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September 16, 2021

Mark Your Calendar for Oct. 14th — Webinar: An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

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An up-coming webinar from the neo-liberals.

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Upcoming Webinar: An Introduction to K-12 Competency-Based Education

On October 14, the Aurora Institute will host a webinar to introduce participants to competency-based education in K-12 schools and districts.

This webinar will answer common questions about what competency-based education is, why it’s important, and what policies are needed to support it. Joined by a Mastery Instructional Coach and a Youth Ambassador from the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, in New York City, we will also examine what it looks like in practice in schools and discuss professional learning resources for transitioning to a competency-based approach.

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Who should attend and why? Whether you are brand new to competency-based education, need a refresher, or are eager to learn more, this webinar will provide valuable insight into the culture, structure, and learning practices of competency-based education.


  • Trianne Ysabelle Hontiveros, 11th-Grade Student and Mastery Ambassador, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
  • Fred Jones, Policy Director, the Aurora Institute
  • Eliot Levine, Research Director, the Aurora Institute
  • Gregory Zimdahl, Humanities Instructor and Mastery Instructional Coach, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria

When: October 14th | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

Where: Zoom | Register here

For questions, please contact Eliot Levine, We look forward to seeing you at the webinar.


The mission of the Aurora Institute is to drive the transformation of education systems and accelerate the advancement of breakthrough policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all.

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September 15, 2021

Workshop on Research in Urban STEM Education—No Fee, Register Now

This up-coming session may be of interest to some readers.

Wednesday, September 22

1:00 pm–4:00 pm ET

The AERA-ICPSR PEERS Data Hub will hold a workshop on “Maryland Collaborative for Research in Urban STEM Education (MD-CRUSE).” The workshop, offered at no cost, is the seventh in a series of webinars offered through the PEERS Data Hub that will focus on STEM research methods.


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  • Roni Ellington, Morgan State University
  • Vanessa Dodo Seriki, Morgan State University

About the Workshop


Outcomes for students in the STEM education pipeline continue are a national concern. Students who learn STEM in urban contexts experience unique challenges that make their trajectory through the STEM pipeline particularly precarious. In this workshop, the faculty provide an exploration of the landscape of urban STEM education and issues that emerge in urban STEM education contexts. Further, the faculty will explore answers to the questions: what is urban STEM education, and what are some of the unique challenges and opportunities available for students who learn STEM in urban contexts? The faculty will also delve into some of the theoretical and methodological perspectives that can inform urban STEM education research with a focus on the types of research questions, data, and methods that can be used to understand issues that arise for students who learn STEM in urban schools. The workshop will end with a discussion of some quantitative and qualitative methods that are used to investigate research questions that are unique to urban STEM education and how these methods can be used to extend our understanding of urban STEM education both locally and nationally. This interactive workshop will allow participants to deepen their understanding of urban STEM education and some cutting-edge approaches to understanding issues unique to the teaching and learning of STEM in urban contexts.



The workshop will broadcast live on Zoom.

ASL interpretation and captioning will be provided.


The workshop will be recorded and made available for future viewing on the PEERS Data Hub website.

The PEERS Data Hub is joint effort of AERA and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) that is NSF funded (Awards ECR 1937612 (AERA) and ECR 1937509 (ICPSR)). It provides collaborative space for STEM education research communities to build and advance knowledge by sharing innovative ideas, methods, and tools. Further information about the PEERS Data Hub is available here.
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September 14, 2021

Register Now for the 2021 Distinguished Lecture Featuring Sylvia Hurtado!—Thursday, September 30

This webinar may be of interest to some readers.

AERA Distinguished Lecture
Welcome and Introduction:
AERA Past President
Shaun R. Harper

The lecture will be followed by an open discussion
with Q&A from virtual attendees.

ASL and captioning provided.

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About the 2021 AERA Distinguished Lecture
Racial/ethnic identity groups have endured racial profiling, are targets of hate crimes, and are often viewed not as individuals but as a faceless mass on a daily basis—even in classrooms. Dr. Hurtado personalizes “facelessness” using research on campus racial climates and Latinx experiences, articulating how our tendencies for recognition bias are perpetuated and reinforced at the individual and institutional levels in education. She articulates the need for identity-based education, re-humanizing practices, and increased specificity to target racial equity aims in higher education. Learn more here.

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September 13, 2021

CIDER Session September 2021

Note this up-coming webinar from a Canadian distance education organization.

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Dear CIDER Member,

We invite you to our second session for the 2021-22 CIDER Sessions series on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. This free, online session will feature Charlene A. VanLeeuwen and George Veletsianos from Royal Roads University discussing their recent study in the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning.

