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Free professional development: Browse Education Week's collection of webinars on literacy and English/language arts. These virtual broadcasts address boosting student proficiency in reading, writing, and literacy through different types of instruction, including instruction aligned to the common-core standards. 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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Early Literacy Instruction: 10 Research-Informed Practices That Can Change Every Classroom

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

Presenters:

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

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

This webinar is sponsored by Instructure.

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

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

Presenter:

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

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English-Learners and the Common Core: New Instructional Strategies

This webinar is sponsored by Middlebury Interactive Languages.

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Demystifying the Role of Reading Comprehension in the Common Core

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

In this webinar, we will discuss:

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

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

Presenter:

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

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Culture Change: Expanding World Language for Young Learners

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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New Strategies for Reading Aloud to K-2 Students

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

This webinar took place on June 18, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenters:

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

No More Word Lists: Teaching Vocabulary in Context

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify.

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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

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

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

In this webinar, our guests will:

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

Presenter:

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

Reading to Learn: Creative Supports Beyond 3rd Grade Retention

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

This webinar is sponsored by Amplify Assessment.

This webinar took place on November 19, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenters:

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

Mastering the Most Challenging Standards With Rigorous Instruction

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This webinar took place on October 29, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

Presenters:

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

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

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This webinar took place on October 28, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

Teaching Social Issues in the Common-Core Era

This webinar is sponsored by Teaching Tolerance, a Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

The Most Challenging Instructional Shifts in the CCSS for English/Language Arts

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This webinar took place on May 1, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Common Core State Standards emphasize several challenging shifts that require students to think differently, teachers to change instructional strategies, and administrators to reconsider the support needed in order to enable success. In this webinar, we will discuss four of the most challenging shifts, including:

• Emphasis on Academic Vocabulary
• Complex Text
• Close Reading
• Greater Emphasis on Informational Text

Participants will learn what these shifts really mean; how the various ELA standards connect to support them; and practical applications for addressing the shifts in the classroom.

Presenters:

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

More Time for Reading: How Florida Schools Are Using a Longer Day to Bolster Literacy Instruction

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

This webinar took place on April 2, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In 2012, Florida required its 100 lowest performing elementary schools to add an extra hour to their school day, with the time to be used for intensive reading instruction. Early results suggest the initiative may be paying off. An elementary curriculum director from a large district and a principal from a small district share their strategies for making the most of the additional time.

Presenters:

Debbie Battles, elementary curriculum director, Palm Beach County school district, Fla.
Harriet Taylor, principal, Springfield Elementary School, Panama City, Fla.
Moderator:
Catherine Gewertz, associate editor, Education Week

Wanted: Teachers with Knowledge of Language and Dyslexia

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This webinar took place on March 26, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Dyslexia, the most common type of reading disability, affects millions of students across the U.S. However, many myths and misunderstandings around dyslexia impede teachers' and parents' access to information and effective interventions. In this one-hour webinar, leading researcher and educator Dr. Louisa Moats will define dyslexia, provide essential facts, and discuss groundbreaking practices in professional development to help teachers learn what they need to know to help students with this condition succeed in the classroom.

This webinar is presented by Learning Ally, a national nonprofit organization that has helped millions of K-12 and college students who read and learn differently due to dyslexia, visual impairment, and other disabilities. Through its support programs for teachers and parents, with a library of over 80,000 downloadable human-narrated audio textbooks and literature titles, Learning Ally enables students with print disabilities to succeed.

Presenter:

Louisa Moats, Ed.D., is a renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation. She was a contributing writer of the Common Core State Standards for grades K-5.
Moderator:
Doug Sprei, national communications director, Learning Ally

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

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

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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

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