Young children are active investigators of their world. Learning about space and shape helps them make sense of the world around them and lays the foundation for understanding geometry. Children develop this knowledge through experiences in four aspects: movement in space, location and direction, three-dimensional objects, and two-dimensional shapes. In edWebinar, Jessica Bobo explored these key areas of teaching early geometry concepts through real world connections.
Building a foundational belief system can be an unstoppable force that makes the impossible possible and the daunting achievable for struggling readers. Learn from Terrie Noland about how to build, cultivate and sustain a belief system in your school and in your classroom that can move mountains for struggling readers.
What if I told you that teachers can post questions in a platform that allows students to answer using recorded video messages instead of typed or written responses? The possibilities are endless! In this edWebinar, Shannon Holden demonstrated how to assess students with Recap – a free platform that records student answers to teacher questions through recorded video messages.
Mathematical models, visual representations, lie at the heart of upper-elementary education. Fraction bars, arrays, base ten blocks—these all play a huge role in building deep understanding. When students are asked to represent their thinking with these models, we can formatively assess their mastery. In this edWebinar, Dr. Julie McNamara provided practical examples for teachers to consistently incorporate visual models into lessons to better see into student understanding.
In this edWebinar, Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA, and President of Nina Finkler Autism Services, highlighted the specific areas of deficit associated with autism spectrum disorder, how they impact success within the classroom and provided suggestions for strategies to incorporate into the classroom.
Learner diversity in classrooms has grown tremendously over the past 30 to 40 years. However, our education system has been slow to support millions of students who are bright, capable, and eager to learn, but are held back by traditional pathways designed for the mythical “average.” One way school districts have sought to support these students is Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS). Yet, educators report difficulty implementing RTI/MTSS practices with fidelity. In this edWebinar, Maya Gat and Vic Vuchic discussed how learning science research can help us better support all learners and how RTI/MTSS can be guided by what we know about learners.
Given continued economic uncertainties, federal funding cuts, and slow growth for state and local governments, funding new educational programs may seem impossible—but it isn’t. Finding the means in these challenging times is absolutely possible. This informational edWebinar focused on identifying funding streams for K-12 ELL and world language programs.
In this edWebinar, Christa M. Tinari explored the everyday reasons why kindness efforts might fail. Drawing from the latest research on the impact of social-emotional learning on school climate, Christa provides a compelling rationale for integrating SEL into kindness campaigns. She identified key social-emotional skills, such as emotional literacy, empathy, perspective taking, and upstander skills, that can help students (and staff) show kindness even when it’s hard to do.
What do you need to know about adaptive learning? The use of differentiated instruction to individualize each student’s learning experience is increasingly common in today’s elementary classrooms, but creating meaningful differentiation for a typical class of 25 students or more can be a challenge. Teachers have limited time to give students the personal attention they need, which is where adaptive learning can help. Adaptive learning is technology that responds to a student’s interactions in real time by offering support automatically—supplementing the one-on-one instruction that a teacher can provide and accelerating a student’s abilities.
Multiple interpretations of fractions are introduced explicitly and implicitly throughout grades 3 to 6: part-whole, measurement, ratio, quotient, and operator. Accompanying those are several representations and models: discrete sets, area, length, and number line. Perhaps underlying all of those is the notion that fractions are simply numbers. In this edWebinar, Dr. Drew Corley and Lauren Whitley explored questions about student learning and teaching practices for fractions.
This edWebinar is the launch of SETDA’s latest resource, State Leadership for K12 Wi-Fi Implementation: Extending the Broadband Imperative II. This new paper explores the steps states are taking to address the wireless equity gaps that exist among their schools. States are uniquely positioned to provide both policies and funding to help ensure all students have equitable access to reliable Wi-Fi throughout K12 campuses.
Are you looking for data and findings to support educational travel programs at your school? In this edWebinar, Dr. Carrie Olson presented a research study that compares the academic achievement and school engagement of students who traveled with those who didn’t over a seven-year period. Dr. Olson also shared highlights from interviews with nine students and chaperones to shed more light on the meaning of educational travel.
