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ON-DEMAND WEBINARS

Partners in Time: Building School-Community Models

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

This webinar took place on June 24, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Traditional after-school art, sports, or computer science programs run by local groups don’t cut it anymore in many districts. Schools and community-based organizations are forging deeper connections amid a growing recognition that children and teenagers need more resources than any school or nonprofit can provide on its own. It’s not easy giving up some control and merging cultures, but schools and community groups are learning to become partners in education.

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

Presenters:

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

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New Strategies for Reading Aloud to K-2 Students

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

This webinar took place on June 18, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The old-fashioned classroom K-2 read-aloud is changing. For decades, these cozy gatherings have focused on the story line, the sound of words, and developing a love of reading. But in the wake of the common core, K-2 teachers are refining their approach, crafting questions that guide children back to the text to build vocabulary, content knowledge, and evidence-based understanding of the text. Join us for a lively discussion with a teacher who’s using that approach, and a leader of an initiative that helps teachers collaborate to build an online storehouse of free read-aloud lessons.

Presenters:

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

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Inside the Opt-Out Movement

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

This webinar took place on June 17, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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There has been much press coverage about the current efforts by parents to pull their children out of standardized testing. As the opt-out movement grows, it is clear that parents are not taking their frustrations silently. Long dismissed as isolated incidents or the protests of a few "white suburban moms," this parent movement shows no signs of relenting.

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

Presenters:

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

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Brazosport ISD—Creating a Collaborative District With Google

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on June 16, 2015 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Join the chief operations & technology officer and the director of media and digital learning from Brazosport Independent School District for an instructional webinar to see how they have leveraged Google for Education tools to enhance collaboration and provide new learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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No More Word Lists: Teaching Vocabulary in Context

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on June 3, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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What does it take to implement a 1-to-1 program at a school and can that experience scale to a district level? After two years of planning, The Center for Advanced Technologies at Lakewood High School, Fla., rolled out a student 1-to-1 initiative at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. During the process they learned valuable lessons on what makes a 1-to-1 program successful and what traps to avoid. Lou Zulli, Jr., the CAT Program’s IT instructor and network administrator, will share their steps from concept to vision, to device evaluation, pedagogical transformation, and student enthusiasm that made their program a success.

Presenter:

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

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Amplifying Student Voice

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

This webinar took place on May 28, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual event series. The annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2015, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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This webinar took place on May 27, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join the director of technology at Del Mar Union School District—a high performing school district in San Diego, Calif.—along with Google in Education for an instructional webinar to see how they use Chromebooks in the classroom to support their curriculum focus, both in writing and the Common Core State Standards.

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

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Summer Brain Gain: Reimagining Summer Learning

Content provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

This webinar took place on May 19, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) continues to “rewrite the book” on how summer vacation also can be a time of summer learning. Studies have found that summer break, if not actively managed, can be a period of learning loss that almost invariably accumulates over time.

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

Presenters:

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

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Guiding Parents Through School Choice

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

This webinar took place on May 18, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In cities where traditional school boundaries are fluid and more options, such as charters, have entered the mix of K-12, selecting a school is an increasingly complex endeavor for parents. Recent research shows that an abundance of school choice doesn't guarantee access, and many parents in high-choice cities struggle to find adequate information, transportation, and, ultimately, the right school for their children. But some cities, like Denver, are leading the way in practices to help ease the burden on parents, such as universal enrollment systems and partnerships between districts and charter schools to assist parents in making informed choices. Our guests will discuss the realities, research, and practice of guiding families through choice.

Presenters:

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

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Making Complex Texts Compelling to Middle-School Students

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This webinar took place on May 12, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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With all the changes happening in middle school students’ lives, keeping them engaged can be challenging. How can you help them stay focused to develop the close-reading skills required by new, more rigorous standards? Amplify Learning’s Chief Executive Officer Larry Berger and Chief English Language Arts Officer Deborah Reck will discuss strategies for making great literature compelling for middle school students. They’ll share key insights on the best ways to help students make meaning of complex texts and get the motivation to dig more deeply, read more critically, and write more vividly about great literature and non-fiction. They will also address how to accomplish these same goals with English Language Learners, and how all of these strategies have been used to create Amplify’s all-digital core curriculum for middle school ELA.

Presenters:

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

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Connecting the Classroom to the Cloud

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This webinar took place on May 6, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Sarasota County Schools, located in Sarasota, Fla., has partnered with Microsoft to provide Microsoft Office 365 to their students and employees districtwide. Through their existing partnership, all staff and students have access to the latest version of Microsoft Office for use at home, as well as cloud storage for their most important files via OneDrive for Business.

