Friday, January 27, 2023

Williamsburg Regional Library is hosting a Learning at Home Summit. Here’s what’s that all about

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

The Williamsburg Regional Library is hosting a virtual Learning at Home Summit to address some of the challenges and opportunities families might face in the coming school year. 

“Though many families had some experience with virtual learning this past spring, beginning the school year online presents a whole new set of challenges, and people are understandably anxious about what their child’s school day is going to look like and how their individual learning needs are going to be met,” said library director Betsy Fowler in a news release. “The purpose of our Learning at Home Summit is to assuage those anxieties by giving parents and kids an opportunity to hear first-hand all the ways both the school district and the library can support them through this.”

The summit will take place via Zoom on Tuesday in two sessions. Amy College, with William & Mary’s School of Education, will speak during the summit and there will be presentations both from Williamsburg Regional Library and Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools staff.

There will be two sessions: one for elementary school families and another for middle and high school families. Both sessions will focus on sharing information about the virtual learning experience and resources that are available to support families and students as they learn to navigate the new virtual learning system.

Colley will begin with information about the best practices for creating an online learning environment. WJCC staff will then share details about the structure of virtual learning and what the online classroom interface will look like.

Next, Melissa Simpson, a WRL representative, will highlight physical and digital resources provided by the library. The resources include research tools and eBooks and are designed to support teachers and students.

The sessions will end with a comment and listening portion, during which participants can ask questions, voice concerns or share requests for additional information.

The elementary school session will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday; the middle and high school sessions will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Participants can join the summit via Zoom and connection information is available online. 

A recording of both sessions will be available on the library’s website.

For more information, visit the Williamsburg Regional Library online.


Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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