Kickstart the Restart

Male instructor teaching a class on Zoom.
Capital Region ESD 113 Teaching & Learning (TnL) recently wrapped up its most ambitious professional learning series ever: KICKSTART the RESTART.
When COVID-19 closed classrooms in spring 2020, teachers pivoted from in-person to remote instruction. Teachers had to re-learn how to create engaging instructional experiences with new technology.
TnL responded with KICKSTART, a course series designed to help teachers use educational technology to make learning successful during remote, hybrid, and in-person instruction.
Nearly 900 educators across Washington State registered for KICKSTART the RESTART. The TnL team hosted dozens of online sessions covering wide-ranging topics.
Educators learned about family engagement, Universal Design for Learning, priority standards, collaboration, and more in their sessions.
The courses included live and remote experiences designed to meet participants’ busy schedules. Many continue to access recordings and activities today, weeks after the end of the series.
Each participant contributed a video reflection at the end of their course. One contributor shared, “If we can do it like this, we’re going to be incredible in person.”
Other participants shared their appreciation for support provided through the program in:
  • Understanding technology
  • Visualizing the potential of collaboration
  • Growing as an empowered educator
The TnL team continues to support educators’ needs. Be on the lookout for an online course on Racial Literacy in winter 2021. We’ll also launch a new series called “The Road to Distinguished,” which centers on the Washington State Instructional Criteria.
Need specialized support from the TnL team? Contact Directors Russell Rice or Abby Bowers. Learn more on our website.