Tulare County Office of Education plans Virtual Learning Conference parents, teachers, administrators, advocates and school psychologists
TULARE COUNTY – Last spring and this summer has been a roller coaster for parents, uncertain of how their students will be educated this fall and how to prepare their students for an education system they have never experienced first-hand.
The Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) opened registration last week for its first ever Virtual Learning Conference. Scheduled for Aug. 4, the conference will feature over 30 one-hour virtual sessions for parents, administrators, teachers, student and family advocates, academic coaches, and school psychologists.
For the most part, students will know what to do because teachers will teach. The biggest obstacle will be finding a way to integrate parents into the process, as parents will be supporting students with 100% of their learning, even when they are talking with teachers as they may struggle with software navigation and online communication etiquette.
Some of the workshops will target specific grade levels, such as “Narrative Writing in the Virtual World” for grades TK to 5, “Sciencing Like a Boss” for grades 6 to 12, and “Desmos” (an online math platform) for grades 9 to 12. Others will focus on vulnerable student groups such as “Handle With Care: Providing Effective Education for Foster and Homeless Children and Youth During These Uncertain Times,” “Special Education Panel: Meeting Kids’ IEP Needs During a Pandemic,” and “Six Tips for Supporting English Learners in the New Context.”
The conference sessions address virtual learning across a wide variety of curricular topics, including language arts, math, science, history-social science, art, and career technical education. Additionally, the conference features sessions on digital resources, attendance, social-emotional well-being, cultivating parent partnerships, supporting foster and homeless youth, supporting students with special needs, and preparing for graduation.
“This conference is extremely timely as districts make tough decisions about how and when they’ll bring students back to campus,” said Tim Hire, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools. “The topics covered help educators prepare for a variety of instructional scenarios based on the changing pandemic conditions in Tulare County.”
To register for the free Virtual Learning Conference, visit eventsquid.com/event/10491. Questions about the event? Please feel free to email Ivette Lopez or Steve Woods or call 559-651-3031 for more information.