Empowering students to become self-directed and interdependent learners both online and in the classroom is key to their immediate and lifelong success.

Imagine students who are:
  • Asking more meaningful questions
  • Co-designing their own assignments
  • Creating tutorials for classmates
  • Engaging in peer to peer learning
  • Providing self-assessment
In turn, imagine teachers who are:
  • Learning more about how their students learn
  • Deepening their ability to respond to the unique learning needs of each student
  • Designing highly motivating assignments
  • Saving enormous amounts of time by leveraging their community of learners
At the end of the course, educators will have learned about powerful free tools and strategies to empower learners. They will have also created highly motivating assignments that support their curriculum. This pedagogy of student empowerment works for both online and classroom settings.
Potential Audience
Elementary School Educators. Leaders and Teams are welcome
Module 1
Setting the Stage for Online Learning & Teaching
The online environment provides us with an opportunity to redefine the role of the teacher and the students. Teachers have an opportunity to empower students to become more self-directed and collaborative with peers. In this module, participants will: Explore models of Online and Blended Learning; Examine the role of the online teacher; Develop communication structures and expectations for learners and their families; Plan to prepare learners for the online experience.
Module 2
Building and Maintaining Community
Online community spaces provide educators with more insights into how their students are thinking and engaging with content and one another. Various tools will be introduced in this module that will be applied within the learning experience. In this module, participants will: Analyze options for synchronous and asynchronous communication and collaboration; Explore whole group, small group, and one-on-one approaches; Design an online discussion for peer-to-peer learning; Plan to develop learner relationships, encourage learner interaction, as well as monitor and motivate learner engagement.
Module 3
Designing Engaging Learning Experiences
Research shows that many students prefer to ask a friend for help. This module will tap the creativity and imagination of students to give them purpose in helping classmates learn. In this module, participants will: Review tools and strategies to create learning experiences that are personalized, flexible, and authentic; Identify ways to learn from and with kids; Plan to integrate frequent, low-stakes, and authentic formative assessment and learner feedback.
Module 4
Putting it all Together
In this final module, teachers will apply the skills of the course to share their designs of how to help students feel connected and supported in an online course.
Lainie Rowell is an educator, author, and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include online/blended learning, designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning, and community building.

During her 22 years in education, Lainie has taught elementary, secondary, and higher education. She also served in a district-level leadership position supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33 schools. As a consultant, Lainie's client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Google to school districts and independent schools. Lainie is a TEDx Speaker with more than 15 years of experience presenting at local, regional, and international conferences including Building Learning Communities (BLC) and the Leadership 3.0 Symposium. Lainie was a contributor to the 2019 National Standards for Quality Online Teaching and on the 2014 Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework committee.

Since 2014, Lainie has been a consultant for the Orange County Department of Education's Institute for Leadership Development facilitating professional learning for administrators. From 2010-2014, Lainie served as the Program Coordinator for Leading Edge Certification, a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies. She led the creation and curation of all four certifications, Online and Blended Teacher, Administrator, Digital Educator, and Professional Learning Leader. Lainie is honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, and Google for Education Certified Innovator. She has also been recognized as Teacher of the Year and was featured in OC Family Magazine as one of 10 Teachers Making a Difference.

The workshops will be held every Saturday starting 7th November for 4 Saturdays.
The session will be for 90 minutes each.
7th, 14th, 21st November & 5th December 2020
London 7:00 am | Zurich 8:00 am | Dubai 11:00 am | India 12:30 pm | Hong Kong 3:00 pm | Melbourne 6:00 pm
USD 495 Per Participant
USD 395 Per Participant for a group of 3 or more
INCLUDES: Certificate of Participation for 12 Professional Development hours.