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Education in the Age of COVID

Oct 12, 2020

MIDLAND, PA — Join the online magazine, The Incline and PA Cyber on October 14, 2020 as we host a virtual panel of educators discussing strategies and tips on how to make the 2020-2021 school year the very best it can be. The assembled virtual panel will provide the audience with an opportunity to learn from a collection of innovative educators, representing various styles of education. The panel will also take questions from the virtual audience regarding the specific issues that schools, teachers, students, and parents are facing right now.

If you are a parent, you know this school year has been anything but normal. You know the struggles. You constantly work toward the successes. And you certainly know the difficult journey that comes with navigating the daily details of schooling during this pandemic. It is very likely that today's "new normal" has brought some version of virtual learning into your student's life. Our panel intends to provide some useful strategies and tips to make this school year better for parents, students, and even other educators.

"At PA Cyber, we say 'The Learning Never Stops.' We are proud of the ways we have been able to continue our outstanding teaching, student support and extracurricular activities throughout this pandemic," said Brian Hayden, CEO of PA Cyber. "Our families tell us how important it is to have some stability in their kids' lives, especially these days."

The October 14th virtual panel will be hosted by Colin Deppen, who is the local director of The Incline. He will be joined by:

  1. Macon Finley, Head of The Ellis School
    Ms. Finley is Head of The Ellis School, Pittsburgh's "leading age 3 to grade 12 private school dedicated to the education of girls." The school offers both online and in-person instruction options this year.
  2. Randy Seely, Pennsylvania Department of Education Charter Division Chief
    Mr. Seely and the PA Department of Education oversee 500 public school districts and more than 170 public charter schools.
  3. Brian Hayden, CEO of The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School
    Mr. Hayden's team of education professionals serves more than 11,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade from all over the state of Pennsylvania.
  4. Carl Kurlander, Senior Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
    Mr. Kurlander is a noted educator, screenwriter and the Founding Producer of The Pittsburgh Lens Center for Creativity which is a project focused on multimedia tools. Carl has written about making online learning creative and effective for students.

Topics for discussion by the panel include:

  • What school socialization looks like in the age of COVID
  • Tips to manage change in the transition from brick and mortar to online learning
  • Common technology and access hurdles to online learning
  • How to set up a productive workspace for your student(s)

CLICK HERE to register now for this enlightening virtual panel discussion.

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About PA Cyber

Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instruction methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and does not charge tuition to students or families.