Episode 40 - Dr. Michaud-Willis | The Silver Lining of Teaching in Covidland
In this episode, we end our mini-series on a more positive note. I explore the "Silver Lining" of this past year with Dr April Michaud-Willis as we put our journey of 2020 in perspective. Please join us.
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About Dr. Michaud-Willis
Dr. April Willis has spent her entire career in education, working at the campus, district, and state levels of education and holds certifications in the Superintendency, Principalship and eight teaching roles.
She currently serves as the Director of Operations at The National Virtual Teaching Association (NVTA) , an organization which helps teachers transition from the brick-and-mortar classroom to the virtual classroom, with the goal of providing online instruction that’s even more engaging and effective than in-person learning. She is a contributing author to NVTA’s new book, Virtual Instruction Standards: Optimizing Teaching & Learning (October 2020), a comprehensive guide based on current research, proven best practices, and the expertise of virtual instructors across the country that addresses all learners and learning environments, as well as the evolving needs of students, educators, and schools.
A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Willis taught kindergarten through third grade in a multilevel classroom for the University of Texas Charter school located at the SAFE Charter School, a school that provides educational and behavioral support services in an environment that promotes safety and healing for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and child abuse. While teaching, she also held the roles of ARD facilitator, TELPAS coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and campus testing coordinator.
She has published two books on achieving academic & professional excellence, as well as founded a scholarship to invest in students who can prove they will make a difference in the world by leading with confidence and integrity.
The National Virtual Teacher Association (NVTA) is on a mission to help teachers transition from the brick-and-mortar classroom to the virtual classroom, with the goal of providing online instruction that’s even more engaging and effective than in-person learning.
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