[WEBINAR] Schooling as if Learning Mattered: Overcoming the Impact of COVID-19 to Modernize Teaching & Learning Event Logo

[WEBINAR] Schooling as if Learning Mattered: Overcoming the Impact of COVID-19 to Modernize Teaching & Learning

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Thu, Oct 7, 2021

5 PM – 6:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Description: Join an esteemed panel of experts in education as they discuss traditional schooling and how to modernize it for the 21st century. In the discussion, moderated by Javier Arguello ‘03 (COGx Founder), panelists will speak to the following questions and reserve time for audience Q&A at the end of the session. More info on the session and panelists is included below. 

Challenges with Traditional Schooling that Have Been Exacerbated by the Pandemic: 

● The current approach to teaching is often disconnected from how students learn most effectively and cause too many students to drop-out, struggle, and/or work too hard to do well.
● Students are not explicitly taught how to learn so that they can be independent and self-regulated learners. Instead, students mostly rely on ineffective strategies.
● Schooling decreases creativity and student engagement.
● Conditions of instruction that make performance improve rapidly often fail to support deep learning and transfer. Whereas conditions of instruction that appear to create difficulties for the learner, slowing the rate of apparent learning, often optimize deeper learning and transfer. This is known as the Schooling Conundrum.
● The pandemic has magnified the challenges that already existed in our school system, creating greater inequality and higher barriers to student success, especially for students of color and those of lower socioeconomic status. 

Science of Learning to Modernize Schooling – Discussion Points:

● What is the impact of COVID on learning and what are the future challenges that will affect learners?
● How can schools better address the adverse effects of COVID-19 on their students and educators, namely: learning loss/missed learning, engagement, equity, and trauma?
● What are the opportunities for online learning? How can we improve delivery, promote digital inclusion, and embrace its potential without sacrificing social-emotional needs?
● What skills do colleges require for students to succeed that are still lacking and how can we better prepare all students to succeed in college, particularly those at greater risk?
● Returning to the status quo is not possible post-COVID-19. Why and how can we leverage the crisis to modernize teaching and learning?

When: Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: https://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SSQbLmD4QHKFRCx0JGDrY




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Sanjay Sarma

Professor and VP for Open Learning at MIT

Sanjay Sarma is the Vice President for Open Learning at MIT, which includes the Office of Digital Learning, the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab.

Leveraging innovation and ideas, Sarma went on to co-chair MIT’s Taskforce on the Future of Education, and subsequently was charged with implementing the recommendations around digital learning.

Since 2012, Sarma has served as MIT’s Director of Digital Learning, Dean for Digital Learning and now Vice President of Open Learning. In these roles, he has led the creation of the MicroMasters® program credential, developed the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, founded the Jameel World Education Lab, and created a group that seeks to transform teaching and learning throughout the world, through research, curriculum development, community building and innovative learning offerings. Sarma serves on the board of edX, the not-for-profit company founded by MIT and Harvard to create and promulgate an open-source platform for the distribution of free online education worldwide.

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Susan Bell

Senior Director of Member School Engagement

Mastery Transcript Consortium, MTC

With nearly two decades of experience working in public school systems, Susie supports MTC’s network of 405 member schools as they work together and within their high schools to implement a Mastery Transcript. 

Susie had previously served as the Superintendent of the Windsor Locks Public Schools and had also served Windsor Locks High School in a variety of other roles, including Principal and Director of Guidance. 

Highlights of her accomplishments include working with colleagues and community members to raise academic expectations by eliminating course levels that held students to low expectations and working with her team and the Board of Education to develop the vision and systemic changes needed to make personalized and mastery-based learning a reality for all children in Windsor Locks.

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Madeline Pumariega

President of Miami Dade College, MDC

Miami Dade College

Breaking through barriers and making history, Madeline Pumariega is the first female president to lead Miami Dade College (MDC), the institution she attended decades earlier as a student-athlete. Her passion for innovation in higher education was born out of her own experiences; first as student and then as a longtime administrator at MDC.

President Pumariega prioritizes working with business partners to identify the skills needed in key industries and tailoring higher education programs to match those needs. Her transformative approach accelerates the ability of graduates to enter the workforce immediately upon the completion of their coursework.

President Pumariega’s love for academics and service excellence began as a student at Miami Dade College. This led into her 20 years of service at the College in positions of ascending responsibility, culminating in her role as Wolfson Campus President. She views her new role as MDC’s president as the opportunity of a lifetime, because it presents her with the greatest ability to serve students who were just like her –– looking for a chance to realize their dreams and succeed in the community they love and call home, Miami.

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Graham Browne '15

Founder and Executive Director

Forte Preparatory Academy

Graham Browne ‘15 is the Founder and Executive Director of Forte Preparatory Academy, a 5th through 8th grade public charter school educating 360 students in Queens, New York. He was a 2015 Building Excellent Schools (BES) Fellow. 

Mr. Browne is a proud graduate of Brown University and Yale School of Management with an academic background in urban studies, education, and nonprofit management, and a professional background in education policy advocacy with the Education Equality Project and nonprofit management consulting in the education practice at the Bridgespan Group.

Through the BES Fellowship, Mr. Browne completed two intensive Leadership Residencies; working alongside the leaders of some of the most successful charter schools in the country. Born in New York and raised in New Jersey by hardworking Caribbean parents who immigrated to this country to seek better opportunities. He experienced the great power of education to change the trajectory of a child's life.

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Javier Arguello '03

Founder & Executive Director


Javier is the Founder & Executive Director of COGx, a research and development firm in applied cognitive science. Since 2010 COGx has partnered with leading academics to translate the science of learning into programs that train school leaders and educators on the science of learning coupled with programs that target cognition to improve learning ability for students.

COGx programs democratize access to decades of research on learning science, which is translated to ensure effective application through an affordable multilingual online platform. COGx programs have been adopted globally and endorsed by the Ministries of Education.

Javier holds graduate degrees from Yale & Harvard, and an undergraduate from George Washington University.

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