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UPCOMING WEBINARS



Educator Viewpoints: Personalized Professional Learning Today

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This webinar takes place on May 4, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Personalized professional learning is the holy grail for educators. Over 200 principals and 300 teachers responded to the Personalized Professional Learning Survey, sharing their viewpoints on best practices and challenges for creating a personalized professional learning climate. What do the results of the survey tell us about how districts can:

• Shift from a culture of compliance to connection in the professional learning?
• Strengthen the links between a teacher’s professional growth needs and professional learning experiences?
• Create a backdrop for principals to transform teacher professional learning?

This webinar features two experienced district leaders who invite you to join in the conversation on the best approaches to “AMPing” up actionable, meaningful, and personalized professional learning. Jump into the survey results and get to the heart of personalized professional learning today—you may be surprised at the pitfalls and practices that make a difference.

Presenters:

Jan John, director, professional development, Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas
Jane Respess, director of professional learning and development, Brevard Public Schools, Brevard, Fla.
Moderator:
Callie Turk, founding principal, Intersections in Education Consulting

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Maximizing Ed Tech's Reach in Rural School Districts

This webinar is sponsored by Mastery Connect.

This webinar takes place on May 11, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual events series. This 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 2016, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at leaders.edweek.org.

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Technology is a crucial tool to create new opportunities and a wider perspective for students in rural districts. Online courses bring teachers, subjects, and experts to students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them. Teaching technology skills allows students to compete with their peers from more urban areas. But rural education leaders must be creative in their efforts to pay for and build reliable infrastructure, provide home Internet access for students, and implement ed-tech programs. In this webinar, Matt Akin, superintendent of the Piedmont City school district in Alabama, and a 2016 Education Week Leaders to Learn From honoree, shares the strategies he has used to digitize his school system.

Presenters:

Matt Akin, superintendent, Piedmont City School District, Piedmont, Ala.
Adam B. Clemons, principal, Piedmont High School, Ala.
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

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Providing Meaningful Support for Principals

This webinar is sponsored by Scholastic.

This webinar takes place on May 12, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual events series. This 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 2016, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at leaders.edweek.org.

And be sure to watch all our past virtual events here.

As an instructional leadership director in the Tulsa, Okla., school district, Julio César Contreras is redefining what it means to supervise principals. He eschews micromanaging school leaders and instead works alongside them to help them meet the goals of the district's long-range plan and to improve teacher performance in their schools. He holds frequent meetings with principals to discuss and improve their work, visits classrooms constantly, and strategically uses data about classroom performance to help school leaders make decisions. In this webinar, Contreras, a 2016 Education Week Leaders To Learn From honoree, will detail the strategies he uses to partner with principals to help them grow professionally, as well as support their work to improve teaching and learning in their schools.

Presenter:

Julio César Contreras, instructional leadership director, Tulsa Public Schools, Okla.
Jody Parsons, principal, Hale Junior High School, Tulsa, Okla.
Moderator:
Andrew Ujifusa, assistant editor, Education Week

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Unlocking the Mystery of Project-Based Blended Learning

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar takes place on May 17, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Learn how Renton Prep uses Office 365 to go from project co-design with students to creating artifacts, peer assessment and communicating learning with others. Feature tools in this webinar include: OneNote, Sway, Docs.com, Snip, Fresh Paint, Office Mix, Office Lens, Forms, and Surface. Our guests will explore the following:

• How your students can interact with a hands-on investigation of literature, science, and art in OneNote.
• How to formatively assess students with Forms to drive student ownership and direction for revision.
• Managing student co-authoring, collaboration, revision, production, and presentation when students build projects across disciplines.
• Capturing student thought using Fresh Paint and Snip for formative and non-traditional assessment.
• Both digital and non-digital artifacts (with Office Lens) are collected in digital portfolio, newsletters, and journals in Sway and Docs.com.

Presenters:

Michelle Zimmerman, educator and researcher, Renton Prep Christian School
Student presenters: Nathan Craia, Jasmine Fernandez, Leah Mathew
Moderator:
Mark Sparvell, senior manager, education, Microsoft

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Spanning the Globe: Doing K-12 Business in the U.S. and Abroad

This webinar takes place on May 19, 2016 @ 11 a.m. ET
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The number of companies working in the K-12 market in the United States has grown significantly over the past five years, fueled by technological advances, curriculum changes, and culture shifts. Now, the Every Student Succeeds Act promises to change the landscape yet again.

At the same time, did you know that by 2025 there will be over 15,000 English-speaking K-12 international schools globally including American schools overseas? That presents expansion opportunities for education businesses. Join Ed Week Market Brief and The International School Consultancy for an illuminating discussion of the K-12 school market in the United States and abroad. In this 60-minute webinar, discover:

• Threats and opportunities in the U.S. market
• What companies need to know about ESSA
• Exclusive data on key trends in the market
• Opportunities for development of international sales
• What is an ‘international K-12 school’?
• Key countries and regions to target business with international K-12 schools

Presenters:

Kevin Bushweller, executive editor, Ed Week Market Brief
Diane Glass, head of business development: commercial systems, The International School Consultancy
Moderator:
Michele Molnar, associate editor, Ed Week Market Brief

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Trends for the 21st Century: Preparing for the Schools of Tomorrow

