Connected Classrooms

Connected Classrooms

A People-Centered Approach for Online, Blended, and In-Person Learning (Create a positive learning environment for student engagement and enrichment)

Kathryn Fishman-Weaver, Stephanie Walter


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Reimagine your school community. This practical guidebook will help you shift your mindset of online and blended learning from “backup plan” to unprecedented opportunity for rich connections and high-level learning. New and veteran teachers alike will gain insight on how to build in-person and online relationships with students and coworkers to achieve a learning community that supports social-emotional learning, equitable and inclusive instruction, and academic success.

Educators of hybrid learning environments will:
  • Understand why relationship-building is fundamental to student success and gain best practices for establishing this foundation
  • Discover new blended, online, and in-person strategies for strengthening connections with your diverse students
  • Gain strategies for offering instruction that is affirming, representative of our diverse world, and rooted in equity
  • Be empowered to think critically about and to change systems currently in place that limit students’ ability to connect and thrive
  • Choose strategies that fit your teaching style from the myriad of vibrant experiences contributed by educators around the world

Preface: Our Journeys to Blended Education
Introduction: People-Centered Approaches to Teaching
Part I: Reimagining the Online Classroom
Chapter 1: Reimagining School as a Global Community Project
Chapter 2: Cultivating Strengths-Based Approaches for Inclusion, Support, and Counseling
Chapter 3: Fostering Relationships Through Connection-Based Feedback
Part II: Inclusive Practices: Diversity and Equity in the Online Classroom
Chapter 4: Centering Student Stories
Chapter 5: Honoring Multilingual and Multicultural Learners
Chapter 6: Accelerating Opportunities for Gifted and Talented Students
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