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Best of 2020

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A compilation of our top-viewed content in 2020, including blog articles, podcasts, webinars, research articles, and more.
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This year has been a challenging one, without a doubt. Educators everywhere have gone above and beyond to keep students safe and learning in the midst of a global pandemic.

This year, our team published a lot of content to help educators quickly adapt to connecting with students in online environments. This content took a variety of forms, including blog articles, podcasts, webinars, research articles, and more.

Here’s a list of our top-viewed content from 2020:

Top Article: 23 Team-Building Activities For Staying Connected In A Remote Work Environment

Top Webinar: Simple Strategies for Learning Continuity During School Closures

Top Podcast: SEL During A Pandemic With Lauren Kazee

Top Research Publication: Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

Top Teaching Tip: Building Student Stamina in Virtual Breakout Rooms

Additional resources

To see a full list of the free resources we released in 2020 to help Michigan schools during the pandemic, check out our Learning Continuity Resources page.

Here’s hoping for a better 2021 — where we can take everything we learned in 2020 and apply this experience in a safer, more stable learning environment.

Thank you, educators, for everything you’ve done this year to support students. We know it’s been difficult, but your thoughtfulness, courage, and perseverance in the face of adversity continue to astound us.

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