Districts, Schools and Educators

Distance Learning Building and Maintaining Relationships

“Because of the disruption of the social contexts in classroom and schools, relationships students have with peers, teachers, school leaders and other staff have been disrupted—the familiar contexts that support learning have been disrupted. We also acknowledge that those familiar contexts do not support learning equally among all students, as educational inequities and disparities in opportunity are persistent problems. For many students who have experienced trauma and those that have not, this is a new source of trauma that must not be underestimated.” – CAREI, 2020

Professional Development

What: Create a learning community model through weekly webinars to support the learning and implementation of new practices that supports relationship-building.

How: Experts in the field of education and in the field of relationship building and maintenance will share practices and engage in dialogue with school districts and charter schools statewide. During the webinar, each presentation will be recorded. They will be shared on the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website as soon as possible following each broadcast.

Webinar Goal: Provide practical strategies to maintain continuity in the relationships with their students and families during the extended distance learning period, and reinforce the message that school districts and charter schools need to reflect on and strengthen their practices as they modify their distance learning plans.

Webinar Registration: To register for the following webinars, click the link in the Webinar Topic column. Note: You must register for each webinar. Sessions are limited to 1,000, but the system will create a wait list. If you are waitlisted, MDE will provide the same webinar at a later date and time.

Note about Accommodations: We will do our best to provide live captioning during the webinars. We will also post each webinar with captions on the MDE website within a few days of the training.

May 1 Professional Development Day

Expert

Webinar Topic

Angela Jerabek, BARR Center Executive Director; Rob Metz, BARR Center Deputy Director; Dr. Anu Sharma, BARR Center Research Scientist; Janice Eldridge BARR Center Director of Schools

9:30 a.m.—Relationships Matter: Research and Practical Strategies to Engage Educators and Students. Register for the May 1, 9:30 a.m. webinar.

Kent Pekel, President and CEO of Search Institute

11 a.m.—Relationships Check: Using a free online tool to strengthen connections with students during the Coronavirus crisis. Register for the May 1, 11 a.m. webinar.

Dr. Clayton Cook, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)

12:30 p.m—Establishing, Maintaining and Restoring Relationships with Students: Critical Now and When Things Get Back to Normal. Register for the May 1, 12:30 p.m. webinar.

Kori Redepenning, CEO Minnesota Alliance With Youth; Youth Speakers

2 p.m.—Student voice in creating and maintaining relationships. Register for the May 1, 2 p.m. webinar.

Dr. Jane Harstad, MDE Director of the Office of Indian Education

3:30 p.m.—Supporting American Indian students and communities during distance learning. Register for the May 1, 3:30 p.m. webinar.

May 4 Professional Development Day

Expert(s)

Webinar Topic

Minnesota Education Equity Partnership: Jennifer Godinez, Associate Director; Leiataua Dr. Robert Jon Peterson, EML Network and Research Collaborative; Dr. Rose Chu, Senior Policy Fellow

​8 a.m.—Racial (In)Equities and Distance Learning: Key Strategies for Improvement. Register for the May 4, 8 a.m. webinar.

Angela Jerabek, BARR Center Executive Director; Rob Metz, BARR Center Deputy Director; Dr. Anu Sharma, BARR Center Research Scientist; Janice Eldridge BARR Center Director of Schools

9:30 a.m.—Relationships Matter: Research and Practical Strategies to Engage Educators and Students. Register for the May 4, 9:30 a.m. webinar.

Kent Pekel, President and CEO of Search Institute

11 a.m.—Relationships Check: Using a free online tool to strengthen connections with students during the Coronavirus crisis. Register for the May 4, 11 a.m. webinar.

Dr. Clay Cook, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)

12:30 p.m.—Establishing, Maintaining and Restoring Relationships with Students: Critical Now and When Things Get Back to Normal. Register for the May 4, 12:30 p.m. webinar.

Kori Redepenning, CEO Minnesota Alliance With Youth; Youth Speakers

2 p.m.—Student voice in creating and maintaining relationships. Register for the May 4, 2 p.m. webinar.

Dr. Jane Harstad, MDE Director of the Office of Indian Education

3:30 p.m.—Supporting American Indian students and communities during distance learning. Register for the May 4, 2 p.m. webinar.

Future Webinars

Date

Expert(s)

Webinar Topic

May 8

Sarah Clarke, Education Partnership Coalition; Sondra Samuels, Northside Achievement Zone; Daniel Larson, United Way

4 p.m.—Minnesota’s Birth-to-Career Response to COVID. Register for the May 8, 4 p.m. webinar.

May 12

Craig Wethington, Nancy Riestenberg and Sabrina Winkleman, MDE School Climate and Social Emotional Learning

4 p.m.—Restoring Connection During Distance Learning: Using Three Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Signature Practices to Create Community (Part 1 Adult SEL). Register for the May 12, 4 p.m. webinar.

May 19

Craig Wethington, Nancy Riestenberg and Sabrina Winkleman, MDE School Climate and Social Emotional Learning

4 p.m.—Restoring Connection During Distance Learning: Using Three Social Emotional Learning Signature Practices to Create Community, (Part 2 SEL with Students). Register for the May 19, 4 p.m. webinar.

May 26

Craig Wethington, Nancy Riestenberg and Sabrina Winkleman, MDE School Climate and Social Emotional Learning

4 p.m.—Restoring Connection During Distance Learning: Using Three Social Emotional Learning Signature Practices to Create Community (Part 3 SEL with Families). Register for the May 26, 4 p.m. webinar.