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Let’s be honest, virtual teaching is still new and not what anyone expected.

If you found your way here, it is likely because teaching in 2020 has proven to have more twists and turns than your favorite county fair roller-coaster. The good news is that while virtual teaching is different than a traditional school day, great teaching will always be great teaching and great teachers will always be great teachers. We’re masters of reading a room, switching things up, and making the impossible happen. But a new question persists: how does this happen in a virtual setting? As teachers, we do what we’ve always done – whatever it takes to reach our students. We lean on the foundational truths of teaching in order to make a virtual classroom come to life.

That’s why we’ve launched the Teacher PD Launchpad – a free, resource hub where elementary educators share timely tips based on the three E’s of education:

Engagement refers to the level of effort, motivation, and curiosity our students and families show towards learning. Engagement includes how we, as teachers, create intentional opportunities for students to connect to their learning. It encourages us to examine when they’re really involved and getting messy with their work. Are students simply listening to you talk about the objective or are they responding in a collaborative Google Slide with partners?

Equity questions how we are meeting the individual needs of our students. How do we ensure ALL children receive what they need regardless of current circumstances and distance? Equity is ensuring all students have access to high-quality enrichment opportunities. It also encourages us to audit our curriculum to ensure all students see themselves in the stories they read and have opportunities to embrace other cultures throughout the school day.

Empathy requires us to teach with an open heart. We give grace to ourselves, to families, and to our students because we know everyone is doing their best. A virtual world limits our social interactions and leaves many of our emotional needs unmet. Empathy is how we care for each other given the uncertainty of the times. Empathy could be starting the day with a quick moment to see how everyone is feeling or with a social emotional lesson.

Join us as these Rocketship teachers share how they’re using these three E’s to guide their classrooms. We all have to start somewhere and the best place to start is here and now!

Virtual Teaching

Bright Spots from Teaching in a Pandemic

Waleed Shaban, Office Manager of Rocketship Brilliant Minds | September 22, 2021

One school shares how home visits, a revamped learning lab, and intentional celebrations have helped brighten this school year!

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Back In The Classroom

Supporting Parents of Multilingual Students in Family/Teacher Conferences

Emma Volpe, Rocketship United Academy | June 1, 2022

Get thoughtful insight on how to create a more inclusive family-teacher conference environment.

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5 Ways to Strengthen Relationships in the Classroom

James Cross, Assistant Principal, Rocketship Nashville Northeast Elementary | February 20, 2022

A new age of education calls for a new level of connection. Here are some key tips to strengthen relationships in your classroom this school year.

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How BurnIn Mental Strategies Can Improve an Educator's Experience

Rocketship Public Schools | February 21, 2022

Learn how teachers use BurnIn mindset strategies to focus on strengths, deepen relationships, and navigate challenging times.

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5 Ways School Leaders Can Coach and Support Teachers

Eesir Kaur, Director of Professional Development | October 15, 2020

Are you a school leader looking to coach your teachers more effectively? Here's what works for us.

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