This webinar takes place on May 24, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Whether we look at rapidly shifting demographics, constantly emerging technologies, the way we learn or the way we lead, K-12 schools are experiencing dramatic changes that will have lasting effects on young people, and ultimately, the nation as a whole. This webinar, based on futurist Gary Marx’s book Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century, offers a deeper understanding of impending challenges and opportunities to prepare educators for the schools of tomorrow. Marx provides concrete strategies for school and district leaders to:

• Engage students, staff, and colleagues in active learning and problem-solving skills,
• Build adaptability and resilience in leadership roles,
• Keep in touch with rapidly changing institutions and communities,
• Understand and plan for the effects of societal development, and
• Release ingenuity and creativity in others

Presenter:

Gary Marx, president, Center for Public Outreach
Moderator:
Mary Hendrie, assistant commentary editor, Education Week

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ESSA Explained: Inside the Nation’s New K-12 Law

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

This webinar takes place on May 25, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law in December, is poised to shake up the landscape for states and districts on everything from school accountability to testing, teacher policy, and funding. This latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act shifts significant K-12 responsibility away from the federal level. States will set their own academic goals for students, within certain federal boundaries, and have more control over how to turn around low-performing schools. But there are plenty of other changes to come, and regulations under the law are still being hammered out, while members of Congress watch the rollout, many of them looking to keep the U.S. Department of Education on a tight leash. Join members of the Education Week government and policy staff for a conversation about key aspects of ESSA and what’s in store for state and district leaders.

Presenter:

Andrew Ujifusa, assistant editor, Education Week
Moderator:
Mark W. Bomster, assistant managing editor, Education Week

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ON-DEMAND WEBINARS

STEAM Is the New STEM: How You Can Bring It to Your School

Content provided by littleBits.

This webinar took place on May 3, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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How do educators prepare students for jobs that don’t even exist yet? Now more than ever, it is important that students engage in STEAM learning in order to be ready for what is around the corner. STEAM—adding Arts to STEM—provides a full, 360-degree approach to 21st-century learning.

This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative in your school or district as well as the necessary tips, tricks, and tools for implementing a successful program. You’ll hear from educators including Helen Mowers and Anna Adam from Killeen Independent School District in Texas. Find out how STEAM permeates the curriculum and how tools such as littleBits get students inventing and reimagining the world around them.

Presenters:

Erin Mulcahy, education product strategy lead, littleBits
Anna Adam, administrator, Killeen Independent School District, Texas
Helen Mowers, administrator, Killeen Independent School District, Texas
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, sales & marketing, Editorial Projects in Education

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English-Learners and the Common Core: New Instructional Strategies

This webinar is sponsored by Middlebury Interactive Languages.

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

This webinar took place on April 28, 2016 @ 3 p.m. ET
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As many educators are discovering, Common Core State Standards pose particular challenges for English-language learners in both language arts and mathematics, and yet the standards documents themselves provide little guidance for how teachers can help their ELLs meet the new objectives. In this webinar, veteran teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski, authors of the forthcoming Navigating the Common Core With English Language Learners, will offer practical guidance on integrating the standards into instruction for ELLs. The authors will discuss research and developments in ELL education, examine the standards in depth with eye towards challenges and opportunities for ELL students, and provide targeted scaffolding techniques and instructional activities. The goal will be to give attendees a better understanding of how and when to adapt instruction under the common core to the particular needs of English-learners.

Presenters:

Larry Ferlazzo is an award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., and the author of Education Week Teacher’s blog Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo.
Katie Hull Sypnieski teaches English and English-language development at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., and is the co-author of Navigating the Common Core With English Language Learners.
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher; assistant managing editor, Education Week

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Prevention to Intervention: Formative Assessment Reimagined

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on April 27, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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A new breed of technology is driving a shift in how we view and use formative assessment. When fully realized, educators will be engaged, empowered, and equipped to interrupt, disrupt, and prevent the failure to learn versus treating failed learning. Beyond information, formative assessment reimagined provides in-time insight and intelligence of, for, and by the learner to adapt and adjust learning, as the learner is learning—not after instruction. To that end, this webinar will focus on three essential learnings:

1) The what, why, and how of reimagined formative assessment;
2) The transformational impact of instructional and assessment integration; and
3) The results of assessing leading rather than trailing indicators of learning.

Presenter:

Gregory Firn, superintendent in residence, DreamBox Learning
Moderator:
Stefani Kauppila, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning

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Innovation for Diverse 21st Century Learning Environments

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on April 20, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Omaha Public Schools, under Executive Director of IMS Rob Dickson, strengthens innovation through technology integration to serve 52,000 diverse students and improve learning. The district’s new strategic plan places an emphasis on the “why” to make purposeful decisions regarding needs assessments and classroom 21st century skills to focus on what is best for the student and bring real change.

This webinar walks attendees through key components of the plan and shares best practices for other schools embarking on similar journeys. Key areas addressed include:

• How technology-based solutions evolved to support a data-driven approach to professional learning and delivered school learning improvements.
• How Microsoft Innovative Educators throughout the district can serve as a pipeline for professional learning to support adoption of tools that enhance collaboration, communication, efficiency, and innovative classroom instruction.
• Advancing the use of blended-learning environments and enabling educational opportunities through new devices including Surface Pro for students and staff.

