Virtual Learning Resources

Resources to help educators transition to the new paradigm of learning.

There is no question that our transition from traditional learning for 150 years to virtual instruction (seemingly overnight!) is not without its challenges. Yet, as we pivot to this modernized approach for our teachers and learners alike, it is imperative that we look for the opportunity within this great challenge. Our mission is to ensure the neighborhood public school is the first choice for every family, and this is an opportunity to engage families in an unprecedented way. As many of you transition into a virtual learning environment, we offer these actionable resources to establish an engaging, productive, virtual learning culture for your district. As always, please feel free to reach out if we can help in any way. As our e2L Cultural Tenet states, we are Better Together!

Thank you for everything you are doing to ensure the next generation of learners continue to thrive!

 

Shannon K. Buerk

Shannon K. Buerk

Founder & CEO

From our virtual team to yours...

Virtual Learning Resources

3 Steps to Mitigate Learning Loss: An Actionable Plan to Start Today

May 12, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

While discussing the inevitable fallout for public schools from the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. John Craft, Killeen ISD superintendent, said to me: “Here is our #1 concern right now: how do we mitigate the learning loss of this last nine weeks?...

3 Things Every Teacher Needs Right Now

September 7, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

Under normal circumstances being a teacher is hard, but in the face of a global pandemic that causes rolling school closures, it feels downright impossible. Educators across the country are scrambling to do their very best to make sure our...

5 Critical Moves for Leaders During a Crisis

May 6, 2020
By: engage2learn

Written by Chris Everett and Kammi Green. To say that these are unprecedented times seems like a significant understatement. The reality is that everything we know and are accustomed to has changed, and we’re all adjusting to a “new normal.”...

5 Norms for Virtual Meetings Infographic

March 25, 2020
By: engage2learn

Here’s a quick infographic you can share with your team to help establish new norms for virtual meetings in your organizations.

5 Tips for Productive Virtual Meetings Infographic

March 25, 2020
By: engage2learn

Here’s a quick infographic you can share with your team to help make your virtual meetings super focused and productive.

8 Tips for Making Distance Learning More Personal for Learners

August 7, 2020
By: Luz Martinez, Ph.D.

We all remember that teacher who made us feel special, helped us set goals and developed the grit and courage to meet them, made us believe in ourselves–even when we didn’t, inspired us to think in new ways, or lent...

9 Essential Steps for Virtual Project Management

April 20, 2020
By: Lucy Elizondo

Two years ago, I switched from working in a school district to working for engage2learn (e2L). Two major differences hit me at the same time. First, the pace of work at e2L was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Second,...

A District That Thrived During COVID-19 Did These 3 Things…

June 18, 2020
By: Diana Branch

In December 2019, engage2learn (e2L) began 11 new partnerships with districts across Texas who were working through the Blended Learning Grant Program (BLGP).  Throughout January and February, each of these districts engaged with their staff and community stakeholders to solicit...

All Teachers Need This Support Team Right Now

August 17, 2020
By: Mitzi Clark Richardson

As we began to collaborate with our district partners and what coaching would look like as school buildings remained closed, one thing was clear: they all still wanted a way to support their educators. For so long, educators have agonized...

Distance Learning that Increases Engagement and Equity

May 14, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

Starting March 13th, our 47 district partners–along with all the other school districts in the nation–made plans to transition from face-to-face instruction to distance learning. This was undoubtedly a heavy lift that most accomplished by working around the clock for...

How e2L is Ensuring Our Partners Succeed with Remote Learning

July 1, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

We know our public school educators have both a huge challenge and unprecedented opportunity this fall to provide learners and families with the best learning experience ever, and we are making intentional updates to help you make this a reality...

How Pre-Assessments Ease the Burden of Distance Learning

April 18, 2020
By: Olive May

This difficult moment of quarantine and social distancing can result in a lot of stress, particularly for educators that had to switch gears to a virtual classroom overnight. Now, more than ever, it is important to prioritize best practices that...

How to Give Teachers the Clarity They are Craving

September 15, 2020
By: Jill Galloway

The work of educators is hard. You need summer to refresh and recharge. Even those who work year-round typically spend the summer reorganizing, finalizing plans for the upcoming year, and looking forward to the fresh start we count on Fall...

How to Increase Engagement in the Virtual Classroom

September 25, 2020
By: Robyn Scott

Over the last three weeks, I have met with 14 Instructional Coaches and 73 teachers on 12 different campuses in two different school districts, and the question that is on everyone’s mind seems to be, “How do I get my...

