NEA-Alaska Presents: October-vent 2020-10-29T14:25:17-08:00

October 6, 2020—October 30, 2020

This year, we’re pleased to announce that instead of one weekend of professional development, we’re launching “October-vent”, a month-long series of virtual training for certificated and ESP members alike. October-vent registration is open to all members.

In total, we are offering 40 sessions over the month of October. The majority of sessions will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays beginning at 5 PM. There are a couple of sessions with different start times and days of the week so please read the course descriptions carefully.

Because of the number of sessions provided, NEA-Alaska has teamed up with UAA to offer credit. You must attend 15 hours of sessions and complete all UAA requirements to receive credit. More information is available in the October-vent Course Catalog.

It is highly encouraged that if you are unable to commit fully to the live session that you do not register for that session and instead watch the training at a later date. This will ensure that we have enough space in each session for active participants. As the recordings of sessions become available, we will notify the membership by email, so that you may begin viewing and gaining UAA credit asynchronously.

If you want to receive one graded graduate credit for participating in October-vent, please do the following.

  1. Register with UAA for credit using these instructions from UAA.
  2. Pay for the credit which is $ 76.00 following the instruction on the UAA handout.
  3. Take 15 hours of sessions (live or later by watching the recorded session).
  4. Write 2-3 page reflection paper during which you discuss the sessions you attended and how you will use them to improve your practice. A word document is preferred.
  5. For the live sessions: You can just write about the session as described above.
  6. For watching prerecorded sessions: Watch the sessions that will be posted to www.neaalaska.org. For each recorded session you viewed for the UAA course, you will need to post a video-response as part of meeting the course collaboration requirements. To facilitate this, a Flipgrid Topic for October-vent 2020 has been created and opened for you to use. It is located in the October-vent Canvas shell.  You will need to post a video response for each asynchronous (recorded) session you wish to use for the one-credit UAA class. Further instructions are located in the October-vent Canvas Shell. Log In to Canvas for Non-ASD folks
  7. If you take both live and asynchronous sessions, your paper can consist of written paragraphs for the live sessions, and links to your video responses for the asynchronous sessions.
  8. Papers are due November 13, 2020, submitted to Canvas.

For questions, please contact Debbie.Omstead@neaalaska.org

Once the instructor has added you via email to the Canvas shell, you will receive an email invitation.  Please follow the instructions below on how to create an account and connect to the ASD Canvas Shell:

  • You will need to click on the Get Started blue button in the email you receive (if you don’t see it, please be sure to check spam folder)
  • You will be asked if you Already Have an Account or Don’t Have an Account
  • Please select Don’t Have an Account
  • It will take you to the registration page, see below.

  • You will then be able to put in your own password.
  • Agree to the policy and click Register
  • You will now have an account in a generic Canvas account for Teachers
  • You will then be sent to your dashboard and will see your course there.

Once you logout, to log back in they will need to go to the URL below, which is a special URL for NON-ASD users to access ASD Canvas: https://asdk12.instructure.com/login/canvas/

View the Event Catalog
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You will receive an email after registering, that will contain your agenda, each of your sessions’ Zoom links, and meeting information with a subject line “Registration Confirmed – October-vent Virtual Sessions”. Keep that email for future reference! Please check your spam folder if it does not immediately come to your inbox.

October-vent Session Recordings

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the sensitive nature, or confidential issues that may have been discussed in certain live sessions, along with some technical issues that occurred with some recordings, unfortunately, the following sessions will not be able to be viewed asynchronously:
  • Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity: Sessions I & II
  • Alaska Native Education – “Untold” Histories and their Implications
  • Does it Hurt? Secondary Trauma Support for ESPs
  • Equity in Education
  • Librarianship in Distant Times: K-12
  • Overview and History of Alaska Land Ownership – including Statehood, ANCSA and ANILCA
  • OSHA Covid-19

Equitable Outcomes: Relationship Building

October 7, 2020

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Total Participation: The Distance Learning Edition

October 7, 2020

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Basic Canvas
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October 8, 2020

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Intermediate Canvas

October 14, 2020

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Deconstructing Trauma:
Supporting Educators and Students in Times of Stress and Anxiety

October 14, 2020

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Navigating Virtual Field Trips: K-12

October 14, 2020

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Face-Mask Wearing Strategies for Optimal Performance

October 13, 2020

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Techniques to Calm the Nervous System

October 20, 2020

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Stepping Up Engagement with FlipGrid

October 14, 2020

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Creativity in the time of COVID

October 15, 2020

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Techniques to Calm the Nervous System

October 20, 2020

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Embracing Diversity in the Classroom

October 21, 2020

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Collaboration via Distance Learning

October 21, 2020

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Stronger Together: Family and School
Partnerships for Equitable Outcomes–
Linking Families to Learning

October 21, 2020

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Using Kami to Make Fillable PDFs

October 22, 2020

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Creating Effective
Instructional Videos

October 22, 2020

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Creative Curriculum
and Blended Learning

October 22, 2020

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Resilience Upon Reentry: Building a Trauma-Sensitive School in Our New World

October 27, 2020

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