Presenters:

Rebecca Chambers, technology coach, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Melissa Cleaver, instructional technology trainer, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Rob Dickson, executive director of IMS, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Eileen Heller, innovation facilitator, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Keegan Korf, digital citizenship lead teacher, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Kelly Means, innovation facilitator, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Moderator:
Preston Peine, Microsoft Corporation

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The Power of Data and Digital Resources: Boosting Science Achievement Through Informed Instruction

Content provided by Discovery Education.

This webinar took place on April 14, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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What role can digital resources play in driving engagement, authentic understanding, and incremental gains in K-12 science? Join this conversation between education leaders as they reveal how digital resources have been a key driver in their summative and formative assessment efforts. Barb Reinert from Scottsdale Unified School District, Ariz., will share how her team has garnered widespread science gains by helping educators prepare students for state assessments using a targeted collected of digital resources. Luis Solano from Collier County Public Schools, Fla., will explain how his educators are using technology enhanced tools in classrooms to maximize formative assessment efforts and provide students with a relevant and engaging learning experience. Classroom educator Mary Marshall will also share the realities around assessment in the classroom and how she is using Science Techbook to engage students and enhance learning.

Presenters:

Mary Marshall, teacher, Collier County Public Schools, Fla.
Barbara Reinert, curriculum science specialist, PreK-12, Scottsdale Unified School District, Ariz.
Luis Solano, associate superintendent, curriculum & instruction, Collier County Public Schools, Fla.
Moderator:
Amy Gensemer, director of science curriculum, Discovery Education

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5 Steps to Building an At-Risk Student Model

Content provided by Illuminate Education.

This webinar took place on April 13, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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It is important for school districts to create and implement “On-Track Early Warning Systems” in order to identify students that are at risk for academic failure, disengagement, and mental health concerns. Through the systematic use of data, educators can promote more effective prevention and intervention services, while better understanding the root causes of these student issues.

In this webinar, we will address the importance of implementing an “On-Track Early Warning System.” We will also take a deep look into what a comprehensive “Early Warning System” looks like, including how data is most effectively used to build one. Also included will be an exploration of the following:

• Research-based methodologies and measures for identifying at-risk students
• A step-by-step process to create and implement an Early Warning System
• Existing models in use today, reviewing the most predictive indicators and cut points.

Presenter:

Chris Balow, Ph.D., director of professional development, Illuminate Education
Dr. Balow has been involved in education for over 30 years with former roles including district administrator of research & assessment, district RTI coordinator, district lead school psychologist, and university adjunct lecturer. His areas of expertise include assessment design, MTSS/RTI, student academic, and behavioral and social/emotional interventions.
Moderator:
Jim Yang, senior director of marketing, Illuminate Education

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Demystifying the Role of Reading Comprehension in the Common Core

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar took place on April 5, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The role of reading comprehension in the common core may seem like a mystery. In this webinar, we will share clues and unlock the mystery of reading comprehension. We will begin by explaining what reading comprehension is and how it works. Next, we will describe connections between reading comprehension and the common core. Then we will provide practical, classroom-ready ideas for teaching students to comprehend at deeper levels.

In this webinar, we will discuss:

● Current beliefs about the nature of reading comprehension
● The role of reading comprehension in the common core
● Classroom-ready teaching ideas to promote reading comprehension at deeper levels, with particular focus on the use of graphic organizers

Join us for a discussion with renowned reading expert Maureen McLaughlin on how reading comprehension correlates with the common core and how we can teach students to comprehend to their greatest potential.

Presenter:

Maureen McLaughlin, professor, reading department, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania; and 2013–2014 president of the International Literacy Association
Moderator:
Adam Berkin, vice president of product development, Curriculum Associates

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Leveraging Analytics and Assessment to Close Achievement Gaps

This webinar is sponsored by Scantron.

This webinar took place on April 4, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps often come to educators' attention in test scores, but they don't start there. A closer look at both assessment and other student data can help administrators recognize red flags in class access, school climate, parent involvement, and other areas that could be undermining their efforts to close achievement gaps.

Join John B. Diamond, author of the 2015 book Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools, and Ari Gerzon-Kessler, principal of Monaco Elementary in Colorado, who is using data to identify and correct longterm inequities in his school.

Presenters:

John B. Diamond, professor of education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ari Gerzon-Kessler, principal, Monaco Elementary School, Commerce City, Colo.
Moderator:
Sarah D. Sparks, assistant editor, Education Week

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From Inputs to Outputs: The Great Migration to Competency-Based PD

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This webinar took place on March 22, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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For too long our professional development systems have focused on the quality of the professional development “inputs” provided to teachers to improve their professional practice, with unfortunately little evidence of improvement or linkage to any “outputs” of a change in instructional practice. What would a shift from focusing on PD inputs to PD outputs entail and how will a competency-based approach using micro-credentials help education leaders implement these changes in their local environments?

In this webinar, Karen Cator, chief executive officer of Digital Promise and former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, will lead a conversation with assistant state superintendents from the Florida, Tennessee, and Delaware Departments of Education to discuss:

• Each state's work on competency-based professional development using micro-credentials,
• What changes they believe states and districts will look to make in the future, and
• What the impact on teacher quality and retention will be.

