Archived Webinars from Past Years


Effective Integration of Technology in the Classroom

Content provided by Mentoring Minds.

This webinar took place on September 23, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Technology is a tool that can powerfully impact student learning when used appropriately. Rather than allowing the integration of technology to become an end goal in itself, implementation should utilize technology as a tool for achieving the learning outcomes educators have always sought—transforming students into creative, independent thinkers with a mastery of the standards. Emphasis will be placed on a systematic approach to integration to boost student engagement, connect to the real world, and challenge students to think critically. As the presenters discuss specific techniques and strategies, participants will be invited to engage in collaborative discussions.

Presenters:

Gwen Hicks, M.Ed., independent educational consultant
Rebecca Stobaugh, Ph.D., associate professor, Western Kentucky University
Moderator:
Kim Brody, director of professional development, Mentoring Minds


Implementing Blended Learning: The Myth vs. the Reality

Content provided by Edgenuity.

This webinar took place on September 22, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The landscape of blended learning is quickly growing and ever-changing. There’s a lot of information out there, but how much of it is true? How does a school or a teacher make the switch from traditional teaching to blended learning? What does success look like? Our presentation will discuss what is true about blended learning, dispel the myths, and walk attendees through how to successfully make the change.

First, we’ll take a look at the blended learning landscape and address misinformation. Next, we’ll discuss the most popular blended learning models, and then provide examples of successful implementations. Finally, Dana Spurlin, Instructional Technology Director at Tift County Schools in Georgia, will discuss her first-hand experience in the practical application of blended learning and offer tips and suggestions for those just starting out.

Presenters:

Stacy Hawthorne, blended learning consultant, Edgenuity
Dana Spurlin, instructional technology director, Tift County Schools, Ga.
Moderator:
Jennifer Slackman, director of product marketing, Edgenuity


Using Data to Drive Personalized Math Learning Needs

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on September 10, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Technologies to support data-driven decision-making hold great promise for increasing the effectiveness of teaching and learning activities, accelerating student achievement, and improving organizational performance. To access what students are learning and how they are progressing, educators can now use a continuous improvement framework for data-driven decision-making to organize people and processes to reach education objectives.

Join us for this webinar and discuss topics including:

• Building a sustainable data analysis framework
• Common challenges involved in establishing data-driven practices
• Incorporating blended learning environments to meet school goals

Presenter:

Sharnell Jackson, founder and CEO, Data-Driven Innovations Consulting
Moderator:
Joe Trahan, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning


Social-Emotional Learning: Systemic Innovation for Improved Outcomes

Content provided by Committee for Children.

This webinar took place on September 2, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Schools that explicitly teach social-emotional learning (SEL) create positive learning environments and see an average 11 percent increase in academic achievement. Austin Independent School District (ISD) has transformed its entire learning ecosystem through a districtwide commitment to SEL. National leaders in SEL will share the research case for SEL as a key to improved student outcomes, innovative strategies for best-practice SEL implementation and sustainability, effect of SEL on Austin ISD schools, and lessons learned while transforming schools with SEL.

Paul Cruz, Austin ISD Superintendent, will highlight the distinguished panel of presenters. In his time with Austin ISD, graduation rates have improved to an all-time high of 84.1 percent, and post-secondary enrollment rates have increased significantly. Roger Weissberg, CASEL Chief Knowledge Officer, will share expertise in the field of social-emotional learning. Sherrie Raven, Austin ISD SEL Coordinator, will provide real-world examples and advice for successful school- and district-wide implementation.

Presenters:

Paul Cruz, superintendent, Austin Independent School District, Texas
Sherrie Raven, director of SEL, Austin Independent School District, Texas
Roger Weissberg, chief knowledge officer, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
Moderator:
Joan Cole Duffell, executive director, Committee for Children


Partners in Time: Building School-Community Models

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Ford Foundation.

This webinar took place on June 24, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Traditional after-school art, sports, or computer science programs run by local groups don’t cut it anymore in many districts. Schools and community-based organizations are forging deeper connections amid a growing recognition that children and teenagers need more resources than any school or nonprofit can provide on its own. It’s not easy giving up some control and merging cultures, but schools and community groups are learning to become partners in education.

Rochester, N.Y., city schools and local community service groups have been at the forefront of these collaborations, as the district adds more time to the school day to give students access to enrichment activities that wealthier families take for granted. The Coalition for Community Schools, another early adopter, created a model where it’s hard to tell where school leaves off and enrichment begins. Join this webinar for tips from educators and advocates on how to build lasting school-community partnerships.

Presenters:

Martin J. Blank, president, Institute for Educational Leadership, and director, Coalition for Community Schools
Bolgen Vargas, superintendent, Rochester city school district, N.Y.
Moderator:
Kathryn Baron, contributing writer, Education Week


New Strategies for Reading Aloud to K-2 Students

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on June 18, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The old-fashioned classroom K-2 read-aloud is changing. For decades, these cozy gatherings have focused on the story line, the sound of words, and developing a love of reading. But in the wake of the common core, K-2 teachers are refining their approach, crafting questions that guide children back to the text to build vocabulary, content knowledge, and evidence-based understanding of the text. Join us for a lively discussion with a teacher who’s using that approach, and a leader of an initiative that helps teachers collaborate to build an online storehouse of free read-aloud lessons.

Presenters:

Meredith Liben, director of literacy, Student Achievement Partners
Nikki Longmore, 2nd grade teacher, Ruby Duncan Elementary School, Las Vegas
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, associate editor, Education Week


Inside the Opt-Out Movement

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Walton Family Foundation.

This webinar took place on June 17, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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There has been much press coverage about the current efforts by parents to pull their children out of standardized testing. As the opt-out movement grows, it is clear that parents are not taking their frustrations silently. Long dismissed as isolated incidents or the protests of a few "white suburban moms," this parent movement shows no signs of relenting.

In this webinar, Michael P. Evans of Miami University in Ohio will discuss his research findings on which parents are opting out, how the movement is galvanizing, and what it means for the future of K-12 policymaking. Jessica K. Beaver of Research for Action will delve into what the building movement might mean for state accountability systems, schools, and teachers. These researchers will draw on emerging data on opt-outs from their respective states. Given their long history with standards-based reform, Ohio and Pennsylvania make for interesting case studies on the movement's potential significance for K-12 assessment nationwide.

Presenters:

Jessica K. Beaver, research associate, Research for Action
Michael P. Evans, associate professor of family, school, and community connections, Miami University
Moderator:
Elizabeth Rich, Commentary editor, Education Week


Brazosport ISD—Creating a Collaborative District With Google

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on June 16, 2015 @ 1 p.m. ET

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Join the chief operations & technology officer and the director of media and digital learning from Brazosport Independent School District for an instructional webinar to see how they have leveraged Google for Education tools to enhance collaboration and provide new learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.

Get a peek at Brazosport district’s decisionmaking and implementation process. Learn about the obstacles and challenges educators and leaders in the district overcame to get the program off the ground. Hear about the success they have experienced with their district-wide implementation of Google Apps for Education. Hear about the success they have experienced with their district-wide implementation of Google for Education to:

• Increase student access to technology.
• Enhance student engagement.
• Provide a variety of professional-learning opportunities.
• Create a sustainable obsolescence plan.
• Improve student and staff collaboration.

Participants will learn how this model can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and engagement, and hear first-hand experience from a district that uses Chromebooks to support their curriculum.

Presenters:

Monty Burger, chief operations & technology officer, Brazosport Independent School District, Texas
Nancy Gardner, M.Ed., director, media and digital learning, Brazosport Independent School District, Texas
Moderator:
James Leonard, Google for Education


No More Word Lists: Teaching Vocabulary in Context

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This webinar took place on June 4, 2015 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Rather than introducing vocabulary through word lists and sentence writing, some literacy experts are now saying the best way to teach new words is by teaching students about the world. By embedding vocabulary instruction in social studies and science units, and by having students read multiple texts about a single topic (for instance, coral reefs or the Great Depression), students may ultimately acquire more academic words.

In this webinar, literacy researchers Gina Cervetti and Tanya Wright will discuss their findings on vocabulary acquisition in the content areas, and special education teacher Jodie Westmont will explain how she uses “text sets” developed around a single topic to teach her students new words.

Presenters:

Gina Cervetti, assistant professor of literacy, language, and culture, University of Michigan's school of education
Tanya Wright, assistant professor of language and literacy, Michigan State University's college of education
Jodie Westmont, special education teacher, Washoe County school district, Reno, Nev.
Moderator:
Liana Heitin, assistant editor, Education Week


Secrets for 1-to-1 Success: Planning, Pedagogy, and Patience

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on June 3, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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What does it take to implement a 1-to-1 program at a school and can that experience scale to a district level? After two years of planning, The Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School, Fla., rolled out a student 1-to-1 initiative at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. During the process they learned valuable lessons on what makes a 1-to-1 program successful and what traps to avoid. Lou Zulli, Jr., the CAT Program’s IT instructor and network administrator, will share their steps from concept to vision, to device evaluation, pedagogical transformation, and student enthusiasm that made their program a success.

Presenter:

Louis Zulli, Jr., IT instructor & network administrator, Center for Advanced Technologies, and Microsoft Innovative Educator
Moderator:
Ben Delaney-Winn, managing director, Editorial Projects in Education


Amplifying Student Voice

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, and The California Endowment.

This webinar took place on May 28, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual event series. The annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2015, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at edweek.org/leaders.

Schools around the country use students' opinions to shape their policies and practices. Advocates say that student voice can be a powerful tool for school turnaround and that efforts to gather students' insights send an important message to young people and encourage them to be more engaged in the classroom.

In the 7,700-student Murray County, Ga., school district, Superintendent Vickie Reed has used student-perception surveys as a factor in teacher evaluations for more than a decade. Teachers take the same surveys, and the district's schools work to narrow the gap between the views of employees and those of students.

Reed also solicits student input about everything from safety measures to cafeteria food. How can schools get started with student voice efforts? WestEd has created a toolkit demonstrating strategies for gathering and using input from students. Join us for this webinar on how to effectively amplify student voice.

Presenters:

BethAnn Berliner, senior researcher, WestEd
Vickie Reed, superintendent, Murray County Schools, Chatsworth, Ga., and a 2015 Education Week ”Leader To Learn From”
Moderator:
Evie Blad, staff writer, Education Week


Del Mar Schools Improves Students' Writing Skills With Google for Education

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on May 27, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Join the director of technology at Del Mar Union School District—a high performing school district in San Diego, Calif.—along with Google in Education for an instructional webinar to see how they use Chromebooks in the classroom to support their curriculum focus, both in writing and the Common Core State Standards.

Get a closer look on how Del Mar implemented a curriculum strategy to ensure their students are set up for academic achievement as well as life-long, self-directed learning and engagement—as both global and digital citizens. In addition, learn how they used Google Chromebooks for Education to develop a process for:

• Integrating tools to support instruction,
• Selecting a hardware platform in support of instructional tools, and
• Developing a roll-out model that incorporates professional learning that ensures success.

Be sure to register to join this webinar to learn how Google for Education can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and engagement.

Presenter:

Mike Casey, director of technology, Del Mar Union School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, Google for Education


Summer Brain Gain: Reimagining Summer Learning

Content provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

This webinar took place on May 19, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) continues to “rewrite the book” on how summer vacation also can be a time of summer learning. Studies have found that summer break, if not actively managed, can be a period of learning loss that almost invariably accumulates over time.

Through programs like Summer Brain Gain, BGCA hopes to reframe the conversation around out-of-school time and the importance of summer learning. In 2014, BGCA members who participated in Summer Brain Gain’s project-based learning practices showed significant improvements in reading (fifth- and eighth-graders) and math skills (fourth- , fifth-, and sixth-graders). Representatives from BGCA will lead a discussion on the state of the industry, potential solutions for keeping our youth on track with summer learning, and why this subject is of extreme importance to our community of educators.

Presenters:

Kimberly Boyd, national vice president, youth development, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Ron Fairchild, president and CEO, the Smarter Learning Group
Moderator:
Jami Pettway, senior director, summer learning, Boys & Girls Clubs of America


Guiding Parents Through School Choice

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Walton Family Foundation.

This webinar took place on May 18, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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In cities where traditional school boundaries are fluid and more options, such as charters, have entered the mix of K-12, selecting a school is an increasingly complex endeavor for parents. Recent research shows that an abundance of school choice doesn't guarantee access, and many parents in high-choice cities struggle to find adequate information, transportation, and, ultimately, the right school for their children. But some cities, like Denver, are leading the way in practices to help ease the burden on parents, such as universal enrollment systems and partnerships between districts and charter schools to assist parents in making informed choices. Our guests will discuss the realities, research, and practice of guiding families through choice.

Presenters:

Brian Eschbacher, director of planning and enrollment services, Denver Public Schools
Betheny Gross, senior research analyst and research director, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington
Moderator:
Arianna Prothero, staff writer, Education Week


Making Complex Texts Compelling to Middle-School Students

Content provided by Amplify.

This webinar took place on May 12, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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With all the changes happening in middle school students’ lives, keeping them engaged can be challenging. How can you help them stay focused to develop the close-reading skills required by new, more rigorous standards? Amplify Learning’s Chief Executive Officer Larry Berger and Chief English Language Arts Officer Deborah Reck will discuss strategies for making great literature compelling for middle school students. They’ll share key insights on the best ways to help students make meaning of complex texts and get the motivation to dig more deeply, read more critically, and write more vividly about great literature and non-fiction. They will also address how to accomplish these same goals with English Language Learners, and how all of these strategies have been used to create Amplify’s all-digital core curriculum for middle school ELA.

Presenters:

Larry Berger, chief executive officer, Amplify Learning
Deborah Reck, chief English language arts officer, Amplify Learning
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week


Connecting the Classroom to the Cloud

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on May 6, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Sarasota County Schools, located in Sarasota, Fla., has partnered with Microsoft to provide Microsoft Office 365 to their students and employees districtwide. Through their existing partnership, all staff and students have access to the latest version of Microsoft Office for use at home, as well as cloud storage for their most important files via OneDrive for Business.

The districtwide implementation of Office 365 has helped staff and students lessen the digital divide that exists between home and school. This has enhanced the staff’s and the students’ ability to create, share, collaborate, and present information both inside and outside of the classroom.

In this webinar, our guests will discuss:

• Decisions made prior to deployment
• What Office 365 looks like for staff/students
• Challenges/Solutions to fit K-12 environment
• Real world use cases
• New levels of productivity—OneNote
• Hardware in the hands of students

Presenters:

Adam Gardner, instructional technology specialist, Sarasota County Schools, Sarasota, Fla.
Jason Mocherman, teacher, Riverview High School, Sarasota, Fla.
Moderator:
Carlos Fernandez, mobility specialist, Microsoft Education


Algebra Readiness: Equipping K-8 Students for Success

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on April 30, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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As the focus on standards-readiness grows, educators need reassurance that they’re not just teaching students how to pass a test, but also supporting their exploration, creativity, and deep understanding of applied knowledge. Joe Trahan, former middle school teacher, will discuss the pedagogical approach to preparing students for formal algebra. He'll share opportunities educators have to introduce the exploration of abstract concepts at an early age—at a time when students are more focused on concrete mathematical concepts.

Topics covered will include:

• Opportunities to foster mathematical exploration at an early age
• Digital tools to support concrete and abstract mathematical manipulations
• How to assess readiness and intervene appropriately for students that have gaps

This webinar is targeted toward middle school educators as well as elementary educators interested in supporting deeper understanding of applied knowledge in math.

Presenter:

Joe Trahan, former pre-algebra and algebra teacher, Bethesda, Md.; curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning
Moderator:
Kelly Urlacher, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning


Reimagining Career and College Readiness: STEM, Rigor, and Equity

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on April 29, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Sammamish High School is a comprehensive neighborhood school serving a diverse group of 1,000 students in a suburb of Seattle. Over the last five years the school has undergone a renewal process by cultivating teacher leadership and community partnerships. Teachers have been developing problem-based learning curriculum (PBL) in order to deepen learning, teach 21st century skills, and increase college and career readiness. PBL at Sammamish is defined by seven key elements: authentic problems, authentic assessments, student voice, culturally responsive instruction, developing expertise, academic discourse, and collaboration. With a shift towards this new pedagogy came an increased need for technology access. In the fall of 2014 all Sammamish students were given a hybrid PC with digital ink and OneNote Class Notebooks. The 1-to-1 program with software like OneNote has become an integral part of teaching and learning because it facilitates student collaboration, provides increased opportunities for differentiation of instruction, and increases the quality and quantity of feedback.

Presenters:

Eric Ferguson, director of instructional technology, Bellevue School District, Wash.
Bill Palmer, instructional technology curriculum leader, Sammamish High School, Wash.
Moderator:
Mike Tholfsen, principal program manager, OneNote, Microsoft Corporation


Leaders to Learn From: Parents as Partners in Improving Student Achievement

This webinar is sponsored by Blackboard.

This webinar took place on April 28, 2015 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual event series. The annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2015, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at edweek.org/leaders.

Improving outcomes for students is a family affair for Patricia Spradley and Tracy Hill. Both educators see parents as critical partners in improving student achievement—and have actively sought to engage them in the curriculum and school community. For Hill, that means taking parents along on college visits, or offering tips about the latest instructional strategies over donuts. For Spradley, that means offering a smorgasbord of classes to parents and community members through the district’s parent academy. In Springfield public schools, moms and dads and grandmas and neighbors can learn how to help with homework or college applications, but they can also learn to knit or pursue their GED—anything that helps them serve as role models for lifelong learning.

Join this webinar to learn what these two Leaders To Learn From are doing in their districts to get parents and communities engaged, and how they are sharing their expertise and best practices with their peers.

Presenters:

Tracy Hill, executive director, Office of Family and Communication Engagement, Cleveland Metropolitan school district, Ohio
Patricia A. Spradley, chief of parent and community engagement, Springfield public schools, Mass.
Moderator:
Alyson Klein, assistant editor, Education Week


Ed-Tech Leadership Evolves in Houston

This webinar is sponsored by itslearning.

This webinar took place on April 28, 2015 @ 12 p.m. ET

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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual event series. The annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2015, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at edweek.org/leaders.

The superintendent and chief technology information officer for the 215,000-student Houston Independent School District have established a working relationship that balances an aggressive vision for digital innovation with a realistic sense of what schools can do with the resources they have. That approach offers important lessons for school leaders who want to put ed-tech initiatives in place that will improve schools. Our guests will discuss how to work with district leaders and classroom educators on ed-tech initiatives, what it takes to balance innovation with technological realities, and how to evaluate the impact of ed-tech programs.

Presenters:

Terry B. Grier, superintendent, Houston Independent School District, Texas
Lenny J. Schad, chief technology information officer, Houston Independent School District, Texas
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Auditing Teacher-Preparation Program Quality: Challenges and Opportunities

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Joyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on April 2, 2015 @ 3 p.m. ET

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Are states doing enough to ensure that all teacher-candidates graduate from their teacher-preparation programs ready to enter the classroom? In this webinar, an Education Week reporter will present findings from the newspaper’s examination of program-approval policies across the 50 states. A representative of the group representing state chiefs will respond, and outline its own project to help states improve their quality-control systems.

Presenter:

Mary-Dean Barringer, program director of education workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers
Moderator:
Stephen Sawchuk, associate editor, Education Week


5 Ways to Make Blended Learning Work in Your Schools

Content provided by Education Elements.

This webinar took place on April 1, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Blended learning is not simply about adding technology, it is about shifting teaching practice. For it to succeed, districts need to understand the pedagogical shifts required and how to support teachers in blended learning environments. In 2013 when Newark Public Schools began to roll out blended learning in some of its K-8 schools, the school leadership of both Quitman and Chancellor elementary schools knew that for it to succeed, they needed to support their teachers and help them shift their teaching practice. In this webinar, Newark Public Schools will share how they approach supporting teachers to take risks and drive to better student outcomes.

Presenters:

Neysa Miranda, instructional coach, Chancellor Avenue Elementary School, N.J.
Evelyn Vargas, vice principal, Quitman Street Renew School, N.J.
Jane Bryson, director of impact, Education Elements
Moderator:
Amy Jenkins, vice president, marketing, Education Elements


A Digital Intervention: Preparing to Take the 1:1 Leap

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on March 26, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Digital devices are ubiquitous in our lives, and much is being asserted about the need for our students to be future-ready. However, despite being the digital generation, too many students are not digitally engaged in their classrooms. School districts know that vast investments are needed in digital infrastructure, hardware, software, training, and manpower to keep everything running.


While there are success stories, there are too many stories of technology investment failures, which leaves districts reluctant to take the revolutionary steps needed to digitize student learning.