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

In this webinar, our guests will discuss:

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

Presenters:

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

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Algebra Readiness: Equipping K-8 Students for Success

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This webinar took place on April 30, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As the focus on standards-readiness grows, educators need reassurance that they’re not just teaching students how to pass a test, but also supporting their exploration, creativity, and deep understanding of applied knowledge. Joe Trahan, former middle school teacher, will discuss the pedagogical approach to preparing students for formal algebra. He'll share opportunities educators have to introduce the exploration of abstract concepts at an early age—at a time when students are more focused on concrete mathematical concepts.

Topics covered will include:

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

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

Presenter:

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

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

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This webinar took place on April 29, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Sammamish High School is a comprehensive neighborhood school serving a diverse group of 1,000 students in a suburb of Seattle. Over the last five years the school has undergone a renewal process by cultivating teacher leadership and community partnerships. Teachers have been developing problem-based learning curriculum (PBL) in order to deepen learning, teach 21st century skills, and increase college and career readiness. PBL at Sammamish is defined by seven key elements: authentic problems, authentic assessments, student voice, culturally responsive instruction, developing expertise, academic discourse, and collaboration. With a shift towards this new pedagogy came an increased need for technology access. In the fall of 2014 all Sammamish students were given a hybrid PC with digital ink and OneNote Class Notebooks. The 1-to-1 program with software like OneNote has become an integral part of teaching and learning because it facilitates student collaboration, provides increased opportunities for differentiation of instruction, and increases the quality and quantity of feedback.

Presenters:

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

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

This webinar is sponsored by Blackboard.

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

Find out more at edweek.org/leaders.

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Ed-Tech Leadership Evolves in Houston

This webinar is sponsored by itslearning.

This webinar took place on April 28, 2015 @ 12 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual event series. The annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2015, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at edweek.org/leaders.

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

Presenters:

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

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Auditing Teacher-Preparation Program Quality: Challenges and Opportunities

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

This webinar took place on April 2, 2015 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Are states doing enough to ensure that all teacher-candidates graduate from their teacher-preparation programs ready to enter the classroom? In this webinar, an Education Week reporter will present findings from the newspaper’s examination of program-approval policies across the 50 states. A representative of the group representing state chiefs will respond, and outline its own project to help states improve their quality-control systems.

Presenter:

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

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5 Ways to Make Blended Learning Work in Your Schools

Content provided by Education Elements.

This webinar took place on April 1, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Blended learning is not simply about adding technology, it is about shifting teaching practice. For it to succeed, districts need to understand the pedagogical shifts required and how to support teachers in blended learning environments. In 2013 when Newark Public Schools began to roll out blended learning in some of its K-8 schools, the school leadership of both Quitman and Chancellor elementary schools knew that for it to succeed, they needed to support their teachers and help them shift their teaching practice. In this webinar, Newark Public Schools will share how they approach supporting teachers to take risks and drive to better student outcomes.

Presenters:

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

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

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


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


Join in a discussion of issues including:

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

Presenter:

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

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Effectively Differentiating Mathematics Instruction to Help Struggling Students

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

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

Presenter:

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

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The Evolving Role of the School Leader

Content provided by Scholastic Achievement Partners.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

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Going Google 101 in New York

Content provided by Google for Education.

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

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

Participants will:

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

Presenters:

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

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How Teachers Can Build Social-Emotional Learning Skills

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

Presenters:

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

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A Premium Skill for Teachers: Intercultural Competency

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

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

Presenter:

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

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Mastering the Most Challenging Math Standards With Rigorous Instruction

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

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2015: Next Generation Assessment—Implementation and Results

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

Content provided by JAMF Software.

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

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

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A Successful 1:1 Initiative on a Budget

Content provided by Microsoft.

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

Presenters:

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

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Parent Empowerment Through Local School Councils

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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

In this webinar, our guests will:

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

Presenter:

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

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Michael Horn on Using Blended Learning to Improve Schools

Content provided by Apex Learning.

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

Presenter:

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

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

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Smart Classrooms Need Smart Wi-Fi!

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

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

Presenter:

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

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Designing a Whole-Child Accountability System

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

This webinar took place on January 21, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual event series. The annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2015, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at edweek.org/leaders.

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Digital Math Strategies to Personalize Learning in K-8

This webinar is sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Student-Generated, Cutting-Edge Technology for Learning

Content provided by Microsoft.

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

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

Presenter:

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

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

Content provided by Google for Education.

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

Join this webinar and you will:

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

Presenter:

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

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LMS Strategies to Improve Schools

This webinar is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education.

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Amplifying Student Potential With Tablets & Chromebooks

Content provided by Google for Education.

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

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

Content provided by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

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

Presenters:

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

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Tying Teacher Compensation to a Career Ladder: The Baltimore Experience

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Personalized Learning: Turning Lofty Aspirations Into Specific District Policy

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

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

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

Presenters:

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

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The Rise of Kindergarten-Readiness Testing

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Empowering Students With Project-Based Learning and Google Tablets

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on November 24, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear how St. Albans City School is empowering students by putting Google tools into their hands to improve their community. Students are engaging with the local community to improve the region’s trail systems, while reducing the unfiltered phosphates that run off the trails and negatively impact Lake Champlain. Students are directly applying principles contained in the Next Generation Science Standards for schools. Tune in for the details of this learning project and how educators are transforming teaching & learning through some of these Google tools.