Presenters:

Kathleen Airhart, chief operating officer and deputy commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education
Brian Dassler, deputy chancellor for educator quality, Florida Department of Education
Michael S. Watson, chief academic officer and associate secretary of education, Delaware Department of Education
Moderator:
Karen Cator, chief executive officer, Digital Promise

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Culture Change: Expanding World Language for Young Learners

Content provided by Middlebury Interactive Languages.

This webinar took place on March 15, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The United States is trailing the European Union and other competitor nations in the number and growth of bilingual residents. But beyond economic competitiveness, too many students are missing out on the significant cognitive and cultural benefits of second language acquisition, which include increased scholastic success, heightened sympathy for others, and increased creativity. Part of this language deficit can be attributed to tight school budgets and schedules that have created a dearth of early language programs in American schools. However, some progressive educators and political leaders are working to reverse this trend by implementing innovative, culturally authentic programs for elementary and middle schools. This webinar will bring together some of these innovators for an engaging discussion on successful strategies for bringing flexible, culturally-authentic, and academically-rigorous world language instruction to young learners.

Presenters:

S. Dallas Dance, superintendent, Baltimore County public schools
Aline Germain-Rutherford, associate dean of the language schools, Middlebury College, Vt.
Jacque Van Houten, former ACTFL president, Jefferson County public schools, Louisville, Ky.
Moderator:
Abigail Mendenhall, client services manager, Middlebury Interactive Languages

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Go Digital With Formative Assessment & Critical Thinking

Content provided by Mentoring Minds.

This webinar took place on March 8, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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21st century learning embraces the use of digital tools to enhance instruction. In this webinar, we’ll explore research-based practices utilizing digital tools to formatively assess and support critical thinking. We’ll also address how this integration can help monitor, improve, and maximize instructional opportunities. Based on formative assessment data, teachers can ensure students make progress towards the mastery of all standards. Webinar participants will be challenged to develop an implementation plan to immediately integrate the tools into instruction to support critical thinking and timely formative assessment. Join us to share your ideas about technology integration that spur innovative thinking.

Presenter:

Rebecca Stobaugh, associate professor, Western Kentucky University
Moderator:
Kim Brody, director of professional development, Mentoring Minds

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Teaching Reading Like a Champion: A Look at Doug Lemov’s New Book

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

This webinar took place on March 7, 2016 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Doug Lemov gained international fame with the release of his first book, Teach Like a Champion. In a new book, he and two of his Uncommon Schools colleagues dive into the instructional tactics behind effective reading instruction. Using the Common Core State Standards as a framework, the book tackles text selection, close reading, nonfiction, vocabulary, and a range of other literacy topics. While most of the tips are geared toward middle and high school English teachers and reading specialists, the authors say there's something in there for anyone teaching reading.

In this webinar, the authors of Reading Reconsidered will discuss some of the key insights from their five years of research on what the best reading teachers are doing.

Presenters:

Colleen Driggs, director of professional development, Teach Like a Champion team, Uncommon Schools
Doug Lemov, managing director, Uncommon Schools, and head of the Teach Like a Champion team, a professional development arm for the 44-school charter network
Erica Woolway, chief academic officer, Teach Like a Champion team, Uncommon Schools
Moderator:
Liana Heitin, assistant editor, Education Week

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Using Formative Assessment to Influence Planning, Guide Teaching, and Support Student Learning

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This webinar took place on March 3, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Assessment is important and must be connected to classroom teaching every single day. As we all embark on the implementation of ESSA, this statement should not be considered an endorsement of teaching to one or more end-of-the-year summative assessments. Rather, we seek to emphasize the important role of formative assessment in the teaching and learning process. This distinction is particularly relevant because even though formative assessment has been discussed for over five decades, it remains elusive to many.

In this webinar we will present a collection of classroom-based formative assessment techniques for elementary and middle grade mathematics teachers to not only consider, but also to use effectively—everyday. Our guest, Skip Fennell, will also discuss how particular formative assessment techniques can bridge to summative assessments and the preparation for such measures. Fennell will address the suggestion from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All (2014) that educators leverage assessment opportunities to improve teaching and learning at the classroom and school level.

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, Westminster, Md.
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, vice president of learning, DreamBox Learning

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How to Start a Teaching Career on the Right Foot

This webinar took place on March 3, 2016 @ 12 p.m. ET
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While some districts struggle to recruit teachers, many also struggle to retain them. Years of research highlight school-based factors that can reduce teacher attrition, but how can teachers help themselves? In this Q&A-based webinar, special guest Roxanna Elden, an author and teacher, will discuss ways teachers can thrive despite challenges, including by managing expectations, building mentoring relationships, and taking advantage of other school supports. In addition, school leaders will get advice on how they can better support their teachers, while creating a more attractive environment for recruits.

In conjunction with the 4th Annual Education Week TopSchoolJobs Virtual Career eXPO, TopSchoolJobs will randomly select 10 webinar attendees to receive a copy of Roxanna Elden’s See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers. Register to enter the drawing.

Presenter:

Roxanna Elden, teacher, and author, See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers

Elden is a teacher and the author of See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers, a guide that has helped new teachers navigate potential pitfalls as they transition from training to the classroom. More recently, she has created and launched the “Disillusionment Power Pack,” a free, one-month series of emails to help new teachers through the most difficult part of the school year. For more information, visit www.roxannaelden.com.

Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher; contributing writer, Education Week

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Engaging Learners With Feedback and Collaborative Learning Environments

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on February 25, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Responsive and creative use of technology is a powerful way to improve curriculum and assessment outcomes for students. But how do you successfully apply this technology to drive better learning and innovation in the classroom?

In this webinar, we will take a look at recent practices and research on the use of technology, including newer tools such as Skype in the classroom and Minecraft that will support teachers in effective integration of curricula and assessment in classrooms. We will discuss how you can leverage technology to engage your students and develop student-centered curriculum that will ensure they develop their innovation, creativity, and 21st century skills through deep learning. Specifically, we will review how you can use technology to do the following:

• Connect and engage learners,
• Personalize instruction,
• Support student collaboration, and
• Use problem-based learning to drive greater understanding.

Presenters:

Kristen DeBruler, researcher, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Michigan Virtual University
Joseph Freidhoff, vice president of research, policy & professional learning, Michigan Virtual University
Kathryn Kennedy, assistant director, Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Michigan Virtual University
Moderator:
Cathy Cavanaugh, director of teaching and learning, Worldwide Education, Microsoft

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From the Mirage to Reality: The Future of Professional Learning

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This webinar took place on February 11, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Over the past decade, numerous research reports have concluded that current teacher professional development and certification processes are outdated and ineffective. The latest report, The Mirage, from TNTP, suggests that despite spending nearly $18,000 per teacher per year (or $67 billion nationwide) on teacher development efforts, teacher improvement is relatively infrequent and not tied to district interventions.

In this webinar, Daniel Weisberg, CEO, The New Teacher Project, will be interviewed by Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, about the key insights of The Mirage report, where the field of educator professional learning is headed, and what it means for districts to ask fundamentally different questions about what great teaching means and how to achieve it.

Upon registering, attendees may submit questions to be addressed in the conversation, and live Q&A will be held at the end.

Presenter:

Daniel Weisberg, chief executive officer, The New Teacher Project
Moderator:
Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

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From Probation to Graduation: Online Learning Increases Student Success

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This webinar took place on February 4, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In 2009, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) put Marshall Metropolitan High School on academic probation. In 2011, the Marshall staff implemented Pathway to Accelerated Student Success (PASS), which consists of three credit recovery programs: Daytime, Extended Day, and the PASS Institute.

Now, 90 percent of PASS Institute students finish high school in a year or less, and Marshall Metropolitan High School is off academic probation.

From 2011 to 2015, PASS provided thousands of CPS students the opportunity to recover credits, meet graduation requirements, and continue to postsecondary education. In this webinar, we will review Marshall’s proven practices of relationship building, peer-to-peer mentoring, and FuelEd online courses and wraparound services. Together these elements have evolved into a powerful, integrated system that gives students opportunities they never thought they would have.

CPS cited Marshall “A turnaround school that has revitalized its curriculum, culture, and climate, and is showing clear gains as a result. Students receive the supports necessary to be academically successful.”

Presenters:

Carol Brown-Robinson, administrator, John Marshall Metropolitan High School, Chicago, Ill.
John Watson, founder, Evergreen Education Group
Moderator:
Nicole Bono, director of marketing, Fuel Ed

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Joining Forces: Tapping Teacher Specialists to Serve All Students

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

This webinar took place on January 28, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual events series. This 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 2016, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

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Adams 50’s Steve Sandoval—a 2016 Education Week Leader to Learn From—created an “interventionist framework” out of frustration that his district's talented education specialists were isolated by separate certifications, regulations, and funding streams. The framework helps to "cross-pollinate" teachers of special education, English-language learners, and gifted students, to identify common strategies and target interventions for all students. The approach has helped dramatically raise student achievement in the district during a time of demographic change, and has helped make possible Adams 50's switch from traditional grade levels to a competency-based-leveling system.

Presenters:

Steve Sandoval, executive director of special services, Adams County District 50, Westminster, Colo., and member of the Class of 2016 “Leaders To Learn From”
Chad Anderson, principal, Scott Carpenter Middle School, Adams County District 50
Sarah Gould, principal, Hodgkins Elementary School, Adams County District 50
Moderator:
Sarah D. Sparks, assistant editor, Education Week

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Dynamic vs. Static Assessment: A Growth Mindset Perspective

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This webinar took place on January 27, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Assessment should inform teaching. It should be continuous, pick up data on mathematical growth and development, and provide information about the “zone of proximal development” (Vygotsky 1978). To do so, it needs “to foresee where and how one can anticipate that which is just coming into view in the distance” (Streefland 1985, 285). It needs to capture genuine mathematizing—children’s strategies, their ways of modeling realistic problems, and their understanding of key mathematical ideas. Bottom line, it needs to capture where the child is on the landscape of learning—where she has been, what her struggles are, and where she is going: it must be dynamic. This session will examine ways to assess development dynamically to inform teaching and to document the learning journey.