Join in a discussion of issues including:

• Teacher involvement in district technology trials
• Bridging the classroom and home via Microsoft Office 365
• A teacher’s digital experiment to increase student engagement
• Transforming student engagement with text via Microsoft OneNote
• Considerations to take when deliberating how to execute a 1:1 initiative

Presenter:

Tim Girard, M.Ed., classroom teacher, Augusta Raa Middle School, Tallahassee, Fla.
Moderator:
Carlos Fernandez, mobility specialist, Microsoft Education


Effectively Differentiating Mathematics Instruction to Help Struggling Students

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on March 24, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Donna Knoell will offer ideas for blended learning strategies to help students understand mathematical concepts, increase achievement, and enhance confidence. Learn how to incorporate vocabulary, problem solving strategies, and manipulatives to help students develop reasoning skills and proficiency.

Join the discussion of issues including:
• Using blended learning strategies to increase mathematical achievement
• Integrating mathematical discourse to help students develop effective reasoning skills and proficiency
• Combining manipulatives and problem solving strategies in the classroom

Presenter:

Donna Knoell, educational consultant and author
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning


The Evolving Role of the School Leader

Content provided by Scholastic Achievement Partners.

This webinar took place on March 19, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The role of the school leader has never been more important or more challenging. Research shows that an effective principal accounts for 25 percent of student performance gains and can accelerate student learning by 2 to 7 months. Successful principals embrace and fully understand the vision and direction of the system, empower staff to collaboratively raise the achievement of all students, and build the instructional focus at every level of the organization.

Join Phee Simpson, Mike Oliver, and Sue Gendron in a discussion of successful school leadership and Q&A centered on the challenges they have faced and the solutions they have implemented in their schools.

For a taste of the webinar from presenter Mike Oliver, check out his latest posts on the edu@scholastic blog: http://edublog.scholastic.com/author/mike-oliver.

Presenters:

Mike Oliver, principal, Zaharis Elementary School, Mesa, Ariz.
Phee Simpson, principal, Poughkeepsie High School, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Moderator:
Sue Gendron, president, International Center for Leadership in Education


Closing the Achievement Gap for ELLs Through Technology & Proven Language Pedagogy

Content provided by Middlebury Interactive Languages.

This webinar took place on March 17, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this interactive webinar from Middlebury Interactive Languages, leading English Language Learning (ELL) educators and language experts will discuss how to apply seven proven pedagogical principles of language learning to meet the educational needs of all non-native speaking populations, the nation's fastest growing school population. This webinar will provide teachers and administrators with real-world advice on how to develop and implement ELL solutions that integrate cultural understanding, new digital tools, and rigorous curriculum models in blended learning environments.

Presenter:

Aline Germain-Rutherford, Ph.D., chief learning officer, Middlebury Interactive Languages
Moderator:
Dana Laursen, Ph.D., vice president, curriculum and program effectiveness, Middlebury Interactive Languages


Going Google 101 in New York

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on March 16, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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This webinar will examine the many benefits of using the Google Apps for Education platform. John Krouskoff and Amber Klebanoff will share strategies for successful implementation, particularly the professional development and team building that they have done successfully with schools in the Lower Hudson Valley. They will also share examples of the many ways in which students and teachers benefit from the transformation that Google Apps can help foster.

A member of the Google for Education team, Stephen Fang, will also be on the webinar to give an overview and answer questions.

Participants will:

• Get an overview of the Google for Education solution which includes Chromebooks, tablets, Google Play for Education, and Google Apps for Education.
• Learn how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation.
• Be able to pose questions to John Krouskoff, Amber Klebanoff, and Google

Presenters:

Amber Klebanoff, assistant manager of emerging technologies, Lower Hudson Regional Information Center
John Krouskoff, manager of emerging technologies, Lower Hudson Regional Information Center
Moderator:
Stephen Fang, Ph.D., Google for Education Team, Google


How Teachers Can Build Social-Emotional Learning Skills

This webinar took place on March 5, 2015 @ 4 p.m. ET
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While academics remain the focus of most educators, and the initiatives that support them, learning advocates have also drawn attention to the need for efforts that address the full social-emotional needs of students. Often referred to as “whole child” initiatives, such programs help develop build skills that complement students’ ability to learn. They also require a particular skill set from educators, too. This webinar—presented in conjunction with Education Week TopSchoolJobs’ Virtual Career eXPO & PD Event—focuses on how districts can identify teachers with good social-emotional skills and develop those skills further, and what kinds of resources teachers can use to develop their social-emotional skills.

Presenters:

Nicholas Yoder, researcher and technical assistant consultant, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at the American Institutes for Research
Barry Saide, 5th grade teacher, ASCD Emerging Leader
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher


A Premium Skill for Teachers: Intercultural Competency

This webinar took place on March 5, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Today’s classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, while teachers are charged with preparing students for a global economy. In this context, intercultural competency is an increasingly important skill set for educators to possess—and for human resource offices to build into their recruitment and retention strategies.

This webinar—presented in conjunction with Education Week TopSchoolJobs’ Virtual Career eXPO & PD Event—will look at how teachers can find out where they are individually on the intercultural-competency continuum and how they can develop capabilities to effectively respond to and build on cultural differences in the classroom. It will also offer insights into one district’s strategy for increasing administrators’ and new teachers’ intercultural competency—and how the program is enhancing educators’ careers.

Presenter:

Darlene von Behren, assistant superintendent, personnel and human services in Palatine, Ill.; expert on educational leadership and intercultural training for teachers
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


Mastering the Most Challenging Math Standards With Rigorous Instruction

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar took place on March 4, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As teachers and administrators gain a better understanding of the new, more rigorous Common Core State Standards and other college- and career-ready expectations in mathematics, they will need to understand which standards are the most challenging for students so they can make the most of their instructional time to ensure students are successful.

In this webinar, we will discuss research-based strategies that give students support with making sense of the most challenging standards, specifically in the areas of:

• Geometric measurement,
• Modeling problem situations,
• Fractions, and
• Statistics.

Presenter:

Mark Ellis, professor of secondary education, California State University at Fullerton
Moderator:
Danielle Curran, executive editor, mathematics, Curriculum Associates


2015: Next Generation Assessment—Implementation and Results

Content provided by Measured Progress.

This webinar took place on March 3, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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How can districts prepare their students and teachers for the common-core-aligned tests this year? Efforts to align curriculum, instruction, and assessments with Common Core State Standards have intensified as the pressure escalates for states and districts that will administer the new summative tests to students this spring.

Widespread unease persists related to:
• Increased level of rigor
• New item types
• Unfamiliarity with format, and
• Test administration scheduling

Further, the transition to online administration poses additional planning and technical challenges.

Join our guests to better understand two approaches to these challenges—one in a Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium state and one in a Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers state. And learn how school and district leaders are preparing teachers and students to meet the challenges with confidence.

Presenters:

Lizabeth Frischhertz, chief officer for accountability, assessment, and evaluation, East Baton Rouge Parish school system, La.
Frances Gipson, principal, El Sereno Middle School and Magnet Center, Los Angeles Unified School District
Moderator:
Justine Hargreaves, senior product marketing manager, Measured Progress


Help Teachers Unleash the Power of iPads and Win Back Instructional Time

Content provided by JAMF Software.

This webinar took place on February 25, 2015 @ 3 p.m. ET
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iPads and other Apple devices provide unique access to a vibrant educational ecosystem; one that enables teachers to enhance instruction and enrich the learning environment for their students. Yet as the use of digital learning tools grows, districts and schools face an increasingly complex set of challenges – such as cost, device management, and implementation – that often inhibit efforts aimed at using technology to improve learning.

In this environment, it’s crucial that any iPad, Mac, BYOD, or other technology program be structured to support the district’s core learning goals. With the right strategy and tools, schools can overcome these challenges through simple and sustainable implementation of technology, and focus more time on supporting teachers and improving instruction.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss how educators and administrators are using industry-leading tools and smart strategies to personalize learning, improve classroom management, and gain back valuable instructional time.

This webinar is a must-see for any school or district that is considering the use of, or currently using, iPads or other Apple products to support their teaching and learning goals. Register now to learn how to unleash the power of these tools and drive student achievement.

Presenter:

Dave Saltmarsh, education evangelist, JAMF Software
Moderator:
Nick Thompson, marketing campaign specialist, JAMF Software


A Successful 1:1 Initiative on a Budget

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on February 11, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, located just outside of Chicago in Cicero, Illinois, has one of the highest free and reduced lunch rates in the state and yet they have successfully rolled out a 1:1 initiative starting this school year. Through the support of the school board president and other administrators, the district is seeing a significant improvement in student and faculty engagement since this initiative began. In this webinar, district leaders will share how they leveraged federal funding for this project, how they decided on a device, how they organized and managed professional development, and how they managed the logistics to allow this challenged district to take a significant step forward in preparing their students for college and career.

Presenters:

Jeffry Pesek, president, board of education, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, Cicero, Ill.
Michael Kuzniewski, superintendent, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, Cicero, Ill.
Timothy Truesdale, assistant superintendent, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, Cicero, Ill.
Keith Beisman, director of instructional technology, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, Cicero, Ill.
Bob Niedermeyer, director of technology, J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, Cicero, Ill.
Moderator:
Kelly Sundberg, academic account executive, Microsoft


Parent Empowerment Through Local School Councils

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Walton Family Foundation.

This webinar took place on February 9, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In Chicago and Kentucky, local school councils were created to improve educational outcomes for students in their respective jurisdictions. Chicago's model—still unique in the country 25 years later—sought to harness the power of parents and the community to drive school improvement. Kentucky, whose education law was deemed unconstitutional at the time that Chicago was embarking on its unique parent- and community-powered reform, chose to include parents on the local councils, but left educators in the driver's seat. In this webinar, you will hear how the two different models of local school councils emerged and how their approaches to involving parents in school reform differ.

Presenters:

Julie Woestehoff, interim executive director, Parents Across America
Deneen Zimmerman, education leader, Kentucky Association of School Councils
Moderator:
Denisa Superville, staff writer, Education Week


Deepening and Widening the Way We Teach Writing in K–5

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar took place on February 5, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards have led elementary schools to increase the amount of writing students do and provide them with instruction in planning, revising, and editing. This commendable effort, however, is really only a good start. To write well, students must have prior knowledge relevant to what they are writing. The new writing standards have been constructed to increase the mutual benefits of writing and knowledge.

This webinar will focus on deepening how we teach writing to help students overcome the prior-knowledge problem and widening how we teach writing to increase student content knowledge.

In this webinar, our guests will:

• Show how the writing standards are based on research about the relationship between knowledge and writing,
• Present practical lesson frameworks that help students overcome a lack of prior knowledge, and
• Show how to use topical writing and writing across the curriculum to build content knowledge and teach how to write better.

Presenter:

James W. (Jim) Cunningham, Ph.D., professor emeritus of literacy studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C.
Moderator:
Adam Berkin, vice president, product development, Curriculum Associates


Michael Horn on Using Blended Learning to Improve Schools

Content provided by Apex Learning.

This webinar took place on February 4, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Michael Horn will highlight his new book's findings on blended learning and disruptive innovation. He will discuss how school leaders and teachers can design learning environments to harness innovation toward personalization, access and equity at scale to unleash student engagement and dramatically improve student achievement.

Presenter:

Michael Horn, executive director, education, Clayton Christensen Institute
Moderator:
Cheryl Vedoe, chief executive officer, Apex Learning


High-Quality Early Childhood Programs as a Model for K-3 Education

Content provided by Teaching Strategies.

This webinar took place on January 28, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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For nearly 30 years, Teaching Strategies has helped early childhood programs to improve outcomes through developmentally appropriate practice. This webinar will share lessons learned from decades of innovation in high-quality early childhood programs, and highlight the ways that applying similar strategies in K-3 can lead to quality and success for all children.

Kai-leé Berke, Teaching Strategies’ chief academic officer, will define developmentally appropriate practice; showcase the powerful impact of project-based, hands-on investigations that directly support children to be critical and creative thinkers; and discuss how innovative resources that inextricably link curriculum and whole-child assessment can help K-3 programs achieve success. Additionally, participants will gain an understanding of the importance of investing in early childhood programs that help lay the foundation for children’s success in kindergarten and beyond.

Presenter:

Kai-leé Berke, chief academic officer, Teaching Strategies
Moderator:
Breeyn Mack, manager, content and community partnerships, Teaching Strategies


Smart Classrooms Need Smart Wi-Fi!

Content provided by Ruckus Wireless.

This webinar took place on January 22, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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For years, technology use in schools had a limited role, primarily as a supplemental tool, sometimes only for computer science or word processing by students to type reports. Today, mobile technology access in schools is critical for educators and students to meet the most basic teaching and learning requirements. State standards like common-core online assessments mandate access to connected devices. Whether it’s Chromebooks, iPads, Windows laptops, or smartphones they all share the need for reliable high-performing wireless access.

Incredibly powerful cloud-based services like Google Apps for Education, Microsoft Office 365, and other popular online tools demand the very best wireless solution. With so much at stake, deploying and managing this critical system must be as simple and reliable as a light switch without eliminating functionality and flexibility. Ruckus Wireless Smart Wi-Fi is the clear choice for simple, reliable, high-performing wireless access in today’s smart classroom.

Presenter:

Erik Heinrich, national education manager, Ruckus Wireless; former director of technology infrastructure, San Francisco Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
G.T. Hill, director of technical corporate marketing, Ruckus Wireless


Designing a Whole-Child Accountability System

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, and The California Endowment.

This webinar took place on January 21, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual event series. The annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2015, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at edweek.org/leaders.

To be considered successful in Tacoma, Wash., schools must show they can deliver a lot more than good test scores. They should be able to involve many children in extracurricular activities, attract lots of adult volunteers, and reconnect with teenagers who have dropped out. They need to spark praise from parents and students for providing a safe and engaging place to study. They have to reach into their communities to make sure all eligible children take advantage of district preK and full-day kindergarten. They should be able to brag about how many students are taking college-level courses.

They also have to show strong student performance, and growth, on state tests. Typically, districts judge their schools’ success by state test scores, attendance and graduation rates, reflecting their state’s chosen accountability metrics. But this district of 30,000 students has pioneered a local accountability system with a much broader conception of success. Join this webinar to discover how to design a whole-child accountability system for your district.

Presenters:

Josh Garcia, deputy superintendent, Tacoma public schools, Wash.
Jennifer Davis Poon, director, Innovation Lab Network, Council of Chief State School Officers
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, associate editor, Education Week


Digital Math Strategies to Personalize Learning in K-8

This webinar is sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on January 20, 2015 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Using effective strategies to personalize math learning for K-8 students can make the difference between producing engaged, successful students versus frustrated, struggling ones. New tools—such as online games, apps, multimedia curricula, and adaptive assessments—are opening doors for teachers to differentiate instruction to meet students' individual needs. But significant challenges remain in using such technologies effectively.

Presenters:

Audra McPhillips, mathematics specialist, West Warwick public schools, R.I.
Jim Monti, director of educational reform, compliance, and technology, West Warwick public schools, R.I.
John K. Williams Jr., assistant principal and former math teacher, Whittemore Park Middle School, Horry County, S.C. school district
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


The Language of Math: the Common Core and English-Learners

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on January 16, 2015 @ 12 p.m. ET
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With their heightened emphasis on verbal explication and argumentation, the Common Core State Standards for mathematics pose unique challenges for students not fully proficient in English. In this webinar, two experts in math instruction for English-language learners will explore the linguistic demands of the new standards and offer strategies to help math educators better support ELLs in developing and communicating mathematical reasoning. The discussion will address scaffolding techniques, profession-development needs, and resource options.

Presenters:

Mark Driscoll, managing project director, Education Development Center
Judit N. Moschkovich, professor of mathematics education at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


Student-Generated, Cutting-Edge Technology for Learning

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on January 15, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) is a magnet program within Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. CAT students collaborated on a wide variety of innovative solutions that continue to improve the school’s operational efficiency and enhance student and teacher productivity. The Network Systems Administrator Program, led by Louis Zulli Jr., and the solutions that the students created, were awarded first place honors at the 2011 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum for Cutting-Edge Use of Technology for Learning. This past November they were also awarded a platinum award, the highest honor, at the 2014 International Intranet Innovation Awards.

Hear how the conditions—collaboration in a real team, a compelling purpose, the right people, clear norms of conduct, support and appropriate coaching—were created to enable high school students to deliver enterprise quality solutions that made a real difference to the campus community.

Presenter:

Louis Zulli Jr., IT instructor, technology coordinator, and network administrator; Center for Advanced Technologies, Lakewood High School, Fla.
Moderator:
George Scott, U.S. education account executive, Microsoft Corporation


White Bear Lake Shares Their Journey With Google Tools in the Classroom

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on January 14, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, hear about how Google tools are helping transform classrooms in Minnesota with Mark Garrison of White Bear Lake Area School District. White Bear Lake Schools is using technology as a platform to help students meet the standards of the state’s “World’s Best Workforce Initiative.” The initiative puts a focus on collaboration, and you’ll hear how they’ve used some of Google’s tools to help foster an innovative and collaborative learning environment among the students and faculty.

Join this webinar and you will:

• Get an overview of the Google for Education solution
• Hear the story of White Bear Lake Schools and how they used technology to help meet state education standards
• Learn how Google tools are being used in the classroom and how this is improving student learning, collaboration, and innovation
• Be able to pose their questions to White Bear Lake and Google

Presenter:

Mark Garrison, director of technology, White Bear Lake Area Schools, Minn.
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, Education Team, Google


LMS Strategies to Improve Schools

This webinar is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This webinar took place on January 6, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Choosing the right learning management system is one of the most important technology decisions facing districts. But the very nature of what an LMS is and does is changing dramatically, and leaders must tackle complex challenges around selecting the ideal delivery method, providing professional development, and ensuring that software systems can talk to each other. In this webinar, Don McIntosh, a leading LMS consultant, and Marty Bray, the chief technology officer for Georgia's Forsyth County schools, offer their insights on what works best in putting together an effective LMS strategy, and the potential problems to avoid.

Presenters:

Marty Bray, chief technology and information officer, Forsyth County Schools, Ga.
Donald K. McIntosh, president, Trimeritus e-Learning Solutions
Moderator:
Benjamin Herold, staff writer, Education Week


Amplifying Student Potential With Tablets & Chromebooks

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on December 17, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, hear about how Community Consolidated School District 59 in Illinois is preparing their students for the future. Ben Grey, director of technology at the district, will discuss why they decided to use Android tablets with all grade levels, in addition to Chromebooks for grades 3 and up. CCSD 59 is committed to creating a learning environment where technology is leveraged to amplify student potential, as well as to foster collaboration and communication with staff and parents.

Discover the impact these devices are having on student learning, and some of the keys that have made their technology initiative so successful. Participants will:

• Receive an overview of the Google for Education solution,
• Hear the story of CCSD 59 from the perspective of both students and educator, and
• Learn how Google tools are being used in the classroom and how this is improving student learning, collaboration, and innovation.

Presenter:

Benjamin Grey, assistant superintendent, innovative learning and communication, Community Consolidated School District 59, Ill.
Moderator:
James Leonard, Education Team, Google


Student-Centered High School Math Teaching: An Up-Close Look

Content provided by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

This webinar took place on December 16, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Researchers from AIR, with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, conducted a mixed methods study of the practices and effects of highly regarded high school math teachers in New England. The study provides rich descriptions of how student-centered instruction plays out in several classrooms and examines the effects of varying degrees of student-centered instruction on students’ engagement and problem-solving skills. Compared to students in less student-centered classrooms, students in more student-centered math classrooms reported being more highly engaged in what they were learning and showed higher growth on a test of problem-solving skills. The study also produced a four-part framework for analyzing student-centered instruction in mathematics, providing multiple entry points for teachers who are interested in developing a more student-centered approach. Join the researchers behind the project, as they explore the dynamics behind student-centered instruction.

Presenters:

Joanna Burt-Kinderman, district math coach, Pocahontas County Schools, W. Va.
Toni M. Smith, senior researcher, AIR
Kirk Walters, principal researcher, AIR
Moderator:
Kerstin Carlson LeFloch, managing researcher, AIR


Tying Teacher Compensation to a Career Ladder: The Baltimore Experience

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Joyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on December 15, 2014 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
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Baltimore’s teacher-pay system, jointly crafted by the district and its teachers’ union, offers teachers higher pay and promotions for good performance and for taking on additional responsibilities. In this webinar, a teacher will offer her perspective on what it’s like working under the system, and an expert researcher will put the Baltimore experiment in context and outline questions for further study.

Presenters:

Julie Oxenhandler, teacher, Baltimore public schools
Anthony Milanowski, senior study director, Westat
Moderator:
Stephen Sawchuk, associate editor, Education Week


Personalized Learning: Turning Lofty Aspirations Into Specific District Policy

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on December 11, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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"Personalized learning" seems to be everywhere these days—in the instructional goals set by school districts, in state and federal policy, and in the promises made by educational technology companies trying to do business with schools. In recent years, school officials have sought clarity on what real personalized learning looks like—in the hope that the guidance will provide more specific and useful information to the K-12 community.

