The end of a calendar year — especially one like 2020 — creates a meaningful opportunity for reflection and contemplation. And it's no surprise that as we look back on the many unpredictable twists and turns of this past year, many of us are left with lingering feelings of confusion, fear, and grief.
But after walking alongside teachers and school leaders to better understand the strengths, struggles, and innovations that are making an impact on teaching and learning this year, we're also in awe of the amazing capacity of the human spirit and the resiliency of educators around the world.
As we set our sights on the future, it’s important that we pause to reflect on what we've learned, find time to reset our expectations, and imagine new possibilities for adapting and elevating our instruction. We look forward to supporting you on this journey in the year ahead.
From everyone at CPET, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season!
Keep the Kids Talking: Create space for authentic, student-driven discussions and ensure that all student voices are heard.
Encourage Engagement Across Content Areas: Offer your students an opportunity to authentically engage with content, even when learning remotely.
Best Practices for Blended Learning: Design and implement blended learning experiences and effectively engage students, even when teaching virtually.
Culturally Relevant Curricula: An essential component of capturing student interest and increasing engagement — especially now, when the distance between students and teachers is greater than ever.
Innovate & imagine
Reframe Your Thinking — Not If, But How: We must face the realities of our current teaching and learning situation — and then find ways to adapt.
Creating Multimodal, Text-Based Projects: Design innovative, project-based learning opportunities and motivate students to participate in creative, collaborative work.
Imagining Possibilities with Teacher Leaders: When teachers are empowered to take on new roles and address real concerns in their community, the possibilities for positive change are limitless.
Raise the Bar for Student Writing: Inspire your students to generate authentic, compelling pieces of writing for a real-world audience.
Reflect & reset
Finding Opportunities in Obstacles: If we can begin to see some of our professional obstacles as opportunities, we can forge new pathways that will carry us forward, even when the current crisis is behind us.
Stepping Back to Move Forward: The true task of a leader is to lead from the ground up, nurturing those around us to take root, grow tall, and bloom.
In-Person Instruction May Be Cancelled, But Learning Isn't: A time of uncertainty can create new opportunities to cultivate 21st century skills.
What, So What, Now What?: Unpack and analyze challenges using critical reflection, then turn that reflection into action in order to create positive change.