Presenter:

Cathy Fosnot, president, New Perspectives Online, New Perspectives on Assessment, and New Perspectives on Learning
Moderator:
Joe Trahan, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning

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Closing the Factory: Productive Struggle and the New Math Model

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This webinar took place on January 26, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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It’s common knowledge that our school system was built on a factory model, where students were prepared for rote jobs that didn't require innovation, critical thinking, or creative problem solving. But students today need cognitive challenges, not tasks or memorization. Using various techniques, teachers can help students see that hard work and incorrect answers—the “productive struggle” crucial to real knowledge acquisition—represent steps on the path toward mastery, rather than seeing them as signs of failure.

Join us for a webinar where we'll details ways to help learning move into the 21st century, with a special emphasis on K-12 mathematics. We’ll cover concrete practices to help students develop a growth mindset through productive struggle, tactics for developing deeper conceptual thinking in mathematics and beyond, and strategies for moving past rote tasks in homework and in-class assignments to work that actually engages students' intellects and challenges them to think creatively.

Presenters:

Cindy Bryant, director of learning, LearnBop; former member of NCTM's board of directors; former Presidential Awardee; and former head of K-12 math for the state of Missouri
John Carver, superintendent, Howard-Winneshiek Community School District, Cresco, Iowa, and co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council's Broadband Committee
Ross Kasun, superintendent, Freehold Township School District, Monmouth County, N.J.
Moderator:
Zacc Dukowitz, school services specialist, LearnBop

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Using the Cloud at Seminole County Public Schools to Transform Its Infrastructure

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This webinar took place on January 19, 2016 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) is one of the largest public school districts in Florida with over 67,000 students and 7,800 employees. It is the largest Florida district to receive an “A”-rating and is currently ranked #1 in Reading, Math, and Science. SCPS achieved these successes in spite of an aged IT infrastructure. They have leveraged the cloud to transform this infrastructure in order to drive greater efficiencies and meet business needs.

As is the case with many schools, SCPS faced an environment with antiquated servers and shared limited storage. Critical data was backed up to unreliable tape media instead of to local or cloud-based disk storage. To address these issues and provide a better, more reliable solution, SCPS is leveraging the Microsoft Azure StorSimple Solution. Users now experience fast performance with greater cloud-based storage access while meeting disaster recovery objectives with reliable nightly backups to the Azure cloud.

Presenter:

Tom Condo, supervisor, I.S. Operations, Seminole County Public Schools, Fla.
Moderator:
George Scott, education solution specialist, Microsoft

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Wiring Rural Schools

This webinar is sponsored by Aerohive.

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

This webinar took place on January 6, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Rural schools often pay exorbitant rates for poor Internet service. How can recent changes to the federal E-rate program and new efforts by government, broadband advocacy groups, and schools fix the problem? Education Week's recent three-part Reversing a Raw Deal series explored these issues through in-depth reporting from Calhoun County, Miss., and Catron County, N.M., and an analysis of new data from EducationSuperHighway. Using the data, multimedia, and stories from that series, this webinar will provide an overview of the current rural school-connectivity landscape, as well as insights and strategies shared by the Consortium for School Networking and the U.S. Department of Education's Future Ready initiative.

Presenters:

Zac Chase, ConnectED Fellow, National Ed Tech Plan, U.S. Department of Education
Keith Krueger, CEO, Consortium for School Networking
Moderator:
Benjamin Herold, staff writer, Education Week

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Districts' Push for “Interoperability”: Managing the Sea of Ed-Tech Content

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on December 17, 2015 @ 12 p.m. ET
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K-12 districts have struggled for years to manage the flood of data and content provided by different ed-tech vendors providing curriculum and instructional tools in their districts. Too often, administrators, teachers, and students are stuck trying to navigate a sea of different sign-ons and systems for all the various educational software and systems in use across their schools.

But now, a growing number of districts are trying to clear through that muddle by requiring “interoperability” of ed-tech vendors—basically, asking them to ensure that their systems mesh with one another. The goal is to create a level of compatibility that allows K-12 users to access the content they want, without having to wade through different commercial providers’ websites or proprietary systems.

In this webinar, a pair of guests who are deeply familiar with the work of K-12 districts, and with interoperability, describe the benefits and challenges for K-12 officials in implementing the policy.

Presenters:

Kecia Ray, executive director, Center for Digital Education, former executive director of learning technology, Metro Nashville school district
Serena Sacks, chief information officer, Fulton County, Ga., school district
Moderator:
Sean Cavanagh, associate editor, Education Week

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Students in Charge: Self-Assessment and Learning to Learn

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

This webinar took place on December 16, 2015 @ 4 p.m. ET
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Schools are awash in learning goals, data, and information about how students are doing. But often, the students themselves are left in the dark about what they're learning and why, where they stand, and what they've got to do to get to the next step. Increasingly, teachers and schools are trying to help students own their own learning process by giving them time and tools to self-assess.

Join us as we define student self-assessment and explore its tie to cognitive science and the growth mindset, explore strategies for helping students self-assess, and lay out challenges and misconceptions about student self-assessment.

Presenters:

Heidi Andrade, associate professor, School of Education, University at Albany, State University of New York
Angela Fremont-Appel, art teacher, New York City Public Schools
Moderator:
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, contributing writer, Education Week

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Amherst Central School District Saves Money and Improves Collaboration With Google for Education

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This webinar took place on December 15, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear from Amherst Central School District about how they leveraged Google Apps and Chromebooks to save money, increase productivity and collaboration, and extend learning beyond school hours.

