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Free professional development: Browse Education Week's collection of webinars on teacher careers, recruitment, and retention. These virtual broadcasts address teacher preparation and strategies for hiring and retaining skilled teachers. 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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How Bad Is the Teacher Shortage—and What’s the Solution?

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This webinar took place on November 30, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Teacher shortages have been in the news recently, as many school districts started the school year with vacancies, particularly in the science, mathematics, and special education fields.

But the true scope of the problem is still up for debate. The Learning Policy Institute says the national shortage of teachers is severe and could double in size by 2018. Other education experts, such as those from the National Council on Teacher Quality, dismiss the narrative of a national shortage, saying instead that the school staffing gaps are localized by subject area and geography.

This webinar will feature the leaders of both the Learning Policy Institute and the National Council on Teacher Quality, who will both present their research and conclusions of the scope of the teacher shortage—and their solutions to curb the hiring gaps.

Presenters:

Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO, Learning Policy Institute
Kate Walsh, president, National Council on Teacher Quality
Moderator:
Madeline Will, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher

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Personalizing PD: The Choice and Relevance Imperative

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This webinar took place on October 27, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Relevance and choice are “personalization imperatives” for teachers—non-negotiables that every personalized professional learning strategy must address. Join this webinar to discover:

• What the results of the recent Personalized Professional Learning Survey reveal about teacher and leader views on the importance of choice and relevance.
• How Fresno Unified School District is working to boost relevance while keeping PD aligned to strategic goals.
• Tools to ensure relevance are at the core of your professional learning initiatives.

This webinar features two experienced district leaders from Fresno Unified School District in California, who invite you to create more actionable, meaningful, and personalized professional learning.

Presenters:

Ryan Coe, curriculum, instruction, professional learning and school leadership, vice principal on special assignment, Fresno Unified School District, Calif.
Kathryn Mytton, secondary math manager, curriculum, instruction, and professional learning, Fresno Unified School District, Calif.
Moderator:
Callie Turk, founding principal, Intersections in Education Consulting

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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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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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Educator Viewpoints: Personalized Professional Learning Today

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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How to Start a Teaching Career on the Right Foot

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

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

Presenter:

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

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

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

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From the Mirage to Reality: The Future of Professional Learning

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

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

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

Presenter:

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

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Joining Forces: Tapping Teacher Specialists to Serve All Students

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

This webinar took place on January 28, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual events series. This annual Leaders To Learn From special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. Throughout 2016, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual events related to this year's Leaders.

Find out more at leaders.edweek.org.

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

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

Presenters:

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

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A Successful Data-Driven Framework to Empower Instructional Growth

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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Auditing Teacher-Preparation Program Quality: Challenges and Opportunities

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

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

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Are states doing enough to ensure that all teacher-candidates graduate from their teacher-preparation programs ready to enter the classroom? In this webinar, an Education Week reporter will present findings from the newspaper’s examination of program-approval policies across the 50 states. A representative of the group representing state chiefs will respond, and outline its own project to help states improve their quality-control systems.

Presenter:

Mary-Dean Barringer, program director of education workforce, Council of Chief State School Officers
Moderator:
Stephen Sawchuk, associate editor, Education Week

How Teachers Can Build Social-Emotional Learning Skills

This webinar took place on March 5, 2015 @ 4 p.m. ET
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While academics remain the focus of most educators, and the initiatives that support them, learning advocates have also drawn attention to the need for efforts that address the full social-emotional needs of students. Often referred to as “whole child” initiatives, such programs help develop build skills that complement students’ ability to learn. They also require a particular skill set from educators, too. This webinar—presented in conjunction with Education Week TopSchoolJobs’ Virtual Career eXPO & PD Event—focuses on how districts can identify teachers with good social-emotional skills and develop those skills further, and what kinds of resources teachers can use to develop their social-emotional skills.

