March 30, 2020
Dear ERDI Members,
As we navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the changes that are taking place each day in response, we are eager to support the ERDI Community. We thank each of you for your leadership and generosity during this time and aim to contribute by connecting thought partners, sharing messages and insights, and serving as a conduit for information sharing. Please call upon us. We're ready and willing to help in any way we can.

With much gratitude,
Dr. Joseph Wise & Dr. Jennifer Ferrari
#ImpactEd Chat
Navigating COVID-19 First: Lessons from Washington State
Here's what we learned...
  • All is fair in love and war (COVID-19).
  • Working as a region is critical. #BetterTogether
  • Having a high functioning crisis team or management team makes all the difference. Prepare now.
  • Life continues during COVID-19, so the show must go on, and we must be prepared.
  • Show gratitude and take special care of our essential personnel. They are sacrificing much to ensure the wellbeing of others.
  • We also have to figure out ways to spell those who are continuing to work during this time so that they don't burn out.
  • Find joy and humor despite the circumstances.
  • Check in and take care of one another.
  • Trust your gut! 
Have an idea for the next #ImpactEd Chat?

Complete the quick form or contact jferrari@erdius.org

Support from our ERDI Solution Providers
So many of our ERDI Solution Providers are providing generous support and free resources to schools and districts during this period of COVID-19. In the event you have questions or need to connect with one of our solution providers, we are happy to help you.

Do you have a solution to offer?

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Thank you for your generous contributions.

Are you hosting a webinar?

Let us know--
We'll be happy to share!
Join Qualtrics on Thursday, April 2nd at 12:00 PMCST for a webinar to learn how to easily deploy the powerful COVID-19 solutions they are offering to support remote working and learning. Participants will gain quick insights and hear success stories from clients.
Join Move this World on Thursday, April 2nd at 1:00PM CST to learn more about  Helping Students Process Feelings During COVID-19 .  They've collaborated with licensed social workers and therapists to provide you with the information you need to help your students and children process the events of COVID-19. Whether you teach or care for young children or teenagers, you'll walk away with a better understanding of how to create a supportive environment.

Additionally, don't miss Founder & CEO, Sara LaHayne, as she leads social emotional learning and mindfulness exercises live. Join MTW on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:00AM CST on Facebook Live .  

Join ETS-ProEthica on Thursday, April 2 at 3:00PM CST for the live webinar Leading with Ethics . Our very own ERDI Superintendents, Dr. Aubrey Johnson from New Brunswick Public Schools in NJ and his team will serve as expert panelists.

The panelists will explore ways in which school administrators can help change the way ethics-based decisions are made within their school districts. Developing a standard of care and a framework for ethical decision-making can help districts avoid the serious consequences of poor decisions, such as employee terminations and legal action.

Virtual ERDI Solutions during COVID-19
We are happy to co-construct virtual solutions to meet your R&D needs. We've already designed several customized plans for our Solution Providers and are happy to collaborate with you. We are committed to ensuring that our Solution Providers continue to have opportunities for meaningful engagement, even while we're all hunkering down and staying safe.

If you'd like to explore a virtual solution, contact mike@erdius.org .
A Looking ahead
ERDI I/II/III/IV Summer Institutes

Assuming we'll see the other side of things by July and be more than ready to spend time together, we plan to convene all of our cohorts this summer, July 11-18, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland.

We're adapting! The combined ERDI III/IV Institute will be held adjacent to our scheduled ERDI I/II institutes. The Summer Institute schedule creates new possibilities for collaboration between cohorts and provides solution providers with a unique opportunity to take advantage of multiple perspectives during the same week.
ERDI Education Leaders will receive
updated RSVPs and logistics information next week.
Do you know an exemplary Education Leader?

We're Accepting Nominations

Help us build our membership by nominating outstanding superintendents and cabinet-level leaders to participate in ERDI. We welcome your nominations.
Radio ERDI
Hear powerful stories from our ERDI Education Leaders and Solution Providers as they share their insights and knowledge about the latest topics and trends in education.

If you're interested in participating in a Radio: ERDI podcast, contact Sara@erdius.org
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