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Professional development opportunity: Browse Education Week's collection of webinars on the Every Student Succeeds Act─the federal education law that replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB). These virtual broadcasts address what the law means for classroom teachers, schools, districts, and education companies. This collection includes free and premium webinars. All webinars are accessible for a limited time after the original live streaming date. Participation certificates are not provided, but live viewers receive a post-event confirmation email.

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How Can Districts Make the Most of Title IV Funding Under ESSA?

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This webinar took place on June 12, 2018 @ 2 p.m. ET
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In this Education Week webinar, our guests will focus on the many different funding possibilities within the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants, better known as Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Districts could choose to spend a hefty portion of this flexible block grant on STEM and technology. But there are also other Title IV options, such as school safety and health, arts education, and college and career readiness. The program recently got a big funding boost, from just $400 million during the 2017-18 school year, to $1.1 billion for the 2018-19 school year. Since the program is so open-ended, we’ll review the many opportunities, challenges, ad possibilities.

Presenters:

David Deschryver, senior vice president, Whiteboard Advisors
Jodi Peterson, assistant executive director, communication, legislative and public affairs, National Science Teachers Association
Moderator:
Alyson Klein, assistant editor, Education Week

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Barbara Bray: Meeting ESSA Guidelines With UDL/Personalized Learning

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This webinar took place on Feb. 14, 2018 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Join Creative Learning Strategist Barbara Bray for an enlightening live discussion on meeting ESSA requirements with UDL/personalized learning approaches. Barbara will discuss how teachers can meet their state's new ESSA requirements with a learner-centered approach that is built on solid UDL and personalized learning principles.

Educators will hear how competency-based education, a focus on college- and career-readiness, creating caring environments, and social-emotional learning can play important roles in closing achievement gaps and reaching all learners.

Be sure to use #ESSABray to join the synchronous Twitter chat.

Presenter:

Barbara Bray, creative learning strategist and co-author of Make Learning Personal and How to Personalize Learning
Moderator:
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center

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School-by-School Spending: How ESSA’s Reporting Mandate May Shape the Policy Debate

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is sponsored by Hoonuit.

This webinar took place on Jan. 23, 2018 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Funding is the lifeblood of local schools, and ESSA for the first time requires states to give the public a school-by-school accounting of how much they spend on each student. It’s a complicated process—that’s why the U.S. Department of Education has given states some extra time to tackle it. In this webinar, learn how advocates, parents, and policymakers can get the most out of this information, and how districts can navigate the hurdles of making detailed and technical financial data both accurate and user-friendly. Guests will include a state leader with experience in the funding debate, and an expert in how to put fiscal data to good use in the policy arena. Topics will include:

• How to prepare for an unprecedented level of transparency about how schools spend their K-12 dollars.
• Tips for school leaders in navigating the questions—and potential blow-back—from the public about their spending priorities.
• Ways in which parents, advocates, and educators can use this trove of financial information to make their case for school improvement and reform.
• What state education officials can do now to work with school districts to assure a smooth and open process in this touchy area.

Join our guests for a deeper look at the solutions you may need to weather the ESSA implementation storm.

Presenters:

Jess Gartner, CEO & founder, Allovue
Marguerite Roza, director, Edunomics Lab, and research professor, Georgetown University
Moderator:
Daarel Burnette II, staff writer, Education Week

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ESSA and State Report Cards

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar took place on Nov. 29, 2017 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to give parents and the public a wealth of information on school quality and performance. But with a federal deadline looming next spring, making these school report cards both complete and easy to use is no easy task. In this webinar, learn how states are grappling with the technical and communication challenges in crafting ESSA report cards that are useful and transparent to parents, advocates, practitioners, and policymakers alike. Our guests will include an expert from a state that has gone through the process and a consultant who can guide states and agencies on how to do this to greatest effect. Among the topics:

• What the U.S. Department of Education is going to be looking for in state report cards.
• How to best display school accountability measures to showcase your schools and lead to the most accurate representation of how your K-12 system is progressing.
• Lessons learned from states such as California that already have robust—and sometimes controversial—report cards, and what it takes to put them in place.
• Questions you should be asking your technical teams and accountability officers alike so you’re ready for the April deadlines.

Join our guests for a deeper look at the solutions you may need to weather the ESSA implementation storm.