Title: An Analysis of Digital Education in Canada in 2017-2019

Digital education refers to in-person, blended, and fully online learning efforts, as well as attempts to capture a wide range of teaching and learning contexts which make use of digital technology. While digital education is pervasive in Canada, pan-Canadian data on digital education are relatively scarce. The Canadian Digital Learning Research Association/Association Canadienne de Recherche sur la Formation en Ligne conducted pan-Canadian surveys of higher education institutions (2017-2019), collecting data on the digital education landscape and publishing annual reports of its results. Previous analyses of the data have used quantitative approaches. However, the surveys also collected responses to open-ended questions. In this presentation, we report on our systematic analysis of qualitative data exploring the digital education landscape in Canada and its changes over time. Findings shed light on the growth of digital education, the situated and multidimensional nature of digital education, the adoption of openness, quality, and rigour, the development of alternative credentials and our understanding of faculty training and support for digital education as articulated by higher education institutions.

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – 11am to 12noon Mountain Time (Canada)

Where: Online through Microsoft Teams at our new website:

Registration is not required; all are welcome. CIDER Sessions are recorded and archived for later viewing through the CIDER website at the link above.

About the 2021-22 CIDER Sessions Series

The CIDER Sessions are an online, open and free seminar series through which 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.

As our 2021-22 season develops, we invite researchers working in distance, distributed, online, or blended education. If you have recent research for our CIDER audience, contact with a brief description of your research topic and approximate date when it will be available for presentation. A small number of spots may be available for students nearing completion of their dissertation or thesis. International presenters are welcome; all sessions are held in English.


CIDER is supported by the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL) and the Centre for Distance Education, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Athabasca University: Canada’s Open University and leader in professional online education.

The Sessions and their recordings are open and available to all, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Our mailing address is:

Athabasca University

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

Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

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September 12, 2021

New edWebinars | Student Engagement, Social-Emotional Learning, Twice-Exceptional Students, Literacy, Science, and more!

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Note these up-coming webinars.

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Creating a Sense of Belonging: A Critical Need for Student Engagement and Success
Monday, Sep. 13 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Juliana Urtubey, 2021 National Teacher of the Year and Special Education Co-Teacher, Kermit Booker Elementary School (NV); and Alison R. Shell, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise
edWebinar Presenters
ESSER Funds: Today, Tomorrow, and the Long-Term Impact on Learning
Monday, Sep. 13 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Carl Hooker, Educator and Author, HookerTech, LLC; Doug Mesecar, Former EdTech Senior Executive and U.S. Department of Education Deputy Chief of Staff; and Harrison Parker, Vice President of Operations, NetRef
edWebinar Presenters
Learning Reimagined: Leveraging Technology to Meet the Needs of All Students
Monday, Sep. 13 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Carol Kelley, Superintendent, Princeton Public Schools (NJ); Dr. John Malloy, Superintendent, San Ramon Valley Unified School District (CA); and Dr. David Schuler, Superintendent, High School District 214 (IL)
Aimee Dearmon
Communication Differences in Students with Autism: Making Language Powerful
Tuesday, Sep. 14 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Aimee Dearmon M.S. CCC-SLP, BCBA, Training Specialist, STAR Autism Support
edWebinar Presenters
Improve Learning Outcomes Through the Math Practices, Rubrics, and Self-Assessment
Tuesday, Sep. 14 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Jay Meadows, Chief Education Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Exemplars; and Jessica Keegan, Elementary Director of Teaching and Learning, Oceanside School District (NY)
edWebinar Presenters
Equity-Driven SEL That Works: Next Gen Ed Leaders Share Best Practices
Tuesday, Sep. 14 @ 6 pm ET
Presented by Jasmine Lamitte, Director of Mental Health & Support Services, KIPP SoCal Public Schools (CA); and Lydia Lower, Director of Educational Services, Mariposa County Unified School District and Mariposa County Office of Education (CA)
Emily Kircher-Morris
Neurodivergent and Gifted: Supporting Twice-Exceptional Students
Wednesday, Sep. 15 @ 1 pm ET
Presented by Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, Author, and Podcaster
edWebinar Presenters
Lighting the SEL Fuse for K-12 Learning Growth
Wednesday, Sep. 15 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Sara LaHayne, Founder and CEO, Move This World; and Dr. Brenda Arteaga, Director of Multilingual Programs, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Tomball Independent School District (TX)
edWebinar Presenters
4 Actions to Accelerate Reading This School Year
Wednesday, Sep. 15 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Rita Ferrandino, Innovation Consultant, Catalyst @ Penn GSE – University of Pennsylvania and Founding Partner, Arc Capital Development; Becky Mungle, Elementary Principal, Monroe County Community School Corporation (retired June 2021); and Tammy Miller, Chief Academic Officer, Readable English
edWebinar Presenters
Building a Culture of Writing: Strategies for Implementing a Student-Focused Writing Curriculum
Wednesday, Sep. 15 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Valerie Bolling, Instructional Coach and Author, Greenwich Public Schools (CT); and Brittany Kosumsuriya, Secondary ELA Facilitator, Grand Prairie Independent School District (TX)
Marjorie Frank
Integrating English Language Arts into Elementary Science Instruction
Friday, Sep. 17 @ 12 pm ET
Presented by Marjorie Frank, HMH Into Science Co-Author, ELD Specialist, and Adjunct Faculty of Hunter, Manhattan, and Brooklyn Colleges
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