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Free professional development: Browse Education Week's collection of webinars on ed tech. These virtual broadcasts address the use of technology in the classroom, including 1-to-1 digital initiatives, blended learning, and more. 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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Protecting and Securing Your School’s Data

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This webinar took place on December 7, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Protecting student and teacher data is paramount for schools. With Office 365, it’s your data. You own it. You control it. And it is yours to take with you if you decide to leave the service. Microsoft uses the customer data in the Office 365 services only for the benefit of the customer—we don’t use or share customer data for commercial purposes other than to provide the best Office 365 service.

In this webinar, you will learn more from Microsoft Education specialists on how using Office 365 allows for the best collaboration experience while maintaining the highest security standards. We will cover:

• How we safeguard and use your data.
• Microsoft’s commitment to providing schools with free built-in security and privacy controls so you can adhere to and stay up to date with the ever-evolving industry compliance standards including FERPA, HIPAA, COPPA, and CIPA.
• How you can use Office 365 within your school to transform learning in the classroom.

Presenters:

Steve Faehl, Cloud Architect, Microsoft U.S. Education
Edwin Guarin, Senior Solutions Specialist, Education, Microsoft Corporation
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STEM Reimagined—Agency, Relevancy, and Digital Natives

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This webinar took place on November 17, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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While the emphasis on STEM education has grown over the years, equity and access to quality and engaging curriculum have not always advanced in lockstep. Too often, STEM skills and concepts are taught in isolation from the world they inhabit, leading to the dismal STEM drain and leaving students uninterested and unmotivated to pursue further study in this critical field.

Plugging the STEM drain requires rethinking curriculum, and using new technology and blended learning to meet students where they are while inspiring them to find new places they can go with STEM. As Snehal Bhakta, from Clark County Schools, Zach Wagner, from Everfi, and Yvonne Kao, from WestEd, will show, it is only when STEM becomes grounded in real-world applications that transformational learning can take place and STEM become an equitable terrain for all.

In this webinar, our guests will cover:
• The challenge of making STEM concepts more relevant to students, particularly students who have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields.
• How a blended learning approach can extend the instructional reach of STEM teachers.
• Results that educators can expect from students through this increased engagement.

Presenters:

Snehal Bhakta, career and technical education innovator, Clark County school district, Nev.
Yvonne Kao, senior research associate, WestEd
Zach Wagner, vice president, K-12 content and product development, EverFi
Moderator:
Steve Sandak, vice president, EverFi

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Leveraging Digital Content to Differentiate Learning: Results of a New Research Study

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This webinar took place on November 10, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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There is a growing expectation among students, parents, and teachers that learning experiences for students should be more personalized to meet individual student needs. However, many schools are still struggling with how to actualize differentiated instruction and personalized learning within every classroom. Despite changes in administrators’ attitudes about digital learning, the efficacy of personalized learning depends primarily upon on how the classroom teacher adopts and adapts digital tools, resources, and content to differentiate instruction.

To provide district administrators with new insights into how teachers are approaching this process, Project Tomorrow—in collaboration with DreamBox Learning—conducted a study in the spring of 2016 examining the views and values of classroom teachers using digital content within instruction. The findings from this new study, which will be shared in this webinar, provide education leaders with research-based information and classroom-based exemplars for how digital content enables personalized and differentiated learning environments.

Presenter:

Julie A. Evans, chief executive officer, Project Tomorrow
Moderator:
Kate Hodgins, senior product marketing manager, DreamBox Learning

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

This webinar is a rebroadcast of an event that originally aired on Aug. 30, 2016.

This webinar took place on November 4, 2016 @ 11 a.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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The Every Student Succeeds Act: The Implications for Education Companies

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is a rebroadcast of an event that originally aired on Aug. 24, 2016.

This webinar took place on November 2, 2016 @ 11 a.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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Using Basic Classroom Materials to Inspire the Next Century of Innovators

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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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Integrating Educational Technology for Early Childhood

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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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Improving Graduation Rates: Predictive Analytics in Action

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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

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Maximizing Ed Tech's Reach in Rural 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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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual events series. This annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2016, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at leaders.edweek.org.

