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February 18, 2018

[Webinar] Online Summer School Planning and Tips

Note this up-coming webinar.

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Online Summer School Planning Webinar

Creating a viable online summer school program is a challenge for many schools.

In this 20-minute webinar, we will provide recommendations to address academic needs and interests, along with best practices to facilitate a successful summer program.

We will also highlight a growing online summer program at Wesleyan School in Georgia, USA.

Attend this free webinar on Tuesday, February 27!

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Coming Up | 17 Timely edWebinars For Educators

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Computer science and STEM Autism Leadership

edWebinars are a great way to stay current with professional learning that is free and fun! Join edWeb to view all of your edWebinar activity on your member homepage. Connect and learn with colleagues by joining one of our innovative professional learning communities. edWeb can help you have a big impact on teaching and learning!

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Marissa Russo

Building a Foundation for Literacy and Intervention Scaffolds for Lifelong Learning
Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Marisa Russo, M.Ed., Executive Director, EL Development and Early Literacy Instruction, Achieve3000

Dr. Azadeh Jamalian

Bringing Hands-On Coding and STEAM into Your District or Classroom
Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Azadeh Jamalian, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, Head of Education Strategy at littleBits

Joan Mazur Jennifer Rodabaugh

Bring Computer Science to Life in Your Elementary Classroom
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Joan M. Mazur, Ph.D., Professor of Instructional Systems Design, University of Kentucky College of Education; and Jennifer Rodabaugh, STEAM Lab Instructor, Fayette County Public Schools, KY

Michelle Luhtala Brenda Boyer

Flip Badge This! Teaching Students to Love Databases
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 5 p.m.  Eastern Time
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; with Dr. Brenda Boyer, Teacher Librarian, Kutztown Senior High School, Kutztown, PA

Rebecca Remner Lauren Williams

Visual Strategies for Individuals with Autism that Promote Success at School, at Home and in the Community
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Rebecca Remner, MS CCC-SLP, Director of Speech Language Pathology at Monarch Center for Autism; and Lauren Williams, MA, CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Specialist at Monarch Center for Autism

Alan November

Alan November: Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Alan November, International Leader in Education Technology

Kathy Hurley
Keith Krueger
Ann McMullan

Leadership Lessons for Our Times
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Kathy Hurley, Co-Founder and CEO, Girls Thinking Global; Keith Krueger, CEO of Consortium for School Networking (CoSN); Ann McMullan, Founder, Ann McMullan Education Consultant & Project Director, CoSN Empowered Superintendents Program

Coming up Next

The 21st Century District’s Framework for Evaluating Digital Curriculum
Monday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Tim Hudson, Senior Vice President of Learning, DreamBox Learning

Implementing the NGSS for Middle School Life Science
Monday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Helen Gooch Lianos, Veteran Teacher and Technology Advisor

Encouraging Physical Activity in Preschoolers
Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Steve Sanders, Professor, University of South Florida

Creating Curious Inquirers:
Harnessing Student Curiosity Toward Greater Success
Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Leslie Maniotes, Author and Senior Consultant, BLV Consulting

Bringing Computer Science and Robotics to the Youngest of Learners
Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Katrina Keene, Strategic Outreach Manager, Wonder Workshop; and Bryan L. Miller, Director of Strategic Outreach in Education, Wonder Workshop

12 Keys to High-Quality Early Childhood Inclusion
Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Kathryn Wahl, Director II, Inclusion Collaborative, Santa Clara County Office of Education

Fraction Challenges for Your Classroom and Beyond
Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Zachary Wissner-Gross, PhD, Product Manager, Amplify Education

The Fundamentally Emotional Nature of Learning
Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD, Professor of Psychology, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California; and Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Promise Global

Character Education:
Interview with Medal of Honor Recipient Gordon R. Roberts (Vietnam)
Thursday, Mar. 1 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time
Hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

Motivating Students to Read and Write: The Role of eMentors
Thursday, Mar. 1 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Laura Woodside, National Board-Certified Classroom Teacher and Vice President, Education Products for Cricket Media

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February 15, 2018

iNACOL Webinar | 3/14: Learning Outside the Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining High School Internship Programs

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Learning Outside the Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining High School Internship Programs

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL will host a Leadership webinar to share ways to implement a successful internship program for schools and districts.

Educators across the country are seeking ways to ensure students are building the necessary skills to prepare them for successful futures. Internships are a powerful tool to provide students with authentic learning experiences, connected to their communities and the real world, and aligned to their interests and passions. By breaking down the classroom walls and extending learning out into the community, students develop agency, ownership and choice while accelerating and deepening learning.

Join this webinar for ways to develop, improve and sustain an internship program in your school or district. Hear from practitioners who launched internship programs in their schools who are sharing what they have learned and key takeaways. Understand why authentic, real-world learning is vital for success in college, career and life. Get tips on ways to get started and promising practices for leading a successful internship that helps prepare students for success. Education leaders will discuss top-level considerations when designing internship programs, such as compliance, quality, student interests, processes, and considerations for practice.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “New school models are including internships to expand authentic learning opportunities for students to apply knowledge in real-world experiences to build on students’ talents and interests, while developing the skills and dispositions critical for future success.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

Webinar Title: Learning Outside the Classroom: Launching, Improving and Sustaining High School Internship Programs


  • Jennifer Ghidiu, Regional Director of Network Support & Research, Big Picture Learning
  • David Berg, Director of Technology, Big Picture Learning

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Create High Quality Online Lessons And eBooks That Are Interactive And Will Engage Students

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February 14, 2018

REL Webinar: Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools

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REL Webinar: Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools

Join Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic for a free webinar on how evidence-based strategies can support educators and administrators in preventing dropout in secondary schools.

A recently released What Works Clearinghouse practice guide, Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools, presents four evidence-based recommendations for reducing dropout rates in middle and high schools and improving high school graduation rates. Presenters will discuss the guide’s four recommendations and give educators actionable guidance on how to implement them in schools. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from practitioners in the REL Mid-Atlantic region to learn how they have implemented some of the strategies.

Counselors, coaches, and administrators in schools and local education agencies may find this presentation useful. Submit your questions for the presenters in advance by emailing You will also have an opportunity to ask the questions during the webinar.

Implementing Evidence-Based Strategies for Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools
March 5, 2018
2:00–3:30 p.m. ET
Register here

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