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UPCOMING WEBINARS



English-Language-Learner Literacy Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is sponsored by Middlebury Interactive Languages.

This webinar takes place on October 6, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As many states experience growth in their English-language-learner populations, changes required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act will give this group of students a higher profile and reflect their growing importance in measuring overall student achievement. That’s in part because schools’ accountability for the progress that English-learners make in learning the language is now integrated into Title I, the federal program under which the performance of all other students is scrutinized. But the change doesn’t come without complications. Some state education agencies are still unsure how they will interpret and implement the law’s mandates. Join us for a conversation with English-language-learner administrators from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., and Roseville, Minn., school districts to examine their plans for adjusting to the new federal law.

Presenters:

Kristina Robertson, English-learners program administrator, Roseville Area school district, Minn.
Charlotte “Nadja” Trez, executive director, English-learner services, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school district
Moderator:
Corey Mitchell, staff writer, Education Week

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Personalized Learning in Project-Based Math Classrooms

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar takes place on October 11, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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There is an emerging opportunity to boost student achievement and improve working for teachers here in the U.S.—and a huge opportunity to expand access to quality learning to every young person on earth. The opportunity is to make learning more compelling, customized, connected, and competency-based. Combining personalized and project-based learning creates an environment that supports both individual growth and passion in meaningful ways. For mathematics this means simultaneously creating an environment where students build conceptual understanding and also develop the skills they need to be successful problem solvers. Join Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, and moderator David Woods, director of curriculum development at DreamBox Learning, as they dive into the implications for mathematics in project-based learning.

Presenter:

Tom Vander Ark, author and CEO, Getting Smart
Moderator:
David Woods, director of curriculum development, DreamBox Learning

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Digging Into Mathematical Discourse: Selecting and Sequencing Student Solution Samples

Content provided by Curriculum Associates.

This webinar takes place on October 20, 2016 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Developing rich mathematical discourse in the classroom is important for building mathematical reasoning and conceptual understanding; yet it is a challenge for many educators. Join us for a discussion with renowned mathematics expert and author, Gladis Kersaint, on how teachers and administrators can support the development of productive math discourse in the classroom through well-planned and well-sequenced discussions of student work.

Topics will include:

• Selecting student work for group or class discussion
• Sequencing discussions of student solution strategies and which questions to ask
• Engaging students, calling attention to their reasoning, and encouraging participation

Presenter:

Gladis Kersaint, dean, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Moderator:
Danielle Curran, product director, Ready Mathematics

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Corporal Punishment: A Persistent Practice

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

This webinar takes place on October 24, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Corporal punishment has declined so rapidly in the United States in the last 15 years that many people think it's practically nonexistent in modern American public schools. But 109,000 students were paddled, swatted, or otherwise physically punished in U.S. classrooms in 2013–14, and the practice is only banned by 29 of 50 states, according to an exclusive Education Week Research Center analysis.

Join us to learn the details behind this analysis. Our guests will also discuss research on the impact of corporal punishment, longer-term trends, and legal implications of the practice.

Presenter:

Rhonda Brownstein, legal director, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Ala.
Elizabeth Gershoff, associate professor of human development, and family sciences and faculty research associate, Population Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
Donald E. Greydanus, professor emeritus and founding chair, pediatric and adolescent medicine, Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center
Moderator:
Sarah D. Sparks, associate editor, Education Week

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ON-DEMAND WEBINARS

Using Basic Classroom Materials to Inspire the Next Century of Innovators

Content provided by Boeing.

This webinar took place on September 28, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Whilst there are lots of emerging technologies available for the classroom, many of them are out of reach due to budget and implementation cycle restrictions. Join us for an exploration of how ordinary classroom materials—the paper, straws, glue, and tin foil we all love—can become the basis for inspiring STEM-oriented lessons focusing on core scientific principles.

In this webinar we will hear from Teaching Channel about ways to ensure hands-on, DIY learning can be curriculum-linked and classroom-ready, as well as an engineering practitioner who will talk to the credibility of approaches such as Iridescent/Curiosity Machine’s Design Challenges for application of real world skills for the workplace.

Our guests will explore:
• Ways to ensure lesson structure, using these real world, engineering-based challenges, align with state, national, and industry standards
• Insight into the classroom experience they have had using these approaches
• The value of real world applications in terms of students’ career pathways

Presenters:

Tony Castilleja Jr., systems engineer, Boeing Space Exploration
Sandra Geisbush, educator, NEISD STEM Academy, San Antonio, Texas
Jennifer Stotts, STEM education consultant, Teaching Channel
Moderator:
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center

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Early Literacy Instruction: 10 Research-Informed Practices That Can Change Every Classroom

Content provided by BloomBoard.

