Distance Learning Support

Volume 2, Issue 4  -  September 29, 2020


What’s new on our website? 

For Parents and Teachers

Keep Students Connected in the Virtual Classroom

As the year goes on reviewing community practice is a cornerstone.  
Collaborative projects can help students to connect to one another. Students can create whole-class or small-group books on any subject using Google Slides, on any subject or create an anthology of short fiction or poetry. For additional ideas, read more here.

Training on Free Distance Learning Resources 

Join a one-hour overview of the California K-12 Online Content Project to familiarize yourself with the depth and possibilities available with Britannica, TeachingBooks, and ProQuest. These vetted online libraries of PreK-12 articles, resources, and educational materials are made available freely for students and school communities. Sign up and spread the word to your colleagues, too!

Choose from these dates to register:

Tips for Managing Stress

If you are feeling too much stress inside try the following tips to bring you back to your resilient zone. 
1. Drink a glass of water or juice.
2. If you are outside, touch the surface of something in nature . . . grass, a tree, water . . .  whatever is in your environment.
3.) Look around the space where you are in and  take notice to anything that catches your attention.

Need more tips? Read here

San Mateo County Office of Education Technical Assistance Support for Outdoor Learning

Make outdoor learning feasible for your school community.
Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature. Click HERE, or email  to request support.

Practice Digital Skills with a Digital Scrapbook 

Google for Education provides a how-to video for students to create a personal scrapbook in Google slides.
Get to know your students' interests and ask them to create a scrapbook using Google Slides. Students can use text, images, and videos to share their favorite memories with their class. Teachers and students can use their Google sign-in to watch these videos and learn more about making digital scrapbooks. 
Creativity and Mindfulness Corner

Adventure out on an “Art Scavenger Hunt” around your neighborhood. Take photos of anything that looks like art to you. Try any photo collage app and share your discoveries with your family and friends. Have fun!
Professional Development for Teachers
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.
Join the San Mateo County Office of Education on October 8th for the 8th annual Respect! 24/7 Conference. This year's event will be online, and focus on navigating social emotional impacts of distance learning. Register here.

Upcoming Reading Group and Conference Hosted by 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.
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.

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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