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April 19, 2019

Upgrade The LMS Course Experience!

An item from a K-12 online and blended learning vendor from the inbox over the past few days.

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You have a learning management system (LMS)—but is the content in your LMS course awesomeor is it meh? If you’re a college or university educator, instructional designer, or school administrator who is looking to upgrade the LMS course experience, look no more!

In this webinar, we’ll show a fast and easy way for faculty to create high quality online lessons that are interactive and will engage students. Did we mention it’s FAST and EASY?
You’ll also learn how you can deliver your lessons directly inside of your school’s learning management system (LMS).

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

SoftChalk LLC 22 S. Auburn Ave. Richmond VA 23221  877-638-2425

April 16, 2019

REL Webinar: Using Teacher Feedback in School Leader Evaluations

This webinar may be of interest to some readers.

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REL Webinar: Using Teacher Feedback in School Leader Evaluations

Join REL Mid-Atlantic on May 13, 2019, for a free webinar on using teacher feedback in school leader evaluations.

School leader evaluation systems must be objective, fair, and apply to a range of leadership styles. They must also differentiate between effective and ineffective school leaders. Yet many existing evaluation systems fail to do so.

This free webinar will review some measures of school leader performance that may successfully differentiate principals and provide valuable feedback for improving leadership. Presenters will discuss (1) teacher survey instruments districts and states are using as input for school leader evaluations and (2) notable research on the characteristics, use, and effects of these instruments. They will also review the experience of one district with a teacher survey instrument for evaluating school leaders.

This webinar is designed for superintendents and assistant superintendents, state and local education agency staff, principals, and others interested in school leader evaluations. Submit your questions for the presenters in advance by emailing RELmidatlantic@mathematica-mpr.com. You will also have an opportunity to ask the presenters questions during the webinar’s Q&A session.

Using Teacher Feedback in School Leader Evaluations
May 13, 2019
1:00–2:00 p.m. ET
Register here

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The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

April 14, 2019

New From edWeb | 13 Timely edWebinars For Educators

Note these up-coming webinars.

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Building Equity link Struggling Readers Using Assistive Technology link Learning in the 21st Century link The Language Lens link

2019 Teacher Professional Learning SurveyJust released! 2019 Teacher Professional Learning Survey

Check out the results for the 2019 update of edWeb’s annual teacher professional learning survey. edWeb members continue to report that webinars are the best type of professional learning and much more!  Download the survey report.

Register for upcoming edWebinars to attend live and receive the recording. Equity…assistive technology…ELL/ESL…assessment…and more! edWebinars are free and provide CE Certificates, too.

Free edWebinars with CE Certificates

Dr. Doug Fisher

Building Equity: Practices That Empower All Learners
Monday, Apr. 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Doug Fisher, Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University

Dana Blackaby

Turn Struggling Readers Into Leaders Using Assistive Technology
Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dana Blackaby, Dyslexia Specialist, Nolan Dunn Academy, Burleson, TX Leadership, San Diego State University

Dr. Baron R. Davis
Patricia Saxler
Vic Vuchic

Learning in the 21st Century: What Teachers Think Matters
Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Baron R. Davis, Superintendent, Richland School District Two, SC; Patricia Saxler, Head of Education, Populace; and Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer, Digital Promise

Dr. Amy Heineke

The Language Lens:
Deconstructing Linguistic Blind Spots to Support English Learners
Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time
REGISTER
Presented by Dr. Amy Heineke, Associate Professor and Co-chair, Teacher Education, School of Education at Loyola University Chicago
Visit Helping ELL/ESL Students Succeed

Rick Castaneda
Melanie Rogers

Involve Parents for Greater English Learner Success
Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Rick Castaneda, Language Training Specialist, Rosetta Stone; and Melanie Rogers, Language Training Team Lead, Rosetta Stone

Matt Renwick

Authentic Assessment in the Digital Age
Thursday, Apr. 18 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Matt Renwick, Principal, Mineral Point Unified School District, WI, and Author

Coming up Next

Advances in PBIS: Contributions for Creating Equitable Systems
Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Char Ryan, Ph.D., PBIS Consultant and Trainer

Engaging Children with Music and Movement
Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Stephen Fite, President and Artist, Melody House Inc.