This webinar will examine what a growing number of school and technology advocates have identified as the core elements of personalized learning. They see the foundation of personalized learning encompassing not only instruction tailored to individual students' needs, but also a rethinking of the overall learning environment in schools. Our guests will examine the core elements of personalized learning, and present examples of what it looks like in a district trying to better meet students’ academic needs.

Presenters:

Andrew Calkins, deputy director, Next Generation Learning Challenges
Theresa Ewald, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, Kettle Moraine School District, Wis.
Moderator:
Sean Cavanagh, associate editor, Education Week


The Rise of Kindergarten-Readiness Testing

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This webinar took place on December 10, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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All 3,500 kindergarten teachers in Maryland are using a new readiness assessment this year that rests on teachers' observations of children's work and play to build a detailed picture of what they need as they begin the school year. Maryland's work reflects a national surge of activity in kindergarten-readiness testing. In this webinar, you'll hear early-childhood experts discuss the promise—and the risks—of kindergarten testing.

Presenters:

Stephanie Feeney, professor emerita of education, University of Hawaii, Manoa, and adjunct professor, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University
Judith Walker, chief of the Early Learning Branch, Division of Early-Childhood Development, Maryland Department of Education
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, associate editor, Education Week


Empowering Students With Project-Based Learning and Google Tablets

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on November 24, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET

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In this webinar, you’ll hear how St. Albans City School is empowering students by putting Google tools into their hands to improve their community. Students are engaging with the local community to improve the region’s trail systems, while reducing the unfiltered phosphates that run off the trails and negatively impact Lake Champlain. Students are directly applying principles contained in the Next Generation Science Standards for schools. Tune in for the details of this learning project and how educators are transforming teaching & learning through some of these Google tools.

Starting in the middle of the 2013–2014 school year, St. Albans City School—a preK–8 building made up of approximately 700 students and 150 staff members—began a pilot program with 30 Android tablets and Google Play for Education. They procured affordable Nexus 7 tablets, with accurate GPS, quality cameras, and easy Google Apps integration and implemented a successful program schoolwide.

Presenters:

Matt Allen, innovation specialist, St. Albans City School, St. Albans, Vt.
Laura Eichorn, 7th and 8th grade teacher, St. Albans City School, St. Albans, Vt.
Val Loucy, 7th and 8th grade teacher, St. Albans City School, St. Albans, Vt.
Moderator:
Devin Sandoz, product marketing manager, Google Play for Education


Reaching All Learners: Common Core Tests for Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on November 21, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards and aligned tests have brought a momentous change to the way students with severe cognitive disabilities are assessed. Two federally-funded consortia, Dynamic Learning Maps and the National Center and State Collaborative, have been tasked with creating alternate assessments for this small population of students with widely diverse needs. The consortia are also working with teachers on developing common-core-based lesson plans that are appropriate for students with cognitive impairments. Join Neal Kingston, the project director for DLM, and Rachel Quenemoen, the project director for NCSC, as they discuss their approaches to assessing these students and the challenges and opportunities presented by this work.

Presenters:

Neal Kingston, project director, Dynamic Learning Maps
Rachel Quenemoen, project director, National Center and State Collaborative
Moderator:
Christina A. Samuels, staff writer, Education Week


Reading to Learn: Creative Supports Beyond 3rd Grade Retention

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify Assessment.

This webinar took place on November 19, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Students who aren’t reading well by 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate high school by age 19, studies show. That’s why 33 states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws intended to ensure proficient reading by 3rd grade. Join D. Ray Reutzel, the director of the Early Childhood Center at Utah State University, and Krista Calvert, the project manager of the Literacy Lab Classroom Cohort in Kansas City, Kansas, for a discussion on going beyond retention to use creative ways to help students cross the bridge from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”

Presenters:

Krista Calvert, project manager, Literacy Lab Classroom Cohort, Kansas City, Kan.
D. Ray Reutzel, distinguished professor and director, Early Childhood Center, Utah State University
Moderator:
Sarah D. Sparks, assistant editor, Education Week


Your Math Students: Engaging and Understanding Every Day

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on November 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The most important and challenging aspect of daily planning is to regularly—and yes, that means every day—create, adapt, locate, and consider mathematical tasks that are appropriate to the developmental learning needs of each student. A concern Francis (Skip) Fennell often shares with teachers is that many of us can find or create a lot of “fun” tasks that are, for the most part, worthless in regards to learning mathematics. Mathematical tasks should provide a level of demand on the part of the student that ensures a focus on understanding and involves them in actually doing mathematics.

In this webinar, hear insights from Francis (Skip) Fennell and Tim Hudson around how to:
• Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving
• Use and connect mathematical representations
• Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding
• Elicit and use evidence of student thinking

Presenter:

Francis (Skip) Fennell, L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies, and project director, Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project, McDaniel College, Westminister, Md.
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning


Teaching and Measuring the Common Core’s Mathematical Practices

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This webinar is sponsored by Discovery Education.

This webinar took place on November 3, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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The Standards for Mathematical Practice, a unique feature of the Common Core State Standards, describe the ways in which students engage with mathematical concepts and skills throughout elementary, middle, and high school. They offer eight hallmarks of math proficiency, which include perseverance, attending to precision, and modeling.

How and what have we been doing to ensure that all our students develop these dispositions? Also, what are some ways in which student growth in these behaviors can be monitored, measured, and nurtured? This session will address these issues and provide practical tools to assist teachers in supporting high levels of engagement with the practices as students grow into mathematical maturity.

Presenters:

Melissa Waggoner, mathematics instructional support teacher and instructional team leader, Thomas Viaduct Middle School, Hanover, Md.
Jonathan (Jon) Wray, mathematics instructional facilitator, Maryland’s Howard County Public Schools and member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ board of directors
Moderator:
Liana Heitin, assistant editor, Education Week


How Much Digital Literacy Do Students Need?

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This webinar is sponsored by Learning.com.

This webinar took place on October 30, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Are schools doing enough to prepare today’s students for the ubiquitous technological demands of modern careers? What do students need to know to be considered technologically capable? This webinar delves into digital-literacy efforts in the United States—including the development of learning standards—while also looking at where the average school’s efforts are now and how administrators and teachers can improve them. The presentation will also examine what schools at the leading edge of digital literacy are doing right and how such strategies can be scaled up with cost-consciousness in mind.

Presenters:

Paul Barnwell, English and digital media teacher, Fern Creek Traditional High School, Louisville, Ky.
Bennett Brown, director of instruction for computer science, Project Lead The Way
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher


Mastering the Most Challenging Standards With Rigorous Instruction

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar took place on October 29, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Based on independent research and results from over 750,000 students, the most challenging reading standards for students have been identified. This webinar will discuss the practical instructional ideas to help teachers and administrators conquer the rigor needed to master these standards. The discussion will specifically relate to determining central ideas or themes and summarizing details, analyzing text structure, integrating and evaluating content in diverse media and formats, and analyzing similar topics and themes across texts. Participants will pinpoint which standards are the most challenging, where students struggle the most, and be able to better focus their instructional time to master these standards.

Presenters:

Maureen McLaughlin, Ed.D., professor and chair of the Reading Department, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and president, the International Reading Association (IRA)
Brenda J. Overturf, Ed.D., chair of the IRA Common Core Standards Committee (2012-2015) and a national literacy consultant
Moderator:
Adam Berkin, vice president, product development, Curriculum Associates


Every Child Reading: Linking Knowledge and Practice to Support School Systems

Content provided by Learning Ally.

This webinar took place on October 28, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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How can teachers ensure that all children, including millions impacted by dyslexia—the most common type of reading disability—learn to read and write proficiently? To close the literacy achievement gap, support measures must be embedded in schools and include all stakeholders—administrators, teachers, parents, and children. Acclaimed educator and researcher Margie Gillis will share her precedent-setting work with schools, districts, state departments of education, and policymakers to advocate on behalf of all children and protect their right to learn to read well. Her work centers around five essential school priorities:

• Supporting school leadership
• Using data transparently for accountability
• Coordinating a multitier system of support
• Providing embedded professional development based on best practices
• Engaging parents and families

This free one-hour webinar is sponsored by Learning Ally, a national nonprofit providing resources, training, and technology for teachers and schools; and 80,000 human-voiced audiobooks for students with learning & visual disabilities.

Presenter:

Margie Gillis, president, Literacy How, Inc. and research affiliate, Haskins Laboratories and Fairfield University
Moderator:
Doug Sprei, national director of communications, Learning Ally


Secondary Social Studies: Digital Content, Not the Devices, Drives Student Achievement

Content provided by Discovery Education.

This webinar took place on October 23, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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School districts that focus on the devices instead of instructional outcomes will travel a bumpy road in their digital transition. Learn how one school district that was using tablets made believers of their Social Studies teachers when they provided digital content that helped to boost Social Studies scores at the secondary level.

Hear how Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook made teaching and learning an unforgettable experience and:
• Saved teachers time in planning lessons
• Helped teachers differentiate instruction
• Strengthened students’ literacy and critical thinking skills

The Rock Hill School District will share its vision, plan, and lessons learned as it successfully increased student engagement and achievement in the digital Social Studies classroom.

Presenters:

Queenie Hall, ELA & social studies instructional specialist, Rock Hill School District, S.C.
Harriet Jaworowski, associate superintendent for instruction and accountability, Rock Hill School District, S.C.
Moderator:
Aggie Alvez, vice president, Discovery Education


Teaching Social Issues in the Common-Core Era

This webinar is sponsored by Teaching Tolerance, a Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

This webinar took place on October 22, 2014 @ 3:30 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts, as well as other college-and-career-ready standards, place strong emphases on critical literacy, cross-curricular learning, and cultural understanding. This webinar will explore how some educators are using those levers to create interdisciplinary units that integrate a variety of texts and learning methods to help students delve into social issues, including identity, cultural history, diversity, and civic engagement. The presentations will address issues such as instructional relevancy and student engagement, as well as boosting students’ proficiency in close reading, critical thinking, and social-emotional understanding. The guests will also reflect on the challenges involved in developing interdisciplinary literacy units, teaching social topics, and transitioning to new standards.

Presenters:

Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath, adjunct professor, elementary education, San Francisco State University; author, Social Studies, Literacy, and Social Justice in the Common Core Classroom: A Guide for Teachers
Erin Angell, high school English teacher, Palo Alto High School, Calif., and co-creator of the Social Justice Pathway curriculum
Eric Bloom, high school history and economics teacher, Palo Alto High School, Calif., and co-creator of the Social Justice Pathway curriculum
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


Building Better Ed-Tech Strategies for the Pre-K-5 Crowd

This webinar is sponsored by Waterford Institute.

This webinar took place on October 21, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Using technology to improve literacy and math skills for younger students takes very different strategies and tools than are typically used for middle and high school students. Our guests will discuss the best approaches for using digital devices, apps, and software for students in preschool through 5th grade, examining issues around how to balance the use of text versus multimedia, what types of online interactivity are most effective, and when technology should be turned off.

Presenters:

Suzy Brooks, fourth grade teacher, Mullen-Hall School, Falmouth, Mass.
Todd Nesloney, principal, Navasota Intermediate School, Navasota, Texas
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week/Digital Directions


What's Next in K-12 Assessment?

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Joyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on October 20, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET

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The assessment field in K-12 education is in a period of transition—sparked by widespread dissatisfaction with conventional testing formats, changes in technology, and developments in the learning sciences. In this webinar, two highly regarded experts in assessment innovation will discuss promising new and developing approaches to testing (both formative and summative) and how schools can begin integrating them into instructional programs. In particular, the presenters will address ways that assessment in schools can become more personalized and better integrated with learning, and used to provide deeper and timely information to educators. They will also make predictions about the future of assessment in schools.

Presenters:

Randy Bennett, Norman O. Frederiksen Chair in Assessment Innovation, ETS; director, Cognitively-Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning initiative (CBAL)
Daniel T. Hickey, associate professor and program director of learning sciences, Indiana University; co-editor, New Frontiers in Formative Assessment
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


Digital Leader Corps—Fueling An Innovative Change Movement Around Instruction

Content provided by Discovery Education.

This webinar took place on October 16, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Designed to scale digital transformation and re-image the culture of teaching and learning, Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps is a three-year + professional learning partnership for educators and school leaders. This system is employed to fuel an innovative change movement around instruction, which is intentionally designed to drive system transformation, build a culture of continuous improvement, support a shared leadership model, and maximize teachers’ impact on student learning.

Join Todd Wirt, assistant superintendent for academics with Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), N.C., and Carol Wetzel, senior director with Discovery Education, as they discuss the challenges WCPSS faced implementing Common Core State Standards across the district and how they determined the best way to scale professional development for its 11,000 teachers as they embarked on this digital and instructional journey.

Presenter:

Todd Wirt, assistant superintendent for academics, Wake County public school system, N.C.
Moderator:
Carol Wetzel, senior director, Discovery Education


Powering Student-Focused Digital Initiatives in Cherry Creek with Schoology's LMS

Content provided by Schoology.

This webinar took place on October 15, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Cherry Creek Schools in Colorado are recognized for putting student achievement at the forefront of district digital initiatives. In this webinar, learn firsthand from the entire District Instructional Technology team how Cherry Creek Schools utilize their learning management system Schoology as the anchor for the district's vision, including:

• Innovating methods to help students prepare for state assessments
• Empowering parents to be a part of their child’s digital classroom
• Reimagining professional development with badges, learning outcomes, and peer collaboration

Webinar attendees will receive a high-level overview about Cherry Creek's district goals, as well as how Schoology brings Cherry Creek's 18,000+ Chromebook initiative to life, facilitates communication between district staff, teachers, students, and parents, and saves time with Google and SIS integrations. From the visionary to the tactical takeaways, attendees will leave this webinar inspired with new ideas.

Presenters:

Kellie Ady, district instructional technology coordinator, Cherry Creek Schools, Colo.
Sherri Clemens, district technology & learning coach, Cherry Creek Schools, Colo.
Kris Edwards, district technology & learning coach, Cherry Creek Schools, Colo.
Keli Kinsella, district technology & learning coach, Cherry Creek Schools, Colo.
Nanci Meza, district technology & learning coach, Cherry Creek Schools, Colo.
Amber Paynter, district technology & learning coach, Cherry Creek Schools, Colo.
Jay Vean, district technology & learning coach, Cherry Creek Schools, Colo.
Moderator:
Jen Marie Robustelli, marketing communications director, Schoology


Maximizing the Impact of Your Digital Device Investments

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on October 14, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET

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School districts are investing heavily in laptops, tablets, and netbooks as they put in place online testing programs for the Common Core State Standards. But schools may not be making the best use of these devices for day-to-day learning—what many educators believe is the key benefit of these technology investments. Our experts discuss how the devices can be used to support learning in classrooms all year long.

Presenters:

Eric S. Hileman, executive director of information technology, Oklahoma City Schools, Okla.
Valerie Truesdale, chief of technology, personalization and engagement, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C.
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Meeting the New Writing Expectations: Preparing Teachers and Students for Success

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar took place on October 8, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Writing is the area that has the furthest to go to meet the new ELA standards. In the 2000s, it all but disappeared from most elementary classrooms. Learn how to build an effective writing program that also supports reading development and content learning.

In this webinar, we will discuss:
• Increasing the quantity of writing throughout the school day,
• Helping students improve writing by analyzing complex texts,
• Making the writing process a vehicle of instruction, and
• Teaching opinion and informative/explanatory writing across the curriculum.

Participants will learn practical ways to teach the major components of a writing program that can fit within time constraints, because they teach more than one skill at a time.

Presenter:

James W. Cunningham, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Literacy Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Moderator:
Adam Berkin, Vice President, Product Development, Curriculum Associates


Positioning Counselors to Be Game Changers in College Access

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Lumina Foundation.

This webinar took place on October 7, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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High school counselors play a big role in setting students’ sights on higher educational attainment, particularly for low-income students and students of color. Yet research has shown that counselors have been a mostly untapped, and insufficiently trained, resource in such efforts.

As states implement college- and career-ready standards and try to prepare more students for postsecondary education, some are looking to better position guidance-counseling programs to do much of the additional outreach. State-level training initiatives and university graduate programs are focusing attention on college advising in an effort to better equip these educators to help disadvantaged students pursue postsecondary options.

Presenters:

Trish Hatch, associate professor & director, School Counseling Program, San Diego State University
Brandy Johnson, executive director, Michigan College Access Network
Moderator:
Caralee Adams, contributing editor, Education Week


High-Quality Early Childhood Education: Policy and Practice

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify Assessment.

This webinar took place on October 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Preschool and early-childhood education is grabbing a lot of attention from policymakers, from President Obama all the way to local school boards. But the challenge for proponents is to create a system that offers a high-quality program for young learners. Join Laura Bornfreund, the deputy director of the Early Education Initiative for the New America Foundation, and Debi Mathias, the director of the QRIS National Learning Network, as they discuss current early-childhood policy, efforts underway to bolster preschool quality, and suggestions for improvements at the local, state, and federal levels.

Presenters:

Laura Bornfreund, deputy director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation
Debi Mathias, director, QRIS National Learning Network
Moderator:
Christina A. Samuels, staff writer, Education Week


Through a Teacher’s Eyes: Using Classroom and Other Google for Education Tools

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on September 18, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear from a teacher at Pajaro Valley Unified School District in California about how her third graders use Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. She will share her experience as one of the pilot classes for Classroom, a new tool coming this September. Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes easily.

Hear how she applied these tools when her class began using Chromebooks and Google Apps. She will share examples and benefits of using Classroom with her students, as well.

Participants will:
● Get an overview of the Google for Education solution which includes Chromebooks, tablets with Google Play for Education, and Google Apps for Education (including the new tool, Classroom)
● Learn how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation

Presenter:

Janie Islas, bilingual 3rd grade teacher, H. A. Hyde Elementary School, Watsonville, Calif.
Moderator:
Jennifer Holland, Education Team, Google


5 Key Steps in Planning and Implementing a Blended Learning Program

Content provided by Fuel Education.

This webinar took place on September 17, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Blended learning is a rapidly growing instructional model that is helping teachers personalize the learning experience. Blended learning programs are enabling students to move at their own pace and receive personalized assistance from teachers when and where they need it. But many educators who don’t have much experience with blended learning aren’t sure of the best place to start in considering this for their district.

Attend this webinar to learn about the 5 steps of implementing a blended learning program and the planning process, as well as best practices from educators who have done it.

1. Strategy—What are the key factors you need to consider in your plan?
2. Alignment—Who are your biggest stakeholders, and how to involve them?
3. Plan—What are the key milestones you need to include?
4. Implement—Who and what resources will you need to consider?
5. Review—How will you measure success?

Presenters:

Lori Krist, online coordinator, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Calif.
Josh Wilson, assistant principal, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Renae Abboud, education consultant, Fuel Education


Personalizing Math Through Technology and Differentiated Instruction

Sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on August 27, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Facing more rigorous math standards and expectations, schools are exploring new avenues to engage students in numeracy and address diverse learning needs. Silvestre Arcos, an award-winning math instructional leader, has found that resourceful use of technology can help teachers personalize instruction so that “students at every level can make tremendous gains.” In this webinar, Arcos will discuss his efforts to align math instruction with students’ learning needs and offer ways that schools and districts can support and scale up personalized-learning projects.

Presenters:

Silvestre Arcos, founding math teacher and instructional coach, KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, New York City
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher


Glenwood Community Schools Shares Their Experience With Google Apps, Chromebooks, and Tablets

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on August 26, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from Kimberly Payne, educational technology coordinator at Glenwood Community School District. With an emphasis on digital literacy, the district decided to "Go Google" with a "1-to-Web" Initiative for Chromebooks in grades 3–12 and tablets for grades K–2. Payne will share details about her district's experience serving over 2,100 students in five different schools with Google for Education and give insights into how these tools are being used in the classroom.

Participants will:

● Get an overview of the Google for Education solution,

● Discover how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation,

● Hear firsthand experience from a district using Google Apps, Chromebooks, and tablets, and

● Learn how the district provided professional development to help ensure the devices & tools would enhance classroom learning.

Presenters:

Kimberly Payne, Educational Technology Coordinator, Glenwood Community School District, Iowa
Moderator:
Brent Sarver, Google for Education Team, Google


Helping Teachers Manage iPads in the Digital Classroom

Content provided by JAMF Software.

This webinar took place on August 25, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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With the Casper Suite and its free iOS app, Casper Focus, schools have the industry’s easiest way to manage every Apple device they use, including iPads. Faculty and students can take advantage of the rich educational ecosystem that only the Apple platform offers. As the makers of the leading management solution for Mac, iPad, and Apple TV, JAMF Software supports the growing number of “Shadow IT” in schools which are focused on improving instruction through a simple and sustainable implementation of technology.

