The beginning of the school year is a critical time to set the tone within our classrooms, and build relationships with our students. As we continue to grapple with what education looks like in the presence of COVID-19, STEM teachers are facing the new challenge of starting a school year in either a hybrid or virtual setting. This virtual environment necessitates a shift in methods and strategies used for successful tone-setting and the ways in which we create a safe and welcoming classroom community. In this workshop, we will explore ways to connect with our students, set a positive tone, and foster a rich learning environment within our virtual STEM classrooms. Participants will walk away with concrete ideas for implementing best virtual teaching practices that will foster a positive and healthy social-emotional learning environment.

Leaders: Chris Resch, Juliette Guarino Berg, and Kate Macaulay

Format and Dates: Two 1.5 Hour Sessions, 9/12 and 9/26 (10:00-11:30am EDT)