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

Presenters:

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

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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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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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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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Go Digital With Formative Assessment & Critical Thinking

Content provided by Mentoring Minds.

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

Presenter:

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

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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 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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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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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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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

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

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

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

A Successful Data-Driven Framework to Empower Instructional Growth

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This webinar took place on September 29, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

Effective Integration of Technology in the Classroom

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This webinar took place on September 23, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenters:

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

Implementing Blended Learning: The Myth vs. the Reality

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

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

Presenters:

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

Using Data to Drive Personalized Math Learning Needs

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This webinar took place on September 10, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Technologies to support data-driven decision-making hold great promise for increasing the effectiveness of teaching and learning activities, accelerating student achievement, and improving organizational performance. To access what students are learning and how they are progressing, educators can now use a continuous improvement framework for data-driven decision-making to organize people and processes to reach education objectives.

Join us for this webinar and discuss topics including:

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

Presenter:

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

Brazosport ISD—Creating a Collaborative District With Google

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This webinar took place on June 16, 2015 @ 1 p.m. ET

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Join the chief operations & technology officer and the director of media and digital learning from Brazosport Independent School District for an instructional webinar to see how they have leveraged Google for Education tools to enhance collaboration and provide new learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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This webinar took place on June 3, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenter:

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

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

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This webinar took place on May 27, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

Making Complex Texts Compelling to Middle-School Students

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This webinar took place on May 12, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenters:

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

Connecting the Classroom to the Cloud

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This webinar took place on May 6, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Sarasota County Schools, located in Sarasota, Fla., has partnered with Microsoft to provide Microsoft Office 365 to their students and employees districtwide. Through their existing partnership, all staff and students have access to the latest version of Microsoft Office for use at home, as well as cloud storage for their most important files via OneDrive for Business.

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

In this webinar, our guests will discuss:

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

Presenters:

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

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

Ed-Tech Leadership Evolves in Houston

This webinar is sponsored by itslearning.

This webinar took place on April 28, 2015 @ 12 p.m. ET

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

Find out more at edweek.org/leaders.

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

Presenters:

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

5 Ways to Make Blended Learning Work in Your Schools

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This webinar took place on April 1, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenters:

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

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

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This webinar took place on March 26, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Digital devices are ubiquitous in our lives, and much is being asserted about the need for our students to be future-ready. However, despite being the digital generation, too many students are not digitally engaged in their classrooms. School districts know that vast investments are needed in digital infrastructure, hardware, software, training, and manpower to keep everything running.


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


Join in a discussion of issues including:

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

Presenter:

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

Effectively Differentiating Mathematics Instruction to Help Struggling Students

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on March 24, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Donna Knoell will offer ideas for blended learning strategies to help students understand mathematical concepts, increase achievement, and enhance confidence. Learn how to incorporate vocabulary, problem solving strategies, and manipulatives to help students develop reasoning skills and proficiency.

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

Presenter:

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

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

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This webinar took place on March 17, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenter:

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

Going Google 101 in New York

Content provided by Google for Education.

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

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

Participants will:

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

Presenters:

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

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

Content provided by JAMF Software.

This webinar took place on February 25, 2015 @ 3 p.m. ET

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

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

A Successful 1:1 Initiative on a Budget

Content provided by Microsoft.

This webinar took place on February 11, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenters:

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

Michael Horn on Using Blended Learning to Improve Schools

Content provided by Apex Learning.

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

Presenter:

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

Smart Classrooms Need Smart Wi-Fi!

Content provided by Ruckus Wireless.

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

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

Presenter:

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

Digital Math Strategies to Personalize Learning in K-8

This webinar is sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

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

Presenters:

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

Student-Generated, Cutting-Edge Technology for Learning

Content provided by Microsoft.

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

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

Presenter:

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

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

Content provided by Google for Education.

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

Join this webinar and you will:

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

Presenter:

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

LMS Strategies to Improve Schools

This webinar is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education.