In our webinar, we’ll demonstrate how teachers using iPads can perform digital classroom management tasks directly from their own device—without assistance from the IT department. We’ll show you how Casper Focus helps you drive student success and a new way of learning.

Presenters:

Dave Saltmarsh, education evangelist, JAMF Software
Moderator:
Nick Thompson, business development, JAMF Software


Skills in Demand: Preparing Students for the High Growth Jobs of the Future

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on July 10, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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School district and state level education leaders are charged with developing and administering educational curricula to best prepare students for their futures. Yet there can be tension between a curriculum that develops a "well-rounded" student and a curriculum that helps create a student who is "job or career ready."

Join us for this webinar when our guests will:

• Identify the 20 most common skills required across nearly 15 million job postings.

• Illustrate the importance of those skills to high growth, high paying positions that represent nearly 30% of the job growth between 2010 and 2020.

• Describe those essential skills in the context of curriculum reform and show how they are consistent with most common educational improvement initiatives today.

• Provide examples of how those essential skills can be taught and reinforced in most classroom environments using readily available technology tools.

Presenters:

Cushing Anderson, program vice president, project-based services, International Data Corporation
Ashanka Iddya, education solution specialist, U.S. Education, Microsoft Corporation
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week


The Five W’s of Mobile Malware

Content provided by Symantec.

This webinar took place on June 24, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Mobile malware is a growing menace, even though many cybersecurity practitioners don’t fully grasp the situation. This presentation will address the "Five W’s" of mobile malware, namely:

• Who is developing it and who is being affected by it?
• What exactly is it?
• When does it get dropped on mobile devices and when does it execute on mobile devices?
• Where are botnet operations that harvest mobile devices most prevalent?
• Why is mobile malware developed in the first place?

This high-level presentation will stimulate thoughtful discussions and commensurate actions amongst cybersecurity professionals who are tasked with defending their schools students and faculty, data, and infrastructure.

Presenters:

Kevin McPeak, CISSP, ITILv3, technical architect, security, Public Sector Strategic Programs, Symantec
Ben Orencia, education practice manager, Public Sector Strategic Programs, Symantec
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week


Unstructured Data is Costing you Money and Increasing Your Security Risk

Content provided by Symantec.

This webinar took place on June 19, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Schools develop, share, and maintain large amounts of unstructured data which can account for storage and/or backups reaching 20-40% YOY growth. The IT staff needs to gain a better understanding of what is in their file storage prior to embarking on projects, such as data migrations, remediation, and moving file shares. Classification and archival is a critical component of managing the security and growth of this data.

Join us for an interactive and conversational webinar around data management and protection with Karen Fuller, CTO of Klein ISD, one of Texas’s fastest growing school districts and Symantec. We will discuss approaches on effectively analyzing, protecting, archiving, and maintaining compliance of this financial drain on school budgets.

You will walk away with actionable intelligence in:

• Defining data governance,
• Locating your “dark data,”
• Securing your data: district-owned devices vs. personal devices, and
• Improving operation efficiencies.

Presenters:

Karen Fuller, chief technology officer, Klein Independent School District, Texas
Glen Bellomy, technical architect, Symantec
Moderator:
Ben Orencia, education practice manager, Symantec


Milpitas Unified School District Goes Google with Chromebooks and Google Apps

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on June 17, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar hear from Chin Song, director of technology at Milpitas Unified School District in California, about how his schools are using web-based technologies like Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks, the impact this has had on teaching & learning, and his advice for others.

Google Apps for Education is free web-based email, calendar & documents that allow for collaborative working anytime, anywhere. Chromebooks are affordable, easy-to-manage web-based laptops. Google for Education will provide information about the Google Apps suite and Chromebooks at the start of this webinar.

Presenter:

Chin Song, director of technology, Milpitas Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, education team, Google


The Empowered Learner: The Future History of Education

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on June 16, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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We can finally begin the transformation of teaching and learning in earnest. This conversation is for leaders and educators to create an empowered culture. A culture that delivers real impact with modern digital learning. Education is at the forefront of the “mobile-first, cloud-first” era.

Today, learning happens continuously and on-demand for students and teachers. It is critically important that we provide this opportunity for each learner. This means we must improve education productivity and opportunity for student success within the historical constraints of time, facilities, and funding. Microsoft has been a critical enabler for education leaders around the world to drive their learning innovation.

Join education veteran, Cameron Evans, CTO and harbinger of education transformation at Microsoft, on field-tested and research-proven insights on empowering the learner.

Presenter:

Cameron Evans, chief technology officer, Microsoft Corporation, U.S. Education
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week


The Power of Peer Groups and Posses in College Success

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, and The California Endowment.

This webinar took place on June 4, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The transition from high school to college can be daunting, academically, socially, and emotionally—and often especially so for students from minority groups who aren’t well represented on many college campuses.

The Posse Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in New York that gives scholarships to diverse groups of students with strong leadership skills and sends them to selective colleges in “posses” of 10. The idea is that the scholars can bond before they ever go to campus and then can provide support to one another throughout their college years. The approach seems to work: While typical college graduation rates hover around 57 percent, about 90 percent of Posse scholars finish in four years.

Join Education Week for this webinar featuring the founder of Posse and a professor who came up with the idea of a STEM posse for students pursuing careers in science-related careers.

Presenters:

Deborah Bial, founder and president, The Posse Foundation
Irving Epstein, Henry F. Fischbach professor of chemistry and senior research advisor to the provost, Brandeis University
Moderator:
Caralee Adams, contributing writer, Education Week


Boston Public Schools Goes Google With Chromebooks and Google Apps

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on June 3, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from Sean McMahon, network security manager for Boston Public Schools (BPS). Sean will discuss how the district, in conjunction with the city of Boston, decided to go Google. BPS provides all 57,000 students in their K12 district with Google Apps for Education accounts, as well as 10,000 Chromebooks. The district is focused on closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for all their students and preparing them for academic and future career success. And with Chromebooks and Google Apps, BPS found an affordable and easy solution to do just that.

Learn about BPS’ decision to move to a cloud-based platform with Google Chromebooks. The Google Admin Console allows the lean IT staff to deploy and manage all 10,000 devices in the 70 Boston schools from a central location, which has helped contribute to a successful roll-out of PARCC TestNav assessments this year.

Presenters:

Sean McMahon, network security manager, Boston Public Schools
Moderator:
John Allen, Google for Education Team


Optimizing Your Network for Common Core Online Standardized Testing

Content provided by Aerohive Networks.

This webinar took place on May 22, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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With the adoption of common-core curriculum and online standardized testing, assuring network availability and performance in schools has never been more critical. Especially for those that support tablets, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices that lack Ethernet ports—school networks need to ensure secure and reliable access, provide ample bandwidth capacity, and have simplified management and troubleshooting tools for remediating coverage or performance issues that may impact testing applications.

In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from Jay McPhail, chief technology officer at Fullerton School District, Calif., and Jeremy Cunningham, network and systems engineer at Bryant public schools, Ark., about their recent wired and wireless deployments, and how they ensured high-availability and high-performance for their districts’ common-core testing. Additionally, Sree Kannan, senior solutions marketing manager at Aerohive Networks, will share steps you can take now to optimize your current wireless network.

Presenters:

Jeremy Cunningham, network and systems engineer, Bryant public schools, Ark.
Sree Kannan, senior solutions marketing manager, Aerohive Networks
Jay McPhail, chief technology officer, Fullerton School District, Calif
Moderator:
Meredith Torres, director of marketing programs, Aerohive Networks


A Tale of Two Districts: Making Curricular Decisions For the Common Core

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This webinar has been sponsored by Amplify.

This webinar took place on May 21, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Two districts on opposite sides of the country faced the same problem: They needed new common-core curricula. They solved that problem in very different ways. The Orange County, Fla., district scoured the marketplace and found sets of materials from a major publisher that it believes meets its needs. The Long Beach, Calif., disenchanted with publishers' offerings and short on money, wrote its own materials. Join leaders from each district's curriculum-and-instruction office as they discuss their different pathways to common-core curriculum.

Presenters:

Scott Fritz, chief academic officer, Orange County Public Schools, Fla.
Lisa Worsham, director of elementary curriculum, Long Beach Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, associate editor, Education Week


Improving STEM Education Through Community Partnerships

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Noyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on May 19, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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In Oregon, six regional science, technology, engineering, and math “hubs,” or cross-sector partnerships, have won grants to help improve STEM education statewide. The hubs link K-12 schools with universities, businesses, and community organizations, such as nonprofits and museums, to boost in-school and out-of-school STEM opportunities for students. Such partnerships are popping up in states around the country.

In this webinar, Mark Lewis, Oregon’s STEM Director, and Lita Colligan, the South Metro-Salem STEM co-chair, will share lessons they’ve learned on building community-based partnerships among science- and math-focused groups. They’ll answer questions about what other states, communities, and STEM leaders should consider in developing their own hubs, and how connecting science and math efforts can be a long-term improvement strategy.

Presenters:

Lita Colligan, associate vice president, strategic partnerships and government relations, Oregon Institute of Technology and co-chair, South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Mark Lewis, director of STEM, Oregon Education Investment Board
Moderator:
Liana Heitin, assistant editor, Education Week


Going 1-to-1 with Google for Education: Firsthand Experience with Google Apps and Chromebooks

Content provided by Google for Education

This webinar took place on May 19, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from David Andrade, chief information officer at Bridgeport public schools in Connecticut, about how the district has gone 1:1 with Google for Education solutions. The district is committed to providing a superior education for all its students, to building their passion for learning, and to preparing them for their future careers.

The Bridgeport school district rolled out more than 9,000 Chromebooks to all classrooms in grades 7–12, as well as in some lower grades, and plans to roll out more Chromebooks, as well as tablets, with Google Play for Education. All staff and students have Google Apps for Education Accounts. Andrade will be discussing the logistics of rolling out thousands of Chromebooks and the results they are seeing in the classroom.

Presenter:

David Andrade, chief information officer, Bridgeport public schools, Conn.
Moderator:
Renee Belluomini, education team, Google


Practical Instructional Transitions for Elementary Math in the Common-Core Era

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on May 15, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As teachers and instructional leaders in 44 states and the District of Columbia immerse themselves in the Common Core State Standards in math, they continue to hunt for effective resources and instructional techniques. In this webinar, math instructional expert Zachary Champagne will delve into fresh ways of thinking about elementary math in light of the common standards, offering new approaches to modeling problems and improving formative assessment. Champagne will offer actionable solutions for instruction under the math standards.

Presenters:

Zachary Champagne, researcher, Mathematics Formative Assessment Project, Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; former Duval County, Fla., Teacher of the Year.
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher


Tapping Teachers to Play a Lead Role in Shaping Common-Core Implementation

This webinar has been sponsored by Keys to Literacy.

This webinar took place on May 14, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As districts across the country grapple with implementing the Common Core State Standards, learn about the strategies employed by Nevada’s second largest school system, where educator Aaron Grossman was tapped for a special assignment to help his district take on the new standards. The initiative has put teachers at the center of efforts to develop resources and professional development to support implementation. Grossman is joined by former educator David Liben of Student Achievement Partners, who has worked with states and school districts on the common core and will share additional strategies.

Presenters:

Aaron Grossman, core task project leader, Washoe County Public Schools, Nev., and 2014 Leader To Learn From
Rachel Etienne, literacy and professional development specialist, Student Achievement Partners
Moderator:
Alyssa Morones, contributing writer, Education Week


Connecting Communities: The Importance of Culture in Digital World Language & ELL Instruction

Content provided by Middlebury Interactive.

This webinar took place on May 8, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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“Solutions to many of our ecological problems lie in an approach that celebrates, empowers, and nurtures the cultural, artistic, historical and spiritual resources of each local community and region. […] Schools and other educational institutions can and should play a central role in this process.” —Laurie Lane-Zucker, 2004

Join the discussion with educators and curriculum designers from Middlebury Interactive Languages, who will share their experiences utilizing place-based and community-based pedagogies to help world language students and English Language Learners connect with neighborhood communities. The panel of speakers will discuss best practices, as well as challenges, in connecting culture with world language and ELL instruction.

By attending this free one-hour dialogue, you’ll learn about:
• Place-based and community-based pedagogy
• Design principles to support a community-based approach in language education, and
• The impact of place-based pedagogy on student learning experiences.

Presenters:

Aline Germain-Rutherford, Ph.D., Chief Learning Officer, Middlebury Interactive Languages, and Director, Middlebury College French School
Dana Laursen, Senior Director, Curriculum Development & Effectiveness, Middlebury Interactive Languages
Becky Rhea, Director Academic Programs Design and Development, Middlebury Interactive Languages
Matthew Baughman, Principal, Coventry Village School
Kim Griffin, Program Director, Summer Language Academy, Comillas, Spain
Moderator:
Lee McIsaac, Ph.D., Director of Professional Development, Middlebury Interactive Languages


What Should School Systems Expect During the Transition to the Common Core and Consortia Assessments?

Content provided by NWEA.

This webinar took place on May 2, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards have shifted the focus in education away from basic proficiency toward preparing students to be college and career ready. Many districts are in the early stages of transitioning to assessments designed to measure student performance relative to these standards, and from this process, important trends have started to emerge, including:

• Cut scores are significantly higher on new common-core assessments than cut scores on previous proficiency assessments, which has resulted in notable declines in proficiency rates.
• The move to these new assessments has created a break in longitudinal data for many school systems, which makes it difficult to evaluate trends in student achievement.
• Districts may need to identify alternative data sources to help teachers better recognize their students’ strengths and weaknesses.

In this webinar, John Cronin will share early results from these new assessments and discuss issues that educators should consider throughout this transition process.

Presenters:

John Cronin, senior director, Kingsbury Center at Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
Rebecca Moore, research development manager, Kingsbury Center at NWEA
Moderator:
Nate Jensen, research scientist, Kingsbury Center at NWEA


The Most Challenging Instructional Shifts in the CCSS for English/Language Arts

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar took place on May 1, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards emphasize several challenging shifts that require students to think differently, teachers to change instructional strategies, and administrators to reconsider the support needed in order to enable success. In this webinar, we will discuss four of the most challenging shifts, including:

• Emphasis on Academic Vocabulary
• Complex Text
• Close Reading
• Greater Emphasis on Informational Text

Participants will learn what these shifts really mean; how the various ELA standards connect to support them; and practical applications for addressing the shifts in the classroom.

Presenters:

Maureen McLaughlin, Ed.D., professor and chair of the Reading Department, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and president, the International Reading Association (IRA)
Brenda J. Overturf, Ed.D., chair of the IRA Common Core Standards Committee (2012-2015) and a national literacy consultant
Moderator:
Adam Berkin, vice president, product development, Curriculum Associates


Improving Teacher Recruitment and Retention Through Schoolwide Change

This webinar has been sponsored by Cornerstone on Demand.

This webinar took place on April 29, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Teachers have heard the statistic often: Fifty percent of those who enter the teaching profession leave within five years. Schools are well aware of the trend, too, and understand the significance that teacher attrition plays in academic achievement. In this webinar, a leading expert on teacher staffing and development will explore not only how schools can recruit high quality teachers, but also create a climate that encourages them to stay. The presentation will include examinations of administration, professional development, and engagement.

Presenter:

Susan Moore Johnson, director, Harvard University’s Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, and author, Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in Our Schools
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher


Accelerating School Leadership: Field-Tested Performance Tools for Principal Supervisors and Coaches

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This webinar took place on April 24, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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School principals need support to face a tidal wave of challenges: new college and career readiness standards and assessments, new educator performance evaluation, fewer resources available to meet expanding student needs, and short timelines for improving performance. Leadership performance assessments can provide principal supervisors and coaches practical tools for not only evaluating, but also inspiring principal development—if they produce a holistic perspective on principal practice.

In this webinar, Matthew Clifford from American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Gail Connelly, executive director, National Association of Elementary School Principals discuss partnerships with states and districts for designing and using leadership performance assessments. Clifford will introduce a suite of tools developed by AIR and its partners for gaining a holistic perspective on leadership practice. Our speakers will discuss how supervisors and coaches are using observations, 360-degree surveys, portfolios, and growth plans to build leadership talent, and the critical roles of states and districts in supporting leadership assessment in the field.

Presenters:

Matthew Clifford, PhD, principal researcher, AIR
Gail Connelly, executive director, National Association of Elementary School Principals
Moderator:
Catherine Jacques, researcher, AIR


Google Web Tools for Teaching & Learning

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This webinar took place on April 23, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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In this webinar the director of technology from Milpitas Unified School District in California will share how his district is using web-based technologies like Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks, the impact this has had on teaching & learning, and his advice for others. Google Apps for Education is free web-based email, calendar & documents that allow for collaborative working anytime, anywhere. Chromebooks are affordable, easy-to-manage web-based laptops.

Participants will:
• Receive an overview of the Google for Education solution which includes Chromebooks, tablets with Google Play for Education, and Google Apps for Education.
• Learn how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation.
• Hear first-hand experience from a district using Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education.
• Learn how the school district put the ingredients, like professional development, in place for a successful pilot and then roll out.

Presenter:

Chin Song, director of technology, Milpitas Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, education team, Google


Common-Sense Approaches to Math Curriculum and Assessment Success

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on April 22, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Learn how to equip educators and students for success at a time when schools are being asked to do more with less—while meeting new math standards. Practical considerations and strategies will be addressed by our panel of math experts, who will discuss important topics in mathematics education and field audience questions throughout the session. They'll share insights about current trends and issues in mathematics education related to curriculum, assessment, and instruction that are applicable in all states and schools.

Join the conversation as they take a bird's eye view while also sharing on-the-ground classroom strategies and ideas for supporting increased achievement for all students. Key discussion topics include:

• Current trends and issues in math curriculum and instruction
• Formative and Summative Assessments
• Strategies to support achievement for all student populations

Presenters:

Joanna Bannon, assistant coordinator of K-12 Instructional Services, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, Wis.
Francis (Skip) Fennell, past president of NCTM and professor at McDaniel College
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning


Identifying 'Rigor': District Strategies for Transitioning to the Common Core in Math

This webinar has been sponsored by Think Through Math.

This webinar took place on April 16, 2014 @ 4 p.m. ET
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School districts face numerous systemic challenges in transitioning to the Common Core State Standards, including integrating new instructional methodologies and a new framework for mathematical practices across classrooms. In this webinar, two eminent math specialists—the co-authors of the recently published Realizing Rigor in the Mathematics Classroom—will offer practical strategies for district and school instructional leaders on ensuring cohesive implementation of the math standards. They will focus on defining what rigor looks like in connection with mathematical practices, identifying potential instructional and systemic obstacles, and effectively monitoring student and teacher progress toward established goals.

Presenters:

Ted H. Hull, mathematics-education consultant and co-author, Realizing Rigor in the Mathematics Classroom
Ruth Harbin Miles, K-12 mathematics instructional coach and co-author, Realizing Rigor in the Mathematics Classroom
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


The Last Green Mile: A Teachable Moment Around Textbooks

Content provided by FutureMark Paper Group.

This webinar took place on April 9, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Making your school more "green" by reducing its eco footprint isn't just good for the environment, it's an important part of educating your students about green choices by example. It's not pie in the sky any longer to achieve an economic-environmental equivalency by making significant environmental improvements; it is a vital to students’ overall scientific and societal education.

Question: As schools make the shift to more green schools, what’s left to close the gap on the "last green mile?"
Answer: Textbooks and instructional materials, which are currently printed on paper with little or no recycled fiber.

In this webinar, join California Secretary of Education Dave Long and a pair of leading environmental experts for an examination of effective green policies and actions you can take today to deliver a positive economic, ecological, and societal impact for your students and schools.

Presenters:

Susan Kinsella, executive director, Conservatree
Dave Long, former California secretary of education
Robin Organ, founder, GreenSchools.org
Moderator:
Paul Bradshaw, vice president, FutureMark Paper Group


More Time for Reading: How Florida Schools Are Using a Longer Day to Bolster Literacy Instruction

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Ford Foundation.

This webinar took place on April 2, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In 2012, Florida required its 100 lowest performing elementary schools to add an extra hour to their school day, with the time to be used for intensive reading instruction. Early results suggest the initiative may be paying off. An elementary curriculum director from a large district and a principal from a small district share their strategies for making the most of the additional time.

Presenters:

Debbie Battles, elementary curriculum director, Palm Beach County school district, Fla.
Harriet Taylor, principal, Springfield Elementary School, Panama City, Fla.
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, associate editor, Education Week


Ohio's 'Grand Experiment' in Performance Assessment: A How-To for States and Districts

Content provided by Measured Progress.

