Too many use the term “literacy” interchangeably with “reading,” but the reality is that literacy is more encompassing: it is reading, writing, and speaking. Ensuring all students have mastered these capacities is perhaps the greatest challenge facing schools today – and it touches all disciplines, from language arts to social studies to science. How can we overcome this challenge and ensure our students are mastering all aspects of literacy? The answer is simple, although not easy: the production of language. It’s time to get students talking!
SETDA and CAST are collaborating to increase the awareness of the availability and use of accessible digital educational materials that benefit all learners. In this webinar, Christine Fox and Joy Zabala identified best practices to leverage expertise to acquire accessible materials for teaching and learning.
This webinar is about re-imagining professional development for teachers. In most districts, PD is based on a one-size-fits-all model of teaching without differentiation, little teacher input, and little choice. Lynn Gershman, Educator-in-Residence at 2gnō.me, lead a discussion on what makes a successful PD process and the roadblocks to planning such a process, and share examples of overcoming these roadblocks with awareness and personalization.
Audiobooks cannot replace explicit reading instruction, because a balance of support and accommodations is needed for struggling readers. In this webinar, Learning Ally’s Terrie Noland, National Director of Educator Engagement, discussed the when, where, how, and why of effectively incorporating audiobooks as an assistive technology tool for students with dyslexia.
Personalized learning in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC aims to develop the whole child and empower students to take ownership of their learning by providing them with multiple pathways to demonstrate mastery in order to be successful and productive 21st century citizens in an ever-changing world. In this webinar, Jill Thompson, Director of Personalized Learning, discussed Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s implementation plan, best practices, and how they coach their teachers on the instructional shift needed to best meet the needs of their students.
School and district leaders, consider school and district-wide use of classroom-based formative assessment to inform planning and teaching AND impact student achievement. In this webinar, Francis (Skip) Fennell shared a framework for school and district-based leaders to develop elements of leadership while establishing a grade-level or school-based learning community focusing on everyday use of formative assessment.
Using standing desks in the classroom has metabolic health benefits that translate into more engaged and on-task students, greater classroom efficiency and dynamics, and better academic performance. The physical classroom plays a significant role in realizing the promise of personalized learning tools and 1:1 devices. Learn about the essential role of classroom furniture in keeping apace with technology and learning styles.
Basic practices for children and adults are a critical component of quality child care and involve three essential components: education, supervision, and environment. In this webinar, Jody Martin shared ideas for you to educate not only children but their families on many health and safety related topics.
As computer science is becoming more widely adopted within schools, teachers and administrators are quickly learning the importance of incorporating this new 21st century skill for our students as a crucial part of the academic schedule. In this webinar, Bryan L. Miller, Dr. Jennifer Williams, and Fran Siracusa discussed their transformational work in redesigning classroom spaces. Learn how computer science and robotics implementations in schools provide an exciting framework and blueprint for bringing change to your school.
RHS students say that they are transformed when they do real work for real people, often working harder on projects that don’t even count, because they matter. Ian Fogarty, Chemistry and Physics Teacher at Riverview High School, highlighted some of those projects and examined how teachers can organize their classes and how administrators can organize their schools from assessment to content delivery, to PBL, to passion projects in an attempt to educate the whole student living in a system of silos.
In this webinar, Lizzie Choi, Chief Program Officer of Summit Learning, and a principal/educator of a school participating in the program, discussed the journey of developing Summit Learning. You’ll hear how one Summit Learning school utilized the resources offered through the Summit Learning program, including an online platform, professional development, and ongoing support to implement personalized learning.
On February 3, 2017, USAC announced the E-rate funding year 2017 application filing window dates, opening on February 27, 2017. New to this year, applicants must provide updates to any and all school and library profile information prior to the opening of the filing window. In this webinar, Funds for Learning CEO John Harrington examined this new process and discussed best practices for avoiding potential roadblocks to successful application windows.
In this session, USA Today Reporter Greg Toppo joined Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT, to discuss shifting trends in the news business and what teachers can do to help their learners sift through the information pool to find trustworthy journalism.
As an educator, you know what you want for your students. You want them to seek out challenges, ask for help, resist distractions, and see mistakes as chances to try again. In other words, you want kids to be self-regulated learners. In this webinar, Dr. Richard Cash, Ed.D. discussed doable, evidence-based practices to help students engage in learning, build confidence, set and manage goals, develop habits of thinking, do effective home study, and reflect on their learning.
In this webinar, LaVonna focused on self, heart (passion), and how to inspire and navigate to create the exceptional people our students are meant to be. Every child is gifted and talented in their own way! No student fits into a box. They are more than that! They are a whole child.
Would you and your students take part in more educational experiences outside the classroom if funding field trips and overnight travel wasn’t such a challenge? Learn how to use grassroots fundraising to get the money you and your students need for a group trip.
In this research-driven webinar, Julia Freeland Fisher, Director of Education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, shared key findings from her organization’s years of blended learning research, as well as lessons learned from the hundreds of school systems that the Institute has studied.
Is my child behind if he is not reading by four? Will my child be okay if she prefers to play in the mud instead of write her letters? How can I make sure that a child will be successful in school? This fun and creative webinar provided answers to these and many other questions you are asked by the parents of your young students about their academic success. Child Development Specialist and Author Kathy H. Lee shared how to create an amazing foundation for young children based on the latest in scientific research on brain development.
Creative experiences are a wonderful way to draw families into schools and build a sense of partnership between educators and parents. In this webinar, panelists Cheri Sterman, Tania Kelley, and Emily Pytell shared why family engagement is so important and how they have drawn parents into school by using a series of creativity conversations.
As a group, students come to us with varied interests and abilities, a myriad of language and cultural backgrounds, and a mixture of learning styles. As individual learners, their language success increasingly depends on access to personalized language learning, and authentic and engaging lessons that will prepare them for their own 21st century global futures. Access to technology in a blended learning classroom increases student practice time, offers immediate and effective speech feedback, and gives teachers added opportunities to provide individualized attention to students…
We cannot do it all. If your world feels like “death by paper cuts” as mandates and priorities pile up, this webinar is for you. This webinar presents the five (and only five) highest impact practices for the classroom. You will be surprised, and even relieved, with five areas of focus instead of 500. This webinar is especially valuable for teachers, administrators, department chairs and PLC teams.
In this webinar, Mathematics Education Consultant Dr. Susie W. Håkansson shared the rationale for using discourse in the classroom, the role of productive and receptive language functions in the learning of mathematics, as well as examples of how to increase discourse in the classroom.
A variety of comorbid mental health conditions occur regularly for many children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Anxiety disorders, anxious symptoms, and developmentally appropriate “worries” present themselves in students with ASD in as many ways as they do in more typically developing children, and they often lead to behavioral challenges for students with ASD. There are highly effective, well-known behavioral and cognitive strategies and interventions for helping manage anxiety but these methods are largely geared toward more “typical” youth. The ways of training professionals to assist youth with anxiety symptoms and conditions focus almost exclusively on language-driven, cognitive methods, which aren’t always effective with children on the autism spectrum…
During this presentation, Christine Fox from SETDA, Barbara Soots from the Office of Public Instruction in Washington, and Alan Griffin from the Utah State Office of Education announced the release of the Guide to Quality Instructional Materials, a free online toolkit to support the vetting and curation of quality instructional materials for all learners.