The coronavirus pandemic and resulting school shutdowns have created an incredibly challenging moment for educators. Yet this crisis is also an opportunity to reimagine learning for all students.
BetterLesson is building on more than a decade of expertise in virtual professional development to offer urgent support to teachers and leaders around the country as they rapidly shift to supporting students at a distance. Through student-centered pedagogy, experienced coaches and high-quality instructional materials, we help educators move from ideas to action.
Professional Learning Experiences
Virtual Learning Sessions
2-hour interactive learning experiences facilitated by BetterLesson coaches that help teachers and leaders create equitable, student-centered distance learning environments. Using breakout rooms, participants polls, community-building, and more, participants experience the active pedagogy they’ll use with students the next day. Sessions are scheduled at your convenience, accommodating small-scale to district-wide professional learning.
1:1 Virtual Coaching
One-on-one virtual coaching for teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators. Each coach is intentionally matched with each participant’s needs, and coaches create a personalized experience that is also aligned with district distance learning goals. Coaches support educators to design and implement effective distance learning, from fundamental planning to urgent practical questions.
Self-Directed Course and Certification - Coming Soon!
BetterLesson is rapidly translating its Virtual Learning Sessions into two self-directed course experiences (Foundations of Distance Learning and Student-Centered Distance Learning), with the option of receiving a certification for completion. This will allow K12 teachers to access and master the material at their own pace and need.
Each Virtual Learning Session explores one of the focus areas to the right. 1:1 Coaching allows participants to flexibly chart their own path, getting just-in-time support for their specific challenges.
Districts and schools may purchase a combination of supports for administrators, coaches, and teachers. Our team works with you to create the professional learning solution that meets your needs.
Distance Learning Focus Areas
- Basic Setup and Tool Selection
- Structuring Learning Time
- Developing Tasks
- Synchronous Learning at a Distance
- Self-Paced Learning
- Collaborating and Communicating
- Student-Centered Culture and Community at a Distance
- Equity and Accessibility
- Meeting the Needs of All Learners
- Distance Learning in a Hurry
- Distance Learning Leadership
Get Started with Our Distance Learning Resources
We have created a Facebook group for educators to share strategies, questions, and challenges as they adapt from distance learning to more flexible models. We invite school and district leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers to join!
“The BetterLesson facilitators were excellent. They modeled how to build community and make the lesson interactive and participatory, even through the digital platform.”
— English teacher, Cumberland County Schools