This webinar took place on September 26, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As in many states, far too many of Michigan’s children are not reading proficiently by the end of grade three—and the situation continues to worsen. Addressing this problem can require broad and significant improvement in instructional practices. Toward that end, an Early Literacy Task Force (ELTF) in Michigan identified 10 research-informed classroom literacy instructional practices for Pre-K and 10 such practices for K-3 that can have a meaningful impact on student literacy. In this presentation, Nell Duke, Susan Townsend, and Naomi Norman will share these instructional practices, and discuss how the ELTF is working to make them a focus of professional development throughout the state of Michigan. These practices can be used by educators nationwide to make similar changes in their states.

Presenters:

Nell K. Duke, professor, literacy, language, and culture, University of Michigan
Naomi Norman, assistant superintendent, achievement & student services, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Mich.
Susan Townsend, director of instruction and learning services, Jackson County Intermediate School District, Mich.
Moderator:
Kelly Montes De Oca, chief learning officer, BloomBoard

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Integrating Educational Technology for Early Childhood

Content provided by Istation.

This webinar took place on September 22, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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From tablets and smartphones to laptops, desktops, and smart-boards, computer-based learning can be a valuable part of any early childhood classroom.

Learn how to balance educational technology with other interactive, hands-on experiences in early childhood education. Nationally-recognized educators Tracey Roden and Clarissa Plair share a three-point checklist schools can use to assess how beneficial a blended initiative supported with technology works best.

Find out how playful and purposeful programs can deliver powerful results. Plus, get great insight into meaningful ways technology can be integrated into classrooms as early as pre-K through 3rd grade and beyond.

Presenters:

Clarissa Plair, national educational consultant, Istation
Tracey Roden, vice president, curriculum & research, Istation
Moderator:
Ossa Fisher, chief marketing officer, Istation

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College and Career Readiness Through Project-Based Learning

Content provided by itslearning.

This webinar took place on September 21, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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With “only 8 percent of students completing college and career-ready curriculum,” educators are clamoring to find pedagogical methods that get students active and engaged in pursuit of mastering 21st century skills. Barbara Bray, creative learning strategist, will share how project-based learning (PBL) helps students develop skills that prepare them to be ready for college, career, and life. Using PBL, educators can encourage students to have a voice and choice in what and how they learn so they can take ownership of their learning.

The goal for PBL is for students to not only master the standards-based content, but also to demonstrate mastery of skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and self-efficacy so they become self-directed, independent learners. Joining Bray will be Josh Giebel, a mathematics facilitator from Bartholomew School District who will share examples how they are employing PBL right now in their classrooms.

Presenters:

Barbara Bray, creative learning officer and co-founder, Personalize Learning, LLC; co-author of Make Learning Personal and a new book, How to Personalize Learning, coming out this October
Josh Giebel, mathematics facilitator, Columbus Signature Academy, Columbus, Ind.
Moderator:
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center

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Making SEL Meaningful, Measurable, and Achievable Under ESSA

Content provided by Committee for Children.

This webinar took place on September 20, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As a leader in education, what non-academic factor will you be using under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)? This webinar, featuring content provided by Committee for Children, explores how social-emotional learning (SEL) can be that factor. SEL has been shown to increase academic performance, decrease behavioral issues and suspensions, and improve graduation rates. Committee for Children (CFC) developed an evidence-based SEL curriculum used in 22 percent of all U.S. elementary and middle schools, and advocates for inclusion of SEL in primary, secondary, and career/technical education.

This live session will cover policy research about how SEL can be implemented and assessed. The chief academic officer of CORE Districts will present learnings from nine districts that have already implemented a school quality improvement index that measures growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, and social awareness.

Presenters:

Chad d’Entremont, executive director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, Mass.
Tia Kim, director of programs, partnerships, and research, Committee for Children
Michelle Steagall, chief academic officer, CORE Districts, Calif.
Moderator:
Carol Wood, advocacy specialist, Committee for Children

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Improving Graduation Rates: Predictive Analytics in Action

Content provided by BrightBytes.

This webinar took place on September 9, 2016 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Dropping out is a process—not a single event. Disengaged students at risk for dropping out of school typically show warning signs years before the actual event occurs. However, many early warning systems only begin to identify at-risk students in late middle school or early high school and cannot detect discrete signs of risk in early grades.