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Reading to Learn: Creative Supports Beyond 3rd Grade Retention

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

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify Assessment.

This webinar took place on November 19, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Students who aren’t reading well by 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate high school by age 19, studies show. That’s why 33 states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws intended to ensure proficient reading by 3rd grade. Join D. Ray Reutzel, the director of the Early Childhood Center at Utah State University, and Krista Calvert, the project manager of the Literacy Lab Classroom Cohort in Kansas City, Kansas, for a discussion on going beyond retention to use creative ways to help students cross the bridge from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”

Presenters:

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

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Your Math Students: Engaging and Understanding Every Day

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on November 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The most important and challenging aspect of daily planning is to regularly—and yes, that means every day—create, adapt, locate, and consider mathematical tasks that are appropriate to the developmental learning needs of each student. A concern Francis (Skip) Fennell often shares with teachers is that many of us can find or create a lot of “fun” tasks that are, for the most part, worthless in regards to learning mathematics. Mathematical tasks should provide a level of demand on the part of the student that ensures a focus on understanding and involves them in actually doing mathematics.

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

Presenter:

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

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Teaching and Measuring the Common Core’s Mathematical Practices

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

This webinar is sponsored by Discovery Education.

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

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

Presenters:

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

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How Much Digital Literacy Do Students Need?

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

This webinar is sponsored by Learning.com.

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

Presenters:

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

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Mastering the Most Challenging Standards With Rigorous Instruction

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar took place on October 29, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Based on independent research and results from over 750,000 students, the most challenging reading standards for students have been identified. This webinar will discuss the practical instructional ideas to help teachers and administrators conquer the rigor needed to master these standards. The discussion will specifically relate to determining central ideas or themes and summarizing details, analyzing text structure, integrating and evaluating content in diverse media and formats, and analyzing similar topics and themes across texts. Participants will pinpoint which standards are the most challenging, where students struggle the most, and be able to better focus their instructional time to master these standards.

Presenters:

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

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

Content provided by Learning Ally.

This webinar took place on October 28, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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How can teachers ensure that all children, including millions impacted by dyslexia—the most common type of reading disability—learn to read and write proficiently? To close the literacy achievement gap, support measures must be embedded in schools and include all stakeholders—administrators, teachers, parents, and children. Acclaimed educator and researcher Margie Gillis will share her precedent-setting work with schools, districts, state departments of education, and policymakers to advocate on behalf of all children and protect their right to learn to read well. Her work centers around five essential school priorities:

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

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

Presenter:

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

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

Content provided by Discovery Education.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

This webinar is sponsored by Waterford Institute.

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

Presenters:

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

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What's Next in K-12 Assessment?

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

This webinar took place on October 20, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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The assessment field in K-12 education is in a period of transition—sparked by widespread dissatisfaction with conventional testing formats, changes in technology, and developments in the learning sciences. In this webinar, two highly regarded experts in assessment innovation will discuss promising new and developing approaches to testing (both formative and summative) and how schools can begin integrating them into instructional programs. In particular, the presenters will address ways that assessment in schools can become more personalized and better integrated with learning, and used to provide deeper and timely information to educators. They will also make predictions about the future of assessment in schools.

Presenters:

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

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Digital Leader Corps—Fueling An Innovative Change Movement Around Instruction

Content provided by Discovery Education.

This webinar took place on October 16, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Designed to scale digital transformation and re-image the culture of teaching and learning, Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps is a three-year + professional learning partnership for educators and school leaders. This system is employed to fuel an innovative change movement around instruction, which is intentionally designed to drive system transformation, build a culture of continuous improvement, support a shared leadership model, and maximize teachers’ impact on student learning.

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

Presenter:

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

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

Content provided by Schoology.

This webinar took place on October 15, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Cherry Creek Schools in Colorado are recognized for putting student achievement at the forefront of district digital initiatives. In this webinar, learn firsthand from the entire District Instructional Technology team how Cherry Creek Schools utilize their learning management system Schoology as the anchor for the district's vision, including:

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Maximizing the Impact of Your Digital Device Investments

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on October 14, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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School districts are investing heavily in laptops, tablets, and netbooks as they put in place online testing programs for the Common Core State Standards. But schools may not be making the best use of these devices for day-to-day learning—what many educators believe is the key benefit of these technology investments. Our experts discuss how the devices can be used to support learning in classrooms all year long.

Presenters:

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

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

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

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Positioning Counselors to Be Game Changers in College Access

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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High-Quality Early Childhood Education: Policy and Practice

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify Assessment.

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

Presenters:

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

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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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