Get a peek at Amherst’s decision making process, learn about the obstacles and challenges they overcame, and hear about the success they experienced with their implementation of Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks.

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
• Learn how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and engagement
• Hear first-hand experience from a district using Chromebooks in the classroom to support their curriculum focus
• Be able to pose their questions to Amherst Central School District and Google

Presenters:

Donna Frymire, district technology integration specialist, Amherst Central School District, Amherst, N.Y.
Anthony Panella, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, Amherst Central School District, Amherst, N.Y.
Moderator:
Stephen Fang, regional manager, Google for Education

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Helping Students Find a Good College Match

Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

This webinar took place on December 8, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Finding a college that’s a good fit is challenging for any student, but especially for those who are the first in their families to attend college. In this webinar, we’ll hear how one high school counselor helps her first-generation students navigate the college-planning maze. And we’ll review national research that can offer guidance about the best ways to help first-generation and low-income students avoid key stumbling blocks on the road to college.

Presenters:

Jessica Howell, executive director of policy research, College Board
Lauren Quigley, director of college counseling, Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria (New York)
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, associate editor, Education Week

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Closing Math Learning Gaps With Data & Formative Assessment

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This webinar took place on November 10, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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When combining digital curriculum that provides formative assessment data with everyday instructional practices, educators are equipped to address math learning gaps in real-time. Join Kristine Tipton, Innovation Coach at DeKalb County Central United School District, Ind., as she shares how she’s been able to use digital curriculum like DreamBox Learning® Math to support deeper learning at her schools.

This interactive discussion includes:

• Creating a personalized learning environment to enhance instructional practice
• Leveraging formative assessment data to close math learning gaps

Presenter:

Kristine Tipton, innovation coach, DeKalb County Central United school district, Ind.
Moderator:
Joe Trahan, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning

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Read for Success: Improve Reading Proficiency and Combat the Summer Learning Slide

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This webinar took place on November 4, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Read for Success is a groundbreaking program intervention designed to combat summer learning loss and help early elementary students excel at reading. Tested over a two-year period as part of an Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, RIF’s evidence-based model is proven to increase students’ reading proficiency and curb the “summer learning slide”—a contributing factor to the achievement gap. Over the two-year study, 57 percent of students saw gains in reading proficiency through access to high-quality books, enriching resources, books for summer reading, and professional development.

In this interactive webinar you’ll learn about the research and efficacy of Read for Success and key components of the program, hear testimonials and best practices from educators using the program, and learn how school systems can implement Read for Success to improve reading proficiency and motivate students to read, learn, and grow.

For more information, visit www.rif.org/readforsuccess.

Presenters:

Ron Fairchild, president & CEO, Smarter Learning Group
Timothy Sims, director of federal programs, Hickory public schools, N.C.
Jenny White, principal, Southwest Elementary School, Hickory, N.C.
Moderator:
Julie Rodriguez, vice president, literacy services, Reading Is Fundamental

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No Student Is an Island: Improving Outcomes With Blended Learning

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This webinar took place on October 28, 2015 @ 3 p.m. ET
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What’s the perfect blend of technology and traditional teaching methods for your students? Join innovators from the Hawaii Technology Academy to learn how their approach to student-centered blended learning is increasing engagement and improving learning outcomes across the district—and a chain of islands. While blended learning can bridge geographic gaps via distance learning, its real power is the ways it helps students feel more connected to their teachers, their communities, and the learning process.

Join this webinar to learn about:

• Improving quality of life for students and educators through blended learning
• Stretching existing or limited resources and staff
• Adding project-based learning and authentic assessments into classrooms
• Selecting the right learning management system and online curriculum
• Keeping pace with global evolutions in technology and education
• Maintaining the human element in face-to-face and online course work

Presenters:

Marc Collins, high school math teacher, Hawaii Technology Academy, Oahu, Hawaii
Donna Therrien, director of pedagogical practice, Hawaii Technology Academy, Oahu, Hawaii
Moderator:
Evan Pinto, virtual learning specialist, Pearson

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Drive School Improvement With Principal Learning Teams

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This webinar took place on October 26, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Principal learning is often overlooked as an element of change and continuous improvement. See how Fort Wayne Community Schools established a core leadership team of principals and district leaders who are key to ensuring all schools are grounded in adult learning designs that result in a positive impact on students.

Learn how your central office can build a principal leadership team that:

• Strengthens the entire corps of principals through a collaborative community of practice and peer support.
• Coaches and supports their peers in implementing curriculum leadership roles, responsibilities, and expectations.
• Strengthens leadership capacity of principals, deepening their ability to be leaders of high-quality professional learning.

Presenters:

Kay Psencik, senior consultant, Learning Forward
Wendy Robinson, superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools
Moderator:
Frederick Brown, deputy executive director, Learning Forward

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Introducing AP Computer Science Principles

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This webinar took place on October 21, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Launching in fall 2016, AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. In this webinar, participants will learn why and how this new course was developed, how it differs from and complements the existing AP Computer Science A course, and the ways it attracts and engages traditionally underrepresented students with essential computing tools and multidisciplinary opportunities. Participants will leave with an understanding of what it takes to bring AP Computer Science Principles to their schools, how to identify teachers for the course, and the support available for curriculum implementation, professional development, and student recruitment.