West Virginia has been able to increase graduation rates by 5 percent over the last two years using information from a next generation predictive analytics early warning system. In this webinar you’ll learn:

• What predictive analytics is and how it works
• The differences between threshold and predictive analytics systems
• How to identify at-risk students as early as first grade with 90 percent accuracy
• Why states should move to a predictive analytics system
• How our guest successfully deployed a statewide early warning system
• The cost savings that can be realized with early identification and intervention

Presenters:

Kristal Ayres, director of professional services, BrightBytes
Michele Blatt, chief accountability officer, division of school effectiveness, West Virginia Department of Education
Moderator:
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center

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The Missing Link: School Climate and Culture and Solutions for Student Success

Content provided by Kickboard.

This webinar took place on September 7, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In a new study, more than 90 percent of educators agree that behavioral issues impede student learning and that academic interventions can’t be successful if behavioral issues aren’t addressed. Yet, few actually record behaviors for all students or analyze these data. What’s the reason for this disconnect and what can be done about it? Join our conversation with Jonathan Cohen, president and co-founder of the National School Climate Center, and David Hardy, deputy superintendent of academics at St. Louis Public Schools, about the interplay between student behavior, social/emotional learning, school culture, and academic success. We’ll examine how small data can play a big role in student learning and school improvement, and explore how technology can be used to gain insight into what’s happening behind classrooms doors. Let’s crack the code of student success!

Presenters:

Jonathan Cohen, president and co-founder, National School Climate Center, New York, N.Y.
David Hardy, deputy superintendent of academics, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis, Mo.
Kristen Harmeling, partner, YouGov
Moderator:
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center

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EdWeek School-Wide: 7 Things K-12 Educators Should Know About Edweek.org

This webinar took place on August 31, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Ever consider how edweek.org might empower educators at your school or district? K-12 leaders in growing numbers are using Education Week as a PD tool to keep their teachers and administrators informed and engaged. Join Education Week Librarian Holly Peele as she offers 7 key insights on what edweek.org has to offer for K-12 educators in this easy-to-follow discussion.

You will learn about:

• Searches
• Topical Pages
• Trending Issues
• Teacher Channel—News and insight for teachers
• Digital Directions—A hidden gem on IT and ed tech news
• Blogs – what do educators read?
• Annual Reports & Archives—what can you find?
And more!

Presenter:

Holly Peele, librarian, Education Week
Moderator:
Ryan Lanier, digital content marketing manager, Education Week

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MARKET BRIEF PREMIUM WEBINAR

What Schools Want From Digital Content: CAO Insights, Exclusive Data

This webinar took place on August 30, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for a conversation with the chief academic officers of the Broward County, Fla., and Cleveland, Ohio, school districts to better understand what schools really need and want from digital content providers. Drawing upon exclusive data collected by the Education Week Research Center, this webinar will provide key insights and actionable information about the adoption and purchasing of digital content in the K-12 system. It will address the frustrations schools face in working with companies during digital content adoption, how an increasing number of schools are turning to open educational resources, the uneven growth of the English language learner market, and more.

Presenters:

Daniel Gohl, M.Ed., chief academic officer, Broward County school district, Fla.
Michelle Pierre-Farid, Ph.D., chief academic officer, Cleveland Metropolitan school district, Ohio
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center
Moderator:
Michele Molnar, associate editor, EdWeek Market Brief

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MARKET BRIEF PREMIUM WEBINAR

The Every Student Succeeds Act: The Implications for Education Companies

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar took place on August 24, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Every Student Succeeds Act, approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama late last year, marks an historic shift in federal education policy—one that will shape the work of states, districts, and individual educators for years to come. But what does it mean for companies operating in the K-12 market? In this webinar, two guests with deep experience consulting K-12 providers on federal policy break down the implications of ESSA for education technology, district budgets, professional development, assessment, school interventions, and other areas. Our guests also explain how the statute is likely to be implemented, based on regulations issued by the Obama administration and the interpretations of state and local education officials.

Presenters:

Reg Leichty, partner and founder, Foresight Law + Policy
Julia Martin, legislative director, Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC
Moderator:
Sean Cavanagh, senior editor, EdWeek Market Brief

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EdWeek Campus-Wide: 7 Things Colleges & Universities Should Know About Edweek.org

This webinar took place on August 23, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Ever consider how edweek.org might empower your entire campus? Education Week is K-12 education’s most cited publication students and faculty turn to for the most current news, research and insight, informing the next generation of leaders. Join Education Week Librarian Holly Peele as she offers 7 key insights on what edweek.org has to offer in this easy-to-follow discussion.

