How to Support Your Child in a Virtual Learning Environment?

This session is free and parents are encouraged to attend!

The UNC Charlotte Cato College of Education Office of School & Community Partnerships, Chancellor's Diversity Challenge Fund, New Teachers Support Group, and the 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte are please to present, "How to Support Your Child in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)?" from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 as part of the Teacher to Teacher Conference.  This session is a panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Tom Fisher, Office of School & Community Partnerships, Ms. Maghan Kirschner and Ms. Busola Stackhouse, both representing the Cato College of Education New Teacher Support Group.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools representatives Dr. Sharrone Powell, Assistant Principal at Thomasboro Academy, and Ms. Beth Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Academics, will also participate. "How to Support Your Child in a Virtual Learning Environment?" target audience is parents, but is free for all interested parties.  The session will discuss: social and emotional supports for VLE students; and technology tools, hardware and software, that support student success.

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Brief Bio

Dr. Tom Fisher is a veteran MDSK Supervisor of Student Teaching Candidates as well as teaching courses within the various MDSK programs. He is a qualified edTPA product scorer in Middle Grades and Secondary Social Studies. He is a recent certified Quality Matters (QM) awarded online instructor as well as a certified CLASS or Classroom Assessment Scoring System supervisor. His forte is the edTPA product and he is a leader in the Cato College of Education on setting up student supports, training faculty and clinical educators, and developing better systems to track and assess student strengths and areas of need. His mission now is to deliver this information and support to school partners in order to benefit all stakeholders. He is also very interested in real time coaching and professional development as evident by his involvement in the Teacher Education Institute (TEI).

Maghan Kirschner is currently in her 13th year of education. Prior to joining the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program in the Cato College of Education at UNCC, she worked as an assistant principal at KIPP Academy Charlotte.  Maghan Kirschner began her journey in education as a middle school social studies teacher in 2007 at Wilson Middle school in Charlotte, NC.

Busola Stackhouse, a National Board Certified Educator (Early Childhood Generalist), began her career teaching 15 years ago in Charlotte, NC where she taught in the K-5 setting.  After teaching in the classroom, Busola transitioned into a school-based math coaching position where she worked with teachers to directly impact student outcomes based on data.  She currently works with UNC-Charlotte as a New Teacher Support Coach where she coaches and provides workshops on fostering resilient learners, teaching with equity in mind, and strategies to actively engage learners.  In her spare time, Busola enjoys exercising and spending time with her husband and 2 young children, Avery and Noah.   

Dr. Sharrone L. Powell has spent the past 22 years of her educational journey serving and enjoying the students and families of the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System.  She taught both Kindergarten and 3rd Grade at Rama Road Elementary for 13 years.  She began her leadership journey as a Dean of Students at both Walter G. Byers School and Druid Hills Academy. She currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Thomasboro Academy. In her spare time, Dr. Powell enjoys watching her 12 year old son Jamison participate in sporting activities and serving the Charlotte community as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Ms. Beth Thompson has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Academics in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools since July, 2019.  Previously, Ms. Thompson was the principal at Whitewater Middle School from 2014 until 2019 and principal at Whitewater Academy from 2010 until 2014.  Both schools are in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system.  Ms. Thompson was named CMS Principal of the Year in 2016.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Classics from Davidson College and her master’s degree in educational leadership from Winthrop University as a part of the first cohort of the CMS Principal Pipeline Initiative.

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