CLI Summer Webinar Series

Communities of Practice: 

Reopening Our Schools & Classroom Communities with Care



Getting Prepared

Across the nation, school leaders are facing a serious dilemma. How can they ensure a successful start for school in the fall?

Teachers are also facing uncertain times, with transitions to a more virtually-centered teaching model, adjusting student learning and retention expectations, all while continuing and learning new ways to support their students and families. The ripples of COVID-19 and systemic racism have cut deeply across the education landscape.

Children’s Literacy Initiative is here to help!

We have learned valuable lessons and gained tremendous insight from our school district partners, our teachers, and our coaches. And we’re ready to share this learning with the rest of the education community.

When we return to school in the fall, leadership will be working to adjust curriculums and programs to account for school closures, as well as attending to the human work of caring for those implementing and experiences these changes first-hand.

We have developed a four-part virtual workshop to guide your thinking for starting school to ensure changes are addressed with care and understanding. During these workshops, we will discuss the mindsets and actions you should adopt to create learning environments where care, trust, strength, and equity are the foundation for teaching young children.


3 Key Mindsets to Establish a Caring School Climate:

School Leaders

JULY 8, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EST 
This session kicked off our four-part series with a discussion centered around the three research-based mindsets for school leaders to adopt as they work to establish a climate of care in their schools: a strengths based approach, collective leadership, and kindness. We shared perspective on what it looks and sounds like to apply each of these mindsets, with teachers and children, at the start of a new year.


3 Literacy Practices for establishing care from the start:


JULY 15, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EST 

In our second session we focused on how educators prioritize care to launch the school year, by getting to know their children – their histories, cultures, strengths, needs, interests, and particularly their experiences in current times. We discussed three literacy practices for getting to know children and for establishing a climate of care.


3 Ways Coaches Can bring Care to the Forefront:

Literacy Coaches

JULY 22, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EST 

In part three of our four-part series, we focused on three ways that Literacy Coaches can prioritize care in their work with teachers and children. We introduced tools and resources that can be used to develop cultural competence, foster trusting relationships and focus on the SEL needs of children.


What Matters in Early Literacy Instruction, now?


In our last workshop session, we discussed our learnings about what is most important to prioritize in early literacy instruction – particularly now, when children may have some assumed learning loss and may have experienced trauma in our current landscape. We focused on principles for guiding the planning and implementation of early literacy instruction – so that we are having the highest impact possible on children’s social-emotional and literacy learning.