This webinar took place on March 31, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Ohio Department of Education has created a project that uses curriculum-embedded performance to encourage and measure deeper learning. The Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project uses Learning and Assessment Tasks to:
• Help students learn and apply skills in multiple contexts,
• Prepare them for the state's next-generation assessment program, and
• Train hundreds of teachers to evaluate student work, use the results to improve instruction, and create their own learning tasks.
This webinar will show how the OPAPP dyad system blends learning and assessment into unified tasks. We will also discuss the teacher training components of the project, as well as how curriculum-embedded performance assessment helps students acquire and demonstrate the skills needed to be truly college and workplace ready.

Presenters:

Lauren Monowar-Jones, program coordinator, performance assessment, Ohio Department of Education
Susan Tierney, product manager, science, Measured Progress
Moderator:
Michael Richards, program manager, Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Program, Measured Progress


Wanted: Teachers with Knowledge of Language and Dyslexia

Content provided by Learning Ally.

This webinar took place on March 26, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Dyslexia, the most common type of reading disability, affects millions of students across the U.S. However, many myths and misunderstandings around dyslexia impede teachers' and parents' access to information and effective interventions. In this one-hour webinar, leading researcher and educator Dr. Louisa Moats will define dyslexia, provide essential facts, and discuss groundbreaking practices in professional development to help teachers learn what they need to know to help students with this condition succeed in the classroom.

This webinar is presented by Learning Ally, a national nonprofit organization that has helped millions of K-12 and college students who read and learn differently due to dyslexia, visual impairment, and other disabilities. Through its support programs for teachers and parents, with a library of over 80,000 downloadable human-narrated audio textbooks and literature titles, Learning Ally enables students with print disabilities to succeed.

Presenter:

Louisa Moats, Ed.D., is a renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. She was a contributing writer of the Common Core State Standards for grades K-5.
Moderator:
Doug Sprei, national communications director, Learning Ally


Chromebooks as the Catalyst for Change in Edmonton Public Schools

Content provided by Google in Education.

This webinar took place on March 24, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Learn how Google Chromebooks for Education allow schools, like Edmonton, to use the power and simplicity of the web for unlimited teaching and learning opportunities and to engage all constituents from parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Chromebooks are great for the classroom and beyond for dynamic learning environments, easy scalable IT management, and the unique ability to harness the best of the Web to fit school's curriculum and student achievement goals.

In this webinar, you'll hear directly from the technology coordinator of Edmonton Public Schools in Canada about how they successfully introduced, implemented, and continue to sustain the growing use of Chromebooks and Google Apps.

Presenter:

Terry Korte, technology integration planning coordinator, Edmonton Public Schools in Alberta, Canada
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, education team, Google


Supporting Early Education in a Common-Core Era

This webinar has been sponsored by The Waterford Institute.

This webinar took place on March 20, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards are currently in place in 46 states, and teachers of early learners are grappling with how to implement the standards and still maintain a learning environment that is developmentally appropriate. Kyle Snow, research director for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, will join a school principal to talk about what the common core means for early education and how school administrators can support teachers in maintaining classrooms that work for young children.

Presenters:

Carrie Boyer, PK-2 principal, Jefferson PK-8 School, Warren City school district, Ohio
Kyle Snow, director of the Center for Applied Research, National Association for the Education of Young Children
Moderator:
Christina A. Samuels, staff writer, Education Week


Building a Stronger Digital Link Between Learning and Assessment

This webinar has been sponsored by Amplify.

This webinar took place on March 19, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Educators across the country are integrating digital tools into classrooms to build stronger links between instruction and assessment. The new tools are offering up real-time feedback on what children know, quick access to an array of tailored instructional materials, and important data for teachers to use to improve their own approaches—all in an effort to do a better job personalizing learning in ways that address students' individual strengths and weaknesses. This push to use digital tools for more customized assessment approaches is just beginning in most districts, prompting high hopes from educators, but concerns from critics that some of the tools are poorly designed. Our experts will address the promise and perils of this trend.

Presenters:

John Bailey, executive director, Digital Learning Now!, Tallahassee, Fla.
Mike McDonough, director of secondary education, Hilliard City Schools, Ohio
Jacob Grantier, secondary instructional coach, science, Hilliard City Schools, Ohio
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


A School's Blueprint to Secure Everything

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This webinar took place on March 13, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Everything from a fear of losing student information to thieves to the massive public relations nightmare that would follow such a mishap is forcing schools to rethink their IT security strategy and to include security from the beginning of IT implementation in schools. According to Gartner, Inc., there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things—"the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment"—by 2020.

In this webinar Symantec's Renault Ross will provide a proprietary strategy to assist schools to ensure that security enables K12 IT system drivers, secures student’s records and personal safety, and supports district strategic initiatives. His presentation will cover the blueprints for building a solid security program across endpoints as well as mobile devices and tablets for administrators and other users.

Presenter:

Renault Ross, technical architect, Information Protection Public Sector Strategic Programs, Symantec
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week


Transitioning Elementary Schools to Common-Core Math

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on March 12, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards in math pose significant challenges for teachers and administrators, establishing new ways of developing students' skills and understanding. As a result, teachers have been asking for more guidance and development from their districts, and districts have hundreds of different materials to sort through to figure out what is the best help to give. Such training is especially important for those educators charged with giving young learners the appropriate grounding in mathematical practices.

This webinar will bring together two math-education experts immersed in teacher training who will discuss the strategies districts can use to help their teachers understand and implement the common-core math standards at the elementary level. They will discuss effective communication and instruction techniques, integrating key conceptual changes, and useful sources of professional development.

Presenters:

Linda Gojak, president, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Elham Kazemi, professor, mathematics education, University of Washington
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher


Using Transitional Coursework in High School to Improve College Success

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Lumina Foundation.

This webinar took place on March 7, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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A high school diploma is no guarantee that a graduate is ready for college. Nearly 60 percent of community college students, for instance, enroll in at least one remedial course.

To address this problem, some states and districts are starting to intervene sooner by offering transitional curricula for high school students who aspire to college but may not be ready for the more challenging coursework. The approach, advocates say, has the potential to transform the senior year and substantially improve the chances for students to successfully complete college.

Join Education Week for this webinar featuring a researcher and a community-college administrator, who will discuss recent state developments in this area, including a Tennessee initiative that brought together college faculty and high school teachers to create a transitional math course, now being rolled out statewide.

Presenters:

Elisabeth Barnett, senior research associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
Robert M. Denn, dean of school relations and university articulation, Chattanooga State Community College
Moderator:
Caralee Adams, contributing writer, Education Week


The Science of Teacher Selection: Insights for Candidates and Recruiters

This webinar took place on March 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Aspiring teachers seeking employment and school districts trying to identify their future teaching superstars can both benefit from learning more about research-based methods for screening applicants. In this special webinar to be presented in conjunction with Education Week TopSchoolJobs’ Virtual Job Fair & PD eXPO, Dale S. Rose will share insights from his recently released book, Hire Better Teachers Now: Using the Science of Selection to Find the Best Teachers for Your School. Rose will provide an overview of the current state of teacher-hiring best practices and illustrate how applicants and employers alike can benefit significantly when the teacher-school fit is optimized for both parties.

Recruiters will hear practical methods for improving the rigor of their hiring process in an effort to improve the quality of their new hires and minimize hiring mistakes. Applicants will learn how to maximize their chances of success when a district uses research-based hiring tools as well as tips to identify important criteria school districts use when screening potential new hires.

Presenter:

Dale S. Rose, Ph.D., president, 3D Group


Helping At-Risk Students Develop Literacy Skills

This webinar has been sponsored by Nuance.

This webinar took place on March 5, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Students with disabilities and other children at risk of reading difficulties may require different teaching strategies and additional scaffolding to reach their full potential, particularly in an era of common standards. Join Peggy Coyne, a research scientist at the Center for Applied Special Technology in Wakefield, Mass., and Lori DiGisi, a curriculum coordinator for Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, for a discussion of how teachers can use differentiated instruction, universal design for learning and assistive technology to help struggling readers at all grade levels.

Presenters:

Peggy Coyne, research scientist, Center for Applied Special Technology, Wakefield, Mass.
Lori DiGisi, STEM coordinator, Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, Mass.
Moderator:
Christina A. Samuels, staff writer, Education Week


Personalized and Blended-Learning Success: 25 Tips From Experienced Educators

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This webinar took place on Feb. 20, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, a panel of experts will share their experiences, successes, and lessons learned from implementing online and blended-learning programs to personalize learning for each student. From how to choose curriculum and technology, to training of teachers and administration, to what outcomes to expect, our panel of experts has seen it all and are excited to share their experiences.

Topics will include:
• Setting goals and strategy: which student populations to target and why
• Critical importance of early alignment and communications
• Planning the program: what you must get right to sustain success
• Implementation and onboarding tips
• Key measurements and how to define quality in personalized learning

Presenter:

Mary Fluharty, online learning coordinator, Alexandria City school district, Va.
Heather Hiebsch, principal, Poudre School District Global Academy K-12, Fort Collins, Colo.
Bryan Wood, principal, D9 Online, Jackson County school district, Eagle Point, Ore.
Moderator:
Bruce Lovett, vice president of institutional marketing, K12


Blending Math Instruction for Elementary Grades

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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The idea of blended learning—combining digital curricula and tools with face-to-face instruction—for elementary grades is becoming more popular, and educators are finding it works particularly well in mathematics. Our guests will provide successful approaches for implementing this technique, including resources, strategies, and examples of instruction, as well as tips for modeling blended learning in elementary grade math.

Presenters:

Jill Thompson, instructional technology specialist, Bishop Spaugh Professional Development Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C.
Jessica Indelicato, 4th grade special education teacher, Presidential Park Elementary School, Middletown, N.Y.
Amy Creeden, principal, Race to the Top Grant, Enlarged City School District of Middletown, N.Y.
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Time for a Change: A Proven Solution for Blended Project-Based Learning

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This webinar took place on Feb. 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Michael Golden, education strategist and CEO of Educurious, discusses how school leaders can create profound impacts on student learning and teacher development using:
• blended project-based learning,
• technology,
• professional development, and
• connections with real-world experts.

Golden's proven integrated solution targets middle and high school students with courses in English/language arts aligned with the Common Core State Standards and biology courses that align with the Next Generation Science Standards. These courses facilitate the development of 21st-century learning and engage a community of professionals to help students create powerful networks for the future.

Golden has found that students "rise to the occasion" when they work with professionals and understand how what they are doing in school has meaning in the world around them. In this webinar, he will address some of the challenges educators face and provide strategies to facilitate school change.

Presenters:

Michael Golden, chief executive officer, Educurious
Moderator:
Shari Hofer, project director, Educurious


Going 1-to-1 with Google for Education at Richland School District Two

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This webinar took place on Feb. 5, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you'll hear directly from Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C., about how the district successfully built and launched a 1-to-1 computing initiative with Google Chromebooks and Apps for Education. This program serves its 27,000 students spanning across 18 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools, four magnet centers and two alternative schools. The district is also piloting tablets with Google Play for Education. The district wanted to equip students with technology skills to succeed in the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving.

In addition, Richland Two made sure to provide teachers with professional-development programs to help them understand and learn how to best use and integrate technology into their curriculum. Now, two years on, the district has early positive results and learnings to share as it continues on to Phase Three of its 1-to-1 computing initiative.

Presenter:

Donna Teuber, team leader for technology integration, Richland School District Two, Columbia, S.C.
Moderator:
Reneé Doyle, education team, Google


The Future of Math Education: A Panel Discussion of Promising Practices

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This webinar took place on Jan. 22, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) President Valerie Mills, renowned educator and author Cathy Fosnot, and past NCTM and AMTE President Francis (Skip) Fennell for a conversation about the future of mathematics education. Everyone interested in the success of all students in learning mathematics—educators and community members—will gain valuable insights from these leaders.
Topics will include:
• Formative assessment
• Meeting the diverse needs of all students
• Common Core State Standards
• Digital learning technologies
The panel will also field questions from participants submitted during the session.

Presenters:

Francis 'Skip' Fennell, professor of education, McDaniel College
Cathy Fosnot, professor emeritus of childhood education, City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Valerie L. Mills, president, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics; supervisor and mathematics education consultant, Oakland Schools, Michigan
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning


Next Generation Science Standards: Answering the Nation's Call for STEM Literacy

Content provided by Measured Progress.

This webinar took place on Jan. 16, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Next Generation Science Standards is not the first effort to improve achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the STEM disciplines. Starting with the space race, policymakers and educators have questioned our ability to compete internationally in STEM subjects. With the proliferation of technology, that urgency has grown exponentially.

New assessments developed to align with these standards should require students to demonstrate their understanding not only of content, but also of scientific and engineering practices. Innovative science assessments could improve both knowledge and application for our students—so they'll be truly prepared with the skills needed for the jobs of the future.

In this webinar, science education and assessment experts:
• Highlight the promise of the NGSS,
• Explore state responses to the call for greater rigor in the sciences, and
• Describe how formative science assessment tools both focus instruction and prepare students for the challenge of the new standards.

Presenters:

Peter J. McLaren, science and technology specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education
Susan Tierney, content specialist, science, Measured Progress
Moderator:
Tim Crockett, senior adviser, Measured Progress


Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day: The Flipped Classroom

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This webinar took place on Jan. 15, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Implementing the flipped class using digital curriculum provides teachers with more face-to-face time with students, allows for true differentiation, compels students to take responsibility for their own learning, and enables students to master rigorous course concepts. Join flipped classroom pioneer Jon Bergmann as he walks through his transformation from a 20-year lecturer to a flipped-class pioneer. Bergmann will demonstrate how blended learning can transform today's educational climate, increase student learning outcomes, and the key considerations for administrators who want to begin implementing flipped learning in their schools.

Presenters:

Jon Bergmann, teacher, author, and flipped-class pioneer
Moderator:
Michelle Rutherford, director of implementation design, Apex Learning


Moving Away From Corporal Punishment in Schools

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, and The California Endowment.

This webinar took place on Dec. 18, 2013 @ 4 p.m. ET
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Corporal punishment is still legal in 19 states, leaving school districts to decide whether to use it. Two Tennessee districts—Shelby County and Memphis City schools—came face-to-face with the issue when they merged earlier this year. Memphis had previously banned corporal punishment; Shelby County had not.

Join one official from the newly merged district speak on its efforts to move away from paddling in all its schools. And hear from Deborah Vagins of the American Civil Liberties Union who will give an overview of alternatives to corporal punishment and federal-level moves to ban the practice.

Presenters:

Deborah J. Vagins, senior legislative counsel, American Civil Liberties Union
Natalie J. McKinney, director of policy and legislation, Shelby County schools, Tenn.
Moderator:
Alyssa Morones, contributing writer, Education Week


Beyond School: Earning Credit for Real-World Experiences

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Wallace Foundation.

This webinar took place on Dec. 16, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In Providence, R.I., the school system values learning that happens both inside and outside the classroom. The 23,500-student district is in the third year of a collaborative project with the nonprofit Providence After School Alliance that enables students to earn digital badges and even course credit for experiences that take place beyond the schoolhouse doors.

The expanded learning opportunities include working on engineering projects, video-editing, community service, and business start-ups. The project began as a pilot in 2011 with just 30 students. It’s now in two high schools with plans to expand to four, serving 200 students by next year.

Join Education Week for this webinar featuring representatives from the school district and the nonprofit partner organization that teamed up on the project. Find out what they’ve learned along the way to broaden community support and better serve students through real-life experiences.

Presenters:

Alex Molina, deputy director, Providence After School Alliance, R.I.
Patrick Duhon, director of expanded learning, Providence Public Schools/Providence After School Alliance, R.I.
Moderator:
Caralee Adams, contributing writer, Education Week


Using Classroom Portfolios to Evaluate Arts Educators

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Wallace Foundation.

This webinar took place on Dec. 9, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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At a time when pressure is mounting on teachers to demonstrate their contribution to student learning, Tennessee is ramping up participation in an alternative component to its teacher-evaluation system for the arts that provides an unusual approach. It tackles the thorny issue of what to do when standardized test scores are not available.

The answer in Tennessee is portfolios of classroom work assembled by teachers, and then peer-reviewed by other arts educators. Teachers collect student work, and not just the final, polished products, but rather the before and after, showing student improvement over time. Experts say the initiative could serve as a model for other states, as well as teachers in other disciplines. In fact, Tennessee is now piloting a similar program for foreign-language educators.

Presenters:

Dru Davison, fine arts adviser, Shelby County school district, Tenn.; consultant, Tennessee Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education
Marcy Singer-Gabella, education professor and associate chairwoman of teacher education, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College
Moderator:
Erik Robelen, assistant managing editor, Education Week


Homebound Education: Best Practices for District Implementation

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This webinar took place on Dec. 4, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In school districts across the country, students face health and other issues that cause them to miss school for weeks and sometimes months. Homebound education is the solution for students to continue with their education and keep on track for graduation, while dealing with their medical situation.

There are many challenges for school districts to implement homebound programs and ensure the students continue to receive quality education. In this webinar, hear how the Anderson School District Five in South Carolina implemented homebound education, the challenges they faced, how they addressed them, and the results they have seen.

Presenter:

Tripp Dukes, assistant superintendent, Anderson School District Five, S.C.
Moderator:
Kim Spencer, director, Homebound Education/Alternative Learning, K12


Personalized Learning and the Power of Adaptive Instruction

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This webinar took place on Nov. 20, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Blended learning holds great promise as a cost-effective and egalitarian means to help greater numbers of students accelerate their learning, graduate, and meet challenges in a competitive world. Attend this web seminar with education technology expert Tom Vander Ark to learn the keys to making personalized learning work for the greatest number of students through adaptive digital instruction, particularly Intelligent Adaptive Learning™. This new technology has the potential to be the 'equalizer' that provides greater access and opportunity for students, regardless of background or zip code.

Vander Ark will examine how intelligent adaptive learning can fulfill the promise of differentiated, individualized instruction; what students should expect in a personalized learning experience; how Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ can impact Common Core implementation and assessment; and how blended learning will help to implement the new standards.

Presenter:

Tom Vander Ark, chief executive officer, Getting Smart
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning


A Curriculum-First Approach to Technology and the Web: Del Mar Union School District’s Technology Journey

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This webinar took place on Nov. 18, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, hear from Michael Casey, director of technology at Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD), a San Diego county-based, high-performing school district serving approximately 4,300 K-6 students. Casey will explore how they use Chromebooks in the district to support their curriculum focus on writing and the Common Core State Standards.

Learn about their curriculum-implementation strategy that ensures students are prepared for academic achievement as well as lifelong, self-directed learning and engagement as both global and digital citizens. In addition, discover how DMUSD developed a process for integrating tools to support instruction, selecting a hardware platform that supports instructional tools, and rolling out professional development that ensures success.

Casey uses Google Chromebooks for Education to leverage the power and simplicity of the Web for unlimited teaching and learning opportunities to engage all constituents including parents, students, teachers, and administrators.

Presenter:

Michael Casey, director of technology, Del Mar Union School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, regional manager, Education Team, Google


Empowering Parents to Transform Schools

Underwriting for the production of this webinar has been provided by the Walton Family Foundation. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.

This webinar took place on Nov. 15, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Increasingly, parents are playing a larger role in the transformation of schools and school districts. In cities across the country—Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, and Washington—and many states, parents and parent groups are forming coalitions, lobbying lawmakers, creating new schools, and generally bringing about school change.

But this hasn't always been the case, and it's certainly not the case in many school districts, where underserved communities of minority, low-income, and rural families don't always have the tools to become involved. And schools can be at loss for how to empower parents to increase student achievement.

How can the forces at play come together to create an environment where parents play an active and positive role in school improvement? And what obligation does the federal government have in playing a helpful role? Our guests will explore the necessary levers that schools and parents can use to drive real change.

Presenters:

Arnold F. Fege, president, Public Advocacy for Kids, Washington, D.C.
Alberto Retana, executive vice president, Community Coalition, Los Angeles
Karran Harper Royal, parent advocate, New Orleans
Moderator:
Elizabeth Rich, commentary editor, Education Week


Closing the Leadership Gap: Finding the Right Chief Technology Officer for Your District

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
This webinar has been sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

This webinar took place on Nov. 7, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The role of the chief technology officer in school districts is evolving into one of the most important leadership positions in education, yet many who currently fill that job lack the skills and background to make the best decisions for the educators and students in the districts they serve. Some CTOs, or their district's equivalent, come from an instructional background within a school system, but lack technical skills. Others display an abundance of technical knowledge, but don't understand how children learn, or what teachers need in that process. Many district leaders perceive the CTO to be a "wires and pliers" expert, rather than a valued adviser who can provide guidance to help schools meet their educational goals. We look at these disconnects, and what superintendents and CTOs can do to be prepared for leadership demands in the digital age.