Research indicates that effective teachers are the most critical factor contributing to student achievement. Among other attributes, highly effective teachers excel at deeply engaging students, fueling persistence and excitement in learning from introduction to mastery. How do successful district leaders empower all educators to enable highly engaged learning experiences and unlock the learning potential of every student? In this edWebinar, Dr. Tim Hudson and Chris Kalmbach shared how to build highly engaged schools and classroom.
Can personalized learning for your struggling readers actually be timesaving and easy to execute? In this edWebinar, Cindy Kanuch demonstrated how to easily find patterns in students’ reading skill deficits that will quickly point teachers to the appropriate intervention. Explore the ideal interventions to achieve the greatest impact on your readers’ abilities and overall improvement in student outcomes.
What happens when a resource in a K-12 library is challenged? We don’t always think of Internet filtering as censorship, but it can be. How do emerging student privacy laws impact intellectual freedom? How can UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy support responsible use? How can professional organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians support educators? How can intellectual freedom promote library and librarian advocacy? In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala and Kristin Pekoll answered these questions and many more.
In this edWebinar, Dr. Douglas Fisher focused on questions that require repeated close readings to be answered. These questions involve general understandings, key details, vocabulary and text structure, author’s purpose, inferences, and opinions and arguments. Learn how to…
In this edWebinar, Susan Hall shared her leadership journey, which started with a Harvard MBA and a career with two Fortune 500 companies, then took a new turn as she and her husband co-founded 95 Percent Group. Learn more about Susan’s journey, and the qualities she has found to be most important…
Research continues to emphasize how important the first five years of a child’s life are for brain development. Active music-making can be an easy and enjoyable way for educators who work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and skills during this very active time of brain development. In this edWebinar, Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz shared some recent research in the fields of music and brain development, reviewed key concepts, and demonstrated new music activities and techniques that can be used to naturally support young children’s brain development—all while having fun!
Play provides a meaningful and engaging context for young children to explore academic concepts and practice a variety of skills critical for school readiness. In this edWebinar, Dr. Brian Mowry demonstrated ways teachers can make play purposeful and intentional in their classrooms to maximize learning outcomes in all developmental domains including social emotional, language, physical, and cognitive.
We all know that parent engagement in their child’s education is key to successful growth, but consistently engaging parents is at the top of the list of teacher frustration. This year it is time to break down these walls! Sarah Rich, a trained blended learning expert with expertise in parent engagement, demonstrated how to engage parents (of any background and socioeconomic level) in creative ways beginning the day your kids enter the classroom.
Too often educators and school administrators confuse the concepts of school culture and school climate. The book School Culture Rewired was built around that issue. In the book, our presenter Steve Gruenert and his co-author Todd Whitaker bring the complex ideas around this subject into useful thinking for school leaders.
he widespread use of social media tools, online resources and mobile devices across our society has also had a significant impact on the expectations of parents for school-to-home communications. Per the latest Speak Up Research Project data, parents today want more information from their children’s teachers and schools, but they also want that information to be timely, targeted, and personalized to their children or their interest areas. In this edWebinar, Dr. Julie Evans, shared the views of 30,000 parents of K-12 students about their expectations for various communications modalities…
Why do some people just seem to be naturals at finding information when they need it? Many expert searchers describe “imagining their perfect source” as a key step prior to searching. In this edWebinar, Tasha Bergson-Michelson explored what it means to “imagine a source,” undertake some basic practice imagining, and learn how to build queries targeting predicted characteristics of a source.
Recent surveys of reading experts indicate that fluency is not viewed as an important competency in reading. Based on his own work with young and adolescent readers, Dr. Tim Rasinski asserts that reading fluency is indeed a critical and necessary competency for reading at every grade level and that many students who struggle in reading are not sufficiently fluent. In this edWebinar Dr. Rasinski presented a model of reading that demonstrates that fluency is a cornerstone to reading proficiency.