ORIAS created the Global Views of COVID 19 webinar series to help teachers deepen their understanding of the unfolding pandemic. We know that even as educators are grappling with the personal and professional effects of the current situation, they are also fielding questions from students about COVID 19. What can we expect in the coming weeks as the COVID 19 pandemic unfolds? And how does regional context affect the spread of the virus, political responses to the pandemic, and economic consequences for everyday people?
Each event in this series explores the pandemic in one region. You'll also find links to slidedecks, recordings (as available), and additional resources.
June 9, 3:00 - 5:00 PM (PDT)
What would school be like in Fall 2020 if teachers were the ones doing the planning?
This 2-hour program invites teachers to wrestle with the task of envisioning the next phase of education during this pandemic. Participants will leave better prepared to engage in these discussions in their home schools and districts and with a better understanding of what our collective educational futures may hold.
The session will begin with 45 minutes of preparatory information. You'll hear from: a public health expert, someone from California Federation of Teachers, and classroom teachers from Taiwan, Iceland, and Quebec, Canada about their experiences with in-person teaching during the pandemic.
Next, participants will spend 45 minutes in breakout groups in guided discussion about the benefits, disadvantages, and consequences of different models for re-opening. During this time, panelists will be available to visit virtual rooms and answer questions.
Finally, in the last 30 minutes groups will report back about their ideas and concerns.
This program is intended for k-12 teachers, staff, and site administrators at k-12 schools in California. k-12 teachers from other states are welcome to register, but if space is limited preference will be given to CA teachers.