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

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

Presenters:

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

Amplifying Student Potential With Tablets & Chromebooks

Content provided by Google for Education.

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

Personalized Learning: Turning Lofty Aspirations Into Specific District Policy

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

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

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

Presenters:

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

Empowering Students With Project-Based Learning and Google Tablets

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on November 24, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET

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

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

Presenters:

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

How Much Digital Literacy Do Students Need?

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

This webinar is sponsored by Learning.com.

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

Presenters:

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

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

Content provided by Discovery Education.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

This webinar is sponsored by Waterford Institute.

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

Presenters:

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

Digital Leader Corps—Fueling An Innovative Change Movement Around Instruction

Content provided by Discovery Education.

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

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

Presenter:

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

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

Content provided by Schoology.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

Maximizing the Impact of Your Digital Device Investments

This webinar is sponsored by Microsoft.

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

Presenters:

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

Through a Teacher’s Eyes: Using Classroom and Other Google for Education Tools

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on September 18, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear from a teacher at Pajaro Valley Unified School District in California about how her third graders use Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education. She will share her experience as one of the pilot classes for Classroom, a new tool coming this September. Classroom weaves together Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail to help teachers create and organize assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes easily.

Hear how she applied these tools when her class began using Chromebooks and Google Apps. She will share examples and benefits of using Classroom with her students, as well.

Participants will:
● Get an overview of the Google for Education solution which includes Chromebooks, tablets with Google Play for Education, and Google Apps for Education (including the new tool, Classroom)
● Learn how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation

Presenter:

Janie Islas, bilingual 3rd grade teacher, H. A. Hyde Elementary School, Watsonville, Calif.
Moderator:
Jennifer Holland, Education Team, Google

5 Key Steps in Planning and Implementing a Blended Learning Program

Content provided by Fuel Education.

This webinar took place on September 17, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Blended learning is a rapidly growing instructional model that is helping teachers personalize the learning experience. Blended learning programs are enabling students to move at their own pace and receive personalized assistance from teachers when and where they need it. But many educators who don’t have much experience with blended learning aren’t sure of the best place to start in considering this for their district.

Attend this webinar to learn about the 5 steps of implementing a blended learning program and the planning process, as well as best practices from educators who have done it.

1. Strategy—What are the key factors you need to consider in your plan?
2. Alignment—Who are your biggest stakeholders, and how to involve them?
3. Plan—What are the key milestones you need to include?
4. Implement—Who and what resources will you need to consider?
5. Review—How will you measure success?

Presenters:

Lori Krist, online coordinator, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Calif.
Josh Wilson, assistant principal, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Renae Abboud, education consultant, Fuel Education

Personalizing Math Through Technology and Differentiated Instruction

Sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on August 27, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Facing more rigorous math standards and expectations, schools are exploring new avenues to engage students in numeracy and address diverse learning needs. Silvestre Arcos, an award-winning math instructional leader, has found that resourceful use of technology can help teachers personalize instruction so that “students at every level can make tremendous gains.” In this webinar, Arcos will discuss his efforts to align math instruction with students’ learning needs and offer ways that schools and districts can support and scale up personalized-learning projects.

Presenters:

Silvestre Arcos, founding math teacher and instructional coach, KIPP Washington Heights Middle School, New York City
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher

Glenwood Community Schools Shares Their Experience With Google Apps, Chromebooks, and Tablets

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on August 26, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from Kimberly Payne, educational technology coordinator at Glenwood Community School District. With an emphasis on digital literacy, the district decided to "Go Google" with a "1-to-Web" Initiative for Chromebooks in grades 3–12 and tablets for grades K–2. Payne will share details about her district's experience serving over 2,100 students in five different schools with Google for Education and give insights into how these tools are being used in the classroom.

Participants will:

● Get an overview of the Google for Education solution,

● Discover how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation,

● Hear firsthand experience from a district using Google Apps, Chromebooks, and tablets, and

● Learn how the district provided professional development to help ensure the devices & tools would enhance classroom learning.

Presenters:

Kimberly Payne, Educational Technology Coordinator, Glenwood Community School District, Iowa
Moderator:
Brent Sarver, Google for Education Team, Google

Helping Teachers Manage iPads in the Digital Classroom

Content provided by JAMF Software.

This webinar took place on August 25, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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With the Casper Suite and its free iOS app, Casper Focus, schools have the industry’s easiest way to manage every Apple device they use, including iPads. Faculty and students can take advantage of the rich educational ecosystem that only the Apple platform offers. As the makers of the leading management solution for Mac, iPad, and Apple TV, JAMF Software supports the growing number of “Shadow IT” in schools which are focused on improving instruction through a simple and sustainable implementation of technology.

In our webinar, we’ll demonstrate how teachers using iPads can perform digital classroom management tasks directly from their own device—without assistance from the IT department. We’ll show you how Casper Focus helps you drive student success and a new way of learning.

Presenters:

Dave Saltmarsh, education evangelist, JAMF Software
Moderator:
Nick Thompson, business development, JAMF Software

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

Content provided by Microsoft.

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

Join us for this webinar when our guests will:

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

The Five W’s of Mobile Malware

Content provided by Symantec.

This webinar took place on June 24, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Mobile malware is a growing menace, even though many cybersecurity practitioners don’t fully grasp the situation. This presentation will address the "Five W’s" of mobile malware, namely:

• Who is developing it and who is being affected by it?
• What exactly is it?
• When does it get dropped on mobile devices and when does it execute on mobile devices?
• Where are botnet operations that harvest mobile devices most prevalent?
• Why is mobile malware developed in the first place?

This high-level presentation will stimulate thoughtful discussions and commensurate actions amongst cybersecurity professionals who are tasked with defending their schools students and faculty, data, and infrastructure.

Presenters:

Kevin McPeak, CISSP, ITILv3, technical architect, security, Public Sector Strategic Programs, Symantec
Ben Orencia, education practice manager, Public Sector Strategic Programs, Symantec
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week

Unstructured Data is Costing you Money and Increasing Your Security Risk

Content provided by Symantec.

This webinar took place on June 19, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Schools develop, share, and maintain large amounts of unstructured data which can account for storage and/or backups reaching 20-40% YOY growth. The IT staff needs to gain a better understanding of what is in their file storage prior to embarking on projects, such as data migrations, remediation, and moving file shares. Classification and archival is a critical component of managing the security and growth of this data.

Join us for an interactive and conversational webinar around data management and protection with Karen Fuller, CTO of Klein ISD, one of Texas’s fastest growing school districts and Symantec. We will discuss approaches on effectively analyzing, protecting, archiving, and maintaining compliance of this financial drain on school budgets.

You will walk away with actionable intelligence in:

• Defining data governance,
• Locating your “dark data,”
• Securing your data: district-owned devices vs. personal devices, and
• Improving operation efficiencies.

Presenters:

Karen Fuller, chief technology officer, Klein Independent School District, Texas
Glen Bellomy, technical architect, Symantec
Moderator:
Ben Orencia, education practice manager, Symantec

Milpitas Unified School District Goes Google with Chromebooks and Google Apps

Content provided by Google for Education.

This webinar took place on June 17, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar hear from Chin Song, director of technology at Milpitas Unified School District in California, about how his schools are using web-based technologies like Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks, the impact this has had on teaching & learning, and his advice for others.

Google Apps for Education is free web-based email, calendar & documents that allow for collaborative working anytime, anywhere. Chromebooks are affordable, easy-to-manage web-based laptops. Google for Education will provide information about the Google Apps suite and Chromebooks at the start of this webinar.

Presenter:

Chin Song, director of technology, Milpitas Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, education team, Google

The Empowered Learner: The Future History of Education

Content provided by Microsoft.

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

Boston Public Schools Goes Google With Chromebooks and Google Apps

Content provided by Google for Education.

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

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

Presenters:

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

Optimizing Your Network for Common Core Online Standardized Testing

Content provided by Aerohive Networks.

