Reinventing Connection with Students and Families

Conversations Worth Having for Educators in the Midst of Covid-19

November 2020
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ABSTRACT

The closure of schools due to Covid-19 and the resulting transition to home-based learning for children throughout the world left educators in despair about curricular goals, the limitations of technology and the wellbeing of their students. It was also an unprecedented opportunity for reinventing connection with families. The authors provided a series of free webinars using the Conversations Worth Having framework to support home-school connections through the principles of Appreciative Inquiry.

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Author: Michael Emmart

Michael Emmart, EdD, is a senior education specialist at the Research Foundation for SUNY, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany and is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at American Military University.

Contact: memmart@albany.edu

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Author: Jodi Emmart

Jodi Emmart, MST, is an elementary teacher within the Auburn Enlarged City School district in Central New York. She earned her Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY Cortland and has taught multiple grades.

Contact: jlemmart@hotmail.com

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