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August 21, 2019

Free Webinar For K–12 Educators On Aug. 28 — “National Standards For Quality Online Courses: What You Need To Know”

A K-12 online learning focused webinar that may be of interest to readers.

National Standards for Quality Online Courses:
What You Need to Know

August 28, 2019 — 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern

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The new National Standards for Quality Online Courses will be released next month! Join our webinar to get a sneak peek of the new standards so you can get a headstart on evaluating your K–12 online courses.

During the webinar, you’ll hear from Christine Voelker, QM K–12 Program Director, and Cindy Hamblin, Director at Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA), on why these standards are a popular resource for K–12 educators and how you can use them to improve learning.

You will also learn:

  • How the new standards complement the QM K–12 Rubric and the review process
  • Why the standards are under new stewardship and what this means going forward
  • The purpose of the revision initiative and how the revision process works

Because this information is so important and can be used to improve both teaching and learning, this webinar is free and open to everyone — QM Members and non-members.

Register Now
Presented By:
Christine Voelker is the K–12 Program Director for Quality Matters.  She has been involved with K–12 education for nearly 20 years, with an emphasis on distance learning, library media, instructional technology, and professional development. Previously, Christine ran a statewide partnership grant in Maryland. During this time, she also served as an Educational Technology Teacher Specialist for her home district, where she developed and coordinated the first student online learning program. She holds an advanced certificate in Administration and Supervision, an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences and a B.A. in both History and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary: Early Childhood Education.
Cindy Hamblin
Cindy Hamblin is the Director of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA). The VLLA is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization that brings together leaders from online learning programs in the U.S. to strengthen virtual education through leadership, advocacy, expertise, and professional relationships. She joined the VLLA with 23 years of experience in educational technology. Previously, Cindy was the Director of the Illinois Virtual School from 2009–2018, where she provided oversight of the quality of online courses, instructors and services to students. She holds degrees from Southern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.
Can’t make it? No need to register — the recording of this webinar will be available on our YouTube channel.
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Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.
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August 19, 2019

Create A Professional-Looking, Interactive, Online Lesson In An Hour

Note these up-coming webinars.

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You have a learning management system (LMS)—but is the CONTENT in your LMS course ENGAGING and INTERACTIVE?

In this webinar, we’ll show a fast and easy way to create high quality online lessons that are interactive, engage students and work WITH your existing LMS. Did we mention it’s FAST and EASY?

Register for a FREE webinar today and see how you can create a professional-looking, interactive, online lesson in an hour with SoftChalk Cloud!

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We look forward to seeing you there!

The SoftChalk Team

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August 18, 2019

Coming Up | 12 New edWebinars For Educators

Note these up-coming webinars.

edWebinars for Every Educator
Free edWebinars
Free edWebinars with CE Certificates
edWebinar Presenter
From Scribbles to Writing:
Art is the First Language of a Beginning Reader and Writer
Monday, Aug. 19 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Ellen Booth Church, Early Childhood Author, Adjunct Professor and Keynote Speaker
Todd Nesloney and Dr. Alice Lee
Creating Your School’s Mission and Vision
Monday, Aug. 19 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Todd Nesloney, Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA); and Dr. Alice Lee, Principal, Richmond Street School, CA
edWebinar Presenters
Part 2: Involve Parents for Greater English Learner Success
Tuesday, Aug. 20 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Rick Castaneda, Training Specialist, Rosetta Stone; and Melanie Rogers, Training Team Lead, Rosetta Stone
edWebinar Presenter
The Power of Narrative Feedback in a Standards-Based Classroom
Tuesday, Aug. 20 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Kathy Rogers, Teacher
edWebinar Presenters
How STEAM Activities Prepare Students for the Global Economy
Wednesday, Aug. 21 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Amy McCooe, CEO, Level Up Village; Esra Murray, Fifth Grade Teacher, International School at Dundee, CT; and Fran Kompar, Director, Instructional Technology and Digital Learning, Wilton Public Schools, CT
edWebinar Presenters
All-New Digital Citizenship Curriculum
Thursday, Aug. 22 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director, Education Programs, Common Sense Education; and Eisha Buch, Senior Program Manager, Digital Citizenship, Common Sense Education
edWebinar Presenter
How to Build an Effective Community Service Program
Thursday, Aug. 22 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. David R. Schuler, Superintendent of High School District 214 and Co-founder of Transeo
Coming up Next
Closing the Excellence Gap for English Learners and Students of Color
Monday, Aug. 26 @ 6 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Julia Nyberg, Professor, Purdue University Global; and Dr. Misty LaCour, Professor, Purdue University Global
Assessing and Treating Behavior in Students with Autism
Tuesday, Aug. 27 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA, President of Nina Finkler Autism Services
Pre-K Assessments the Right Way
Wednesday, Aug. 28 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Keith Kline, OTR/L; and Valerie Zaryczny, OTR/L
Support Positive Literacy Outcomes with Large Print
Wednesday, Aug. 28 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow; Tasha Squires, Librarian, O’Neill Middle School, Downers Grove, IL; Bernice Homel, Reading Specialist, O’Neill Middle School, Downers Grove, IL; and Nicole Ferroli, Teacher, O’Neill Middle School, Downers Grove, IL
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Computer Science Fundamentals: How to Teach K–8’s Six Essential Coding Concepts
Wednesday, Aug. 28 @ 6 pm ET
Presented by Charlotte Cheng, Head of Curriculum, Wonder Workshop; and Faith Plunkett, Technology Coach, Decatur City Schools, AL
edWeb Guide for Personalized Professional Development
A Guide for Free Personalized Professional Learning
Download edWeb’s guide, based on research and practice, for new models, inspiration, and ideas for personalized professional learning. Make your professional learning more relevant, convenient, and fun!
State Requirements
2019 SIIA CODiE Winner
edWeb won this 2019 SIIA CODiE Award for the 3rd year in a row! Thank you to all of the educators, partners and sponsors who share in this recognition.
edWeb.net is a free professional learning network that encourages educators to connect and collaborate to improve teaching and learning – anytime, anywhere