Presenters:

Keith Krueger, chief executive officer, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
Jeremy Shorr, director of educational technology and curricular innovation, Mentor Public Schools, Ohio
Moderator:
Michele Molnar, staff writer, Education Week


Strengthening Writing Instruction Through Formative Assessment

This webinar has been sponsored by Mentoring Minds.

This webinar took place on Nov. 6, 2013 @ 4 p.m. ET
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Formative assessment, the process of continuously gauging student learning and changing instruction accordingly, requires patience and flexibility from teachers. It also requires a focus on data. So how does this work when it comes to writing? What strategies can teachers use to determine students' writing levels, differentiate instruction, and keep students engaged in learning?

In this webinar, two instructional experts will discuss how to use formative assessment to improve student achievement in writing. They’ll delve into recent research on formative assessment and literacy, and share classroom examples of the ways teachers are using assessment techniques to bolster students' composition skills and engagement in learning.

Presenters:

Kathleen Curran, 4th grade teacher, Margaret A. Neary Elementary School, Southborough, Mass.
Leslie Laud, facilitator, Hill for Literacy Inc., and author of Using Formative Assessment to Differentiate Middle School Literacy Instruction
Moderator:
Liana Heitin, associate editor, Education Week Teacher


Understand the Critical Role of Oral Language in Reading for Your Title I and ELL Students

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This webinar took place on Oct. 22, 2013 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Research has shown that oral language has a profound impact on children's preparedness for kindergarten and on their success throughout their academic career. Children typically enter school with a wide range of background knowledge and oral-language ability, attributable in part to factors such as children’s experiences in the home and their socioeconomic status. As a result, Title I and English-language-learner subgroups typically face a gap in academic ability that tends to persist or grow throughout their school experience.

Learn from two administrators—Pam Howard and Shawn Parkhurst—about their strategies for oral language development, which include a focus on foundational comprehension and vocabulary to address students who lack exposure to English language and have limited background experiences.

Presenters:

Pam Howard, assistant superintendent, special education, El Paso Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
Shawn Parkhurst, assistant superintendent, curriculum and instruction, Wallingford public schools, Wallingford, Conn.
Moderator:
Liz Crawford-Brooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, vice president, education and research, Lexia Learning


Flipped Learning for Students and Teachers

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This webinar took place on Oct. 17, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET
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The process of flipping classroom instruction—assigning video-lecture homework to make time for more hands-on activities in class—is spreading quickly to schools around the country, but questions remain about how powerful this approach can be to improve student learning. Some teachers say it’s the new frontier in learning and one that has proven very effective, while others have tried it and discarded the technique. Our guests will discuss how flipped learning can work best for students, and for professional development for teachers.

Presenters:

Kristin Daniels, education technology consultant, Technology and Information Education Services, St. Paul, Minn.
Todd Nesloney, 5th grade teacher, Fields Store Elementary School, Waller, Texas; co-author, Flipping 2.0, Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Using Technology to Personalize Learning in Elementary Schools

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Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on Oct. 15, 2013 @ 5 p.m. ET
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Advances in digital technology have created potential opportunities for schools to provide more individualized-learning experiences for students, including differentiated instruction and independent-learning projects. But what strategies can principals and instructional leaders at the elementary level use to ensure that classroom technology is integrated in ways that are meaningful and augment essential knowledge and skills?

In this webinar, two leaders in connected learning will explore that question, providing real-world examples of how elementary schools are redefining effective instruction around personalized-learning initiatives. The discussion will address differentiated instruction, formative assessment, blended learning, teacher professional development, and whole-school change.

Presenters:

Matthew Renwick, principal, Howe Elementary School, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.; author of forthcoming book Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole School Approach to Connected Learning & Continuous Assessment; and blogger, Reading by Example
Ben Wilkoff, co-director of blended learning, Denver school district; creator, Learning is Change
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


Making 1-to-1 Computing Work

This webinar has been sponsored by Amplify Tablet.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This webinar took place on Oct. 9, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Thoughtful planning and execution of 1-to-1 computing programs can mean the difference between success and failure. Taking time to invest in professional development, choosing the right device, and sometimes limiting the scope of the initial project can help districts create a 1-to-1 program that will flourish. Our guests are both in the midst of such projects and will discuss the best methods for ensuring that the rollout of a 1-to-1 initiative is successful.

Presenters:

Lenny Schad, chief technology officer, Houston Independent School District, Texas
Jhone M. Ebert, chief innovation and productivity officer, Clark County School District, Nevada
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Integrating Content and Technology to Differentiate Instruction and Personalize Learning

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This webinar took place on Oct. 3, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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"The key is individualizing instruction and education for every student," says Dennis Stockdale, superintendent of Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District, in Indiana. With the plethora of resources available to teachers and students, creating customized learning paths is an increasing reality happening today in classrooms across the country. This webinar will highlight the experiences of two expert educators that have successfully led the integration of free resources into classrooms to personalize instruction, motivate students, and achieve success.

Participants will learn how to easily integrate free resources to differentiate instruction. They will learn from a recognized leader of a 1-to-1 school district that has successfully integrated iPads into classrooms and directly engaged application developers. Participants will also hear from a master teacher that has engaged 7th grade English students in the latest educational technologies for writing. The resulting personalization of learning and student empowerment has led to improvements in student motivation and achievement.

Presenters:

Gayle Mathis, 7th grade English teacher, Hickman County Middle School, Centerville, Tenn.; and master teacher, SAS Curriculum Pathways
Dennis Stockdale, superintendent, Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District, Garrett, Ind.; and a 2013 Education Week "Leader To Learn From"
Moderator:
Scott McQuiggan, director of SAS Curriculum Pathways


Best Practices for Implementing Online Learning in K–12 School Districts

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This webinar took place on Oct. 1, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As an increasing number of schools and school districts adopt online learning as a way to boost graduation rates, address multiple student populations, expand their course catalogs, and personalize learning, understanding the challenges and obstacles that educators face as they introduce new programs is key.

This benchmark survey includes:
• The five highest-rated factors critical to successful implementation of credit recovery, online courses, and full-time online schooling
• How U.S. school districts define quality in online learning programs

The second annual benchmark survey reports on what U.S. school districts consider to be critical success factors when implementing online learning programs—from credit recovery and online courses to full-time online programs. The survey also highlights how experienced online-learning users define quality and compare the cost of online learning vs. traditional education.

Presenters:

Marci Goldberg, dedicated analyst, EdNET Insight, and president, K-12 Market Advisors, LLC
Mary E. Fluharty, coordinator of online learning, Alexandria City school district
Laura Belnap, director, Utah Online School K-12
Moderator:
Bruce Lovett, vice president of institutional marketing, K12


Using Video Games to Assess Students' Noncognitive Skills

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This webinar took place on Sept. 27, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison believe new video games like Crystals of Kaydor and Tenacity can measure student learning in real time while literally rewiring kids' brains to help them pay better attention and improve their behavior. It's digital media meets big data meets state-of-the art brain research. But can a role-playing video game about aliens change the way U.S. schools think about testing students and boost the noncognitive skills that are critical to success later in life? Join our discussion led by a pair of prominent academic scholars as they discuss the implications of games designed to develop and assess grit, tenacity, and persistence.

Presenters:

Angela Duckworth, associate professor of psychology, University of Pennsylvania
James Gee, presidential chair and professor of literacy studies, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University
Moderator:
Benjamin Herold, staff writer, Education Week


Standing On Common Ground: Building Cultural and Academic Literacy

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This webinar took place on Sept. 26, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Being literate in the information age increases our understanding of cultural and linguistic differences. Developing our students' academic literacy skills and building their cultural knowledge are critical keys to these understandings. Pearson's iLit is a comprehensive literacy solution designed to produce two or more years of reading growth in a single year. Based on a proven instructional model that has produced results for students in districts across the country for more than a decade, iLit has been carefully crafted to meet the rigors of the Common Core State Standards and to prepare students for success. In this webinar, Sharroky Hollie, executive director for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, will discuss strategies for engaging students in developing the types of literacy needed for future success, and how iLit provides an effective way of implementing these strategies.

Presenter:

Sharroky Hollie, executive director, Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning; and assistant professor for teacher education, California State University
Moderator:
John Guild, senior product and marketing manager, Pearson iLit


Gwinnett County Schools: Local Assessment Initiatives Yield World-Class Results

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This webinar took place on Sept. 19, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Georgia’s Gwinnett County Public Schools, one of the nation’s largest districts, has created a system of world-class schools with ambitious expectations and a highly focused approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

This webinar highlights the district’s assessment program, which consists of interim, pre-, and post-assessments and an assessment item bank, all aligned to its Academic Knowledge and Skills curriculum. In addition to examining Gwinnett’s efforts to ensure both efficacy for its assessments and alignment with curricular and instructional strategy, this webinar also spotlights best practices Gwinnett has gleaned during its preparation for the Common Core State Standards.

Webinar participants will learn about the wealth of information well-crafted assessments can reveal, and will gain insights into how districts of all sizes can use assessment strategies, tools, and services to improve student outcomes and prepare for the Common Core State Standards.

Presenters:

Beneta Brown, assistant director of content design and development, Measured Progress
Kay Elder, director of assessment, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Moderator:
Deborah Farrington, product manager, Measured Progress


Leadership Coaching: Building Strong Leaders for District and School Improvement

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This webinar took place on Sept. 18, 2013 @ 11 a.m. ET
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Strong leaders who set and maintain direction are the heart of a successful school turnaround. A single person, however, cannot effectively create the kind of change required in consistently underperforming schools. Effective turnaround and transformation processes require developing district leadership and creating an effective school leadership team.

Join the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in learning more about the importance of leadership coaching and leadership academies as part of the larger school turnaround effort. This webinar will provide participants information on the essential components of an effective leadership academy that kicks off a school year with a highly focused and motivated team, will illustrate successful leadership coaching relationships, and will demonstrate how district coaching can benefit both the district and schools. An AIR leadership coach will share the research base of their coaching work with the school, the successes and challenges of leadership coaching, and how coaching helps sustain the efforts and learning in the leadership academies.

Presenters:

Aaron Butler, senior turnaround consultant, District and School Improvement Center, American Institutes for Research
Dr. Gary Jansen, principal, Hazelwood East Middle School, Hazelwood school district, Hazelwood, Mo.
Loretta Blanks, turnaround specialist and leadership academy coach; and consultant, American Institutes for Research
Moderator:
Nancy Sticksel, senior turnaround consultant, American Institutes for Research


A Wider World: Comprehending Content-Area Texts

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This webinar took place on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Being able to comprehend complex texts from a variety of content areas is an essential skill in the information age. Teaching students how to adapt their approach to a text based on its content area is a key part of comprehension. Pearson’s iLit is a comprehensive literacy solution designed to produce two or more years of reading growth in a single year. Based on a proven instructional model that has produced results for students in districts across the country for more than a decade, iLit has been carefully crafted to meet the rigors of the Common Core State Standards and to prepare students for success. In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Vaughn, executive director of the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at The University of Texas at Austin, will discuss strategies for teaching students vocabulary and comprehension within content area texts, and how iLit provides an effective way of implementing these strategies.
Notice: The focus of this webinar has been updated.

Presenter:

Sharon Vaughn, executive director, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, University of Texas, Austin
Moderator:
John Guild, senior product and marketing manager, Pearson iLit


A Steep Climb: One Classroom's Journey Into the Common-Core English/Language Arts Standards

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This webinar took place on Aug. 21, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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How school districts move the Common Core State Standards from the central office into classrooms can make or break the undertaking. Education Week spent six months reporting on how the District of Columbia’s vision of the common-core English/language arts standards is being put into practice in one 8th grade classroom at Stuart-Hobson Middle School on Capitol Hill.

In the first three parts of the series, Catherine Gewertz explored the instructional resources the district has developed for its unusually aggressive and comprehensive implementation of the common core. She watched as its messages—and its hopes—trickled down to one school, through the district’s instructional coach, to the administrators, the 8th grade English/language arts teacher, and to students.

Two of the people she followed for this series—the classroom teacher and the district’s chief of teaching and learning—join her for this webinar to share the work of translating the common core into reality.

Presenters:

Brian Pick, chief of the teaching and learning office, District of Columbia Public Schools
Dowan McNair-Lee, 8th grade English/language arts teacher and department chair, Stuart-Hobson Middle School, District of Columbia
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, series author and lead common-core reporter, Education Week


Charter School Facilities: The Pursuit for Equity

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Walton Family Foundation.

This webinar took place on Aug. 1, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Unlike regular public schools, which have the authority to seek taxpayer-backed bonds for renovating school buildings and new construction, charter schools have no such mechanism in place to offset their facilities costs, which often come out of their operating budgets.

And while some of the larger charter school networks have more experience and financial history to fall back on, startup charters are hit particularly hard when seeking loans and financial assistance because of their lack of a financial history, experts say.

Our guests will discuss the most challenging aspects of securing and financing a facility for today’s charter schools, examples of best practices that are helping solve this problem, and the impact of the facilities challenge on charter schools’ academic performance.

Presenters:

Jim Griffin, former president, Colorado League of Charter Schools, and current president, Momentum Strategy and Research
Ricardo Soto, senior vice president, legal advocacy, and general counsel for special education and facilities, California Charter Schools Association
Moderator:
Katie Ash, staff writer, Education Week


Digital Schools: How Technology Can Transform Education

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This webinar took place on July 31, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Nearly a century ago, famed educator John Dewey said, "If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow." This wisdom resonates more strongly than ever today, and that maxim underlies this insightful look at the present and future of education in the digital age. In this webinar, Darrell West will discuss key findings from his book, Digital Schools: How Technology Can Transform Education, which examines new models of education made possible by enhanced information technology, and how new approaches will make public education in the post-industrial age more relevant, efficient, and ultimately more productive. West will explain how today’s educational institutions must reinvent themselves to engage students successfully and provide them with the skills needed to compete in an increasingly global, technological, and online world. West will share the potential contributions of blogs, wikis, social media, and video games and augmented reality in K–12 and higher education.

Presenter:

Darrell West, director of governance studies and director of the Center for Technology Innovation, Brookings Institution


Using Data to Inform Instruction and Personalize Learning: A Continuous Improvement Framework

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This webinar took place on July 18, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Educators and administrators across the K-12 spectrum aspire to effectively utilize data to enhance teaching and learning. But what powerful, easy-to-use frameworks are out there to enable them to make the switch from data collectors to data innovators?

Advances in technology now provide invaluable resources and tools for educators at all levels. These tools—and the data they provide—can be harnessed by educators to inform daily instructional practices to increase academic rigor and growth, enabling students of all abilities to enjoy learning, unlock their potential, and achieve proficiency. Learn new ways to use rich, interactive adaptive learning systems to accelerate personalized learning for all students in the common-core era. See how data from multiple measures of assessment are used to make informed decisions, assign personalized content with instantaneous feedback, identify instructional interventions, and help educators to create a personalized learning environment for all students.

Presenter:

Sharnell S. Jackson, president, Data-Driven Innovations Consulting, Inc.
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning


The Future of Personalized Learning

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This webinar took place on June 20, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Attend this webinar to learn about the continuing evolution of personalized learning. Discover how technology can be used to deliver truly individualized instruction and to support and reinforce the efforts of increasingly overextended educators. Each year, Project Tomorrow®, a national education nonprofit organization, facilitates a national research effort tracking the growing student, educator, and parent interest in digital learning, and how our nation’s schools and districts are addressing that interest with innovative ways to use technology in and out of the classroom. This webinar will highlight key findings from Project Tomorrow's most recent Speak Up National Research Project, including insights into the future of personalized learning; how new technologies and digital content are transforming learning in elementary schools, expectations from students, parents and teachers; and how these factors affect the decisions and plans administrators must make today.

Presenter:

Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow, and chief researcher, Speak Up National Research Project
Nigel Green, director of personalization, DreamBox Learning
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, sr. director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning


Overcoming the Odds: Getting Every Student to College

Content provided by the Broad Foundation.

This webinar took place on June 18, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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YES Prep Public Schools, winner of the 2012 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, has an enviable academic track record: They’ve eliminated achievement gaps, achieved a 100 percent graduation rate with all students accepted into 4-year colleges—plus they partner with local traditional public schools. Join us as YES Prep president Jason Bernal, Aldine Independent School District Superintendent Wanda Bamberg and national education researcher Shelley Billig discuss YES Prep’s success and the strategies behind their new partnership with Aldine Independent School District.

Presenters:

Wanda Bamberg, Ed.D., superintendent of schools, Aldine Independent School District, Texas
Jason Bernal, president, YES Prep Public Schools, Texas
Shelley H. Billig, Ph.D., vice president, RMC Research Corporation

Moderator:

Veronica Davey, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation


Preparing for the New Science Standards

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Noyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on June 13, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Big challenges loom for states and school districts contemplating the Next Generation Science Standards completed this spring. The standards, which call for probing deeper into science concepts and demonstrating learning through a set of science and engineering practices, have significant implications for teacher education and professional development, curriculum and instructional materials, and assessment. Join a state and a district official as they explore the changes in science education envisioned by the new standards, and what they will mean from the state and district levels down into the classroom.

Presenters:

Alan King, curriculum director, Kansas City school district, Kan.; former science teacher; and Kansas state review team member for the Next Generation Science Standards
Peter McLaren, science and technology specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education; past president, Council of State Science Supervisors; and member of writing team for the NGSS
Moderator:
Erik Robelen, assistant editor, Education Week


Digital Content in Your District: Overcoming Obstacles & Maximizing Benefits

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This webinar took place on June 11, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Discover new strategies to leverage digital content and hear about learning management system innovations that offer new opportunities to enhance teaching and learning. Learn how educators are using dynamic digital networks to create and share rich interactive teaching materials, effective online assessments, and collaborative learning experiences that improve classroom instruction and foster greater student engagement.

Presenters:

Phill Miller, vice president, product strategy, Moodlerooms
Brent Mundy, product manager, Blackboard
Sarah Weston, curriculum director, Open High School of Utah
Moderator:
Brad Schleicher, marketing manager, Moodlerooms


Higher Entry Bar, Better Teachers?

Underwriting for this webinar is made possible by a grant from the Joyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on June 4, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As more states address the preparation of new teachers, both lawmakers and nongovernmental organizations are trying to increase admission requirements. Working from the idea that the more academically capable candidates are, the more likely they will be better teachers, states are proposing a higher GPA for entry, tougher basic-skills tests, and a new floor for accreditation. In this webinar, a policy expert will provide an overview of states’ current admission requirements and outline proposals now on the table, and an official from a North Carolina university will discuss the implications for his programs and for the teacher education field at large.

Presenters:

Sandi Jacobs, vice president and managing director for state policy, National Council on Teacher Quality
Michael J. Maher, assistant dean for professional education, North Carolina State University
Moderator:
Stephen Sawchuk, assistant editor, Education Week


Blended Learning in the Math Classroom

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on May 30, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Schools around the country are starting to blend online learning into their instructional design as a means of personalizing students’ learning experiences. But with the myriad options for structuring the combination of online and face-to-face learning, teachers and administrators are faced with tough decisions on how to best implement technology for their students. In this webinar, our guests will explore the different blended-learning models that schools are using to support math instruction. They’ll discuss national trends emerging around blended-learning math programs, as well as take an up-close look at the challenges and successes one school has experienced with the blended math model.

Presenters:

Kaylie Dienelt Reed, lead teacher, Acton Academy, Austin, Texas
Heather Staker, education senior research fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (formerly Innosight Institute), and co-author, research report “Classifying K-12 Blended Learning”
Moderator:
Liana Heitin, associate editor, Education Week Teacher


Reinventing Principal Evaluation

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Wallace Foundation.

This webinar took place on May 29, 2013 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Evaluating principals has become a hot topic as districts around the country have begun formally tying the evaluation of school leaders to their students’ academic growth. Hawaii and Chicago are among the early adopters: Both districts are finishing their first year using new principal evaluation systems. Listen to district leaders in Chicago and Hawaii discuss their new principal evaluation systems, how they've been implemented and received, and what lessons they've learned along the way.

Presenters:

Ronn K. Nozoe, deputy superintendent, Hawaii State Department of Education
Paulette Poncelet, executive director of education effectiveness, Chicago Public Schools
Alicia Winckler, chief talent officer, Chicago Public Schools
Moderator:
Jackie Zubrzycki, staff writer, Education Week


Making Digital Curricula Meaningful

This webinar has been sponsored by Amplify.

This webinar took place on May 22, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Using digital curricula effectively is much more complicated than just firing up a laptop in class. As more schools and districts turn to digital materials for education, experts say it’s important to emphasize teacher training and professional development and to be deliberate in how it is used. School and district leaders also need to determine how to organize and evaluate materials and integrate them into the curriculum appropriately. Our guests will help educators find and implement digital curricula in the most effective ways possible.

Presenters:

Spike Cook, principal, R.M. Bacon Elementary School, Millville, N.J.
Calvin Baker, superintendent, Vail school district, Ariz.
Kevin Carney, executive director, Beyond Textbook Program, Vail school district, Ariz.
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Parental Views of Mobile Devices for Student Learning

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This webinar took place on May 16, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for a summary of "Living & Learning with Mobile Devices," a new report from Grunwald Associates and the Learning First Alliance, with underwriting from AT&T. The report draws on a national survey of parent attitudes on mobile-technology use at school and home. This webinar will provide educators, school leaders, and district administrators with an in-depth understanding on how parents perceive the current and potential use of mobile devices for learning, as well as perspective from a district that is successfully using mobile learning to improve student engagement. This insight will assist schools and districts as they look for opportunities to use technology to support various teaching and learning initiatives.

Presenters:

Charles Herget, associate vice-president education leadership, AT&T
Cheryl Scott Williams, executive director, Learning First Alliance
Keshia Wolf, technology coordinator, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, West Allis, Wis.
Stacey Lange, teacher, Walker Elementary School, West Allis, Wis.
Moderator:
Peter Grunwald, president, Grunwald Associates, LLC


Producing the Next Generation of K-12 Entrepreneurs

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This webinar took place on May 14, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Efforts to promote entrepreneurship in K-12 education are taking hold on college and university campuses around the country. Higher education institutions have created new programs and individual courses focused on helping both school leaders and private-sector developers bring new ideas—and possibly new products and technologies—into schools. Join our guests from Rice University and the University of Michigan as they talk about their efforts to cultivate a new class of educators, administrators, and developers with entrepreneurial skills that could potentially benefit school districts.

Presenters:

Andrea Hodge, executive director, Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
Kendra Hearn, clinical assistant professor, University of Michigan school of education; coordinator, Teach For America interim certification program
Moderator:
Sean Cavanagh, assistant editor, Education Week


Common Core State Standards: Teaching ELA/Literacy to English-Language Learners

Underwriting for this webinar is made possible by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This webinar took place on May 8, 2013 @ 3 p.m. ET
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The new Common Core State Standards in English-language arts/literacy demand more sophisticated language and literacy skills from all students, especially those who are still learning English. In this webinar, English-language acquisition experts from the Understanding Language initiative at Stanford University will share resources and advice to educators on how to deepen and accelerate the learning and instruction of English-language learners (ELLs), develop content-rich ELA/literacy lessons for ELLs and provide the varying levels of support ELLs will need to meet the new standards.

Presenters:

Kenji Hakuta, Lee L. Jacks professor of education and co-chair of the Understanding Language initiative, Stanford University
George C. Bunch, associate professor of education and chair of the ELA/literacy work group of the Understanding Language initiative, University of California, Santa Cruz
Moderator:
Lesli A. Maxwell, staff writer, Education Week


Exploring Teacher-Leadership Trends and Possibilities

MetLife Foundation provides funding to Education Week Teacher to support its capacity to engage teachers interactively in professional community.

This webinar took place on April 30, 2013 @ 4 p.m. ET
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Recent research shows that teachers are increasingly taking on leadership responsibilities within schools and that interest in so-called hybrid positions that combine classroom teaching with other roles is growing rapidly. Are school organizational structures finally shifting? In this webinar, our expert guests will look at what’s behind the teacher-leadership trend and examine ways that schools are redefining roles to leverage educators’ expertise and ambitions. They’ll also explore how such transitions are most effectively facilitated and what they mean for school culture, student learning, and career development in education.

Presenters:

Therese A. Dozier, director of the Center for Teacher Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education
Michelle Healy, co-founder of The Odyssey Initiative
Brooke Peters, co-founder, The Odyssey Initiative
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


Blended Learning & Your School

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on April 25, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join Tom Vander Ark as he guides you through the steps to setting up blended learning in your school. Learn what questions to ask when evaluating technology and curriculum solutions and the pitfalls to avoid when developing blended learning for the elementary grades.

Presenter:

Tom Vander Ark, CEO, GettingSmart.com
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, Ph. D., director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning


Refining School System Approaches to Blended Learning

This webinar has been sponsored by Edgenuity.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on April 12, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Offering the promise of personalized learning and technological integration, instructional models that combine online education and face-to-face teaching are increasingly becoming key components of school-systems’ developmental strategies. But such initiatives also pose countless infrastructural and conceptual challenges for district and school leaders. In this webinar, two experts with direct experience in introducing and developing school-system blended-learning initiatives will address some of those challenges, offering lessons learned on project scope and use, technology implementation, professional development, and curriculum integration. They will also explore possible future directions for blended-learning models.

Presenters:

Greg Klein, director of blended learning, Roger’s Family Foundation
Judy Ivie Burton, president and chief executive officer, Alliance College-Public Schools, Los Angeles
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


State Networks Propel STEM Education

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Noyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on April 11, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As STEM education gains ever more prominence, statewide organizations are springing up from coast to coast to advance the cause. A key thrust, experts say, is moving from "random acts of STEM" to more purposeful, coordinated action. The networks and councils typically bring to the table a diverse set of players: educators, government and business leaders, and representatives of nonprofits and other community groups. The approaches pursued by these new networks vary, but include drawing road maps for improved STEM learning in and out of school, providing grants, launching STEM-focused schools, and advocating a policy agenda. In this webinar, officials from STEM organizations in California and Iowa will explain their strategies for ramping up education in science, technology, engineering, and math and the challenges ahead.

Presenters:

Jeff Weld, executive director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council, Iowa
Marcella Klein Williams, chief education officer, California STEM Learning Network
Moderator:
Erik Robelen, assistant editor, Education Week


Ed-Tech Leadership for Better Schools—Leaders to Learn From

This webinar has been sponsored by Ustream.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Wallace Foundation.

This webinar took place on April 5, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET
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From developing 1-to-1 computing programs to ensuring students have access to high-speed Internet connections to do their schoolwork during and beyond school hours, district leaders are increasing the reach and use of technology in education. Our guests will highlight best practices for incorporating digital resources into the curriculum, for using data to personalize learning, and for integrating high-tech strategies to raise student achievement.

Presenters:

Dennis Stockdale, superintendent, Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District, Garrett, Ind.
Sarah Trimble-Oliver, director of information technology, Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


1-to-1 Computing Steps to Success

This webinar has been sponsored by Amplify.

This webinar took place on April 4, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Launching and maintaining a 1-to-1 computing program can be a daunting challenge. School leaders must set goals for a program, determine which devices to use, train teachers, get parents on board, and evaluate the impact of the effort. Our guests have successfully built and managed 1-to-1 computing programs and will talk about how to make those efforts work to improve student learning.

Presenters:

Peter Sanchioni, superintendent, Natick public schools, Mass.
Rich Newman, director of learning support services, Poway Unified School District, San Diego, Calif.
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Overcoming K-12 IT Challenges: Appropriate Use & Theft Management

Content provided by Absolute Software.

This webinar took place on March 27, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) needed to track and enforce appropriate use in support of regulatory compliance related to Title 1 equipment. This equipment could only be used by certain staff and students in a specific manner and KCPS needed to find a way to prove they were compliant. IT was also concerned with the theft of a small percentage of devices – putting additional strain on their IT budget.

After researching options, Craig Nulan, IT Operations Manager and Network Security Engineer, selected Absolute Manage and Absolute Computrace to manage and secure 11,000 PC, Mac, iPad, and Android devices.

Join Craig Nulan on Wednesday, March 27th to hear how his team was able to implement single-pane access and control over each supported platform to:
• Satisfy criteria and prove compliance in support of federal program grants and funds
• Easily manage and support computers (used for one-to-one programs) and a growing mobile device fleet, from a single console
• Investigate theft incidents, adjust security protocols, and recover stolen devices

Presenters:

Craig Nulan, IT Operations Manager and Network Security Engineer, Kansas City Public Schools
Tim Williams, Director of Product Management, Absolute Software
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, Associate Publisher, Education Week


Blended Learning Strategies for Common-Core Math

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on March 19, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET

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School districts are tapping into online gaming, video instruction, and other blended learning techniques to teach math while also identifying the digital resources that pair with the goals of the Common Core State Standards. Our guests will review techniques and digital resources for math instruction that emphasizes the use of blended learning and meeting the new common-core requirements.

Presenters:

Suzy Brooks, third grade teacher at Mullen-Hall School, Falmouth, Mass., and author of the teacher support blog Technically Invisible
Sarah Lwanga, math department chairperson, Riverside Virtual School, Riverside, Calif.
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Teacher-Evaluation Systems 2.0: What Have We Learned?

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Joyce Foundation.

This webinar has been sponsored by TalentEd Perform.

This webinar took place on March 14, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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No topic is hotter in K-12 education than teacher evaluation. In the past three years, states have moved at breakneck speed to implement new systems that couple observations of practice with student-growth measures. New research on those systems has also begun to roll out, and early adopters are even beginning to tweak their systems based on lessons learned: Tennessee, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia are among those that recently announced alterations to their teacher-evaluation systems.

In this webinar, a researcher will highlight some new studies and findings, while a Tennessee state official will bring the conversation to the real world by outlining early results from her state’s system and the changes officials are making to respond to initial feedback.

Presenters:

Laura Goe, research scientist, Understanding Teaching Quality Research Group, Educational Testing Service
Sara Heyburn, assistant commissioner of teachers and leaders, Tennessee Department of Education
Moderator:
Stephen Sawchuk, assistant editor, Education Week


PLCs and the Common Core: Putting Data to Work for You

Content provided by Wireless Generation.

This webinar took place on March 13, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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With the transition to Common Core State Standards, more is expected of educators than ever before. This webinar will introduce participants to strategies for using data to inform daily practice and help educators better prepare every student for success in 2015. Attendees will learn about key findings and best practices from the first year of a collaborative PLC program designed to build educator capacity using data. Delaware Department of Education Deputy Officer Donna Mitchell will share insights into how the program contributed to a 16–20% increase in the number of students who scored “proficient” on state tests.

Presenter:

Donna Mitchell, deputy officer, Professional Development, Delaware Department of Education Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Unit
Moderator:
Alan Stadtmauer, director of professional services, Wireless Generation


Getting Tech-Ready for Common Core Testing

This webinar has been sponsored by CTB McGraw-Hill.

This webinar took place on March 7, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET

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School districts are working hard to put measures in place to be ready to administer online tests in 2014-15 for the Common Core State Standards. While some districts have already started instituting online testing and are assessing the devices, bandwidth, and other technology they’ll need, others are worrying about how to put what’s needed in place and how to pay for it. Our guests will help districts determine what they need, pitfalls to avoid, and how to get technology in place to prepare for Common Core online assessments.

Presenters:

Valerie Truesdale, chief information officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools
Carissa Miller, deputy executive director, Council of Chief State School Officers, and former deputy superintendent for the 21st Century Classroom, Idaho Department of Education
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Connecting Parents and Schools Via Social Media Initiatives

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Walton Family Foundation.

This webinar took place on Feb. 28, 2013 @ 12 p.m. ET

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From using Skype to run parent-teacher conferences to live streaming PTA meetings, the variety of digital-outreach tactics employed by school leaders continues to grow. But socioeconomic disparities like access to technology and digital know-how are limiting participation. As a result, some districts are forging partnerships and providing resources to help parents become more digitally literate. Join this webinar, which will explore some promising practices being undertaken to engage parents digitally and address digital divides.

Presenters:

Joseph Mazza, principal, Knapp Elementary School, North Penn, Pa.
Elisabeth Stock, chief executive officer and co-founder, Computers For Youth
Moderator:
Nora Fleming, contributing writer, Education Week


The Educator’s Help Desk Solution: Simplifying the Everyday for IT Managers

Content provided by Absolute Software.

This webinar took place on Feb. 27, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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With a small but efficient team of 20 IT technicians, Lincoln Public Schools needed to implement a scalable IT help desk solution to serve over 20,000 devices, 7,500 staff members and 37,000 students across 70 locations city-wide. After researching vendors like Web Help Desk and BMC Remedy, Kirk Langer, Director of Technology at Lincoln Public Schools ultimately selected Absolute Service for his IT help desk needs.

Join Kirk to hear how his team was able to replace a manual system of random emails and phone calls with an automated and easy-to-use help desk solution, including:
• A fast implementation—Absolute Service was up and running within one week of purchase
• Automated request routing with a documented escalation process for consistent service to all users
• One-click audit trails to validate the effectiveness of the services delivered

Presenters:

Kirk Langer, Director of Technology, Lincoln Public Schools
Todd Nugent, Regional Product Specialist, Absolute Service, Absolute Software
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, Associate Publisher, Education Week


Improving Outcomes For Homebound/Alternative Education Students With Online Learning

Content provided by K12.

This webinar took place on Feb. 22, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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In this webinar, Kim Spencer, senior manager of the K12 Homebound Education Program, will outline the unique logistical, educational and emotional obstacles that homebound students face as they attempt to balance academics and recovery. She will also discuss how she is currently working with districts across the country to help their students overcome these obstacles and stay engaged and on-track with school work, while partnering with the school district to operate an online program at a lesser cost than their traditional program.

Topics to be covered include:
• The #1 reason hospitalized or homebound students often fail in traditional models
• How a targeted online homebound education program can be less costly while improving educational outcomes
• How K12 provides homebound students access to the same rigorous learning experience as their in-school classmates
• How this model also works effectively in alternative learning environments, such as addiction centers or juvenile detention facilities

Presenters:

Kim Spencer, senior program manager, K12 Homebound Education/Alternative Learning program
Moderator:
Elizabeth Clor, director of marketing, K12


Art and the Common Core

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the GE Foundation.

This webinar took place on Feb. 19, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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As educators work to help students meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics, many arts education advocates are making the case that the arts can be a valuable partner. For example, some teachers are seizing on works of art as “text” to be the subject of a close reading, much like a novel or essay, as called for in the new English standards. This Education Week webinar will feature two experts to discuss the potential of arts integration with the common core and to provide practical examples of how to put the concept into practice.

Presenters:

Susan M. Riley, expert in arts integration, curriculum innovation, and resource development specialist, Anne Arundel County public schools, Md.
Lynne Munson, president and executive director, Common Core
Moderator:
Erik Robelen, assistant editor, Education Week


Preparing Students and Teachers for the Common Core Assessments—A Case Study

Content provided by Measured Progress.

This webinar took place on Feb. 13, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The Assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards require significant lift from states and districts as well as the teachers who will be implementing more formative testing to gauge student readiness for the exams. This webinar highlights the collaboration between the state of Rhode Island and Measured Progress on the Rhode Island Interim Assessment Program to create assessments that empower educators. Join our guest from the state’s Department of Education for an in-depth examination of how the assessments were constructed and why they can work for Rhode Island as well as nationwide.

In conjunction with the state, Measured Progress developed online testing tools that incorporate accessibility features to create a comfortable assessment environment and more accurately measure student learning. Advanced technology and rigorous items enable teachers to create tests and pinpoint what they want to know about student achievement.

Presenters:

Ana Karantonis, assessment specialist, Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Chloe Torres, product manager, Measured Progress
Moderator:
Phil Robakiewicz, client services director, Measured Progress


Rethinking Discipline: Strategies at Work in Schools Today

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, and The California Endowment.

This webinar took place on Feb. 5, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Zero-tolerance policies, which require out-of-school suspension or expulsion for certain inappropriate behaviors, have become the go-to disciplinary approach in many schools, though research suggests they have some downsides. Two alternate approaches that are more focused on changing behavior are restorative practices and PBIS—Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

At Haut Gap Middle and other Charleston, S.C., schools, educators say PBIS has transformed student behavior and increased academic performance. At Christian Fenger Academy High in Chicago, the new restorative approach to student behavior teaches discipline through discussion, support, and “peace circles.” Learn how each of these approaches work from the educators who’ve been using them.

Presenters:

Bob Stevens, school district PBIS coordinator, Charleston County, S.C.
Robert Spicer, dean, Christian Fenger Academy High School, Chicago
Moderator:
Nirvi Shah, staff writer, Education Week


College Readiness and Life Skills: Moving Beyond Academics

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Lumina Foundation.

This webinar took place on Jan. 31, 2013 @ 1 p.m. ET

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Recognizing the need to prepare students for all aspects of college life, more schools and community organizations are turning their attention to life skills training as part of college-readiness efforts. Join this discussion about the benefits of a broader approach to college readiness and successful programs promoting responsibility and independence.

Presenters:

Mandy Savitz-Romer, professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success
Susan Strickland, counselor, Harrison High School, Kennesaw, Ga.
Moderator:
Caralee Adams, contributing writer, Education Week


Teaching Writing in the Common-Core Era

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Lumina Foundation.

This webinar took place on Jan. 29, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The Common Core State Standards demand that teachers of all subjects teach literacy skills that are specific to their disciplines. They also expect students to prepare for the workplace by reading and writing about a wide variety of nonfiction texts. In this webinar, two experts who coach teachers in the field share the guidance they’ve developed for cross-disciplinary writing and for writing that builds workplace-relevant skills.

Presenters:

Cathy Fleischer, professor of English, Eastern Michigan University, co-director, Eastern Michigan Writing Project
Kathleen Yancey, professor of English and director of the graduate program in rhetoric and composition, Florida State University
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, assistant editor, Education Week


Principal’s Guide to Supporting Transition and Implementation of the CCSS in Elementary Mathematics

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on Jan. 17, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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As an elementary school administrator you are tasked with supporting the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Though it's a challenge, it's also a tremendous opportunity for elementary mathematics. The instructional seeds planted and nurtured at the elementary school level become the mathematical foundation of the college and career readiness intent of the Common Core State Standards.

As your school or school district moves toward full implementation of the CCSS, it is important to determine what is most important for student learning, as well as how you can best support your teachers and classrooms. Join Dr. “Skip” Fennell for this lively presentation and open Q&A dialogue around the latest thinking on the CCSS and implementation in elementary mathematics.

Topics covered include:
• Leadership priorities
• Knowing and understanding the standards
• Action items for successful implementation
• Next steps and key takeaways

Presenter:

Dr. Francis “Skip” Fennell, L. Stanley Bowlsbey Chair of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies, McDaniel College, Westminster, Md.
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week


Quality Counts: Involving Students in School Climate

This webinar has been sponsored by Talk About It™.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, NoVo Foundation, The Raikes Foundation, and The California Endowment.

This webinar took place on Jan. 15, 2013 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Student behavior and attitudes are critical to a school’s climate and academic success, but often students aren’t involved in school improvement planning. Emerging research shows that getting students to buy in to their school can improve trust between students and staff, reduce behavior problems, and increase academic engagement. Yet it can seem a daunting task for educators, particularly with older students.

As part of Education Week’s 2013 Quality Counts annual report, researchers and administrators talk about how to bring students into the school-climate conversation, from identifying problems to changing behavior.

Presenters:

Bennett Lieberman, principal, Central Park East High School, New York
Meagan O’Malley, research associate, middle school climate initiative, WestEd
Moderator:
Sarah D. Sparks, staff writer, Education Week


Teaching Educators How to be Entrepreneurs in Schools

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This webinar took place on Dec. 20, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Today, an educator doesn’t have to quit his or her job or start a business to be an entrepreneur. With new technologies and teaching approaches becoming more accepted in the classroom, educators have more opportunities than ever to assume leadership roles and affect grassroots change within their schools, districts, and states. Proactive educators can create their own online professional learning networks, meet with policymakers, or even create their own teaching app if equipped with the right kinds of skills. To do so, however, they must overcome the regulations and resistance to change common to many environments. Our guests will discuss the tangible skills educators can develop to become more entrepreneurial and effective in their efforts to improve education from the bottom up.

Presenters:

Matt Candler, founder and chief executive officer, 4.0 Schools, New Orleans
Megan M. Allen, 5th grade teacher, Shaw Elementary School, Tampa, Fla.
Moderator:
Jason Tomassini, staff writer, Education Week


Wanted: A More Diverse Teaching Force

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Joyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on Dec. 18, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Districts have made efforts in trying to recruit a teaching force that mirrors the country’s increasingly diverse K-12 student population. Despite some successes, a “diversity gap” remains between students and teachers. In this webinar, a scholar and a practitioner will outline the research on the minority-teacher population, the challenges faced in the recruitment and retention of such candidates, and what one district program has done to improve working conditions and professional development for teachers of color.

Presenters:

Ana Maria Villegas, professor of education, Montclair State University
Rachelle Rogers-Ard, manager, Teach Tomorrow In Oakland
Moderator:
Stephen Sawchuk, assistant editor, Education Week


Meeting Students Where and When They Need It—A District-Wide Approach to Online Learning

Content provided by K12.

