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November 14, 2017

Coming Up | 11 New edWebinars For Educators

From the inbox over the weekend…

edWebinars for Every Educator

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Explore the world of free edWebinars – live or on-demand. Earn a CE certificate for attending or viewing the recordings. Register now and watch the recording later!
If you’re an edWeb member, you can view all of youredWebinar activity on your member homepage and download your personalized CE certificates. Can’t attend live? Register below and the recordings will be saved to your activity page to view at any time, on any device..

New edWebinars with CE Certificates

Shannon Holden
Using Twitter to Build Your PLN and Engage in On-Demand Professional Development

Monday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO

Dr. Monica Burns
Monica Burns: 10 Tips to Differentiate for Readers
Monday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Dr. Monica Burns, Curriculum and Educational Technology Consultant

Matt Pearsall
Creating an Advisory Program that Works
Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Matt Pearsall, Senior Program Developer, Committee for Children (Creators of the Second Step Program)

Adam Hengel
Measuring What Matters:
Connecting Assessment, Instruction, and Learning
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Adam Hengel, Manager of Instructional Services, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, West Allis, WI; with Kelly Urlacher, Senior Curriculum Designer, DreamBox Learning

Kelly Hladek
Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Kelly Hladek, Library Media Specialist and Technology Liaison at Morton High School, School City of Hammond, IN

Michelle Luhtala
Pitching the Library: The Elevator Speech
Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Susan Ballard, Program Developer and Instructor USNH

Vic Wilson, Ed.D
What’s Your District’s Story?
Craft Your Narrative or Someone Else Will
Thursday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Vic Wilson, Ed.D., Executive Director, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS)

Coming up Next

Mike Marotta
Top Assistive Technology to Support Grade 3-8 Readers
Monday, Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Mike Marotta, RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional

The ABC’s of Early Childhood Assessment: Managing the Bits and Pieces
Tuesday Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Brian Mowry Ph.D., Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, Frog Street Press
Hosted by Stephen Fite, Award-Winning Musician/Writer

James Burnett
Developing Fact Fluency:
Multiplication and Division
Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by James Burnett, President and Senior Author, ORIGO Education

Monica Fisher
Effective Approaches to Reduce and Replace Challenging Behaviors Exhibited by Children with Autism
Thursday, Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Presented by Monica Fisher, M.Ed., BCBA/COBA, Behavior Department Director at Monarch Center for Autism; and Judy Reynolds, M.Ed., Behavior Specialist at Monarch Center for Autism

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November 12, 2017

iNACOL Webinar | 11/16: How Teachers Can Spark Student Agency

And from the neo-liberals…

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How Teachers Can Spark Student Agency

Thursday, November 16, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET (register)

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, iNACOL is hosting a Teacher Talk webinar to explore ways teachers are creating opportunities for students to develop agency and ownership over their education in K-12 personalized learning models.

Join this webinar to learn ways teachers can encourage voice and choice in their students. Explore how Henry County Schools (HCS) utilize personalized learning plans to chart learning paths that are unique to each student, tailoring learning to students’ strengths, needs and interests. Learn strategies and practices to co-design learning experiences and work alongside students to help shape their learning trajectories. Understand how HCS designs authentic learning experiences that help inspire passion and creativity in the teaching and learning process.

Teachers developing agency in students use strategies to coach them in lifelong learning skills, such as growth mindset, meta-cognition, social and emotional learning, and habits of learning — cultivating skills and dispositions important for future success.

iNACOL CEO Susan Patrick said, “Educators are pivotal in helping students build agency and skills critical to their future success. By helping students take ownership of their education and develop as lifelong learners, teachers are empowering students to harness their voice, set learning goals, and shape future success.”

This webinar is free to attend — participants are invited to register here for final details and login information.

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November 10, 2017

Create High Quality Online Lessons

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…


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 and eBooks 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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November 9, 2017

3 Keys to Equity of Opportunity

From Tuesday’s inbox…

Bringing Equity to All Students

Within Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), students speak 85 languages, hail from 108 countries, and have diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Providing the resources that each and every student needs to excel—regardless of their circumstances, aptitude, or proficiency level—is a huge challenge.

Infographic: Key Learnings from the BCPS Equity InitiativeFor BCPS, equity of opportunity is the foundation of their integrated approach to meeting that challenge head on. In this new white paper and infographic, find the three key takeaways that made the equity initiative at BCPS a success:

  1. Individualized support
  2. Active learning and critical thinking
  3. Data-driven intervention
Learn More

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About Apex Learning

During the 2016–2017 school year, Apex Learning served students with over 3.5 million enrollments in Apex Learning digital curriculum as part of programs to improve student outcomes.

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November 8, 2017

Webinar: 11/8 at 2pm EST – Social Presence and Learning Outcomes in Online Learning

Note this webinar later today.

Plus new publications and events!
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 This webinar session will explore how credit recovery students perceive their online learning differently than non-credit recovery students, how they differ in interaction and communication, and how the perception of that communication relates to learning outcomes.

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A new publication from MVLRI, authored by fellows from Brigham Young University and George Mason University, reports on Phase 1 of a project intended to create a scientifically validated, openly-available blended teaching readiness instrument that can be freely used by districts, schools, and individual teachers to assess core knowledge and skills needed for successful blended teaching. Read the full report at the MVLRI website.
Registration is open for the Blended & Personalized Learning Conference, hosted by the Highlander Institute, the Christensen Institute, and the Learning Accelerator, and taking place April 5-7, 2018 in Providence Rhode Island. You can review the event program and register at the conference website.
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