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September 30, 2020

Webinar: State and Federal Opportunities to Support More Diverse and Inclusive School Systems

Notice of another webinar in a few months time.

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State and Federal Opportunities to Support More Diverse and Inclusive School Systems

Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute and
the National Coalition on School Diversity
Sponsored by Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)
and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Thursday, October 22, 2020
1 – 2 p.m. ET

The nation’s work towards greater racial equity and a more just society in many ways begins with more diverse and inclusive learning environments. Yet public schools are increasingly segregated along both racial and socioeconomic lines. Many of the most extremely segregated schools are also the most under-resourced, disproportionately staffed by inexperienced educators, lack of access to quality curriculum, and lack of quality facilities or access to technology. Even where there is student diversity, access to a diverse and inclusive learning environment may still be out of reach.

Research shows diverse learning environments and experiences can improve outcomes for all students and help prepare them for participating in a diverse, global economy. States and the federal government can play a critical role in creating more diverse and inclusive school systems and in supporting and accelerating state and local efforts.

During this briefing, speakers will discuss:

  • The benefits of diverse and inclusive schools and how they can be achieved.
  • Instructional approaches that create inclusive classrooms that recognize the potential of each and every student and how school systems can be designed to support these approaches.
  • The importance of culturally and linguistically responsive practices and how educators can be supported in the development of these practices.
  • State and federal opportunities to support and accelerate more diverse and inclusive school systems.

Opening Remarks

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)
  • Member of the Office of Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)


  • Maria Hyler, Deputy Director and Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute (Moderator)
  • Carlos Cortes, Professor Emeritus of History, University of California, Riverside
  • Janel George, Senior Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute
  • Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor Emerita, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin and President, National Academy of Education

A Q&A will follow the moderated conversation.

Registration is required. Can’t make it during the scheduled time?
Register anyway, and we’ll email you the recording afterward!
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USDLA Webinar Friday Series

Note this webinar coming up on Friday.

USDLA Friday Webinar Series
Friday, October 2, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
FREE Event
 “Remote Learning – Turning Obstacles into Opportunities”
Presented by: Cathy Skora
13+ Years as teacher in Charter School
Certificate In Responsive Classroom
Skilled and experienced in lesson planning including differentiated teaching and learning, and solid classroom
management skill.
Extensive experience in training and development in educational, personal development, and corporate settings.
Skilled at student-centered, active, and inquiry based teaching and learning
The presentation will explore how parents and teachers may assist students in succeeding with online learning.
In this presentation we will:
  • share obstacles
  • problem solve to transform obstacles to opportunities
Our process will include:
-brief overview of creative problem solving process
-use evidence- based teaching and learning methods
  • student-centered learning
  • active learning
  • inquiry-based learning
Overview of responsive classroom techniques as a classroom management strategy for remote learning.
Each of the above categories will be utilized as opportunities to make remote learning a more user friendly experience for teachers and parents.
National Distance Learning Week November 9-13
Call For Proposals NOW OPEN Through September 30!
Registration Open Now
USDLA Annual Legislative Forum October 9
IFWE International Forum for Women in eLearning – Virtually
December 2 – 3
USDLA 2020 State Chapter Events
September 29 – October 2
September 30 – October 2, FDLA Annual Conference]
December 14 -15
Thank you for supporting USDLA and our State Chapters.
Dr. Rhonda Blackburn, President
Mrs. Janet Major, Chairwoman
Dr. Arletha McSwain, President-Elect
Dr. Reggie Smith III, CEO / Executive Director
Mr. Pat Cassella, Chair Emeritus
About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The USDLA, a 501(c) 3 non-profit association formed in 1987, reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion. U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking, and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-K-12 education, home schooling, higher education, and continuing education, as well as business, corporate, military, government, and telehealth markets.Visit:
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September 29, 2020

Aurora Institute “All Fall Webinars” This Week – Mastery-Based Learning, Science of Motivation, and More

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Virtual Pre-Symposium Webinar Series 

This Week in the Aurora Institute Symposium “All Fall” Webinar Series 

Increasing Capacity for Mastery-Based Learning in Washington State
*TODAY* Monday, September 28, 2020 | 2 PM ET

Increasing Capacity for Mastery-Based Learning in Washington State

Washington is identifying barriers to mastery-based learning (MBL) and proposing recommendations to increase capacity for an MBL pathway to a diploma. School closures resulting from COVID-19 present an opportunity to rethink how we deliver education and move toward MBL. Participants will hear from cross-sector members of a workgroup including a student and representatives from the Legislature and State Board of Education and engage with panelists about applicable lessons learned for other states.Learning Outcomes

  • Identify policies and practices that both support and inhibit the opportunities for mastery-based learning at a state level.
  • Describe and communicate how systems and policies enacted and being considered in Washington state compared with their own local setting.
  • Access resources available in Washington.


