K-12 educators are scrambling to stay connected to their students as online learning has caused major education shifts in America. As the weeks pass, one thing is becoming increasingly more apparent – COVID-19 will have long-term impacts on education for the remainder of 2020 and beyond.
While much of the focus has been centered on the transition to online delivery, this session will bring to light the many other aspects of teaching that have shifted as a result of the pandemic.
Topics will include:
- Classroom culture
How will teaching evolve online so that the ever important factor of relationship building with students and the development of a collaborative classroom culture are met?
- Technology access and integration (beyond delivery)
How will schooling going forward address the widening gap between those digital haves and digital have nots?
- Grading philosophies
What about the grading of students? What would your recommendations be to administration about the grading of students this last term? Then going forward with students who were not successful online?
- Future crisis planning
When the second wave of this virus occurs, what do you think you will need to plan for ahead of this return? How will this change teaching practices?
- Timely Lessons & Curriculum
Have there been opportunities to weave what is happening around the globe into your lessons? How have students responded to this? Is this a practice that you would carry forward when the pandemic is behind us?
- Need vs Choice
What aspects of the change have students and parents gotten accustomed to? Do you imagine any of these changes becoming choice in the future?
- Piloting New Ideas
Has this landscape allowed you to practice new initiatives, methods or theories of learning? If so, do you think these will become adapted into your future classrooms?
To fuel this conversation, we proudly welcome a panel of practicing Rice Education alumni from different cities across the country. Each teacher will bring their unique perspective to the conversation.
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About the Panelists
Erik Maher has been teaching 7th grade English at The Emery/ Weiner School, an independent pluralistic Jewish day school in southwest Houston, for the last two years. He earned an M.A.T. (English/ Language Arts specialization) in 2019, and a B.A. in Classical Studies in 2017, both from Rice University. He completed his student teaching at Bellaire High School and has taught in summer programs at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. He holds a Texas standard teaching certificate in ELAR for grades 7-12.
Tory Finlon graduated from Rice University in 2017 with her Masters of Arts in Teaching. While attending Rice, she worked at Bellaire High School teaching both grade-level and pre-AP geometry. Upon graduation, Tory moved back to her hometown of Seattle, WA and began working at Islander Middle School. Now in her third year at IMS, Tory teaches pre-algebra and geometry to accelerated math students. In addition to teaching, she is the 7th grade representative; a role that helps build connections between teachers, parents, and students.
Brian Goll is a 9th Grade ELA teacher and the head JV/assistant varsity basketball coach at The Woodlands Christian Academy. Prior to his position at The Woodlands Christian Academy, Brian graduated from Trinity University in 2017 with a degree in English and Political Science. Following his graduation from Trinity University, Brian served as a graduate assistant for the Rice Men's Basketball team and completed his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University in 2019. Brian serves in several capacities at The Woodlands Christian Academy, but one of his favorite moments came from the varsity basketball team's 2020 State Championship. Nearing the end of his third year in the classroom, Brian continues to find joy and meaning in each class period he is fortunate enough to lead.
Nia Crosley teaches 8th Grade English Language Arts at Northbrook Middle School, a Title I campus in Spring Branch ISD with a large ELL/recently immigrated population. She received her MAT from the Rice program in 2015 and is certified in both English and History 7-12, as well as ESL. Entering her fifth year of teaching, Ms. Crosley's interests include balancing STAAR-tested subjects with robust in-class experiences that meet students at their own personal level.
Amy White earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Rice University and completed the Teacher Education Program with a Mathematics 7-12 certification. Amy is currently completing a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Math specialization at the University of Houston. She teaches in Houston ISD at Energy Institute High School, a 9-12 STEM magnet school focused on Project-Based Learning. Amy has 3 years of teaching experience with Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.
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