Rigor is a key focus of today’s educational reform. What exactly is rigor? What does it look like in the classroom? What are the myths about rigor? In this webinar, Dr. Barbara Blackburn explained instructional rigor and what it looks like in the classroom.
This webinar is an introduction to understanding challenging behaviors in the early childhood classroom. Dr. Ginger Welch addressed viewing the child in context, the importance of observation, and normative child misbehaviors. She also discussed the concepts of internalizing and externalizing disorders, as well as how child, family, classroom, and biological factors can contribute to behavior challenges.
In this detailed session, Kevin Baird shared critical alignment activities and an effective blended learning approach which aligns to billions in new federal funding.
So, you got the call from your superintendent that school is closed for the day due to winter weather. Now what? Learn the ins and outs of a successful winter weather communications strategy from Zac Rantz, Chief Communications Officer at Nixa Public Schools, MO.
In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Fiarman hosted a virtual book talk on topics raised in her book Becoming a School Principal which describes her first few years as a school principal committed to enacting a powerful vision of leading and learning.
STABLE Accounts were launched in June 2016 by the Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio to offer savings and investment solutions for people with disabilities. This national program is available to residents of ALL states in the United States. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014. This is the federal legislation that allows families and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to create tax-advantaged accounts that can be used to help maintain health, independence, and quality of life, without losing eligibility for certain government benefits like Medicaid, SSI or SSDI. In this webinar, Juliana Crist, STABLE Account Director, Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio, and Eric Ochmanek, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the State Treasurer of Ohio covered the following topics…
In this webinar, early childhood music specialist Devi Borton explored how to create a child-centered, playful music environment that encourages and values children’s own ways of making music, allows each child to take ownership of his or her music learning, and affords each teacher an opportunity to maximize the learning benefits of music play.
As leaders continue innovating to improve the achievement and life-long success of all students, many are working to make schools and classrooms more personalized and responsive for students. How can leaders support the collaborative development of effective personalized learning models? In this webinar, Dr. Tim Hudson, Vice President of Learning at DreamBox Learning, shared ideas to help leaders create and sustain innovations that benefit students, teachers, parents, and school culture.
This webinar provides an overview of SETDA’s report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning, which advocates for increasing robust broadband access both in and out of school to best prepare all students for college and careers. The 2016 report expands on earlier recommendations from SETDA’s groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs and SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action’s State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access report.
The idea of integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into learning centers is a relatively new concept. However, the integration of STEM in the early years exposes young children to a problem-solving approach to learning which aligns with their own curiosity. In this webinar, Dr. Kelly L. Jennings-Towle, author of STEM PLAY: Integrating Inquiry into Learning Centers, presented on how to think more broadly about younger children’s learning options in the area of STEM. Let’s explore STEM together and challenge our own imaginations in order to provide inquiry-based instruction for our future architects, engineers, mathematicians, and scientists!
In this webinar Julie Collison, M.Ed., took and in-depth look at adult transition services, especially for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The presentation focused on the steps required to ensure a smooth transition from school to adulthood, including when the process should begin. School professionals will gain an understanding of where to start and how to guide families to the appropriate services.
This webinar told the story of the Baale Parwaz Library project that was co-founded by Sajia Darwish, a junior at Mount Holyoke College, who has been studying in the U.S with the support of AGFAF, so she can return to help the Afghan people. Sajia shared how she returned to her country, and in one summer, built a library at her former school, Mohammad Asif Mayel School – a school of 3,500 students that had no library. Any educator who wants to be inspired by what can be accomplished by a young women with dedication to help her people should view this webinar!
In this webinar, Michelle Luhtala (a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker) explored how school librarians can enhance their learning communities’ capacity for personalized learning experiences through collaboration, instructional partnership, direct instruction, professional development, and leadership.
Studies suggest that young children engage in substantial yet informal mathematical thinking during play. Brian Mowry, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction at Frog Street Press, discussed how exploratory and dramatic play contributes to young children’s cognitive development and how to bridge this learning to support mathematical competencies related to numeracy, shape and spatial awareness, measurement, classification, and patterning.
