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  1. Nancy Ruzycki
  2. http://EQuIPD.mse.ufl.edu
  3. Senior Lecturer
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  5. University of Florida
  1. Leigh Arnold
  2. EQuIPD Grant Instructional Specialist
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University of Florida
  1. Jared Carter
  2. EQuIPD Grant Instructional Specialist
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University of Florida
  1. Christine Danger
  2. EQuIPD Grant Instructional Specialist
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University of Florida
  1. Krista Dulany
  2. EQuIPD Grant Instructional Specialist
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University of Florida
  1. Seleka Kerr
  2. EQuIPD Grant Instructional Specialist
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  4. University of Florida
  1. Xavier Rozas
  2. http://equipd.mse.ufl.edu
  3. EQuIPD Grant Instructional Coach
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  5. University of Florida

EQuIPD Grant

U423A180153

2021 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8

This video explores how the EQuIPD grant, a Department of Education teacher professional development grant pivoted to support teachers within the grant during the change in Learning Environments forced by COVID-19. We will showcase not only how our grant coaches worked remotely to plan PD and coach teachers, but also how teachers worked to created remote "hands on" technology enriched lessons for students to build core content models, and how teachers worked together in remote professional development trainings.

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Discussion from the 2021 STEM For All Video Showcase (13 posts)
  • Icon for: Catherine McCulloch

    Catherine McCulloch

    Facilitator
    Senior Project Director
    May 11, 2021 | 06:24 a.m.

    Nancy and team, thank you for the video. I’m curious, what did you learn about how teachers created remote "hands on" technology enriched lessons for students?

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    Nancy Ruzycki

    Lead Presenter
    Senior Lecturer
    May 11, 2021 | 02:11 p.m.

    Hi Catherine - Thanks so much for your question. We learned a lot from our teachers in regards to creating "remote hands-on" technology enriched lessons. One thing we learned is how important coaching was to this process. Having the support of the one on one coach who understands the teacher, content, technology and learning environment was something teachers really utilized during COVID. Also, we found that our remote summer training with teachers and the grant use of TEAMS helped teachers prepare in advance for fall classes as they felt better prepared for use of educational technology in classrooms.

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    Jaime Gutierrez

    Facilitator
    Research Associate II
    May 11, 2021 | 02:04 p.m.

    Hi Nancy and team, thanks for sharing. I'm interested in learning more about how the hybrid model went in classrooms. It mentioned one child was in the classroom, one was at home, any surprising findings or challenges from this type of learning model?

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    Nancy Ruzycki

    Lead Presenter
    Senior Lecturer
    May 11, 2021 | 02:21 p.m.

    Hi Jaime- thanks for your question. We are mixed on the hybrid model (no pun intended). Teachers in most of our districts lacked supporting infrastructure for really implementing hybrid experiences at a high level. Many teachers who tried to use paired experiences (one at home, one at school) were not allowed to share computer screens between just 2 parties. (had to be whole class). This made it a little difficult for teachers, but they managed to create experiences for students using methods and platforms available to them. The findings were that engaging instruction works for both in class and at home students. The challenges is that infrastructure and PD support for teachers is needed to create engaging hybrid experiences for students.

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    Nancy Ruzycki

    Lead Presenter
    Senior Lecturer
    May 11, 2021 | 02:28 p.m.

    Hello Everyone and welcome to the discussion. I am posting a link to our EQuIPD grant webpage so you can see more information. https://equipd.mse.ufl.edu/

    We are a "Train the Trainer" PD model which uses System thinking, process mapping and modeling instructional pedagogy combined with technology to help teachers create and refine lessons to build core content in students. We are a K8 grant and work in 10 Florida School districts.  Please let us know if you have any questions on our grant.

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    Saira Mortier

    Research Coordinator
    May 11, 2021 | 03:26 p.m.

    I'm wondering what obstacles have you encountered with this hybrid model? Are there any that have been insurmountable thus far?

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    Nancy Ruzycki

    Lead Presenter
    Senior Lecturer
    May 11, 2021 | 05:18 p.m.

    Hi Saira - Thank you for your question. We have teachers fill out technology logs weekly, and many of our teachers report issues for both remote and hybrid students around lack of internet connectivity. Many districts have worked with internet providers to bring low/no cost internet to students, and yet it is not sufficient for online learning environments and programs. We have also had teachers report that in addition to training students in the technology, there was a real need to train parents and guardians in the technology. Some of our most successful teachers took time to create SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) or videos for the parents which showed them how the technology worked and what they would do with it for the lesson.

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    Saira Mortier

    Research Coordinator
    May 11, 2021 | 07:23 p.m.

    Wow, yes, training parents would be a crucial part of this entire endeavor, wouldn't it? A book is a powerful medium but it's next to useless if you can't read.

    The internet connectivity part... that seems insurmountable for now, doesn't it. I'm certain in 10 years time it won't be but for now the infrastructure can't support low/no cost internet everywhere.

     
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    Xavier Rozas
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    Nancy Ruzycki

    Lead Presenter
    Senior Lecturer
    May 13, 2021 | 09:50 a.m.

    Saira - yes I agree. I wonder was this an issue in Seattle?

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    Channa Comer

    Facilitator
    STEM Educator
    May 12, 2021 | 08:18 p.m.

    Hello Nancy and team,

    Thank you for your presentation. What learnings did you gain from the remote PD and coaching that you will carry forward to in-person teaching and learning? How are you measuring the impact of your model?

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    Nancy Ruzycki

    Lead Presenter
    Senior Lecturer
    May 13, 2021 | 09:52 a.m.

    Hi Channa - the remote PD went well in all cases. It was a lot of work up front for the coaches to plan an engaging remote PD, but it really helped them understand how technology can be incorporated to build understanding. Teachers also learned a lot about using some of the new technology we were bringing in, things like Nearpod, peardeck, mentimeter, whiteboarding, and teachers brought these aspects back into the classroom for students.

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    Christine Danger

    Co-Presenter
    EQuIPD Grant Instructional Specialist
    May 14, 2021 | 08:48 a.m.

    Hi Channa.  

    One thing I will take away and keep from coaching online is the ability to be available at anytime from anyplace. Rather than having to schedule a meeting and drive - sometimes an hour away- we can meet online where we can see and hear each other and work on documents together.  This has allowed me to spend more time with each teacher I coach and has made in-the-moment coaching sessions possible. It has also allowed me to be more flexible with my coaching appointments.  Teachers do not have to be scheduled by location and date- they can schedule my time whenever they want it. They can also have me observe them remotely and coach them as they are teaching as the literal voice in their ear. 

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    Xavier Rozas

    Co-Presenter
    EQuIPD Grant Instructional Coach
    May 14, 2021 | 09:44 a.m.

    Saira-

    I believe that the digital gap you rightly identified is going to be addressed (meaningfully) in the next 2-years.  The trick as you mentioned in earlier post, what to do with this new information stream is less certain, but really where the potential is!  Thanks for sharing.

    -Xavier

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