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Place kids at the center of your planning

Back to school may look different for everyone this year, but it doesn’t change who is at the center of our planning – our kids. We talked to three educators about how to plan for in school and remote learning.


Ben Yoder: We may not know what the format of school will look like in the fall, but we do know that we will be working with some pretty awesome kids. No matter what you’re planning, be sure that you’re keeping kids at the center of your process.


Christine Broni: Build relationships. One of the challenges I am preparing for in the 2020 – 21 school year is how to get to know my students and have them get to know me. At the end of July, I will write postcards to welcome students to my class. I am also planning a series of videos to let students know about me as a person.


Jen Butler: Ask for help. Reach out for help when you need it. I am not a new teacher, but I was teaching a new subject area to me. I found multiple groups on Facebook when I first started the year, and they have been a life raft when I felt like I was drowning.

Find more advice in the summer issue of the Advocate.

Engage with these ISTA members and others on the ISTA Ed Talk Facebook group