Presenter:

Gregg Fleisher, chief academic officer, National Math and Science Initiatives
Moderator:
Lien Diaz, senior director, AP Computer Science, The College Board

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How to Deploy a 1:1 iPad Program in Education

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This webinar took place on October 1, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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So your school is about to launch an iPad program, and you’re not sure where to start? The Apple Management Experts at JAMF Software can help ensure your iPad program is a success. By knowing the right steps and using the right tools, you can easily deploy iPad devices in your school. In this webinar, you’ll learn best practices and lessons learned from iPad 1:1 pioneer, Fraser Speirs, as we discuss the necessary steps for getting a 1:1 iPad program up and running using the Casper Suite and Apple’s user-friendly deployment programs.

Presenters:

Dave Saltmarsh, education evangelist, JAMF Software
Fraser Speirs, head of computing and IT, Cedars School of Excellence
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Editorial Projects in Education

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Exploring the Impact of Digital Ink in the Classroom

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This webinar took place on September 30, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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IDC recently conducted a K-12 teacher survey on their use of technology in the classroom, and specifically their use of a stylus-based device as a teaching tool. Of the teachers using a digital inking device, 90 percent reported improved quality of curriculum materials, and 67 percent said it increased class preparation time.

With an ever-increasing range of classroom device options, school leaders should consider devices that will most directly support authentic and efficient student-teacher engagement and reduce time spent on nonteaching-related activities. In this webinar, you’ll learn about teacher-reported benefits on using ink in the classroom and how it enables instant student feedback at the “teachable moment.” Hear how using a device with an active stylus provides the personalization and flexibility of a pen and paper, and the immediacy of instant messaging to open and maintain personal connections at the precise moment students would be receptive to feedback, thus enabling better learning.

Presenters:

Robert J. Baker, IT director and math teacher, Cincinnati Country Day School, Ohio
Andrew Fitzgerald, music teacher, Long Beach Unified School District, Calif.
Jason Mocherman, astronomy teacher, Riverview High School, Fla.
Joshua Seamon, math teacher, Williston-Northampton School, Mass.
Andrew Shelffo, IT director, Williston-Northampton School, Mass.
Moderator:
Tom Mainelli, program vice president, devices & displays, IDC

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A Successful Data-Driven Framework to Empower Instructional Growth

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This webinar took place on September 29, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Professional development can improve teaching effectiveness, empower growth, and keep teachers satisfied. And research shows that high quality PD has a positive impact on student success. In fact, teachers account for 30 percent of the variance in student achievement, so there’s no doubt that their role is crucial.

In this webinar, the former chief academic officer for Partnerships to Uplift Communities Schools and now the current chief implementation officer at BloomBoard, Kelly Montes De Oca, will discuss how you can drive more effective professional learning across your school or district by using a framework for instructional improvement focused on data and mastery rather than seat time and credit hours.

You’ll also hear from the teacher recruitment manager for D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), Paige Hoffman, who will share how teachers in DCPS are using this sort of framework to drive their own professional growth and improve student achievement.

Presenters:

Kelly Montes De Oca, former chief academic officer, Partnerships to Uplift Communities Schools; current chief implementation officer, BloomBoard
Paige Hoffman, manager, teacher recruitment, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Washington, D.C.
Moderator:
Lucia Giacomantonio, director of marketing, BloomBoard

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Effective Integration of Technology in the Classroom

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This webinar took place on September 23, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Technology is a tool that can powerfully impact student learning when used appropriately. Rather than allowing the integration of technology to become an end goal in itself, implementation should utilize technology as a tool for achieving the learning outcomes educators have always sought—transforming students into creative, independent thinkers with a mastery of the standards. Emphasis will be placed on a systematic approach to integration to boost student engagement, connect to the real world, and challenge students to think critically. As the presenters discuss specific techniques and strategies, participants will be invited to engage in collaborative discussions.

Presenters:

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

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Implementing Blended Learning: The Myth vs. the Reality

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This webinar took place on September 22, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The landscape of blended learning is quickly growing and ever-changing. There’s a lot of information out there, but how much of it is true? How does a school or a teacher make the switch from traditional teaching to blended learning? What does success look like? Our presentation will discuss what is true about blended learning, dispel the myths, and walk attendees through how to successfully make the change.

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

Presenters:

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

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Using Data to Drive Personalized Math Learning Needs

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This webinar took place on September 10, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Technologies to support data-driven decision-making hold great promise for increasing the effectiveness of teaching and learning activities, accelerating student achievement, and improving organizational performance. To access what students are learning and how they are progressing, educators can now use a continuous improvement framework for data-driven decision-making to organize people and processes to reach education objectives.

Join us for this webinar and discuss topics including:

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

Presenter:

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

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Social-Emotional Learning: Systemic Innovation for Improved Outcomes

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This webinar took place on September 2, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Schools that explicitly teach social-emotional learning (SEL) create positive learning environments and see an average 11 percent increase in academic achievement. Austin Independent School District (ISD) has transformed its entire learning ecosystem through a districtwide commitment to SEL. National leaders in SEL will share the research case for SEL as a key to improved student outcomes, innovative strategies for best-practice SEL implementation and sustainability, effect of SEL on Austin ISD schools, and lessons learned while transforming schools with SEL.

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

Presenters:

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

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

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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

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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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