You will learn about:

• Searches on vital K-12 topics
• Topical Pages
• Teacher Channel—News and insight for teachers
• Digital Directions—News on IT and ed tech news
• Blogs—what do educators read?
• Annual Reports & Archives—35+ years—what can you find?
And More!

Presenter:

Holly Peele, librarian, Education Week
Moderator:
Ryan Lanier, digital content marketing manager, Education Week

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Diplomas Count: Finding Great Local Partnerships to Build School Community

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

This webinar took place on July 28, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In every district, there are schools that need community support and business and community groups that want to be more involved in education. But it can be tough to align the schools' needs with what outside organizations are able to provide.

Join us for a conversation with Feowyn MacKinnon, the principal of MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, an innovative school that effectively turned the city into a learning campus. Entire grades are co-located in the city's science museum, a college, and even a Fortune 500 company campus. MacKinnon and teacher Forest Clayton discuss how they harness outside expertise and resources to help students succeed.

Presenters:

Forest Clayton, 10th grade biology teacher, MC2 STEM High School, Cleveland, Ohio
Feowyn MacKinnon, principal, MC2 STEM High School, Cleveland, Ohio
Moderator:
Sarah D. Sparks, assistant editor, Education Week

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Monitoring and Improving School Climate With Student Surveys

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

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

This webinar took place on July 21, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Monitoring facets of school climate—like how safe, supported, and welcome students feel in their schools— is necessary to ensure that efforts to improve the learning environment are effective and that schools don't overlook the needs of students from some populations, like those from racial minority groups, researchers say. But, until recently, school climate surveys have been off limits to schools that didn't have the resources to pay for one or develop their own.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education released a free, online survey tool this month that will allow schools, districts, and states to administer regular, anonymous, online student surveys about school climate topics. The survey site, developed by a panel of researchers, creates an instant analysis of a school's results, and administrators can save the data in existing local data systems so they can track results over time. These results could be useful for school-level improvement work. They may also be helpful for schools in states that adopt school climate as an accountability indicator under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

In addition to learning about the new tool, webinar participants will hear from the Austin Independent School District about its school climate surveys, how their results align with student achievement, and how schools there use the data in their day-to-day work.

Presenters:

Lindsay M. Lamb, evaluation analyst, Austin Independent School District, Texas
Joaquin R. Tamayo, Jr., director, strategic initiatives, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Moderator:
Evie Blad, staff writer, Education Week

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Making Project-Based Learning Work

This webinar is sponsored by littleBits.

This webinar took place on July 20, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Project-based learning (PBL) is becoming increasingly popular. But it's easier to call something "project-based learning" than it is to develop rigorous, effective projects. The Buck Institute for Education developed guidelines for "gold standard" project-based learning to help guide teachers and schools looking to make the most of project-based learning.

In this webinar, we'll be joined by John Larmer, the editor-in-chief at the Buck Institute for Education, and two expert project-based learning practitioners to discuss the "gold standard" project-based learning elements and the challenges and possibilities inherent in this approach.

Presenters:

Andre Daughty, Buck Institute for Education national faculty and educational technology instructor in Oklahoma City Public Schools
John Larmer, editor-in-chief, Buck Institute for Education, and co-developer of the "gold standard project-based learning" guidelines
Eric Wycoff, Buck Institute for Education national faculty and social studies teacher, El Molino High School, Forestville, Calif.
Moderator:
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, contributing writer, Education Week

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Using Specialized Lotteries to Increase Diversity in Schools

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

This webinar took place on July 5, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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While many of the nation's public schools remain stubbornly segregated by race and income, some charter schools and districts are starting to experiment with using weighted lotteries to increase diversity. Weighted lotteries can give certain groups of students—such as those from low-income families or English-language learners—a better chance of getting into a school. Currently, only a handful of schools use weighted lotteries for this purpose, according to research by The Century Foundation.

Presenters:

Penny Marzulli, deputy executive director, Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, N.Y.
Halley Potter, fellow, The Century Foundation
Moderator:
Arianna Prothero, staff writer, Education Week

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Administrators’ Data Gaps: A Crisis of Confidence

Content for this webinar provided by the Education Week Research Center.

Content for this webinar sponsored by Scantron Corporation.

This webinar took place on June 28, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Too many district and building administrators struggle to draw actionable insights from student analytics systems that improve instructional quality and empower timely, effective intervention.

