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Let’s be honest, virtual teaching is still new and not what anyone expected.

If you found your way here, it is likely because teaching in 2020 has proven to have more twists and turns than your favorite county fair roller-coaster. The good news is that while virtual teaching is different than a traditional school day, great teaching will always be great teaching and great teachers will always be great teachers. We’re masters of reading a room, switching things up, and making the impossible happen. But a new question persists: how does this happen in a virtual setting? As teachers, we do what we’ve always done – whatever it takes to reach our students. We lean on the foundational truths of teaching in order to make a virtual classroom come to life.

That’s why we’ve launched the Teacher PD Launchpad – a free, resource hub where elementary educators share timely tips based on the three E’s of education:

Engagement refers to the level of effort, motivation, and curiosity our students and families show towards learning. Engagement includes how we, as teachers, create intentional opportunities for students to connect to their learning. It encourages us to examine when they’re really involved and getting messy with their work. Are students simply listening to you talk about the objective or are they responding in a collaborative Google Slide with partners?

Equity questions how we are meeting the individual needs of our students. How do we ensure ALL children receive what they need regardless of current circumstances and distance? Equity is ensuring all students have access to high-quality enrichment opportunities. It also encourages us to audit our curriculum to ensure all students see themselves in the stories they read and have opportunities to embrace other cultures throughout the school day.

Empathy requires us to teach with an open heart. We give grace to ourselves, to families, and to our students because we know everyone is doing their best. A virtual world limits our social interactions and leaves many of our emotional needs unmet. Empathy is how we care for each other given the uncertainty of the times. Empathy could be starting the day with a quick moment to see how everyone is feeling or with a social emotional lesson.

Join us as these Rocketship teachers share how they’re using these three E’s to guide their classrooms. We all have to start somewhere and the best place to start is here and now!

Virtual Teaching

Free Webinar on Social-Emotional Lessons to Support Today's Students

By Sara Amick, educator at Rocketship United Academy | January 27, 2021

Miss our recent webinar on social-emotional lessons that help students navigate the COVID-19 crisis and recent political turmoil? Get the highlights and full recording here.

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7 Tips to Help Teachers Discuss the Political Climate with Elementary Students

By Emma Volpe, Lead English Language Specialist, Rocketship United Academy | January 12, 2021

Looking for ways to discuss today's political climate with your elementary students? Hear how Ms. Volpe uses these key principles to guide conversations and student elections.

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Missed our Webinar on Engaging Students with Exceptionalities? Get the Highlights Here.

Krista Pupillo, Integrated Special Education teacher, Nashville | January 12, 2021

Watch this insightful webinar here and use these tips in your own classroom! Don’t forget to download your resource sheet here for links to all the materials mentioned in the session.

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Back In The Classroom

3 Ways to Ease the Transition Between Virtual and In-Person Classrooms

James Cross, 4th Grade Teacher, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary | January 11, 2021

Are you preparing to go back to a physical classroom after months of distance learning? Get advice from a teacher who has navigated both spaces during the pandemic.

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3 Ways to Support Families Outside the Classroom

James Cross, 4th Grade Teacher, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary | January 12, 2021

Learn how food drives, craft nights, and mental health counseling and support families at your school during this time.

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5 Ways School Leaders Can Coach and Support Teachers

Eesir Kaur, Director of Professional Development | October 15, 2020

Are you a school leader looking to coach your teachers more effectively? Here's what works for us.

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