  • Alissa Muller, Policy Manager for Career and College Readiness, Washington State Board of Education
  • Dr. Paul Pitre, Chancellor, Washington State University, Everett
  • Ashley Lin, High School Student, Union High School
  • State Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Chair of House Education Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
  • State Senator Lisa Wellman, Chair of the Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, Washington State Senate
  • Dr. Kory Kalahar, Principal of WestSide High School, Wenatchee Public Schools
Register Now
Robin Ahigian, Natalie Lacireno-Paquet, Drake Bryan, Geoff Zimmerman, Dr. Kraig Steinhoff
September 29, 2020 | 2:30 PM ETScience of Motivation: 5 Barriers to Student Motivation and How to Fix Them

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October 1, 2020 | 2 PM ETDeveloping Equity, Efficacy, and Effectiveness in a Competency-Based System

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More “All Fall” Webinars

10/5/2020 Building Educator Capacity for Equity: Competency-Based Approaches to Professional Learning for Teachers and Administrators
10/6/2020 Impact of Personalized Learning Through Interest-Based Internships
10/8/2020 Improving the Equity in Personalized Learning through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Approach
10/13/2020 Implementing Student-Centered Learning: Lessons Learned from Leaders in the Arena
10/15/2020 Lessons from COVID-19: How Competency-Based Education Provided for Continuity of Learning in Three North Carolina Schools and Is Shaping the Path Forward
10/19/2020 High School Internships in the Time of COVID-19: Mentorship, Connections, and More in Virtual Work-Based Learning
10/22/2020 Choice in Learning: Examination of Students’ Use of Flex Time in High School
10/26-28/2020 2020 Aurora Institute Virtual Symposium
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How are district and school leaders addressing special education this fall?

Note this webinar tomorrow.

How are district and school leaders addressing special education this fall?

This is just one of the questions we’re diving into during the next webinar in our Moving From the Margins series: Districts, Schools & Special Education happening this Wednesday @ 5pm ET.

Other questions we’ll be covering during this panel session include:

  • What role does technology play in supporting teachers and students?
  • What are some of the most frequently asked-for resources by teachers?
  • How educators and parents leverage communication tools to support children?
  • What does the future of differentiated teaching and learning look like?

I hope you’ll join us for this important discussion.

Districts, Schools & Special Education
Elevating the individual and collective voices of teachers across America in these challenging times

9/30 @ 5pm ET




Amy Valentine

P.S. If you would like to catch up with the previous webinars in this series, you can find all the replays + additional sources here.

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STILL TIME TO REGISTER: Operating Schools in a Pandemic: A Tool for Customized Prediction of Infection Spread

This webinar may be of interest to some readers.

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Operating Schools in a Pandemic: A Tool for Customized Prediction of Infection Spread

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ET

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As schools across the country begin a new academic year, the persistence of COVID-19 continues to create challenges for traditional approaches to in-school learning. Join Mathematica and the Pennsylvania Department of Education on Wednesday, September 30 at 11:00 ET for a webinar to learn about how different reopening, quarantining, and closing strategies can mitigate the spread of COVID-19—and associated disruptions to school schedules—based on the unique circumstances of your school and community.


Senior Fellow Brian Gill will discuss new simulations Mathematica created for the Pennsylvania Department of Education to make informed decisions about operating schools during the pandemic. He will also demonstrate how educators and civic leaders across the United States can use the results to anticipate infection spread and schedule disruptions in their own unique circumstances based on community infection rate, grade level, operating strategy, and the school’s response to infection. Additionally, Matthew Stem, the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will share how the study is informing decisions about operating schools in Pennsylvania, a diverse state with rural, suburban, and urban districts.

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