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In this interactive session, we'll explore how to prepare for in-person instruction once schools reopen. Unlike the transition to distance learning, we can anticipate the transition back to in-person instruction and begin planning for what it should look like. Effective instructional programs will build on best practices from classroom instruction and critical skills learned from the distance learning experience to create a blended learning environment that benefits from the best of both experiences. This one-hour session will guide participants through the process of reflecting on effective practices from both experiences, examining how these practices can foster collaborative learning, constructivist thinking, and individualized differentiation in a blended learning setting, and developing a professional development program to ensure all teachers are prepared. The widespread exposure to instructional technology during distance learning will certainly impact the classrooms of the future when we return, and preparing for this transition now will set up our students and our school teams for success.
About Dr. Mekhitarian
Dr. Mekhitarian serves as the Interim Director of Innovation, Instruction, Assessment and Accountability at Glendale Unified School District. He has a wide breadth of experience in classroom and leadership positions and holds degrees from UCLA, Harvard, and Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Mekhitarian’s doctoral research at LMU’s Educational Leadership for Social Justice program focused on the skills and training needed to effectively implement blended learning across schools and systems. He is a Google Certified Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, Blended Learning Universe Expert Advisor, and lecturer for the Instructional Technology for School Leaders course at Loyola Marymount University. Mekhitarian is the author of “The Essential Blended Learning PD Planner” (2021) from Corwin Press.