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Capital District Council for the Social Studies  (Albany, NY)

Teaching Through This Pandemic: Looking Back, Looking Forward

  • 21 May 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • online

Teaching Through This Pandemic: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The COVID-19 pandemic upended schooling and sparked a massive, ongoing experiment in remote learning. As the end of the school year approaches, join Facing History and Ourselves and a panel of teacher leaders to look back and look ahead. Together, we'll discuss how the challenges of this crisis sparked new insights about teaching and learning. We'll share resources for bringing closure to an extraordinary school year and ideas for helping students stay connected to learning. Finally, we'll explore opportunities for reflection, renewal and professional learning over the summer and consider how we can prepare for the important work of reconnecting and rebuilding community when school resumes.

Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 7–8pm ET. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on's On-Demand Learning Center.

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

About the Presenters

Laura Tavares is the Program Director for Organizational Learning and Thought Leadership at Facing History and Ourselves. She leads strategic partnerships, designs learning experiences for educators, and creates innovative classroom resources. She writes about history, current events and education for publications including the New York Times, Educational Leadership and Social Education. Laura joined the staff of Facing History in 2005 after several years teaching history and literature in independent schools. She is also a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero Classroom. Laura graduated from Wellesley College and received graduate degrees in literature and history from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Dexter Britt is originally from Louisville, Ky but now calls Memphis his home.  He's been teaching at Kingsbury High School since 2014 and has been involved with Facing History since 2016.  He has taught a wide variety of classes including Contemporary Issues, African American History, Humanities, U.S. History, and AP United States History.  He has also spent 5 years as a football coach working with the quarterbacks. He loves the Kingsbury community and also loves working with Facing History Ourselves where he continues to serve as a Student Leadership Group Sponsor.  He religiously tells his students at the end of each class to "Love others, Stay Humble, Be Gritty, and....Rep' your city!"  The values of love, humility, resilience, and taking ownership of where you reside are all values that he thrives to embody daily, and he encourages his students to do the same.   

Neema Avashia is an 8th grade Civics teacher in the Boston Public Schools, where she has taught for the last 16 years. She was a Boston Educator of the year in 2013. Neema was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia, to Indian immigrant parents. She completed undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University, and has a masters Degrees in Education Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a masters in teaching from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. When she's not teaching, or thinking about teaching, Neema writes personal essays and cooks up shocking amounts of salsa and pickles.

Calee Prindle is currently in her third year as Assistant Principal at The Facing History School. She taught high school English for 5 years before becoming an assistant principal, two of those teaching years at The Facing History School. Calee knew she wanted to be a teacher and leader since her late teens and spent her undergraduate time at SUNY Fredonia earning a Bachelor's degree in English Adolescence Education then later earning her masters degree at NYU in School Building Leadership.

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