aligning Plans with Teacher Needs and Best Practices. Presenter: Judy Campf
Not Putting the Cart Before the Horse - "Why" first and then “What”. Presenters: Monte Kalisch, Pete Just, and Kelly Hermann