Safe and Healthy Schools Post COVID: Best Practices for the Socially Distanced School
With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have had to completely reframe and the notion of ‘safe and healthy’ has shifted while we work to define our new normal. Reopening schools has been challenging for districts and as a result, new opportunities have come with rethinking what “school” means; it’s more than a building, school is an experience. This session will focus on building safe and healthy schools through the examination of best practices for the socially distanced school. Throughout the session we will explore equity considerations for all students across America and highlight what some schools have done to reopen and the resulting outcomes. Featuring the Safe and Healthy Schools Certification Program from Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, powered by Klassroom. The program is intended to unite communities across the country through comprehensive, evidence-based learning that’s available to school teachers and leaders everywhere.
Annette C. Anderson is a native of Baltimore and a graduate of Baltimore City Public Schools, an experience that has left an indelible mark on her career interests in educational equity and adequacy. Besides her research pursuits, she has served in a variety of school-based positions, including classroom teacher, teacher leader, curriculum coordinator, and assistant principal. She served as the chief executive officer and founding principal of Widener Partnership Charter School, the first university-assisted charter school in Pennsylvania. The school quickly became known to state and local education officials as a successful model for university-public school partnerships. Since COVID-19, Dr. Anderson has become involved in an inter-disciplinary effort at Johns Hopkins University between the School of Education, School of Medicine, and School of Public Health, called the eSchool+ Initiative. The Initiative explores the nexus of education, facilities and health during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. She has assumed advisory and related duties for the School Administration & Supervision programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania, a second master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.
Rene Frey has made a life commitment to helping teachers and students alike as a leader and innovator in the field of education. Prior to co-founding Kesson Group in 2003, Rene earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business and worked as a lecturer at the University of Western Ontario. With over thirteen years’ experience leading education recruitment at Teach Away, Rene has been instrumental in building key recruitment partnerships with government programs and education organizations in over 50 countries around the world, including the UAE Ministry of Education, the Abu Dhabi Education Council, the Hong Kong Education Bureau, the Korean Ministry of Education and many more. After 13 years in business, it became apparent that the teacher shortage challenges facing communities overseas, were now impacting students and families here at home. In 2019, Klassroom was founded to continue to connect students with life-changing teachers, and help those teachers live their dreams right in their hometown.There is no one, single solution to the teacher shortage crisis we’re facing. That’s why Klassroom offers both unique pathways to a rewarding careers for teachers, as well as world-class recruitment and hiring solutions for schools. Today, through our Teach Away and Klassroom brands, we partner with world class education providers, such as Johns Hopkins University, to train educators worldwide through the development of comprehensive, evidence-based learning programs.