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Perspective | Hunt Institute webinars explore career and technical education, student growth, and more

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, The Hunt Institute is hosting numerous webinars each month to explore different topics across the birth through postsecondary continuum. Below, find full recordings of our webinars from October, along with links to learn more about each of them.

Governing Principals Webinar Recap: Investing in Career and Technical Education

With economic hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that states are thoughtful and deliberate in how they are investing in the development of their workforce. To delve into this important topic, we welcomed Lt. Governor Spencer Cox (UT), Lt. Governor Michael Kehoe (MO), and Jennifer Ellis of the XQ institute (graciously filling in for Russlynn Ali) to dive into the importance of workforce development and career and technical education (CTE) in the face of the pandemic.

Read more here.

Homeroom with Education Leaders Webinar Recap: Measuring Student Growth

The radical transition caused by upheaval from the COVID-19 pandemic comes at a time when technology has begun to permeate the educational landscape. However, the immediate switch to online learning for millions has revealed the many unaddressed gaps and inequities in access to high-quality instruction.

Policymakers and stakeholders around the country express concern about the impact this transition has on learning loss; additionally, those in the business of developing and implementing student growth measures wonder how to re-think these measures so that they accurately account for this upheaval and ensure that the solutions are equitable. In the first prime time installment of Homeroom with Education Leaders, The Hunt Institute sat down with Darrell Bradford of 50CAN, Katrina Miller of the SAS Institute, Superintendent Carmen Ayala of Illinois, and Commissioner Margie Vandeven of Missouri to discuss how states and localities can develop and implement robust, equitable, and accessible student growth measures to serve students, families, and educators best going forward.

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Early Efforts Webinar Recap: Ensuring Developmentally Appropriate Practice Amidst a Global Pandemic

Many teachers of young children are struggling to balance developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) with virtual instruction and pandemic-related health and safety guidance. As classrooms operate using a combination of virtual, in-person, and hybrid approaches, it is important that early childhood professionals continue to place the developmental needs of their students front and center. To explore this topic, we sat down with Dr. Barbara Cooper, Alabama’s Secretary of Early Childhood Education; Tabatha Rosproy, 2020 National Teacher of the Year (Winfield Early Learning Center, Winfield, Kansas), Tamara Johnson, Executive Director of Malaika Early Learning Center (Milwaukee, WI) and a member of NAEYC Governing Board; and Dr. Edward Manuszak, Superintendent of Dundee Community Schools (Dundee, MI) and Co-Chair of the AASA Early Learning Cohort.

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Hunt Institute Staff

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