Hot lesson topics for Teachers using LaunchPacks

April 20, 2020

Districts around the country are not only grappling with the transition from the classroom to learning at home. They are also figuring out how to meet their established learning objectives and curriculum goals virtually.

Britannica’s Education Consultant team has put together a webinar series focusing on critical learning objectives like SEL, literacy, digital citizenship, curriculum integration, and how to support ELL and other special needs. Join us over the coming weeks as you plan for how to support students for the long term.

The following topics will be presented over the coming weeks. You can read the webinar descriptions and register below.

  • Integrating SEL into Literacy
  • Digital Literacy & Digital Citizenship
  • Supporting English Language Learners using LaunchPacks
  • Curriculum Integration with Launch Packs – Integrating ELA / with Social Studies and Science

Integrating SEL into Literacy

Learn how to teach students the importance of developing and integrating social emotional learning skills when reading a text or exploring media sources, such as images and videos, using Britannica LaunchPacks.

After an hour you’ll walk away with teaching tools:

  • Learn ways to successfully get students to interact and make connections with text and media sources from a social and emotional standpoint
  • Discover strategies to help students identify the purpose of establishing and maintaining positive relationships with those around them (both digitally and in their community)
  • Identify strategies to assist students in identifying their emotions and recognizing healthy ways to express how they feel and show empathy toward topics/issues being studied
  • Identify ways to encourage students to be challenged to discover, explore, learn and become empowered, resilient life-long learners that can contribute to society. 
  • Free access to Britannica LaunchPacks: Social Studies and Science & continued support (resources) throughout this unprecedented time

Register: Wednesday, April 22 @ 4 pm EST

Register: Wednesday, April 29 @ 4 pm EST

Register: Wednesday, May 6 @ 4 pm EST

Presenter: Jaime Perris is from Melbourne, Australia and has been in the field of education for around 16 years.  She has mostly taught middle and high school students in the areas of Psychology, Social Studies, ESL, Law, Business and Chinese Mandarin, and has taught in Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, the Bahamas, and the USA. Jaime has worked on government contracts for the U.S Navy, Malaysian Ministry of Education, Taiwanese public prison in the fields of Curriculum Development and Teacher Training. She has coached teachers and leaders across  Malaysia, Taiwan, New York and New Orleans.


Digital Literacy in the Virtual Learning Classroom

Learn about using Britannica LaunchPacks during virtual learning days to increase Digital Literacy.

After an hour you’ll walk away with:

  • Strategies on how online learning can lead to lifelong digital literacy skills
  • Encouraging digital citizenship in and out of the virtual learning environment
  • The next steps in integrating rich Social Studies and Science content vital to instruction in a given grade range
  • Built-in tools and features to encourage enhanced Digital Literacy
  • Seamless content sharing to Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, emails and other Learning Management Systems
  • Free access to Britannica LaunchPacks: Social Studies and Science & continued support (resources) throughout this unprecedented time

Register: Thursday, April 23 @ 4 pm EST

Register: Thursday, April 30 @ 4 pm EST

Register: Thursday, May 7 @ 4 pm EST

Presenter: Courtney France has been in education for the past 5 years with a background in elementary and academically and intellectually gifted education. Courtney has worked as a Literacy coach, STEM teacher and an effective teacher leader. In her free time, Courtney enjoys traveling the world, trying new restaurants, and actively attending spin classes.


Supporting English Language Learners

Explore ways to support ELL’s through virtual learning, using the many resources and supporting features included in Britannica LaunchPacks.

After an hour of learning, you’ll walk away with the following tools:

  • How to effectively navigate a text with ELL’s 
  • Identify close-reading strategies 
  • Empowering students through the use of meta-cognitive skills and annotation skills
  • Differentiation tools or the ELL
  • Free access to Britannica: LaunchPacks Social Studies and Science & continued support (resources) throughout this unprecedented time

Register: Tuesday, April 21 @ 3 pm CST

Register: Tuesday, April 28 @ 3 pm CST

Register: Tuesday, May 5 @ 3 pm CST

Presenter: Jenn Keating was a teacher for 7 years before joining Britannica.  She taught both Elementary students and Middle School students in Pontiac, MI. She has been with Britannica’s Education Consultant Team for over 10 years.

Presenter: Jaime Perris is from Melbourne, Australia and has been in the field of education for around 16 years.  She has mostly taught middle and high school students in the areas of Psychology, Social Studies, ESL, Law, Business and Chinese Mandarin, and has taught in Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, the Bahamas, and the USA. Jaime has worked on government contracts for the U.S Navy, Malaysian Ministry of Education, Taiwanese public prison in the fields of Curriculum Development and Teacher Training. She has coached teachers and leaders across  Malaysia, Taiwan, New York and New Orleans.


How to use LaunchPacks to Integrate ELA Skills into Social Studies and Science

Explore how LaunchPacks is designed to easily support your goal to integrate ELA skills into your Social Studies and Science classes.

After an hour of learning, you’ll walk away with the following tools:

  • Understanding of why ELA integration is crucial to student success in both Social Studies and Science
  • Look at specific examples of LaunchPacks and how they can meet standards related to CCSS, NGSS and the C3 Framework

Learn tips on how to use the built-in support tools in LaunchPacks to:

  • Maximize your students’ comprehension of informational based text
  • Help students develop academic and domain specific vocabulary
  • Enhance student skills to compare and analyze various content sources

Register: Wednesday, April 22 at 2 pm PST

Register: Wednesday, April 29 at 2 pm PST

Register: Wednesday, May 6 at 2 pm PST

Presenter: Laurel Greene has worked in education for over 10 years in Southern California. She taught in an academic intervention program for five years before she transitioned to working in education program management. Before coming to Britannica, Laurel worked as an Academic and Enrichment Program Specialist for a non-profit organization that served over 90 schools in the Los Angeles area.

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