W&M alumni adjusting to remote teaching in special education classes

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    Building relationships:
     Zack Fetters ’16, M.Ed. ’18 is in his second year teaching at Laurel Lane Elementary in Williamsburg. “I’ve had to be creative in how I maintain relationships and build relationships with new students,” he says.
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by Dave Johnson

September 25, 2020

School is back in session, but the pandemic continues. As a result, teachers across the country — at all levels — are conducting their classrooms online.

For those who work in special education, it’s been particularly challenging. Their students have various learning differences that make teaching a challenge even in the best of circumstances. Now, that in-person connection, which is so vital to teaching and learning, comes through a laptop camera lens.

Zack Fetters ’16, M.Ed. ’18 and Josh Dulaney ’18, M.Ed. ’20, both graduates of the William & Mary School of Education and former linebackers on the Tribe’s football team, are relative newcomers

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Students adjusting to COVID challenges get access to learning materials with help of old concept

DENVER (KDVR) – Thousands of students in the Adams12 school district are getting a boost in their remote education with the help of learning pods, a years-old concept that physically brings students together in a common space with adult support.

“It’s a lot more helpful because we get to be with someone who could help us in our classroom,” Christina Chavez said, 10, a fifth grader at Hillcrest Elementary School. “At home our parents could (help me), but sometimes they couldn’t understand all the stuff because it’s different from what they learned.”

Chavez is among nearly 4,000 students, district-wide, who participate in an Adams12 learning pod. The pods allow students, who otherwise would be attending remote, online school from their own home due to COVID-19 precautions, to attend a socially distanced classroom with support from a school staff member.

“Learning pods offered an opportunity for students to come in and

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