This webinar took place on May 22, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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With the adoption of common-core curriculum and online standardized testing, assuring network availability and performance in schools has never been more critical. Especially for those that support tablets, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices that lack Ethernet ports—school networks need to ensure secure and reliable access, provide ample bandwidth capacity, and have simplified management and troubleshooting tools for remediating coverage or performance issues that may impact testing applications.

In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from Jay McPhail, chief technology officer at Fullerton School District, Calif., and Jeremy Cunningham, network and systems engineer at Bryant public schools, Ark., about their recent wired and wireless deployments, and how they ensured high-availability and high-performance for their districts’ common-core testing. Additionally, Sree Kannan, senior solutions marketing manager at Aerohive Networks, will share steps you can take now to optimize your current wireless network.

Presenters:

Jeremy Cunningham, network and systems engineer, Bryant public schools, Ark.
Sree Kannan, senior solutions marketing manager, Aerohive Networks
Jay McPhail, chief technology officer, Fullerton School District, Calif
Moderator:
Meredith Torres, director of marketing programs, Aerohive Networks

Going 1-to-1 with Google for Education: Firsthand Experience with Google Apps and Chromebooks

Content provided by Google for Education

This webinar took place on May 19, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from David Andrade, chief information officer at Bridgeport public schools in Connecticut, about how the district has gone 1:1 with Google for Education solutions. The district is committed to providing a superior education for all its students, to building their passion for learning, and to preparing them for their future careers.

The Bridgeport school district rolled out more than 9,000 Chromebooks to all classrooms in grades 7–12, as well as in some lower grades, and plans to roll out more Chromebooks, as well as tablets, with Google Play for Education. All staff and students have Google Apps for Education Accounts. Andrade will be discussing the logistics of rolling out thousands of Chromebooks and the results they are seeing in the classroom.

Presenter:

David Andrade, chief information officer, Bridgeport public schools, Conn.
Moderator:
Renee Belluomini, education team, Google

Google Web Tools for Teaching & Learning

Content provided by Google for Education

This webinar took place on April 23, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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In this webinar the director of technology from Milpitas Unified School District in California will share how his district is using web-based technologies like Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks, the impact this has had on teaching & learning, and his advice for others. Google Apps for Education is free web-based email, calendar & documents that allow for collaborative working anytime, anywhere. Chromebooks are affordable, easy-to-manage web-based laptops.

Participants will:
• Receive an overview of the Google for Education solution which includes Chromebooks, tablets with Google Play for Education, and Google Apps for Education.
• Learn how this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation.
• Hear first-hand experience from a district using Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education.
• Learn how the school district put the ingredients, like professional development, in place for a successful pilot and then roll out.

Presenter:

Chin Song, director of technology, Milpitas Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, education team, Google

Chromebooks as the Catalyst for Change in Edmonton Public Schools

Content provided by Google in Education.

This webinar took place on March 24, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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Learn how Google Chromebooks for Education allow schools, like Edmonton, to use the power and simplicity of the web for unlimited teaching and learning opportunities and to engage all constituents from parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Chromebooks are great for the classroom and beyond for dynamic learning environments, easy scalable IT management, and the unique ability to harness the best of the Web to fit school's curriculum and student achievement goals.

In this webinar, you'll hear directly from the technology coordinator of Edmonton Public Schools in Canada about how they successfully introduced, implemented, and continue to sustain the growing use of Chromebooks and Google Apps.

Presenter:

Terry Korte, technology integration planning coordinator, Edmonton Public Schools in Alberta, Canada
Moderator:
Angela Mecca, education team, Google

Building a Stronger Digital Link Between Learning and Assessment

This webinar has been sponsored by Amplify.

This webinar took place on March 19, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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Educators across the country are integrating digital tools into classrooms to build stronger links between instruction and assessment. The new tools are offering up real-time feedback on what children know, quick access to an array of tailored instructional materials, and important data for teachers to use to improve their own approaches—all in an effort to do a better job personalizing learning in ways that address students' individual strengths and weaknesses. This push to use digital tools for more customized assessment approaches is just beginning in most districts, prompting high hopes from educators, but concerns from critics that some of the tools are poorly designed. Our experts will address the promise and perils of this trend.

