Using COVID-19 as an Opportunity to Impact Our Students
The Foundation for Hispanic Education | Bay Area, CA
Inspirational Speaker for The Foundation for Hispanic Education's Professional Development Day
The mission of the Foundation for Hispanic Education is to provide leadership in the education of English Language Learners and the development of specialized training programs for teachers of English Language. I love their mission and was happy to help them make an impact on their audience!
The Foundation was preparing for a school year dictated by the restrictions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. As they planned their Professional Development Program for their administration, staff, and teachers prior to the start of the school year for their students, they were searching for a speaker that would represent their students and truly drive home the message that this is a time to invest in our students.
The Foundation's Director of Curriculum & Instruction and I collaborated on how my message could align with their theme and intended impact on the audience. In order to comply with the social distancing guidelines we are all under, my talk was virtual yet interactive and engaging as the audience alluded to.
My message was focused on the lifelong impact they have the potential to have on each student. I spoke about the many people that invested, believed, and guided me. I call them "Angels" and they are the reason I am where I am.
As my talk concluded, I facilitated an exercise to have each person set personal short term and long term goals for their upcoming school year.
I am confident the audience was motivated to start the year off to a great start and to use the virtual platforms as an opportunity rather than a challenge as they teach and impact each of their students during this COVID-19 era.
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