Are you a teacher or parent struggling to meet the demands of crisis teaching due to the realities of COVID-19 and school closures? Overwhelmed by the pressures to quickly learn unfamiliar online tools, keep children engaged and productive, ensure valuable learning time is not lost all the while shifting roles from parenting, teaching and working—your anxiety and stress is mounting and you need help.
You will leave this recording with actionable interventions to better support students—and yourselves.
Tinashe Blanchet, MEd, BS, is a former high school math teacher with over 15 years of experience in education and teacher training. Tinashe has over 10 years of experience as a user and trainer of G Suite for Education. As a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Tinashe is uniquely equipped to help your school or district go one-to-one with Chromebooks. She can also support interactive whiteboards, mobile tablets, and laptop devices.
Tinashe travels around the United States to train hundreds of teachers to use technology to enhance their instruction each year. She has built a strong reputation as a skilled communicator and tech-savvy educator and has presented at local, state, national, and international education conferences and events. With a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Tinashe has successfully taught pre-service and practicing elementary and secondary math courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate level at Tulane University and the University and the University of New Orleans. Additionally, she has led and participated in professional development with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Math Forum at Drexel University and the International Congress on Mathematics Education. Tinashe has also taught practicing and pre-service teachers.
In 2014, Tinashe founded The Learning Laboratory New Orleans, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire and excite children and teens in ways that they may never experience in a traditional education environment with hands-on activities, projects, technology explorations, field trips and travel. The Learning Lab also empowers passionate adult learners who want to improve their quality of life and stay abreast of the latest trends in tech by offering free and low-cost professional development for community members.
Tinashe’s work as an educator, speaker and community leader has been recognized locally and nationally. Recently, Tinashe was selected as one of New Orleans’ ’40 under 40’, featured in the national Macaroni Kid newsletter as a ‘Mom Making Waves’, and chose to speak at TEDxTulane. You can learn more about Tinashe by visiting her website at msblanchet.net.
Financial: Tinashe Blanchet is a travelling keynote speaker and coach. She has taught at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans. She has worked with the National Council of Teachers and Mathematics, the Math Forum at Drexel University, and the International Congress on Mathematics Education. Ms. Blanchet founded The Learning Laboratory New Orleans and has spoken at TEDxTulane. Tinashe receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Tinashe Blanchet has no non-financial information to disclose.
Wendy Durant, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, LMHP, QS, is a licensed professional counselor, LA Certified Teacher and Guidance Counselor who serves as CEO and executive director of DuraCARE Counseling & Consulting Services, an internationally accredited outpatient clinic that provides mental health, play therapy, and substance abuse services to children, adolescents, and adults.
Marcus Stein, M. Ed., a Google Certified Trainer who serves as the professional development director for AXI Education Solutions. Along with a team of expert educators and instructional technology coaches, he conducts ongoing on-site and virtual instructional technology professional development to Parishes and Counties across the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
Financial: Marcus Stein is the professional development director for AXI Education Solutions. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Marcus Stein has no non-financial information to disclose.
Nicole Williams, M. Ed., a LA Certified Education Leader and Teacher and Google Certified Trainer. She founded the Luminescent Leader, a boutique leadership development consulting company, and works with organizations such as and the XQ Institute, who are equally committed to dismantling systems that benefit from the marginalization of our nation's children, to support schools and educators nationally. Nicole has also served a leadership coach, an elementary grade school leader, and a special education teacher.
Financial: Nicole Williams founded the Luminescent Leader. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Nicole Williams has no non-financial information to disclose.
Create a Productive, Virtual and At-Home Learning Environment
Shift smoothly from parenting, teaching and working
Coping strategies for stress, frustration and burnout
Create engaging, authentic learning experiences
Ways to support services that are still legally required
Everything doesn’t have to happen on the computer
What teachers want parents to know about home learning
Adapt Instruction for Remote/Digital Learning
Create and deliver asynchronous, online content
Facilitate collaborative, synchronous lessons
Learning plans to avoid frustration and burnout
New ways to do familiar things, like grading homework
Tackling the ‘Digital Divide’
Integrate Google Classroom/Meet/Hangout, Zoom, Skype, Screencastify, GoToMeeting
Host live, synchronous online lesson plans
Dispersing effective, high-quality video lessons
Apps with features like grading, rubrics, private commenting
Embedding synchronous moments
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