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Productivity during the pandemic: Strategies for balancing work, teaching, and parenting in the COVID era

Before 2020, many of us might have said we’d like to work from home on occasion: skipping the daily commute, having lunch at home, experiencing fewer doorway interruptions, not having to dress up for the office, and not having to take a sick day yourself when a child is sick or having sudden school emergencies take precedence over your own priorities.

But that was before we knew about COVID-19. Before we knew that the saved commute time would come at the price of longer work days. Before we knew that doing our work through technology would make everything just a little bit harder. Before some of us and our students knew how much harder online was.

Join the Education Resources team online from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 for a “Productivity during the pandemic” development event. The event will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing, but can be accessed here:

In the past six weeks, our daily lives have completely changed. Teachers have had to quickly re-think their classes. Researchers have had to figure if and how their research projects could continue. Staff have had to completely change their workflows and adapt to the new workflows of their supervisors.

As a result, we have LESS of everything (time, resources, access to colleagues and students, mental bandwidth, patience when things don’t work as expected) at the very time that our new normal requires we do MORE to be present and engaged. How are we to find the motivation, time, and efficiencies to help us forge onward without losing our minds in the process?

Join Dr. Adrienne Salentiny (and possibly her 6-year-old, and maybe some pets!) on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. for a professional development session on doing more with less: “Productivity during the pandemic: Strategies for balancing work, teaching, and parenting in the COVID era.” Relying on her professional expertise in online teaching and curriculum design, her penchant for organization and time-management, and her personal experience as a mother trying to work remotely and parent/teach simultaneously, Dr. Salentiny will her own perspective on navigating the COVID-19 crisis. But there is no handbook for this, no one-size-fits-all, so the primary focus of the session will be for each to share our own tips, tricks, and lessons learned. We may not have all the answers, but it will be good to remind ourselves that we are not alone in the challenges we are facing, so please come ready to share!

This faculty and staff development event is offered by Dr. Salentiny on behalf of the Teaching, Learning & Scholarship core of Education Resources at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. All are welcome to attend online.