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Building and Maintaining Strong Student Relationships Remotely
As schools shift to hybrid or fully online environments this Fall, educators, staff, and students prepare to face a new normal. With that comes many new challenges, in particular, finding new ways to connect and build authentic relationships with students. How can educators learn about their students “from a distance?” How is communication different in this new setting? What can educators do to ensure their students feel heard? While it is a challenge, it is also an opportunity to focus on an aspect of education that research suggests directly impacts learning-positive student relationships and perceptions towards school.

This session focuses on challenges and strategies for building and maintaining strong student relationships remotely. The panel, featuring educators from varying backgrounds and perspectives in both secondary and higher education, will discuss:

1) How the current landscape of education impacts student-teacher relationships
2) Strategies for building and maintaining student relationships in a remote environment
3) Resources, tips, and tools for supporting the development of student relationships

Aug 13, 2020 08:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Paul Sparks
Director of Ed.D. of Learning Technologies @Pepperdine University
Dr. Sparks chairs the Learning Technologies Doctoral (EDLT) Program at Pepperdine. Previously, he led innovative training efforts with several Internet startups (Epoch Internet, RKG Interactive) and aerospace (Rockwell International, Allen Bradley). Paul started his educational career as a high school (Whittier) math and computer teacher and is a strong advocate for better virtual learning environments, social constructivism and caring.
Julie Brand
Secondary English Language Arts Instructor and Head of English Department @Lucaya International School
Julie holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and has over 15 years of experience working as a teacher, administrator, and trainer. During her professional career, she gained experience in a variety of school settings, roles, and at different levels: she worked for both private and public institutions in teaching and administrative roles at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. She facilitates various workshops for teachers including Educational Technology in ELA classrooms, Collaborative Curriculum Development, and Inquiry Based Planning and Teaching. She's passionate about exploring creative curriculum design, innovative instructional strategies, and advances in both literary and linguistic theory.
Sidney Hankerson
Head of Science Department @Montgomery County Public Schools
Sidney is currently the Science Resource Teacher for Rockville High School in Montgomery County, MD. This fall, he will begin his 19th year as an educator. Sidney has served in different educational leadership positions over the past 15 years: Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal.