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Upcoming Webinars

High-Quality Early Childhood Education: Policy and Practice

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify Assessment.

This webinar takes 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 Childhood 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 Childhood Initiative, New America Foundation
Debi Mathias, director, QRIS National Learning Network
Moderator:
Christina A. Samuels, staff writer, Education Week

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Positioning Counselors to Be Game Changers in College Access

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

This webinar takes 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

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

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar takes 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

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Maximizing the Impact of Your Digital Device Investments

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

This webinar takes 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

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

Content provided by Schoology.

This webinar takes 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

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Digital Leader Corps—Fueling An Innovative Change Movement Around Instruction

Content provided by Discovery Education.

This webinar takes 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

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What's Next in K-12 Assessment?

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

This webinar takes 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

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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 takes 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

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On-Demand Webinars


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Power of Peer Groups and Posses in College Success

Underwriting for the content of 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

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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

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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

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

Underwriting for the content of 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

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Improving STEM Education Through Community Partnerships

Underwriting for the content of 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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Improving Teacher Recruitment and Retention Through Schoolwide Change

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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

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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

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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

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Common-Sense Approaches to Math Curriculum and Assessment Success

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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

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

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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

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The Last Green Mile: A Teachable Moment Around Textbooks

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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Wanted: Teachers with Knowledge of Language and Dyslexia

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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

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Chromebooks as the Catalyst for Change in Edmonton Public Schools

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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

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Supporting Early Education in a Common-Core Era

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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

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Building a Stronger Digital Link Between Learning and Assessment

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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

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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

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Transitioning Elementary Schools to Common-Core Math

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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

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Using Transitional Coursework in High School to Improve College Success

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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

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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

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Helping At-Risk Students Develop Literacy Skills

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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Moving Away From Corporal Punishment in Schools

Underwriting for the content of 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

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Beyond School: Earning Credit for Real-World Experiences

Underwriting for the content of 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

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Using Classroom Portfolios to Evaluate Arts Educators

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Empowering Parents to Transform Schools

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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

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

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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

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Strengthening Writing Instruction Through Formative Assessment

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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

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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

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Using Technology to Personalize Learning in Elementary Schools

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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

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Making 1-to-1 Computing Work

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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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

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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

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Charter School Facilities: The Pursuit for Equity

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Overcoming the Odds: Getting Every Student to College

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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

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Preparing for the New Science Standards

Underwriting for the content 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

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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

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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

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Reinventing Principal Evaluation

Underwriting for the content 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

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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

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Producing the Next Generation of K-12 Entrepreneurs

Underwriting for the content of 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

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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

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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

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Blended Learning & Your School

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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

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Refining School System Approaches to Blended Learning

This webinar has been sponsored by Edgenuity.

Underwriting for the content 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

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State Networks Propel STEM Education

Underwriting for the content of 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

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

This webinar has been sponsored by Ustream.

Underwriting for the content of 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

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