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Ride the Wave of Our New Normal - Hybrid / Blended Learning

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Topics: Back-to-School, Distance Learning

15 Ideas for Building Community in Your Virtual Classroom

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Topics: Back-to-School, Distance Learning, Digital Resources

2 Apps to Help Teachers Connect Online: Empatico & Remind

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Topics: Video, Back-to-School, Distance Learning

3 Ways to Prepare Yourself for the Uncertainty of the New School Year

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Topics: Back-to-School, Distance Learning

5 Benefits of Online Learning

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Topics: Back-to-School, Distance Learning

5 Ways to Prepare for Back-to-School Distance Learning

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Topics: Technology, Back-to-School, Distance Learning

The Back-to-School Letter

Get your school year started off right!

You head to the mailbox and as it creaks open, you see a district envelope. Acceptance of the PD you took, you think…maybe even reimbursement? 

It’s the Back to School Letter (BTSL).  

The End of Break Letter. 

The No More Fun Letter. 

You can feel your heart sink into your stomach. It’s this very tangible, very time-sensitive letter that starts the school dreams and Sunday night worries. Your alarm hasn’t been set for 2 months, but now you are beholden to higher powers - the school, the contract-time clock, and your students. 

The BTSL sets the stage for all the lists and tasks that the start of school brings. But I’ve also found that the BTSL serves much more positive purpose beyond the nudge of starting to think about the upcoming school year. Here are some messages I’d encourage you to see as silver linings of this signal (back) to action. 

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