Note the K-12 online learning webinar listed below…
You are Invited! Upcoming Events Sponsored by the REL Program
The REL Program is hosting many virtual and in-person events across the country in November. Registration is free and all are welcome to attend. Can’t make it to a virtual event? Register below to be notified when a recording of the webinar is available. For more details and registration information, see the IES Calendar. Invite a friend and join us at one or more of the following:
Teaching Math to Young Children: Hands-On Workshop (IN-PERSON EVENT)
November 16, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CT
Join REL Southwest for a free in-person workshop on applying evidence-based methods for teaching math to children in preschool and kindergarten. Gain hands-on experience in applying the five evidence-based recommendations in theTeaching Math to Young Children practice guide, produced by the What Works Clearinghouse™. Sharon M. Carver, director of Carnegie Mellon’s Children’s School and one of the guide’s authors, will engage participants in activities to increase young children’s knowledge, literacy, and competency in mathematics. Key topics covered will include: instructional practices for teaching math to children ages 3 to 5; how to increase young children’s awareness of mathematical concepts in everyday life; how to encourage children to describe math ideas around them through the use of informal, and gradually formal, representations and language; and ways to build young children’s math vocabulary.
Increasing Educator Effectiveness With Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning(WEBINAR)
November 17, 2015, 1:00-2:30 p.m. PT (4:00-5:30 p.m. ET)
As schools and communities become more diverse, there is a growing recognition of the need to embed students’ home cultures into a rigorous curriculum that promotes student achievement and expands opportunities for parent and community involvement. Culturally responsive, standards-based (CRSB) teaching can help schools and districts—especially those that serve students from diverse and/or low-income families—accomplish these goals. But what does CRSB teaching look like in practice? How can we promote and support it? And, how can it be incorporated into educator effectiveness systems? This REL Northwestwebinar will provide evidence on the benefits of CRSB education practices and strategies for making them a reality. Participants will hear from the current Oregon Teacher of the Year about innovative approaches to CRSB instruction, as well as lessons learned from state and local leaders who have been involved in incorporating CRSB teaching into an educator evaluation system. District and school administrators, teachers, teacher leaders, and other stakeholders interested in incorporating cultural components into educator effectiveness systems will find this webinar most relevant.
Professional Development for Online Teachers: How the Current Practice Reflects Existing Standards (WEBINAR)
November 18, 2015, 3:00-4:00 p.m. CT
Join REL Midwest for a webinar on professional development for online teachers and how current virtual education practices reflect the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards and the National Standards for Quality Online Teaching developed by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Representatives from a selection of virtual schools in the Midwest will provide on-the-ground examples of incorporating these standards into professional development for their teachers. In the absence of rigorous research about online teacher professional development, these standards provide information about what is recommended for high quality instruction and inform the content of professional development for online teachers. This webinar is designed for virtual education program administrators and educators, district personnel currently using online courses, and those interested in expanding students’ access to online learning activities.
Overcoming Challenges to Effectively Use Data in Rural Schools (WEBINAR)
November 18, 2015, 2:30-4:00 p.m. PT (5:30-7:00 p.m. ET)
Rural schools face unique challenges in using data for decisionmaking, including capacity limitations and small sample sizes. How do schools overcome these challenges? What lessons can we learn from rural school leaders who are effectively using data to improve education outcomes for students? This REL Northwest webinar will feature Dr. Randy Trani from Corbett (OR) School District and Dr. Jayne Downey from Montana State University. Dr. Trani will share how he is overcoming data use challenges at his school district, and Dr. Downey will speak about her work with rural schools in Montana who are working together to analyze district data and build their data literacy skills. Speakers will provide examples of how to successfully use data for decisionmaking and maximize limited resources for gathering and reporting data.
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