This webinar took place on Dec. 13, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Students are not solely in the classroom anymore. Many are juggling careers, extracurricular activities, or even family life. Addressing the needs of individual students in a lightning-fast world—where multi-tasking is the norm—is critical to their success. Bend-La Pine school district in Oregon is doing just that. Having served 1,400 students annually for the past two years, and hundreds annually before that, and boasting an average pass-rate for original credit courses of 91% each year, Bend-La Pine has fine-tuned their online learning programs to meet the many and varied needs of students across the district, including:
• How to use online learning to help balance student schedules
• How to monitoring student progress carefully to stay on track
• How to involve parents to keep them aware of their child’s achievement or problem areas
• Lessons learned from launching a Virtual School Program

Presenter:

Tres Tyvand, online program plus coordinator, Bend-La Pine schools
Moderator:
Elizabeth Clor, director of marketing, K12, Inc.


Balancing District Budgets, Student Learning, and Competing Interests: Learn About Strategies and Tools That Make it Possible

Content provided by Education Resource Strategies.

This webinar took place on Nov. 29, 2012 @ 3 p.m. ET

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Struggling to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning while facing ever-tightening budgets? Budget season is almost here, and district leaders can't afford to just cut. Achieving educational and budgetary goals requires administrators to think differently about how they balance reductions and investments. This webinar will introduce practical strategies and effective tools that help K-12 leaders make smart trade-offs, and that can be utilized to meet learning and budgetary objectives.

Join nationally recognized experts in district resource allocation, including Cleveland metropolitan school district CFO John Scanlan, Highline public schools superintendent Susan Enfield, and Karen Baroody from Education Resource Strategies, to learn how to jumpstart a more productive and transformative process in your school district. Register today.

Presenter:

John Scanlan, chief financial officer, Cleveland Metropolitan school district
Susan Enfield, Ed.D., superintendent, Highline public schools, former chief academic officer, Seattle public schools
Moderator:
Karen Baroody, managing director, Education Resource Strategies


What Works in Flipped Classrooms

This webinar has been sponsored by Canvas by Instructure.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on Nov. 28, 2012 @ 1 p.m. ET

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The flipped classroom model—in which students watch video lessons for homework and receive more direct, individual instruction from teachers during class time—is rapidly gaining popularity in K-12 schools, with websites such as Khan Academy offering thousands of free video lessons. Some teachers see flipped learning as a way to spend more time working with their students and less time lecturing. But critics of the approach have called it nothing more than a high-tech, time-shifting tool that often leaves students confused about the content they’re supposed to be absorbing at home. Our guests will discuss the pros and cons of this approach and highlight the best methods for making a flipped classroom successful.

Presenters:

Jonathan Bergmann, lead technology facilitator, Joseph Sears School, Kenilworth, Ill., co-author of Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day
Aaron Sams, director of digital learning, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, co-author, Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day
Shelley Wright, high school learning consultant, Prairie South School Division, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Moderator:
Michelle Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Digital Learning: A Disruptive Innovation

Content provided by Apex Learning.

This webinar took place on Nov. 8, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Join Michael Horn, executive director of education at Innosight Institute, and Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning, for a conversation on the disruptive innovation of digital learning in schools nationwide. These education technology experts will discuss the opportunities digital learning presents districts to build effective, sustainable programs that can increase student achievement. Ask the experts and find the answers and best practices you need to drive academic success through digital learning.

Presenter:

Michael Horn, executive director of education, Innosight Institute
Moderator:
Cheryl Vedoe, CEO, Apex Learning


Common Core State Standards: Bringing Parents on Board

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Walton Family Foundation.

This webinar took place on Nov. 7, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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As schools across the country move toward implementing the Common Core State Standards, district officials face a major challenge: How do they make the new academic expectations understandable to parents? A number of national organizations, including the Council of the Great City Schools and the National Parent Teacher Association, have taken up that effort, publishing written materials and creating video and audio segments—in multiple languages—designed to explain the standards to parents, in clear, jargon-free terms.

Our webinar guests will talk about those efforts, describe common challenges that districts face in discussing the common core with parents, and explain how school systems can address parents’ fears and misgivings about the standards.

Presenters:

Denise Walston, director of mathematics, Council of the Great City Schools, Wash.
Gina Kilday, K-6 mathematics coach, Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District, R.I.
Moderator:
Sean Cavanagh, assistant editor, Education Week


How to Secure and Manage the Untethered Classroom

Content provided by Symantec.

This webinar took place on Sept. 25, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Technology enables students to learn anywhere and at anytime. With such changes and benefits come additional risks and challenges. To effectively secure and manage the un-tethered classroom and enable e-learning, districts must address several key areas:

• BYOD
• Digital textbooks
• Streaming classrooms
• Information governance
• Digital content

In this webinar Richard Culatta will share his unique thoughts and ideas around today’s learning process along with the Department of Education’s insight into various educational areas. D. Patches Hill will speak to the many challenges his school district is facing and best practices in solutions they have been successful in deploying. And Mike Maxwell will show how schools can cost effectively and efficiently secure and manage the un-tethered classroom—protecting and managing all of a school’s information regardless of device, location, or user.

Presenters:

Richard Culatta, deputy director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
D. Patches Hill, technology systems manager, Indian River school district, Del.
Mike Maxwell, national director, U.S. State and Local Government & Education, Symantec Corporation
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week


Using RTI & Data-Driven Strategies in the Common-Core Era

Content provided by Voyager Learning.

This webinar took place on Sept. 19, 2012 @ 4 p.m. ET

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This webinar will examine how response to intervention may be used in the context of a multi-tier system of supports to improve outcomes for all students. Dr. Stevan Kukic will provide information on evidence-based intervention, implementation, and assessment, as well as background on the science behind RTI, including goal setting, applied behavioral analysis, peer tutoring, and computer-assisted instructional decision making. Attendees will also learn how RTI and data-driven strategies can be used in the implementation of the common core.

This webinar is a must-attend for special education directors, assistant superintendents, superintendents, directors of curriculum, principals, and other educators and administrators seeking guidance on how to better use data and RTI to drive success in their schools.

Presenter:

Stevan Kukic, Ph.D., vice president, Cambium Learning, former director of At-Risk and Special Services for Utah Office of Education
Moderator:
Geoff Horsfall, product manager, Voyager Learning


How One District Is Putting the Common Standards Into Practice: A Case Study

This webinar has been sponsored by Pearson.

This webinar took place on Sept. 13, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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North Carolina’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district is zeroing in on key areas as it implements the common standards. It has undertaken intensive training to make sure that all its principals understand the instructional implications of the standards and can guide teachers as they make those shifts. It has created an online repository of student work that reflects mastery of the standards, to help teachers see what proficiency should look like. The district is also focusing on the writing standard that expects students to compose arguments based on textual evidence. Join us as two district leaders describe the work going on in their schools.

Presenters:

Ann B. Clark, deputy superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district
Rebecca Graf, director of humanities, Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district
Moderator:
Erik Robelen, assistant editor, Education Week


Teaching 21st-Century Skills Outside the School Day

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Wallace Foundation.

This webinar took place on Sept. 11, 2012 @ 1 p.m. ET

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Innovative efforts are under way around the country to teach and engage students outside the traditional classroom using digital tools. These initiatives range from mobile gaming in after-school programs to high-tech public libraries that target youths. This growing interest comes hand in hand with discussions over whether the traditional definitions of schooling and learning need to change in the 21st century. Join two experts who will take a look at cutting-edge, on-the-ground examples of this work and the forces behind this emergent field.

Presenters:

Barry Joseph, director, Global Kids' Online Leadership Program
Michael Levine, executive director, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at the Sesame Workshop
Moderator:
Nora Fleming, staff writer, Education Week


When Teacher’s Out: Building a Professional Substitute-Teaching Force

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Joyce Foundation.

This webinar took place on Sept. 6, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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As teacher performance and evaluation remain a focus of national dialogue, attention is growing on the substitutes who step in when teachers are away. While regulations and requirements for substitutes vary widely and are often minimal, many schools and districts are exploring ways to professionalize substitute teaching and trying alternative staffing methods to better deal with teacher absences. In this Education Week webinar, Raegan T. Miller of the Center for American Progress will discuss the implications of teacher absences, the role of the substitute teacher, and the innovative strategies some schools and districts are using to ensure that students keep learning when the teacher’s absent. Kathy Sims of Knox County schools in Tennessee will share lessons her district learned through its own efforts to improve the quality of substitute teachers.

Presenters:

Raegen T. Miller, associate director for education research, Center for American Progress
Kathy D. Sims, executive director of human resources, Knox County schools, Knoxville, Tenn.
Moderator:
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, staff writer, Education Week


Creating Learning Connections: Effective Use of Social Media in the Classroom

This webinar has been sponsored by USC Rossier School of Education.

This webinar took place on August 29, 2012 @ 4 p.m. ET

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Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs have transformed communication in our era, and many educators believe they can help deepen and bring new relevancy to student learning in the 21st century. But how are they best integrated with curriculum and instruction? How can teachers use them to create meaningful lessons as opposed to gimmicky diversions? What does a "socially networked classroom" (and school) really look like? In this webinar, two experts on the use of digital technology in instruction will answers these questions and offer practical tips using social media to create thriving collaborative-learning environments.

Presenters:

William Kist, former language arts teacher, associate professor, English education, Kent State University, Ohio
Eric Sheninger, principal at New Milford High School, Bergen County, N.J.
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher


E-Learning in the Age of Choice

This webinar has been sponsored by Learning.com.

This webinar took place on August 28, 2012 @ 1 p.m. ET

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Now that many students have the opportunity to take online courses, schools and districts are starting to offer more choices when it comes to providers and accessing virtual education. Some districts are adapting online courses so they can be accessed by smartphones. States are also making sure students have choices in how they use virtual education. Several states—including Florida, New Mexico, and Utah—have passed recent legislation requiring that districts allow students to choose their own online learning providers, whether that means state-run online schools, virtual charters, or private providers. This webinar will provide useful tips for school administrators and K-12 policymakers on how to navigate this choice-filled world of virtual options.

Presenters:

Cleon L. Franklin, director, Office of Instructional Technology, Academic Operations, Technology, and Innovation, Memphis city schools
Sue Winkler, online schools administrator, Davis school district, Utah
Moderator:
Michelle Davis, contributing writer, Education Week Digital Directions


Managing the Print-to-Digital Transition

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This webinar took place on August 21, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission announced a blueprint to get all schools using digital textbooks in five years. While not mandated, the initiative encouraged schools to make the switch from print to digital materials based on estimated cost-savings and academic improvement—because print textbooks are expensive and digital content can be more personalized. But there are questions as to whether digital textbooks are actually cheaper, especially when factoring in the cost of the devices needed to deliver them, and whether digital content too closely resembles its print counterpart. Given the various devices, publishers, and content formats that have emerged in the education market, school districts are moving toward their digital goals in many different ways. Our guests will discuss their approaches to using digital content and the benefits, challenges, costs, and savings driving their strategy.

Presenters:

James Ponce, superintendent, McAllen Independent school district, Texas
Jay McPhail, director of instructional technology, Riverside Unified school district, Calif.
Moderator:
Jason Tomassini, staff writer, Education Week


Math Practices and the Common Core

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the GE Foundation.

This webinar took place on July 26, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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As states and districts work to implement the Common Core State Standards in math, a key challenge is helping students not only acquire content knowledge but also become proficient in the set of eight mathematical practices laid out in the document. The practices represent different types of expertise students should develop in using math, from making sense of problems to reasoning abstractly and constructing viable arguments.

This Education Week webinar—featuring a lead writer of the common core for math and a district math supervisor—will examine what the standards for mathematical practice mean, where they came from, and how they can be effectively embedded in the classroom. How will the practices change instruction? What kind of support do teachers need to bring them to life? What resources are available to help educators? Those and other questions will be explored in this webinar, which will provide both a greater understanding of the practices and practical, hands-on advice.

Presenters:

Jason Zimba, co-founder, Student Achievement Partners and a lead writer of the common standards in mathematics
Marlene Lovanio, math supervisor, Bristol school district, Conn.
Moderator:
Erik Robelen, assistant editor, Education Week


Transitioning to a Weighted Student-Funding Formula

This webinar took place on July 24, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The 57,000-student Boston district is the latest school system in the country to shift to a “weighted student funding” formula to distribute money to its schools. Instead of providing money based solely on enrollment, districts that use weighted funding formulas attempt to calculate how much it takes to educate a child with certain needs, such as special education services or remedial help, and then distribute money to schools based on the numbers of students with those needs. Boston officials say this method provides a more logical, transparent way to distribute funds, although some critics say that the principals often don’t have that much flexibility in how they can use the money, and that these funding formulas don’t affect student achievement. Join our guests to learn how Boston handled its first year under this new funding strategy, and what challenges administrators believe lie ahead.

Presenters:

John McDonough, chief financial officer, Boston Public Schools
Seth Racine, deputy chief financial officer, Boston Public Schools
Mary Skipper, principal, TechBoston Academy
Moderator:
Christina Samuels, staff writer, Education Week


Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness

Content provided by The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University.

This webinar took place on July 12, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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The new emphasis on teacher effectiveness is changing the K-12 education landscape. What does the latest research suggest about the impact of teacher effectiveness on student achievement? What are the best strategies for enhancing teacher effectiveness? And how do district leaders assess the impact of this new emphasis on teacher effectiveness on professional development and higher education? Join our panel of education leaders and experts as they explore these issues.

Presenters:

Dr. Jack Parish, executive director, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders
Kirk Vandersall, founder and managing director, Arroyo Research Services
Christina Mills, 2010 Wyoming Teacher of the Year
Dr. Becky L. Shermis, executive director of program design, Product Development Group, Laureate Education, Inc.
Moderator:
Dr. Christine Jax, associate dean of Ph.D., Ed.D., and Ed.S. programs, The Riley College of Education and Leadership


Revealing How Education Leaders Can Work Together on Common-Standards Implementation

This webinar has been sponsored by the Success for All Foundation.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Wallace Foundation.

This webinar took place on July 11, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Principals have a pivotal role to play in turning the common standards into good curriculum and instruction in their schools. They must learn about the new standards so they can oversee and guide teaching and help teachers assemble the right mix of instructional materials. They must know how to monitor teaching and learning and coordinate many other aspects of school life that will be affected by the common core. Join our guests to learn what resources are available to guide principals and district leaders as they embrace this important role.

Presenters:

Tracey Lamb, principal, Fulton County High School, Hickman, Ky.
Steve Gering, chief leadership development officer, Chicago Public Schools
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, assistant editor, Education Week


Engaging Parents in Schools and Student Learning

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Walton Family Foundation.

This webinar took place on June 21, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Parent engagement has long been regarded as critical to students’ success in school. Many schools and districts, however, have struggled to involve parents and encourage them to become more directly immersed in their children’s education. Some schools and districts have managed to address these issues by taking distinctive approaches to engaging parents, such as setting flexible schedules for school activities so that adult caretakers with work commitments can participate, and arranging seminars to strengthen parents’ academic skills in subjects like math and reading. Our guests will discuss why parent engagement matters, and why schools and districts struggle with it. They will also point to promising practices that schools and districts are using in this area—and how schools can move beyond these practices to develop systems that support the engagement of families and communities in students’ education.

Presenters:

Steven Sheldon, professor and research scientist, Center for Social Organization of School, Johns Hopkins University
Karen L. Mapp, lecturer on education, Harvard University
Moderator:
Sean Cavanagh, assistant editor, Education Week


Spurring Latino Students to Higher Achievement

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This webinar took place on June 12, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Latino students are the fastest-growing population in America’s public schools; by 2020, fully a quarter of public school students are expected to be Latino. But currently, Latino students lag behind white students in some key measures of educational attainment, such as high school graduation, enrollment in two- or four-year colleges, and college completion rates. However, Miami-Dade is among school districts that have bucked that trend, achieving higher-than-average graduation rates among its Latino students and seeing large numbers of them scoring well on Advanced Placement tests. This webinar will examine what Miami-Dade has done to support its Latino students, including immigrant students and those whose families have been part of the community for generations.

Presenters:

Karen A. Spigler, administrative director, division of bilingual education and world languages, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Randi Russell, curriculum support specialist, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Moderator:
Christina Samuels, staff writer, Education Week


Improving Student Engagement Through Early Career Mapping

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Lumina Foundation.

This webinar took place on May 22, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET
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When students discover their career interests, they often get more excited about school and can see the relevance of what they are learning. Middle and high schools are increasingly requiring that counselors and teachers work with students to map out their college and career paths. To engage today’s tech-savvy student, many districts offer individual learning plan programs online. Students are given online accounts with passwords to track classes; create an electronic portfolio of grades, test scores, and work; research careers; and organize their college search. Those exercises take an investment in technology, training, and personnel. Join Education Week for this webinar that examines the challenges and benefits of mapping student learning plans.

Presenters:

Chad d’Entremont, executive director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, Cambridge, Mass.
Shelly Landry, Webster Complex lead counselor, Minneapolis School District
Moderator:
Caralee Adams, contributing writer, Education Week

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Implementing the Common Core Math Standards

This webinar has been sponsored by Wireless Generation.

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This webinar took place on May 16, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Across the nation, big shifts are afoot as 45 states and thousands of school districts gear up to implement the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. The new standards introduce some concepts earlier for students, push aside other topics altogether to achieve greater depth, and ask students to engage in a set of eight “mathematics practices” to show their understanding, from making sense of problems to reasoning abstractly and constructing viable arguments. We’re joined by math experts in two school districts, one urban and one suburban, to share their strategies and early experiences in preparing schools for the new standards.

Presenters:

Kay Sammons, elementary math coordinator, Howard County School District, Md.
Matt McLeod, math coordinator, Chicago School District
Moderator:
Erik Robelen, assistant editor, Education Week


Should Out-of-School Staff Be Trained Like Teachers?

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Wallace Foundation.

This webinar took place on May 14, 2012 @ 3 p.m. ET

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Since many out-of-school programs face limited funding and their staff members tend to be young, part-time workers who rarely commit to the job for long, providing high-quality, cost-effective professional development can be a challenge. While emerging research points to the positive effects after-school programs have on students' academic performance, debate is stirring over what core competencies these workers should possess. Some members of the after-school community believe staff need to be seen by others, and themselves, as professionals who require defined skills—with some competencies overlapping those of classroom teachers and others unique to after-school workers. Yet increasing numbers of professional-development efforts in the out-of-school realm resemble those used to improve the quality of classroom teachers. How can professional development for staff members be provided that increases their effectiveness while maintaining their distinctiveness from the traditional teacher? Join two experts on the out-of-school community as they discuss the latest ideas on providing professional development for staff members.

Presenters:

Nancy Peter, Ed., director, Out-of-School Time Resource Center, Philadelphia
Charles Smith, Ph.D., executive director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, vice president for research, Forum for Youth Investment, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Moderator:
Nora Fleming, staff writer, Education Week


What Can Be Done To Improve Teacher Satisfaction?

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The MetLife Foundation.

This webinar took place on April 19, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET
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With schools throughout the country facing leaner budgets, the threat of layoffs, and increasingly demanding accountability measures, teachers are experiencing new and varied workplace pressures. And according to the 28th annual MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, released in March, these pressures may be taking a toll. The percentage of teachers who are "very satisfied" with their jobs has dropped from 59 percent in 2009 to 44 percent, bringing teacher job satisfaction to its lowest point in more than two decades. And in another indication of declining morale, 29 percent of teachers say they are likely to leave the teaching profession within the next five years—up from 17 percent in 2009. In this webinar, Dana Markow, vice president of youth and education research for Harris Interactive, will outline the survey's findings, with particular focus on those related to teacher morale. Susan Moore Johnson, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss the many factors that influence teacher satisfaction and offer suggestions for supporting and retaining effective teachers.

Presenters:

Dana Markow, Ph.D., vice president of youth and education research for Harris Interactive
Susan Moore Johnson, Jerome T. Murphy professor in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Moderator:
Liana Heitin, associate editor, Education Week Teacher and Teacher PD Sourcebook

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Lessons from New York City’s Small High Schools

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This webinar took place on April 17, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Between 2002 and 2008, more than 200 small public schools opened in New York City, replacing 23 large, low-performing high schools. The schools vary in structure, focus, and admissions process, but 123 of the schools are nonselective and serve a largely disadvantaged population. While national attention has shifted away from creating small schools, recent research indicates that students who choose to attend these 123 nonselective small schools graduate at higher rates and achieve higher scores on state standardized tests than their peers at larger traditional public schools. Join Shael Polakow-Suransky, New York City Public Schools’ chief accountability officer, and Rebecca Unterman, a research associate at MDRC, for a discussion about New York City’s small schools, what the research says about their performance, and what makes them an effective option for NYC’s disadvantaged students.

Presenters:

Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer and senior deputy chancellor, New York City Public Schools
Rebecca Unterman, research associate K-12 Education, MDRC
Moderator:
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, contributing writer, Education Week

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