August 11, 2019

Coming Up | 13 New edWebinars For Educators

Note these up-coming webinars.

edWebinars for Every Educator
edWebinar images
Free edWebinars with CE Certificates
edWebinar Presenter
How a Principal Uses edWeb to Personalize PD for Teachers
Monday, Aug. 12 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. L. Robert Furman, Principal, South Park Elementary Center, PA
Kim Wilson
Storytelling 101: Empower Students Through Multimedia Storytelling
Tuesday, Aug. 13 @ 1 pm ET
Presented by Kim Wilson,
Co-director of the Center for Scholars and Storytellers
Lori Merfogel
Gamification in the Classroom
Tuesday, Aug. 13 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Lori Merfogel, M.S.Ed., District Strategy Consultant, Nearpod
edWebinar Presenters
Professional Learning in Action: Evidence-Based Practices for Student Success
Tuesday, Aug. 13 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Candice Dodson, Executive Director, SETDA; Heather Boughton, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Research, Evaluation & Advanced Analytics, Ohio Department of Education; and Diane A. Neal, Ph.D., Assistant Director, State Coordinator Rural Education Achievement Program, Office of Federal Programs
edWebinar Presenters
A District-Wide Approach to Using Assistive Technology to Support Struggling Readers
Wednesday, Aug. 14 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Jennifer Carr, Assistive Technology Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA; and Jenn Regardie, Assistive Technology Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
edWebinar Presenter
Sparking 21st Century Learning with Technology
Wednesday, Aug. 14 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Michelle Zimmerman, Chief Innovative Teaching and Learning Sciences Officer, Renton Prep
Coming up Next
From Scribbles to Writing:
Art is the First Language of a Beginning Reader and Writer
Monday, Aug. 19 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Ellen Booth Church, Early Childhood Author, Adjunct Professor and Keynote Speaker
Creating Your School’s Mission and Vision
Monday, Aug. 19 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Todd Nesloney, Director of Culture and Strategic Leadership, Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA); and Dr. Alice Lee, Principal, Richmond Street School, CA
Social Media Marketing 2.0: Educators Love Social Media
Tuesday, Aug. 20 @ 1 pm ET
Presented by Jill Abbott, Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, ETIN; Charlene Blohm, President & CEO, C. Blohm & Associates; David Grupper, Creative Director, Point Made Animation;
and Lisa Schmucki, Founder & CEO, edWeb.net
Part 2: Involve Parents for Greater English Learner Success
Tuesday, Aug. 20 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Rick Castaneda, Training Specialist, Rosetta Stone; and Melanie Rogers, Training Team Lead, Rosetta Stone
The Power of Narrative Feedback in a Standards-Based Classroom
Tuesday, Aug. 20 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Kathy Rogers, Teacher
How STEAM Activities Prepare Students for the Global Economy
Wednesday, Aug. 21 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Amy McCooe, CEO, Level Up Village; Esra Murray, Fifth Grade Teacher, International School at Dundee, CT; and Fran Kompar, Director, Instructional Technology and Digital Learning, Wilton Public Schools, CT
How to Build an Effective Community Service Program
Thursday, Aug. 22 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. David R. Schuler, Superintendent of High School District 214 and Co-founder of Transeo
edWeb Guide for Personalized Professional Development
A Guide for Free Personalized Professional Learning
Download edWeb’s guide, based on research and practice, for new models, inspiration, and ideas for personalized professional learning. Make your professional learning more relevant, convenient, and fun!
State Requirements
2019 SIIA CODiE Winner
edWeb won this 2019 SIIA CODiE Award for the 3rd year in a row! Thank you to all of the educators, partners and sponsors who share in this recognition.
edWeb.net is a free professional learning network that encourages educators to connect and collaborate to improve teaching and learning – anytime, anywhere

August 6, 2019

CIDER Session – Call for Presenters 2019-20

Note this call from an organization that has always been very friendly to K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning work.

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CIDER Sessions
Call for presenters

As we look ahead to our 2019-20 season of CIDER Sessions, we invite researchers working in distance, distributed, online, or blended education to present in our ongoing monthly seminar series.

The Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) is a research initiative of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University and its largest graduate and professional distance education programming provider.

The CIDER Sessions are an online, open and free seminar series where researchers or research groups can present their work to a broad audience of fellow researchers, practitioners, and students from across Canada and around the world. Sessions are typically held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11am-noon Mountain time, though some exceptions may be possible to accommodate the presenter’s time zone. Presented through Adobe Connect, they are one hour in length, including questions from the audience, and are recorded, archived, and distributed through the CIDER site:
http://cider.athabascau.ca

A small number of spots may be available for students nearing completion of their dissertation or thesis. International presenters are welcome; all presentations are held in English.

If you have recent research for our CIDER audience and would like to present in this season’s series, please contact Dan Wilton at dwilton@athabascau.ca with a brief description of your research topic and approximate date when it will be available for presentation.

*Note: If you applied to present last season but we weren’t able to coordinate a session with you, please do send me a note and we will be sure to fit you into this season.

Dan Wilton
CIDER Sessions coordinator and host
Athabasca University
dwilton@athabascau.ca

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Athabasca University

Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research
1200, 10011 – 109 Street

EdmontonAB T5J 3S8

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