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On Saturday, February 6, 2021 we will host the 3rd Annual Powerful Learners Conference as a virtual event, focused on how we can reenergize, reconnect and refresh as educators to keep students feeling safe and supported in this most unusual time. Together, we will build capacity in our schools and community spaces for honoring the unique needs and gifts of our students, setting the stage for them to thrive and break cycles of structural inequity.

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Saturday, February 6 • 10:30am - 11:15am
ComZOOMity: Connecting with Black Squares

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This session will discuss the importance of prioritizing relationships between teachers and students and amongst students to support their academic engagement. In addition to modeling strategies that are used in their classes the presenters will share resources for educators to implement these ideas in their own classrooms. There is value in prioritizing relationship building in the virtual classroom. Doing so elicits positive social emotional outcomes and a more productive classroom. You have the power to build community in your virtual classroom!
Learning Objectives:
Attendees will gain an understanding of why relationship-building is important as well as specific strategies for enhancing the classroom community in the distance learning setting.

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Carrie Mar

9th Grade Seminar teacher, Gateway High School
This is my twelfth year as a high school teacher in San Francisco. I have both SpEd and GenEd credentials and have taught in a variety of settings over my career (self-contained SDC, inclusive co-teaching, GenEd, instructional coaching). Fun fact: I've taught every single HS content... Read More →
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Calvin Calamia

9th Grade Seminar and Heritage Spanish teacher, Gateway High School
Calvin Calamia (he/they) is a 9th Grade Seminar and Heritage Spanish teacher at Gateway High School. He is also an author, athlete, and pet dad.

Saturday February 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am PST