Drawing upon an original survey of Education Week readers, the Education Week Research Center explores district leaders’ and principals’ perceptions of student analytics tools. This engaging webinar details administrators’ confidence in these platforms, benchmarks key data obstacles, and highlights the hidden costs of subpar analytics. Attendees also gain complimentary, easy access to a tool to benchmark their district or school against our Student Analytics Confidence Index.

Who should attend:
• District leaders (incl. superintendents, asst. supts., curriculum & instruction, assessment, accountability, Title I, SpecEd, technology)
• Principals and assistant principals

Presenter:

Holly Yettick, Ph.D., director, Education Week Research Center
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week

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The Education Week Tech Confidence Index: How Teachers View Educational Technology

This webinar is sponsored by Scholastic.

This webinar took place on June 23, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, Education Week’s Research Center will take a deeper dive into the Education Week’s new Tech Confidence Index data presented in their recent special report “Technology Counts 2016,” released on June 13, 2016. A brief data presentation by the research center’s director, Holly Yettick, will be followed by a moderated discussion about teachers and technology with Wendy Drexler, an education consultant for ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education. The Education Week Tech Confidence Index is a brand new way to gauge views of educational technology. Learn more about teachers' scores on the Index. Participate in a discussion of implications for teachers, classrooms, learning, students, and schools.

Presenters:

Wendy Drexler, education consultant, International Society for Technology in Education
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center
Moderator:
Sean Cavanagh, associate editor, Education Week

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The Summer Learning Opportunity: Engaging Students With STEM

Content provided by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

This webinar took place on June 21, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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With three out of four students in the U.S. lacking access to summer learning programs and a shortage of interested K-12 students in STEM subjects, Boys & Girls Clubs serve as a partner to schools by providing a safe and supportive place for youth to learn without limits during out-of-school time. By offering a suite of specialized STEM programs on our My.Future platform, supported by Comcast NBCUniversal, Clubs have a unique opportunity to spark kids and teens’ interests in STEM during the summer months while reinforcing what kids learn in school.

With 4,200 Clubs serving nearly 4 million kids every year, Boys & Girls Clubs have been leaders in out-of-school time programming for more than 150 years. Learn about our project-based academic learning opportunities and how Clubs serve as expanded learning partners for schools.

Presenters:

Dave Crusoe, senior director, innovation & creativity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Jami Pettway, senior director, summer learning loss, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Tina Shah, senior director, STEM & educational foundations, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Damon Williams, senior vice president, program, training & youth development services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Moderator:
Abigayle Fidler, director, innovation & creativity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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ESSA and K-12 Policy: State and District Perspectives

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is sponsored by Measured Progress.

This webinar took place on June 15, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Every Student Succeeds Act—the new federal K-12 law—puts states and districts in the driver’s seat when it comes to accountability, interventions for low-performing schools, and more. It also gives them new flexibility on federal money and testing. How do state and local leaders plan to use this new leeway, what have they done so far, and where do things stand on ESSA regulations? Two veteran education advocates who had a front-row seat on ESSA’s development tell us what’s on the minds of state and district leaders as implementation of the new law begins.

Presenters:

Noelle Ellerson, associate executive director, policy & advocacy, American Association of School Administrators
Peter Zamora, director of federal relations, Council of Chief State School Officers
Moderator:
Alyson Klein, assistant editor, Education Week

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

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is sponsored by Instructure.

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

This webinar took 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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Trends for the 21st Century: Preparing for the Schools of Tomorrow

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

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

This webinar took 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 EdWeek 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, EdWeek Market Brief
Diane Glass, director for business and higher education, The International School Consultancy
Moderator:
Michele Molnar, associate editor, EdWeek Market Brief

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Unlocking the Mystery of Project-Based Blended Learning

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took 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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Providing Meaningful Support for Principals

This webinar is sponsored by Scholastic.

This webinar took 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.

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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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Maximizing Ed Tech's Impact in School Districts

This webinar is sponsored by Mastery Connect.

This webinar took place on May 11, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Technology is a crucial tool to create new opportunities and a wider perspective for students. Online courses bring teachers, subjects, and experts to students who wouldn’t otherwise have access to them. But funding those technologies, determining which digital tools work best for students and how to deploy blended and online courses can be challenging. Educators 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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Educator Viewpoints: Personalized Professional Learning Today

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Find out more at leaders.edweek.org.

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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

Content provided by BloomBoard.

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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