Understanding the Impact of Coronavirus on K-12 Education


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Date: Fridays 

Time: 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Duration: 1 hour

PLUS: Bonus webinar on Wednesday, April 8 at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET

As of early March, the COVID-19 coronavirus has put about 300 million students out of school around the world, as communities and whole countries try to contain its spread. 

Join us for weekly live webinars on how K-12 schools are coping, the move to remote learning and how students and educators are being impacted by the virus. EdSurge K-12 Editor Stephen Noonoo and other editors and reporters will host different panelists each week to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly evolving situation. 

Some of the topics series panelists will discuss include:

  • Equity
  • Special education and Universal Design for Learning
  • Parent communications
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Remote instruction for early learning

On Wednesday, April 8 we’ll offer a bonus webinar sharing lessons from Chinese educators who have made the switch to online learning. Led by EdSurge cofounder Betsy Corcoran, our guests will share what they’ve learned by transitioning to remote education so quickly and the new options for learning they now have for their students. For this special edition, we’ll be using a Chinese webinar platform, ClassIn. Thank you to ClassIn for supporting our coronavirus coverage.

Future and Past Panelists 

K-12 Editor, EdSurge

Stephen is the K-12 Editor at EdSurge. Previously, he served as editor of eSchool News and as an education editor at THE Journal and SmartBrief. As a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, he edited its quarterly publication OnCue Journal and assisted with its popular YouTube channel Infinite Thinking Machine.


Host Stephen Noonoo

Cofounder of EdSurge

Betsy is executive director of editorial and special projects at ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. In 2011, she cofounded EdSurge, which rapidly became the leading information hub for teachers, entrepreneurs and school leaders with a commitment to edtech. 

Host Betsy Corcoran

Future Ready teacher on special assignment (TOSA) at Beaverton School District in Oregon


Matt Hiefield

Melissa Dodd

Director of Teacher Development at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, Calif. 

Diana Neebe

Diana Neebe

Director of Studies at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut, co-founder of Explain Everything and a board member of Global Online Academy


Reshan Richards

Reshan Richards

Chief Technology Officer of San Francisco Unified School District


Melissa Dodd

Melissa Dodd

Technology Specialist for Ladue School District in St. Louis


Patricia J. Brown

Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Redlands


Nicol Howard

Technical Assistance Specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Luis Perez

STEM Coach at New York City Department of Education 

Sean Arnold

Principal, Nova Academy, Beijing

Michael Epstein

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Peking University

Wenge Guo

Co-principal at Yew Wah International Education School of Guangzhou

Aaron Lennon

Chief Executive Officer, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Rhian Evans Allvin

Elementary English as a Second language Teacher, Knollwood Elementary,

Salisbury, NC 

Katie Gardner

Betsy Corcoran

Founder, ISTE Early Learning Professional Learning Network

Gail Lovely

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