A Letter from Our
Executive Producer, David Levin
REMOTE K12 equips educators to teach better in today’s new world, where hybrid and remote teaching and learning look set to feature – COVID or not. We create an environment that supports sharing and dialog between educators and extends participants’ awareness of their discipline’s pedagogical choices. It widens their understanding of the tools and techniques available to engage, assess and support their students.
REMOTE K12 wants to provide teachers with tips and techniques that will make a difference to their practice right now.
And, as we all look forward to the day the pandemic is behind us, we know that we have discovered great ways to enhance teaching and learning. REMOTE K12 wants to help teachers as their practice evolves to include blended and hybrid learning as part of the "new normal" that we want to see from the fall. Things should not go back to where they were, we can do better!
The first REMOTE summit ran in July of 2020. Free of charge for registered faculty, its goal was to help Higher Education faculty deliver a better back-to-school experience by providing practical tips on pedagogy, lessons, engagement and assessment. To help them build a better course for students returning in the Fall and to make a difference NOW.
- REMOTE K12 will run on Saturday January 9, 2021, starting at 9am PST
- Attendance will be free for registrants involved in K12 education
- An immersive, single-day program for school teachers across K12
- ASU will offer a series of ASU-certified Professional Development Credit for each qualifying attendee - see the detailed description here
- 130 sessions, six hours of programming spread over15 channels
- Sessions will be separated into 3 categories:
- Discipline: Focus on tips/pedagogy by discipline (with broad coverage). All content short form (15-minute presentation with live Q&A of 15 min)
- Topic: Common topics for all disciplines (engagement, assessment, wellness, equity, gender, race etc). All content short form (15-minute presentation with live Q&A of 15 min)
- Surgery: Experts on selected subjects; 30-minute sessions and the content is all Q&A (i.e., no presentations).
- We will run over 30 networking lounge areas/chat rooms throughout the day, all with chat moderators, thematically based and open to “unconference” style meet-ups (by grade/discipline/topic) at different points in the day.
- We also have a Resource Center. A repository of curated content that will be available to teachers after the event. This will offer a path to structured quality, amid the vast quantity of (variable quality) free content out there in the world.
- ASU is a core founder of this event and will provide a great set of human capital – in moderators, certificates and by acting as host and support. ASU’s Digital Prep team, and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, are both core contributors to content, planning and sharing their experience of high-quality innovation.
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has been a central partner working with us tirelessly to support the delivery of the highest quality of sessions. They have been a fantastic supporter for this event.
- We have built a great network of 19 other partner organizations - all of whom are committed to a common goal of improving remote education.
History - Where REMOTE Came From
The first REMOTE summit ran in July of 2020 and was focused on faculty teaching in Higher Education. Free of charge for registered faculty, its goal was to help them deliver a better back-to-school experience by providing practical tips on pedagogy, lessons, engagement and assessment. To help them build a better course for students returning in the Fall 2020 and to make a difference NOW.
It was a huge success!
- 26,000 faculty members attended
- >2,000 Universities and Colleges and Higher Ed institutions
- 80% American; 20% from 100+ countries
- 100 speakers (from 40 institutions).
- 84 presentations – all short-form (15 minutes presentation plus 15 minutes of live Q&A)
- 12 dedicated, pure 30-minute Q&A sessions with identified experts on key topics.
- 32 curated networking chat rooms for disciplines and topics and unconferencing
- Attendees spent between 2 and 5 hours at REMOTE
- > 5,000 faculty have watched on-demand videos of the sessions since the event
We were overwhelmed with positive feedback on the content, its impact and the fact that this content offered the richest – and for many, the only – selection of professional development on how to teach in today’s new world.
Amongst these respondents were hundreds of K12 teachers, who asked us to replicate our Higher Ed offering and apply it to high schools across the US. And that led us to REMOTE K12.
We are planning to run a second REMOTE for High Ed faculty in June 2021 – details will be shared by the end of February.