How to Keep Kids Learning While Working From Home

April 2, 2020
By: Kammi Green

During this unprecedented time, many parents with full-time jobs are suddenly finding themselves working from home while at the same time homeschooling their children. While you are trying to work–and probably educate your kids at the same time– you may...

How to make Remote Learning work for every learner!

July 18, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

The results are in for remote learning…It didn’t work This spring, educators worked around the clock, day and night, to transition from onsite to remote learning. Despite their Herculean efforts and to no one’s surprise given the circumstances, reports abound...

How to Set Up a Virtual Meeting System and Protocols

March 16, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

During this unique time, many companies and organizations are being forced to pivot their workload to a virtual environment, and for those organizations that do not have experience with virtual work environments, this may seem like a very overwhelming feat....

How to Thrive in the New Paradigm of Distance Learning

March 24, 2020
By: Luz Martinez, Ph.D.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our community schools were forced to make the difficult but necessary decision to send everyone home. Even though schools have had to face many challenges, opportunities abound! Benjamin Franklin once said: “Out of...

Modernizing Continuous Performance Management

November 14, 2019
By: Lucy Elizondo

Organizations spend a fortune purchasing performance management tools that often fail to meet their unique needs. At engage2learn (e2L), we set out to develop a fully customized performance management system that leveraged existing technology adoptions. The result was an agile...

Planning Virtual PD? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions First.

April 27, 2020
By: Jill Galloway

As educators, we already know that the world is an ever-changing, unpredictable place.  How many times have you heard someone talk about how we’re preparing learners for jobs that may not yet exist?   We’re doing our best to grow...

Preparing for the Virtual Classroom

March 18, 2020
By: Robyn Scott

Our educational system is experiencing an unprecedented time. Most districts in the U.S. have been advised to prepare for temporary school closures and, in some cases, for the remainder of the school year. Teachers are being asked to create lesson...

Systems for a Virtual Work Environment One-Pager

March 25, 2020
By: engage2learn

The e2L team has put together this handy one-pager full of tips and resources that will help your organization get up and running in a virtual work environment. Just click the image below and feel free to share!

The #1 Meeting Every Leader Needs for Thriving Virtual Teams

April 7, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

Has your inbox been inundated with companies trying to tell you how to run a virtual organization? I am receiving several of these emails each day. Some of them have been beneficial, some have been laughable, and some have made...

The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning During a Pandemic

April 15, 2020
By: Christin Leggett

Our traditional education system is no longer normal. Nothing is, really. We are in the midst of (likely) the most historic event of our lifetime, and I–for one–was not prepared for the emotional toll of a pandemic. While teachers and...

The Next 90-Day Plan for Instructional Leaders

May 1, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

Focus on These 3 Goals Public schools have done a miraculous job of reinventing school in the last few weeks. Now, the focus is turning to next year and how to plan for an uncertain 2020-21. As public school leaders...

The Parent Toolkit for School Closures

March 24, 2020
By: engage2learn

The unprecedented events caused by COVID-19 have launched many parents throughout the country into truly uncharted territory. Nearly overnight, you all have become educators! We understand the thought of managing a homeschool...

The Parent Toolkit for School Closures (Spanish Version)

March 31, 2020
By: engage2learn

Los cambios significativos que han ocurrido como resultado del COVID-19 han hecho que los padres se hayan visto forzados a manejar situaciones que nunca antes habían experimentado. De la noche a la mañana los padres también...

Thriving through “Forced Change:” A Call to Action!

April 23, 2020
By: Luz Martinez, Ph.D.

And it happened…our worst fears became a reality with the announcement that schools will remain closed for the duration of the school year 19-20! As a result, teachers, staff, school leaders, students, and parents are making long-term plans to continue...

Virtual Meetings That Work: 5 Quick Tips

March 17, 2020
By: Shannon K. Buerk

This is the second blog of a two-part series on virtual meetings. If you do not already have an effective video-conferencing, project management, and shared calendaring system for your organization, I recommend you go back and read part one first:...

Why Virtual Coaching is the answer to supporting teachers in the age of COVID-19

July 14, 2020
By: Kammi Green

Now more than ever, everyone needs a coach! With schools no longer looking the same and instruction taking place in a brick and mortar building for every child, educators are having to figure out how to navigate instructing students both...

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