Returning to School with Equity in Mind: A Lunch & Learn Professional Development Series


As local schools and divisions plan for fall re-entry - whether virtual, in person, or hybrid - during COVID-19, many educators have shared concerns about equity and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable students and families in various learning environments. To support K-12 teachers navigating this uncertain time, UVA Equity Center and Youth-Nex offeed a series of free professional development sessions for teachers to gain advice and strategies to support mental health needs, create responsive learning environments, and center equity in your teaching practice. Each session was about 1 hour, including approximately 10-15 minutes for participant questions. Sessions were led by UVA researchers and local community experts.


This series is co-sponsored by the Equity Center and Youth-Nex.

 

  • Trauma-Responsible Teaching


    How can educators prepare to identify and manage student trauma in today’s environment? Learn trauma-responsive practices and strategies.

     

     

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  • Mental Health


    What mental health challenges should educators anticipate and how can they support students and themselves? This session offers strategies teachers can implement with their whole class and individual students. The session will also provide tools for teachers to maintain their own well-being.

     

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  • Equitable Learning Spaces


    What actionable steps can educators take to create an equitable and culturally responsive learning environment whether in person, virtual, or blended? This session will offer suggestions for how to create a supportive and equitable climate in various learning environments.

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  • Lessons in Virtual Learning


    What can educators learn about virtual education from local youth programs? Hear about challenges faced and lessons learned from a panel of local organizations that offered virtual camps and programs for youth during summer 2020.

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