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The Just ASK 2020

Opening of School Checklist is Now Available!


The Just ASK 2020 

Mentor’s Opening of School Checklist is Now Available!


Important Notice!

The Just ASK Team is combing our files and writing new pieces in the interest of supporting our many colleagues who will be starting the 2020-2021 school year tasked with creating positive and productive learning experiences from a distance.  We will continue to add to this Distance Learning Collection and hope that you find it useful in your challenging work. Please feel free to share with colleagues near and far, and be sure to check back often. 

Distance Learning Collection
    Ten Tips for Enhancing Distance Learning (Paula Rutherford)
    Lessons We’ve Learned (Marcia Baldanza)
    Parents as Partners 2020 (Bruce Oliver)
    Maximizing Distance Learning (Marcia Baldanza)
    The Writer’s Notebook (Heather Clayton)
    Messages from the Children (Bruce Oliver)
    What Do We Do Now?  (The Just ASK Team)
    Tips for Recording and Using Instructional Videos (Heather Clayton)
    Coming soon: 2020 Tidbits for Teaching Near and Afar (Paula Rutherford)



In the News


Tips for Recording and Using Instructional Videos

Many of us haven’t been trained to provide remote instruction, yet with COVID, we found ourselves quickly learning new ways to deliver content from a distance. In this issue Heather includes ten great  tips that will make you feel more comfortable and confident in recording yourself and adding those recordings to your repertoire of teaching strategies. Additionally, you will find some personal reflections on lessons learned during our spring introduction to distance learning.


Leadership is Everyone’s Business

The August 6th issue of EmpowerED 3.2.1 titled Leadership is Everyone’s Business is now available. Marcia writes, “In preparing for my first online graduate class, I reflected on how to build connection, community, and curriculum. I thought about how leadership is a journey and we’re not on that journey alone. Leaders work with others to make dreams reality. Sounds corny, right? But it’s true. Leaders see, inspire, and achieve. Leaders develop the kinds of relationships that allow them to guide others  to accomplish extraordinary things in business, religion, sports, music and education.” In this issue she has pulled out a few fundamentals of leadership as she practices it. Learn more.

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Mentoring from Near and Afar 

Paula writes, “Just like good teaching is good teaching whatever the delivery format, good mentoring is good mentoring no matter the format. Just ASK consultants and authors have been collaborating with and coaching each other almost exclusively from afar for over twenty years. The technology has changed over the years, but the research base and personal practical experiences have consistently guided us in designing and assessing our professional interactions over time. Whatever the age of our students, we all know how to do schooling face-to-face and many of us have lived at least part-time in a virtual world; a key is our future success in navigating mentoring from afar is the acceptance of a few realities.” See details in the Mentoring Memo.

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