In the 21st century, teachers have more opportunities than ever before to transform their teaching through technology integration. The time-tested, research-proven, reading instructional approach of balanced literacy can provide the perfect context. Dr. Brandee Ramirez, Educational Coach for Tustin Unified School District, explored the ways that technology can support, enhance, extend, and even transform traditional balanced literacy teaching practices in the pre-kindergarten through third grade classroom.
If you haven’t heard about the C3, or don’t understand how these new Social Studies Standards impact your library program, then this webinar is made just for you. In this webinar, Instructional Focus Editor for School Library Connection magazine Paige Jaeger explained the new National Social Studies Standards and modeled how your library research projects should change to align with the new standards. Learn how to move beyond names and dates and begin operating under the Arc of Inquiry.
Research is clear: Bullying is learned and can be unlearned. What’s more, cultivating empathy is the forgotten antidote to bullying. In this webinar, Dr. Michele Borba, Ed.D., shared evidence that the best way to reduce bullying is not with a packaged program but with homegrown, data-driven efforts by a staff that applies only proven practices. Best yet, none of these strategies cost a dime!
Most educators realize the importance of teaching digital citizenship to all students, but students with autism face unique challenges. Learn how to differentiate digital citizenship for students with autism.Instructional Technology Specialist Jennifer Lang shared the strategies she uses leading the digital citizenship efforts at Cumberland Academy, an independent school that serves students with autism and other neurobehavioral differences.
As E-rate program applicants eagerly await the announcement of the application filing window open and close dates, the 2017-2018 program year is only six months away (beginning July, 2017). Though the application window has yet to be released, other aspects of the program and prior years of funding merit applicants’ attention. In this webinar, Funds for Learning CEO John Harrington examined the keys to starting the new year right and best practices for navigating the road to success and timely funding commitments.
When you decide to redesign the learning spaces in your school or district, the path from idea to action requires a number of steps. In this webinar, Andrew Taylor, the Director of Technology and CIO with Byram Hills Central School District in Armonk, New York, is joined by two of his technology coordinators. Together, they share their research, iterations, and essential questions that have helped to guide the design of the new spaces in their schools, and purchase technology equipment. Their collaborative approach has helped them create the momentum and buy-in that has supported their initiatives.
In all areas of education, we expect students to study for the tests we give them. Rarely, however, do schools spend significant effort teaching students how to study. Although many teachers do provide a strategy or two, it remains an epidemic that if students study at all, they do it in the most inefficient and ineffective (and boring!) way possible – by reviewing their textbook and/or their notes. View this webinar to learn about a simple fix for this problem.
Sociolinguistic variation is one of many forms of diversity in the writing classroom. How can educators draw on research into dialect variation and weave it into a reader’s or writer’s workshop? This webinar is presented by Dr. Julie Sweetland, a sociolinguist who has been actively involved in improving teaching and learning for over a decade. Learn about sound strategies and creative lessons designed by a linguist with classroom experience that proved to be highly effective.
In an age where classrooms are filled with devices and learning is moving from static texts to ever-changing digital resources, administrators must be nimble and knowledgeable of all these changes. A tech-savvy leader is required to achieve success in 1:1, BYOD, and other technology initiatives. Learn how to transition to tech-savvy leadership. In this webinar, Steven W. Anderson, Amber Teamann, and Tony Sinanis explored challenges, strategies, and ideas for leaders looking to change.
Young children hit, throw things, empty blocks off shelving and pour the water on the floor from the water table. Many teachers view this as misbehavior and put children on time out or prevent them from going out on the playground. When children are pulled from the group and punished, they are not learning new and useful behavior skills that will help them exhibit more socially acceptable behaviors in the future. Learn a new way to view this kind of behavior as well as teaching strategies to use instead of punishment that will help young children move from socially inappropriate behaviors to more appropriate behaviors.