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June 17, 2019

Watch The Webcast: “The Impact Of Weapons And Violence On Schools And Surrounding Communities”

Note the recording of this important webinar from last week.

Watch the Webcast:

“The Impact of Weapons and Violence on Schools

and Surrounding Communities”

Watch Now

On June 12, nearly 100 congressional staff, federal employees, and members of the research community attended a congressional briefing held by the American Educational Research Association, the American Academy of Social and Work and Social Welfare, and the National Academy of Education to address current scientific data surrounding the pressing need to reduce violence in schools and communities.

The event was livestreamed on the AERA Facebook page, and is now available on the AERA YouTube channel.

Held in the Rayburn House Office Building, the briefing included panelists Ron Avi Astor, Pia Valenzuela Escudero, Dorothy Espelage, Lauren Hogg, Sean Joe, and Marlene Wong, who detailed the impact of gun violence on students, their families, and local communities.

The panel addressed evidence-based policies and practices that can help successfully mitigate weapons and violence, increase student empowerment, and enhance community safety.

For more information about the briefing, please click here.


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June 16, 2019

Dive Into Summer PD With 10 New edWebinars

Note these up-coming webinars.

edWebinars for Every Educator
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Upcoming programs on coding and robotics, math, PLCs, autism, school safety, ELL and more!
Learn how to earn your CE Certificates.
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Sunday, June 23, 9:00 am–10:00 am
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Getting Started with Coding and Robotics in K–8 Classrooms
Monday, June 17 @ 8 pm ET
Presented by Angie Kalthoff, Technology Integrationist, St. Cloud Area School District 742, MN; and Ann Bartel, Instructional Technology Specialist, Chilton Public Schools, WI
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Building Authentic Need and Research into Edtech Development
Tuesday, June 18 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning, Broward County Public Schools, FL; Dr. Ayanna Howard, CTO, Zyrobotics; Dr. L. Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary Center, South Park Township, PA; and Sierra Noakes, Senior Research Project Manager, Digital Promise
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Finding Mathematics in Unexpected Places: Mathematicians in the Real World
Wednesday, June 19 @ 4pm ET
Presented by Sara Delano Moore, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, ORIGO Education
Sheryl Hill
Transforming Students into Global Citizens with Smart Travel Safety Skills
Wednesday, June 19 @ 6 pm ET
Presented by Sheryl Hill, Founder, Depart Smart
Geri Gillespy
Collaboration Near and Far in Digital Professional Learning Communities
Thursday, June 20 @ 1 pm ET
Presented by Geri Gillespy, Administrator of Digital Integration, West Ada School District, Meridian, ID
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Harness the Power of Real-Time Mathematics Assessment
Thursday, June 20 @ 3 pm ET
Presented by Matt Foster, Mathematics Curriculum Specialist, Waukegan School District, IL; and Elizabeth Venn, Curriculum Designer, DreamBox Learning
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Why Readers Fail and How to Break the Cycle
Wednesday, June 26 @ 2 pm ET
Presented by Terrie Noland, Vice President, Educator Initiatives, Learning Ally
Using Reinforcement in the Autism Classroom
Thursday, June 27 @ 1 pm ET
Presented by Nina Finkler, M.Ed., LDT/C, BCBA, President of Nina Finkler Autism Services
Safe at What Cost? The Unintended Consequences of Current School Safety Practices
Thursday, June 27 @ 4 pm ET
Presented by Dr. Amy Klinger, Director of Programs, The Educator’s School Safety Network; and Amanda Klinger, Director of Operations, The Educator’s School Safety Network
Our Young ELLs: Basics of Language Acquisition and Strategies for Instruction
Thursday, June 27 @ 5 pm ET
Presented by Dena AuCoin, Academic Chair, Early Childhood Administration Department, Purdue University Global
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June 14, 2019

[WEBINARS] Trends In Digital Accessibility

Also note these up-coming webinars that may be of interest to readers.

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FREE Webinar For QM Members June 19: “Beyond Online: Using The QM Rubric For Face-To-Face Course Design”

Note this webinar that is coming up next week.

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Beyond Online: Using the QM Rubric for Face-to-Face Course Design

Wednesday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern

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The QM Rubric was designed to help you evaluate your online and blended courses — and provide next steps for how to improve course design. But did you know you can also use it to improve the courses you teach face-to-face?

By using QM Standards, face-to-face courses can have more meaningful alignment, more detailed evaluative criteria, better instructions for completing course work, and more focused class time.

In this free webinar, you’ll learn how two instructors from New Mexico State University Alamogordo (NMSU) successfully used their QM training and the QM Rubric to improve their face-to-face classroom environments and teaching effectiveness.

Presented by:

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Kathy Roark-Diehl is a professor of English and has been teaching for NMSU in various capacities for 28 years. Her teaching emphasis is composition, interpretation, and women’s literature. She has been teaching online for about six years, and though she prefers teaching face-to-face, believes that the transition to online instruction has improved her teaching in all mediums.
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June 10, 2019

Capitol Hill Briefing to Address Evidence on How to Reduce Weapons and Violence in Schools and Communities

Note this important event on Wednesday.

Capitol Hill Briefing to Address Evidence on How to Reduce Weapons and Violence in Schools and Communities

Event Will Be Livestreamed

The American Educational Research Association, the American Academy of Social and Work and Social Welfare, and the National Academy of Education will hold a congressional briefing to address current scientific data surrounding the pressing need to reduce violence in schools and communities.

Rayburn Office Building, Room 2261

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, June 12

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public. It also will be livestreamed on the AERA Facebook page and the National Association of Social Workers’ Facebook page.

Experts will present empirical research detailing the impact of gun violence on the education and well-being of students, their families, and local communities. They will also address evidence-based policies and practices that can assist with successfully mitigating weapons and violence, increasing student empowerment, and enhancing community safety.

Panelists Include:

  • Ron Avi Astor, Marjorie Crump Endowed Professor of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Graduate Department of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Pia Valenzuela Escudero, Executive Director at the Los Angeles University School District, Division of Student Health and Human Services
  • Dorothy Espelage, Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida
  • Lauren Hogg, student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
  • Sean Joe, Professor Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Marlene Wong, Professor of Clinical Social Work at the University of Southern California


In addition to AERA, AASWSW, and NAE, sponsoring organizations include the American Psychological Association; Brady Campaign; Clark-Fox Policy Institute, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis; Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy; Grand Challenges for Social Work Steering Committee; National Association for Rural Mental Health; National Association of County Behavioral Health and Development Disability Directors; National Association of Social Workers; and School Social Worker Association of America.



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