Tips for Surviving All Types of Assessments as a Classroom Teacher
Tuesday, Apr. 23 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Vernice Y. Jones, Candidate in the M.Ed. in School Counseling program, Freed-Hardeman University, TN

Building a Schoolwide Culture of Reading
Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Melissa Thom, M.A., Teacher Librarian, Bristow Middle School, CT

Engaging Early Learners with Technology:
Sharing Research and Best Practices
Thursday, Apr. 25 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Scott Miller, Ph.D., Principal, Avonworth Primary Center, PA; and Emily Neff, Public Policy Associate, Trying Together

Educators and Social Media: Avoiding the Pitfalls
Thursday, Apr. 25 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Jamie Knowles, Senior Manager, Educator Professional Learning Programs, Common Sense Media

Monitoring Student Cell Phone Use: What’s YOUR Plan?
Thursday, Apr. 25 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Shannon Holden, Principal, Pierce City High School, MO
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April 12, 2019

Submit A Winning Proposal for Accelerate 2019 – We’ll Show You How

A webinar that may be useful for up-coming OLC courses.

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Why present at OLC Accelerate 2019?
It’s the premier international conference in online, digital, and blended learning, with 2,000 of your colleagues in attendance, and this year brings new and exciting features:

  • Updated Tracks — We have a revised Teaching and Learning Effectiveness track that explores evidence-based practices and proven strategies to improve online teaching and learning
  • New for 2019 — Gamified (interactive) sessions! In addition to our traditional education sessions, express workshops, and discovery sessions, we have a brand new gamified session type that engages both presenters and attendees in a fun and unique conference experience
  • Celebrate our 25th Anniversary with us! Come join the fun and engage in this exceptionally collaborative opportunity to explore and share our best practices and innovations. You won’t want to miss this one!

OLC Accelerate 2019 will be held November 19-22, 2019 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (FL).

Whether your focus is leadership and institutional strategies, learner services and support, professional development and support, research, teaching and learning effectiveness, or tools and technologies, we want to connect you with others who share your interests and have ideas that will energize you! Please align your submission to your selected session type as shown on the session types and details page.

Learn more and get started today! The submission deadline is May 22, 2019, at 11:59 pm ET.

Psst! Get insider information about getting your proposal accepted!

FREE WEBINAR

Join us for OLC Accelerate 2019: Call for Proposals Info Session

Want to improve your chances of having your proposal selected?  OLC Accelerate’s Presenter Services team is here to help you submit a great proposal!

Learn exactly what the expectations are for proposals, the criteria used by the committee to score proposals, and how to ensure your presentation receives a high rating by conference attendees.

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April 11, 2019

What Works Clearinghouse Webinar: How Teachers Can Use the WWC Practice Guides

This webinar may be of interest to some of my practitioner readers.

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What Works Clearinghouse Webinar: How Teachers Can Use the WWC Practice Guides

Join us for a free webinar to learn how teachers can use the WWC Practice Guides to support their practice and answer their questions.

Title: How Teachers Can Use the WWC Practice Guides
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Topics will include the following:

  • A summary of the structure and content of Practice Guides;
  • A discussion of how teachers can use Practice Guides to answer questions and inform their practice;
  • An explanation of how to locate and select the most relevant Practice Guides for your purposes; and
  • Recommendations for sharing information from the Practice Guides with colleagues.

Please take a moment to register for the webinar, even if you are unable to attend. Registrants will be notified when a recording and transcript of the webinar will be available on the WWC website.

The What Works Clearinghouse is an initiative of the Institute of Education Sciences, the independent, non-partisan research, evaluation, and statistics arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about the work of IES on its website.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
By visiting Newsflash you may also sign up to receive information from IES and its four Centers NCESNCERNCEE, & NCSERto stay abreast of all activities within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit http://www.edpubs.org or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

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