Episode 5: The Principles of Well-Being during Remote and Hybrid Learning

This episode is the third in a series loosely based on The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents by Rosalind Wiseman, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie. If you’re interested in learning more about the topics in this episode, you can purchase a copy here.

In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan delves into the third chapter of The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents alongside guest speaker Sara Bates, a Diagnostic and Behavior Supervisor with District #87 in northeast Illinois. Bates brings a wealth of experience as both a licensed counselor and a therapist to the table to answer these important questions:

  • What is well-being and why is it important?
  • How can I help calm and regulate my anxious child?
  • What can my family do to feel less isolated from family and friends?

Along the way, the pair highlight a variety of other well-being-related topics, including several methods for promoting mindfulness in the home – even among young children. Parents and caregivers will also walk away from this episode with a few tips for prioritizing their own well-being in the face of daily challenges.

Episode Resources

During this episode, Colleen and Sara mention a variety of resources designed to help support families during remote learning.

For a detailed list of these resources, including full descriptions, click here.

This podcast was produced by LTC SPARK, a remote learning resource program from the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. For more information about SPARK, or to view our upcoming events, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter (@ltc_SPARK).

Episode 4: The Importance of Reading During Remote Learning

This episode is the second in a series loosely based on The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents by Rosalind Wiseman, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie. If you’re interested in learning more about the topics in this episode, you can purchase a copy here.

In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan digs into the second chapter of The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents. This chapter focuses on reading, and why it remains important for students to continue sharpening their reading skills while learning remotely

Along with special guest Holly Kelly, the pair highlights the importance of reading with your children, as well as the best ways to talk to your children about what they are reading. Holly also spotlights several free, high-quality reading resources for use at home while providing a few pointers for choosing the right books for your children.

Holly currently serves as a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. Holly brings her extensive education experience as a former library media specialist and English teacher to the SPARK Parent Podcast.

Episode Resources

During this episode, Colleen and Holly mention a variety of resources designed to help support families during remote learning.

For a quick infographic of these resources, click here.

For a detailed list of these resources, including full descriptions, click here.

This podcast was produced by LTC SPARK, a remote learning resource program from the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. For more information about SPARK, or to view our upcoming events, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter (@ltc_SPARK).

Episode 3: “The Basics” of Remote and Hybrid Learning

This episode is the first in a series loosely based on The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents by Rosalind Wiseman, Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie. If you’re interested in learning more about the topics in this episode, you can purchase a copy here.

In this episode, host Colleen Kaplan tackles the first chapter of The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents. Along the way, she endeavors to answer some of the most pressing questions for parents and caregivers today, including:

  • How can I establish successful routines for my child(ren) during remote learning?  
  • What elements of self-care are important for myself and my child(ren) to do on a daily basis?
  • Should I be listening in on my child(ren)’s Zoom calls for class?

To help answer those questions and more, Colleen also welcomes guest speaker Jillian Pettenuzzo, a guidance counselor at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, IL.  Jillian brings her extensive education experience as an English teacher, special education teacher, and counselor to the table to help parents and caregivers tackle their ongoing remote learning challenges.

Episode Resources

During this episode, Colleen and Jillian mention a variety of resources designed to help support families during remote learning.

For a quick infographic of these resources, click here.

For a detailed list of these resources, including full descriptions, click here.

This podcast was produced by LTC SPARK, a remote learning resource program from the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. For more information about SPARK, or to view our upcoming events, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter (@ltc_SPARK).

Seesaw for Parents

This session will provide an overview for parents of the Seesaw platform. This is a virtual session that will take place via Zoom. Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos, and more to capture learning in a portfolio.

Seesaw for Parents

This session will provide an overview for parents of the Seesaw platform. This is a virtual session that will take place via Zoom. Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos, and more to capture learning in a portfolio.

Seesaw for Parents

This session will provide an overview for parents of the Seesaw platform. This is a virtual session that will take place via Zoom. Students use creative tools to take pictures, draw, record videos, and more to capture learning in a portfolio.

Google Classroom for Parents

This session, presented by the Learning Technology Center, will provide an overview for parents of the Google Classroom platform. This is a virtual session that will take place via Zoom. Classroom helps students and teachers organize student work, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.

Growing Up in a Digital Age: Understanding Gen Z Students

Digital Citizenship week may have just passed, but there is still time to help our students become responsible citizens. Nicole Zumpano explores the mindset of Generation Z students, focusing specifically on what research says about their interactions with the digital world.

Google Classroom for Parents

This session, presented by the Learning Technology Center, will provide an overview for parents of the Google Classroom platform. This is a virtual session that will take place via Zoom. Classroom helps students and teachers organize student work, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.

Google Classroom for Parents

This session, presented by the Learning Technology Center, will provide an overview for parents of the Google Classroom platform. This is a virtual session that will take place via Zoom. Classroom helps students and teachers organize student work, boost collaboration, and foster better communication.