Presenters:

Nicholas Yoder, researcher and technical assistant consultant, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders at the American Institutes for Research
Barry Saide, 5th grade teacher, ASCD Emerging Leader
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher

A Premium Skill for Teachers: Intercultural Competency

This webinar took place on March 5, 2015 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Today’s classrooms are becoming increasingly diverse, while teachers are charged with preparing students for a global economy. In this context, intercultural competency is an increasingly important skill set for educators to possess—and for human resource offices to build into their recruitment and retention strategies.

This webinar—presented in conjunction with Education Week TopSchoolJobs’ Virtual Career eXPO & PD Event—will look at how teachers can find out where they are individually on the intercultural-competency continuum and how they can develop capabilities to effectively respond to and build on cultural differences in the classroom. It will also offer insights into one district’s strategy for increasing administrators’ and new teachers’ intercultural competency—and how the program is enhancing educators’ careers.

Presenter:

Darlene von Behren, assistant superintendent, personnel and human services in Palatine, Ill.; expert on educational leadership and intercultural training for teachers
Moderator:
Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher

Tying Teacher Compensation to a Career Ladder: The Baltimore Experience

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

This webinar took place on December 15, 2014 @ 4:30 p.m. ET
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Baltimore’s teacher-pay system, jointly crafted by the district and its teachers’ union, offers teachers higher pay and promotions for good performance and for taking on additional responsibilities. In this webinar, a teacher will offer her perspective on what it’s like working under the system, and an expert researcher will put the Baltimore experiment in context and outline questions for further study.

Presenters:

Julie Oxenhandler, teacher, Baltimore public schools
Anthony Milanowski, senior study director, Westat
Moderator:
Stephen Sawchuk, associate editor, Education Week

Tapping Teachers to Play a Lead Role in Shaping Common-Core Implementation

This webinar has been sponsored by Keys to Literacy.

This webinar took place on May 14, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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As districts across the country grapple with implementing the Common Core State Standards, learn about the strategies employed by Nevada’s second largest school system, where educator Aaron Grossman was tapped for a special assignment to help his district take on the new standards. The initiative has put teachers at the center of efforts to develop resources and professional development to support implementation. Grossman is joined by former educator David Liben of Student Achievement Partners, who has worked with states and school districts on the common core and will share additional strategies.

Presenters:

Aaron Grossman, core task project leader, Washoe County Public Schools, Nev., and 2014 Leader To Learn From
Rachel Etienne, literacy and professional development specialist, Student Achievement Partners
Moderator:
Alyssa Morones, contributing writer, Education Week

Improving Teacher Recruitment and Retention Through Schoolwide Change

This webinar has been sponsored by Cornerstone on Demand.

This webinar took place on April 29, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Teachers have heard the statistic often: Fifty percent of those who enter the teaching profession leave within five years. Schools are well aware of the trend, too, and understand the significance that teacher attrition plays in academic achievement. In this webinar, a leading expert on teacher staffing and development will explore not only how schools can recruit high quality teachers, but also create a climate that encourages them to stay. The presentation will include examinations of administration, professional development, and engagement.

Presenter:

Susan Moore Johnson, director, Harvard University’s Project on the Next Generation of Teachers, and author, Finders and Keepers: Helping New Teachers Survive and Thrive in Our Schools
Moderator:
Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher

The Science of Teacher Selection: Insights for Candidates and Recruiters

This webinar took place on March 6, 2014 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Aspiring teachers seeking employment and school districts trying to identify their future teaching superstars can both benefit from learning more about research-based methods for screening applicants. In this special webinar to be presented in conjunction with Education Week TopSchoolJobs’ Virtual Job Fair & PD eXPO, Dale S. Rose will share insights from his recently released book, Hire Better Teachers Now: Using the Science of Selection to Find the Best Teachers for Your School. Rose will provide an overview of the current state of teacher-hiring best practices and illustrate how applicants and employers alike can benefit significantly when the teacher-school fit is optimized for both parties.

Recruiters will hear practical methods for improving the rigor of their hiring process in an effort to improve the quality of their new hires and minimize hiring mistakes. Applicants will learn how to maximize their chances of success when a district uses research-based hiring tools as well as tips to identify important criteria school districts use when screening potential new hires.

Presenter:

Dale S. Rose, Ph.D., president, 3D Group

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