Presenters:

John Bailey, executive director, Digital Learning Now!, Tallahassee, Fla.
Mike McDonough, director of secondary education, Hilliard City Schools, Ohio
Jacob Grantier, secondary instructional coach, science, Hilliard City Schools, Ohio
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

A School's Blueprint to Secure Everything

Content provided by Symantec.

This webinar took place on March 13, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Everything from a fear of losing student information to thieves to the massive public relations nightmare that would follow such a mishap is forcing schools to rethink their IT security strategy and to include security from the beginning of IT implementation in schools. According to Gartner, Inc., there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things—"the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment"—by 2020.

In this webinar Symantec's Renault Ross will provide a proprietary strategy to assist schools to ensure that security enables K12 IT system drivers, secures student’s records and personal safety, and supports district strategic initiatives. His presentation will cover the blueprints for building a solid security program across endpoints as well as mobile devices and tablets for administrators and other users.

Presenter:

Renault Ross, technical architect, Information Protection Public Sector Strategic Programs, Symantec
Moderator:
Sean Herdman, associate publisher, Education Week

Helping At-Risk Students Develop Literacy Skills

This webinar has been sponsored by Nuance.

This webinar took place on March 5, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Students with disabilities and other children at risk of reading difficulties may require different teaching strategies and additional scaffolding to reach their full potential, particularly in an era of common standards. Join Peggy Coyne, a research scientist at the Center for Applied Special Technology in Wakefield, Mass., and Lori DiGisi, a curriculum coordinator for Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, for a discussion of how teachers can use differentiated instruction, universal design for learning and assistive technology to help struggling readers at all grade levels.

Presenters:

Peggy Coyne, research scientist, Center for Applied Special Technology, Wakefield, Mass.
Lori DiGisi, STEM coordinator, Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, Mass.
Moderator:
Christina A. Samuels, staff writer, Education Week

Personalized and Blended-Learning Success: 25 Tips From Experienced Educators

Content provided by K12.

This webinar took place on Feb. 20, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this webinar, a panel of experts will share their experiences, successes, and lessons learned from implementing online and blended-learning programs to personalize learning for each student. From how to choose curriculum and technology, to training of teachers and administration, to what outcomes to expect, our panel of experts has seen it all and are excited to share their experiences.

Topics will include:
• Setting goals and strategy: which student populations to target and why
• Critical importance of early alignment and communications
• Planning the program: what you must get right to sustain success
• Implementation and onboarding tips
• Key measurements and how to define quality in personalized learning

Presenter:

Mary Fluharty, online learning coordinator, Alexandria City school district, Va.
Heather Hiebsch, principal, Poudre School District Global Academy K-12, Fort Collins, Colo.
Bryan Wood, principal, D9 Online, Jackson County school district, Eagle Point, Ore.
Moderator:
Bruce Lovett, vice president of institutional marketing, K12

Blending Math Instruction for Elementary Grades

This webinar has been sponsored by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on Feb. 13, 2014 @ 1 p.m. ET
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The idea of blended learning—combining digital curricula and tools with face-to-face instruction—for elementary grades is becoming more popular, and educators are finding it works particularly well in mathematics. Our guests will provide successful approaches for implementing this technique, including resources, strategies, and examples of instruction, as well as tips for modeling blended learning in elementary grade math.

Presenters:

Jill Thompson, instructional technology specialist, Bishop Spaugh Professional Development Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C.
Jessica Indelicato, 4th grade special education teacher, Presidential Park Elementary School, Middletown, N.Y.
Amy Creeden, principal, Race to the Top Grant, Enlarged City School District of Middletown, N.Y.
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

Time for a Change: A Proven Solution for Blended Project-Based Learning

Content provided by Educurious.

This webinar took place on Feb. 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Michael Golden, education strategist and CEO of Educurious, discusses how school leaders can create profound impacts on student learning and teacher development using:
• blended project-based learning,
• technology,
• professional development, and
• connections with real-world experts.