Presenters:

David Stewart, former school accountability executive, New York City Department of Education; founder, Tembo; and former vice president, product development, Grow Network/McGraw-Hill
Cindi Williams, strategic advisor, Learning Heroes; principal, HCM Strategists; former director of communications for the U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and former senior advisor to the secretary and deputy assistant secretary for communications, U.S. Department of Education
Moderator:
Daarel Burnette II, staff writer, Education Week

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School Accountability, School Quality & Absenteeism Under ESSA

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is sponsored by Hoonuit.

This webinar took place on Nov. 14, 2017 @ 2 p.m. ET
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Holding schools accountable for student attendance is ramping up under the Every Student Succeeds Act, as most states so far intend to use some measure of attendance (or absence) as an indicator of school quality. In this webinar, we’ll take a deeper dive into the following:

• For states that are committing to tackling chronic absenteeism, what are the upsides and what are the pitfalls?
• Does counting attendance as a prominent part of school accountability create perverse incentives for schools to cheat or lie about the data? Or will measuring and reporting the numbers of students who frequently miss school count as the first major step toward addressing the problem of absenteeism?
• Beyond measurement, what are the kinds of strategies that states, districts, and schools are using to help ensure that students are in school and engaged in their learning?
Related Special Report: Nurturing Students’ Climb to Success: Why Engagement and Motivation Matter
Related Story: "Schools Mount Fight Against Chronic Absenteeism"

Presenter:

Hedy Chang, director, Attendance Works, a research and policy organization that works on improving policy and practice around school attendance.
Charlene Russell-Tucker, chief operating officer, Connecticut State Department of Education
Moderator:
Evie Blad, staff writer, Education Week

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Connecting the Dots on ESSA and PD: What Education Companies Should Know

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is a rebroadcast of an event that originally aired on Nov. 16, 2016.

This webinar took place on February 23, 2017 @ 11 a.m. ET
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The federal Every Student Succeeds Act revamps requirements around professional development in a big way. It emphasizes innovative approaches to professional development, including job-embedded and collaborative options, while adding new, tiered evidence requirements. In addition, ESSA creates new funding opportunities for companies that educate themselves about the law.

In this webinar, we'll explore ways the nation's new K-12 law may apply to your business and what you can do to maximize the opportunities it provides.

Presenters:

Stephanie Hirsh, executive director, Learning Forward
Stephanie Wood-Garnett, vice president of policy and advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

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ESSA’s Impact: Views From Districts and Schools

This webinar is sponsored by Measured Progress.

This webinar took place on February 1, 2017 @ 2:45 p.m. ET
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As part of a nationwide survey conducted in late 2016, the Education Week Research Center asked teachers and district leaders to share their views on the ESSA transition. This webinar highlights findings from the survey, which examined ESSA’s impact on accountability, funding, and other key dimensions of education policy. Survey respondents identified the types of support their districts need to put ESSA’s requirements into practice and offered advice to state policymakers regarding implementation plans. The results shed light on the opportunities and challenges ahead as educators move toward full implementation in the 2017-18 school year.

Presenters:

Megan M. Allen, author, An Edugeek's Guide to K-12 Practice and Policy
Douglas N. Harris, author, Urban Education: Lessons From New Orleans
Sterling Lloyd, senior research associate, Education Week Research Center
Moderator:
Holly Yettick, director, Education Week Research Center

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Connecting the Dots on ESSA and PD: What Education Companies Should Know

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar took place on November 16, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET
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The federal Every Student Succeeds Act revamps requirements around professional development in a big way. It emphasizes innovative approaches to professional development, including job-embedded and collaborative options, while adding new, tiered evidence requirements. In addition, ESSA creates new funding opportunities for companies that educate themselves about the law.

In this webinar, we'll explore ways the nation's new K-12 law may apply to your business and what you can do to maximize the opportunities it provides.

Presenters:

Stephanie Hirsh, executive director, Learning Forward
Stephanie Wood-Garnett, vice president of policy and advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education
Moderator:
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

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

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is sponsored by Middlebury Interactive Languages.

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

Presenters:

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

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Making SEL Meaningful, Measurable, and Achievable Under ESSA

Content provided by Committee for Children.

This webinar took place on September 20, 2016 @ 2 p.m. ET

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

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

Presenters:

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

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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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Monitoring and Improving School Climate With Student Surveys

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

Presenters:

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

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ESSA and K-12 Policy: State and District Perspectives

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is sponsored by Measured Progress.

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

Presenters:

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

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

Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

This webinar is sponsored by Instructure.

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

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

Presenter:

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

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