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Breaking Down The Top Education Issues Of 2021 | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

Erik Czerwin

On a new episode of Teachers' Lounge: Exploring the top education issues to watch in 2021 with Rockford teacher Erik Czerwin.

Teachers’ Lounge host Peter Medlin and Erik dive into topics like:

  • How COVID-19 has forever changed the school experience
  • Are students really “falling behind” because of remote learning? What does that mean?
  • Social-Emotional Learning and the way students are supported
  • Project-Based Learning and how to get students solving real-world problems in the classroom

They also reflect on their list of issues from last year and how they evolved because of the pandemic.
Erik is also an award-winning chess coach, so they talked about the innovation needed to make an online chess season happen in Illinois and how that’s going.

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Educator(s) in this episode:

Erik Czerwin


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