College and Career Readiness Webinars

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College and Career Readiness Webinars

Free professional development: Browse Education Week's collection of webinars on college and career readiness. These virtual broadcasts address strategies for preparing students for the transition from high school to college and the workplace. All webinars are accessible for a limited time after the original live streaming date. Participation certificates are not provided, but viewers receive a post-event confirmation email.

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College and Career Readiness Through Project-Based Learning

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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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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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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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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

A Successful 1:1 Initiative on a Budget

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

Presenters:

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

Positioning Counselors to Be Game Changers in College Access

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

Join us for this webinar when our guests will:

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

The Empowered Learner: The Future History of Education

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

The Power of Peer Groups and Posses in College Success

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

Boston Public Schools Goes Google With Chromebooks and Google Apps

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

Using Transitional Coursework in High School to Improve College Success

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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