Distance Learning Support

Volume 2, Issue 5  -  October 13, 2020


What’s new on our website? 

For Parents and Teachers

60-Second Strategy: Participation Cards

A quick formative assessment tool to encourage student discussions.
Try this strategy in the classroom or in distance learning to promote student voices in the classroom. Click here to watch this quick video.

FlipGrid Pro Tip: Five Ways to Leave Good Video Replies

Educator Holly Clark shares the five tips her seventh grade students came up with to encourage better student replies to a classmate's FlipGrid video. Read more here.

Eight Podcasts for Kids Craving Scary Stories

A playlist of scary stories that will appeal to tweens.
Podcasts let imaginations run wild, with intense music and stirring sound effects. Audio is a great way to practice a reader's listening skills and allows the reader to re-listen to a story for stronger comprehension. After listening to a podcast more than once, ask the student to retell the story in their own words. To learn more about this podcast playlist read more here.

Reading Rockets Produces Award-Winning Videos

Reading Rockets delivers videos focused on teaching reading. Topics range from reading interventions to reading strategies. Read and watch more here.

Get Young Adult Readers Engaged in the 2020 Election

Teens have long been engaged in the world around them, and this year many of them may be voting for the first time. As you encourage young people to be civic-minded, recommend these election-themed Young Adult books that tackle family, friendship, love, and depict young people making their voices heard. Read more here.

Creativity and Mindfulness Corner
We are all living through a very difficult time. Please remember to recognize and talk about your feelings. Encourage students to do the same. It’s okay to be feeling the full breadth of emotions. Pause and take a breath or two. Be gentle with yourself.

This colorful art piece with the words "Name the Feelings you are having, it's OKAY" is by Bay Area arts educator, Todd Berman. 
Professional Development for Teachers
Formative and Summative Assessment Series. This series includes five synchronous sessions with distance learning experts with experience designing and implementing formative and summative assessments that can be utilized for all students in all environments. There are three grade bands to choose from for all sessions: K-2, 3-6, and 7-12, running parallel or simultaneously.

Training Sessions: October 8th, October 22nd, and November 5th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Office hours: October 15th, October 29th and November 5th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration for San Mateo County click  here. Registration for out-of-county and private schools click here.

Distance Learning Community of Practice

Let's connect to sharpen our skills, share tips, and collaborate with teachers across our county. Read more here.

The distance learning community of practice is open to everyone on select Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • October 15
  • October 29
  • November 12
  • December 10
Register here.

Upcoming Reading Group and Conference Hosted by the San Mateo County Office of Education

One Book · One County. This program is designed to inspire enthusiasm for reading and spark conversations that promote understanding of important social issues and topics. Read with us in October. This year's featured book is George by Alex Gino. George is a children's novel about a transgender fourth grader's experience in letting everyone know who she is, once and for all. Learn more about this book and joining a reading group for One Book · One County here.
Educators are invited to attend this conference focusing solely on embedding Social/ Emotional Learning (SEL) and LGBTQ/Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) into school curriculum and culture. Featured Keynote speaker is George author Alex Gino. Dates are Monday, October 19 through Thursday, October 22, 2020. Learn more and register here.
San Mateo Office County of Education (SMCOE) and its educational partners offer professional development opportunities for teachers and the community. For a full list of professional development events click here.

Additional Professional Development 

Meeting the Needs of English Learners in Distance Learning presented by Californians Together

Restorative Arts Community of Practice with SMCOE Coordinator Michelle Holdt

English Language Arts and English Language Development Community of Practice with SMCOE Coordinators Gwenn Lei, Gracie Hough and Erica Ng.
We Are Here to Support You
Kim Bambao
Michelle Holdt
Arts and Restorative Learning
Tina Nelson
Library Services
Gwenn Lei
ELA & History/Social Studies
Gracie Hough
English Learner Support Services
Erica Ng
English Learner Support Services
Doron Markus
Science, Engineering & Health
Sandra Velásquez
Technology and Innovation
Jared Prolo
Executive Director, CIS
Andra Yeghoian
Environmental Literacy
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