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CMS Distance Learning Playbook Book Study

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Course Description

  • We will dig into this text together to increase our skills in designing a learning experience for students that is engaging, supportive and effective no matter the environment.
  • We will look closely at the three main themes of Visible Learning to gain a deeper understanding of how these transcend the learning environment:
    • Theme 1: Fostering student self-regulation and ownership of learning;
    • Theme 2: Diversity of instructional approaches, progress monitoring, and refinement;
    • Theme 3: Investment in collaboration with adults and relationships with students.
  • Lead Learner (Facilitator): Mark Wakefield (
  • Credit(s) and Type: 3 hours, online meetings; 7 hours, independent = 10hrs Relicensure Credit (contact/clock hours)


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Target Audience

  • All educators who work with students, in-person and/or through an online environment. 


Timeline Overview

  • In addition to the information shared via email or other group messages, please note the following important dates:

    • Beginning of Book Study: January 5, 2021
    • Online Meetings (Webinars):
      • Online Meeting 1 - 1/6/21, 7:30 AM OR 3:00 PM
      • Online Meeting 2 - 1/13/21, 7:30 AM OR 3:00 PM
      • Online Meeting 3 - 1/27/21, Time TBD
      • Online Meeting 4 - 2/10/21, Time TBD
      • Online Meeting 5 - 2/24/21, Time TBD
    • End of Course: February 24, 2021

Assignment Schedule:

Each module is scheduled out on a weekly basis with opportunity for reflection, response, and reaction. Each module also has "homework" in the form of assignments and response. At the start of each week/module will be found a video from your Lead Learner (me, Mark) introducing the work for the upcoming week. (Note: Each weekly module will be opened on Sunday evening of the upcoming week. Once opened, course participants are free to work through the weekly assignments at their own pace.) 

Required face-to-face webinars/Google Meets will be scheduled for every other week with multiple options for participants to join in. Please take note of these dates and times and have them on your calendar. 

Submitting Assignments: You have options! As your instructor, I would love to receive assignments in the myriad of ways that you also, as a teacher, receive from your students. For each assignment item, you can submit typed text, upload a document, record audio or even video. Please be sure to complete the first item for our course by watching the short instructional video on how to submit assignments in Canvas.