Deliver Your True Learning Experience, Online

Adapt Your Approach and Foster Community for Impactful REMOTE and Hybrid Learning

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Location: Virtual, using Zoom
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker
Sara Tahir, Global Online Academy

Peer Educator Speakers
Pictured, left to right:
Megan Bounit, The Park School | Jeniene Matthews, St. Mark's School | Katharine Millet, Milton Academy | Amy Silverman, American International School of Guangzhou | Colleen Worrell, St. Mark's School


  • Welcome and Introductions, facilitated by Becky Biggs, Director, Professional Development, AISNE: 9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
  • Foster Community Within Online and Hybrid Learning Models, presented and facilitated by Sara Tahir and peer educators: 9:15 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Break: 11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
  • Group Collaboration by School Division and Subject Matter Specialty: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Reflections and Farewell: 12:15 - 12:30 p.m.

AISNE Workshops include takeaway content, tools and resources. Program recordings will also be provided to support asynchronous and follow-up participant engagement. These resources are summarized and provided on a password accessible web page.

Registration Options

To order this workshop for asynchronous learning:

Please use this form. In advance of completing the form, please prepare a spreadsheet you will attach as part of your submission. It should list each person who will be asynchronously participating. Columns: First Name, Last Name, Title (Role), School Name, Email Address. AISNE will invoice you and deliver the assets to your participants upon receipt of your payment.

Virtual Format Rates:

  • Member Schools: $99 per person, or $89 per person for 3-4 participants and $75 per person for 5+ participants*
  • Non-Member Schools: $149 per person, or $139 per person for 3-4 participants and $125 per person for 5+ participants*

*To utilize our Group Savings Rates, please designate one person from your school to register all participants at the same time. If you have a question about this, please contact Betsy O'Brien, Manager, Program & Communications, AISNE.

About This Workshop

Independent schools are distinguished by small class sizes and intimate classroom settings. This fall will present new challenges regardless of how your school chooses to open the year. With thoughtful preparation, you can intentionally build the same sense of community and depth of learning engagement, even if your school starts the year online, or goes online during the fall.

This workshop will support you in three key areas for launching the new academic year:

  • Create community within online or hybrid modalities
  • Balance asynchronous and synchronous approaches, and the multiple ways students will experience your classes
  • Build and sustain student enthusiasm in fun and engaging ways

In this experience, you can expect to:

  • Explore best practices for online and hybrid teaching and learning
  • Collaborate closely with peers who share your same goals
  • Gain strategies and structures you can use as an educator in these uncertain times

About Our Speakers

Sara Tahir
Sara is Associate Director of Professional Learning at Global Online Academy. She designs and implements new online and in-person professional learning programs. Her article titled How Competency-Based Learning Supports Culturally Responsive Curriculum was featured on CompetencyWorks. Prior to joining GOA, Sara worked at Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA, where she taught high school English and developed the school’s teaching fellowship program.

Learn more about Sara, here.

Megan Bounit
Megan is Director of Academic Technology at The Park School in Brookline, MA. She is an educator and lifelong learner who is committed to supporting equity and inclusion in school communities. She has spent the past seventeen years working in technology in independent schools. Before joining Park Megan worked at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA and the King & Low-Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, CT. Megan was chosen by Global Online Academy to be a member of their 2017-2018 inaugural Learning Design Coaches Cohort, was a Community Teaching Assistant for the MIT EdX course “Launching Innovation in Schools: XQ Edition,” and was selected by MassCUE to be a Social Media Ambassador at their 2017 annual conference.

Learn more about Megan, here.

Jeniene Matthews
Jeniene is English Department Chair and Digital Learning Coach at St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA. Prior to joining St. Mark’s, Jeniene litigated antitrust class action matters, taught legal writing and research courses, and most recently worked as the manager of recruiting and professional development for a prominent Boston law firm. In 2014, Jeniene was appointed the Evill-Glavin Chair; established by the Forbes Foundation, which recognizes outstanding faculty members, Outside of the classroom, Jeniene is the Digital Learning Coach for faculty and staff and lives on campus with her husband, Gregory, and their son, Logan.

Learn more about Jeniene, here.

Katharine Millet
Katharine is a History Teacher at Milton Academy in Milton, MA. Prior to joining Milton, Katharine was Chair of the History & Social Sciences Department at St. Mark's School for six years, and Director of St. Mark's Saturdays, an experiential education program integral to the school's curriculum, for four years. A product of independent schools herself, Katharine is committed to improving the environment of the institutions she serves for the students she teaches. Culturally and emotionally responsive teaching is a core goal of her practice. She has extensive experience with blended learning and digital portfolios, and is a vocal advocate for standards-based learning and "Teachers Going Gradeless".

Learn more about Katharine, here.

Amy Silverman
Amy is a preschool teacher at an American International School in Guangzhou, China, where the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus meant the school had to take quick action to keep as many people healthy as possible. Like many schools later did here in the U.S., American International School decided to temporarily shift to online instruction.

Learn more about Amy, here.

Colleen Worrell
Colleen is Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and a member of the History and Social Sciences Faculty at St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA.

Learn more about Colleen, here.