Distance Learning Support

Volume 2, Issue 3  -  September 15, 2020


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For Parents and Teachers

Cool Facts with Neil deGrasse Tyson 

Neil deGrasse Tyson shares some star talk about the sun. 

Astrophysicist and Star Talk host, Neil deGrasse Tyson shares a cool fact on Tik Tok - "on the sky" we are basically the same size as the sun from space. Watch here to hear him explain this perfect phenomenon. 

Ideas and Ready-Made Lessons for Kinders

Coach Ben shares ready-made lessons and videos for distance learning in Kindergarten.
The Kinder Rocket Squad has created a website for teachers to share, mix, and reuse digital lesson activities in the classroom. Learn and read more here.

Spanish Resources for Multilingual Families

County Services and the San Mateo County Office of Education have joined together to provide resources to the Latinx community. View Spanish resource list here.
Multilingual Resources for Coping with a Natural Disaster. Help children after a natural disaster with these resources about wildfires. Read more here.

A Great Supplemental Resource - Case Studies

Case studies are an important way for students of all ages to explore real-world issues that directly  impact our local and regional communities.
A case study is a research method involving an up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of a particular situation, place, moment in time, or organization. These supplemental activities can be used to better understand important issues that directly impact students' lives such as wildfires, air quality, pollution issues, etc. In the past six months, the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI) team finalized a number of case studies on a variety of topics that can be customized and adapted for use with students. To access these case studies and an overview video about how to use them with students visit the ELSI Case Study Page. Learn more >>>

Participation Strategies for Live Video Instruction

Three easy-to-use anytime strategies to encourage student engagement.
  1. Kick things off with a poll. Use Mentimeter to start your lesson with a conversation starter and post the results.
  2. Spark discussion in chat. Let students respond to classmates or share resources in chat.
  3. Prompt discussion with a word cloud. Ask a question with a one word response and watch the cloud grow as students provide their answers.
To read more, click here.

Library Media Services (LMS) is Teaming up with the Peninsula Library System (PLS) to Provide Library Access to ALL Students.

In an effort to make sure that all of our students in San Mateo county have public library cards for SORA (i.e., e-books and audiobooks), as well as access to other valuable virtual resources such as homework help, research skills, author talks, and story times, all educators can apply for a Library Links card through LMS for additional online resources/databases. This card is provided by PLS and the San Mateo County Office of Education. Read more here and apply for a library card today. 
Professional Development for Teachers

Meeting the Needs of English Learners in Distance Learning

This Fall webinar series for K-6 educators is designed to aide teachers in meeting the needs of English learners in distance learning/hybrid schooling contexts. Teachers may participate in one, two, or all three webinars for participation. Sign up here.

Restorative Arts Community of Practice

Communities of Practice, offered by Michelle Holdt, Arts and Restorative Learning Coordinator, provide opportunities to be creative, learn new strategies, connect, and restore. See full the list of offerings here.

English Language Arts and English Language Development Community of Practice 

  • Sharpen distance learning skills to support ALL students
  • Connect with educators across the county
  • Further develop support for English learners
  • Register for the series 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. The 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.
Creativity and Mindfulness Corner
What sweeter music: ARts and social-emotional learning in harmony. Wednesday, September 16th at 3pm.
Join statewide leaders for a conversation on arts and Social/Emotional Learning this Wednesday, September 16th at 3 PM. Register here.

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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