Golden's proven integrated solution targets middle and high school students with courses in English/language arts aligned with the Common Core State Standards and biology courses that align with the Next Generation Science Standards. These courses facilitate the development of 21st-century learning and engage a community of professionals to help students create powerful networks for the future.

Golden has found that students "rise to the occasion" when they work with professionals and understand how what they are doing in school has meaning in the world around them. In this webinar, he will address some of the challenges educators face and provide strategies to facilitate school change.

Presenters:

Michael Golden, chief executive officer, Educurious
Moderator:
Shari Hofer, project director, Educurious

Going 1-to-1 with Google for Education at Richland School District Two

Content provided by Google in Education.

This webinar took place on Feb. 5, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET

In this webinar, you'll hear directly from Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C., about how the district successfully built and launched a 1-to-1 computing initiative with Google Chromebooks and Apps for Education. This program serves its 27,000 students spanning across 18 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five high schools, four magnet centers and two alternative schools. The district is also piloting tablets with Google Play for Education. The district wanted to equip students with technology skills to succeed in the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving.

In addition, Richland Two made sure to provide teachers with professional-development programs to help them understand and learn how to best use and integrate technology into their curriculum. Now, two years on, the district has early positive results and learnings to share as it continues on to Phase Three of its 1-to-1 computing initiative.

Presenter:

Donna Teuber, team leader for technology integration, Richland School District Two, Columbia, S.C.
Moderator:
Reneé Doyle, education team, Google

The Future of Math Education: A Panel Discussion of Promising Practices

Content provided by DreamBox Learning.

This webinar took place on Jan. 22, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) President Valerie Mills, renowned educator and author Cathy Fosnot, and past NCTM and AMTE President Francis (Skip) Fennell for a conversation about the future of mathematics education. Everyone interested in the success of all students in learning mathematics—educators and community members—will gain valuable insights from these leaders.
Topics will include:
• Formative assessment
• Meeting the diverse needs of all students
• Common Core State Standards
• Digital learning technologies
The panel will also field questions from participants submitted during the session.

Presenters:

Francis 'Skip' Fennell, professor of education, McDaniel College
Cathy Fosnot, professor emeritus of childhood education, City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Valerie L. Mills, president, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics; supervisor and mathematics education consultant, Oakland Schools, Michigan
Moderator:
Tim Hudson, senior director of curriculum design, DreamBox Learning

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

Content provided by Measured Progress.

This webinar took place on Jan. 16, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Next Generation Science Standards is not the first effort to improve achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the STEM disciplines. Starting with the space race, policymakers and educators have questioned our ability to compete internationally in STEM subjects. With the proliferation of technology, that urgency has grown exponentially.

New assessments developed to align with these standards should require students to demonstrate their understanding not only of content, but also of scientific and engineering practices. Innovative science assessments could improve both knowledge and application for our students—so they'll be truly prepared with the skills needed for the jobs of the future.

In this webinar, science education and assessment experts:
• Highlight the promise of the NGSS,
• Explore state responses to the call for greater rigor in the sciences, and
• Describe how formative science assessment tools both focus instruction and prepare students for the challenge of the new standards.

Presenters:

Peter J. McLaren, science and technology specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education
Susan Tierney, content specialist, science, Measured Progress
Moderator:
Tim Crockett, senior adviser, Measured Progress

Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day: The Flipped Classroom

Content provided by Apex Learning.

This webinar took place on Jan. 15, 2014 @ 3 p.m. ET
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Implementing the flipped class using digital curriculum provides teachers with more face-to-face time with students, allows for true differentiation, compels students to take responsibility for their own learning, and enables students to master rigorous course concepts. Join flipped classroom pioneer Jon Bergmann as he walks through his transformation from a 20-year lecturer to a flipped-class pioneer. Bergmann will demonstrate how blended learning can transform today's educational climate, increase student learning outcomes, and the key considerations for administrators who want to begin implementing flipped learning in their schools.

Presenters:

Jon Bergmann, teacher, author, and flipped-class pioneer
Moderator:
Michelle Rutherford, director of implementation design, Apex Learning

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