MAGNET-RELATED Webinars

To help you take advantage of online opportunities to build your professional knowledge, the MSAP Center offers this list of webinars. To learn more, click on the link at the end of a description to go to the sponsoring organization’s website.

Implementing District and School Policies and Practices to Support Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic
Date: October 15, 2019
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description:  This webinar will explore how a school and district have approached the challenge of implementing culturally responsive practice. It will elaborate on programs, policies, and practices that were implemented to support efforts to achieve equity and use culturally responsive pedagogy. It will also discuss core implementation considerations and challenges that may need to be addressed. Learn more

Technology in Rural Schools: Leading with Why

Organization: edWeb
Date: October 22, 2019
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: In this first edWebinar of the 2019-2020 season, Deputy Chief Technology Officer Jamie Foreman, Assistant Superintendent Luke Meinert, and Supervisor of Instructional Practice and Technology Integration Tim Smith, share how they have addressed one of the biggest challenges associated with adopting new technologies in rural contexts: defining, explaining, and communicating The Why. Too often, conversations about technology begin with the “what” – devices and infrastructure – instead of first articulating the “why” or the greater purpose behind the initiative. A strong “why” for implementing technology guides everything from purchasing and future budgets to professional learning plans and staffing. Further, as these leaders will explain, when everyone in the district understands the greater purpose behind the technology initiative, then it becomes easier to get community buy-in and support.

This edWebinar will be of particular value to superintendents, assistant superintendents, district technology leaders, and school leaders in rural schools. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation. Learn more

Shifting Landscapes: Studying the Impacts of Climate Change in Joshua Tree National Park

Organization: edWeb
Date: October 23, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: In this edWebinar, Dr. Sweet will discuss her path into a science career as well as her research in plant ecology and conservation biology studying shifts in vegetation due to climate change in Joshua Tree National Park. Her research is regularly supported by the efforts of citizen scientists, including volunteers from the local area and international programs such as Earthwatch, as well as Student & Teacher “Argonauts” from JASON Learning, a K-12 STEM program. Dr. Sweet will share her thoughts on how teachers can translate scientific research on the impacts of climate change into classroom-accessible language that students can digest and act upon. She will be joined by panelists including JASON Argonauts that have assisted with her field research in Joshua Tree, as well as a JASON curriculum expert that will share classroom-ready climate change resources and lessons.

This edWebinar will be of interest to middle and high school teachers and school leaders. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation. Learn more

How to Build Performance Tasks to Teach Complex Concepts

Organization: edWeb
Date: October 24, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Quality performance tasks that grow in sophistication over the course of a school year can be a tool to support student growth to proficiency. Tasks that elicit authentic work or processes often require that students integrate knowledge, skills, and abilities across standards. They also support students engaging in more complex levels of thinking and learning and—most importantly—remembering what they’ve learned.

Performance tasks aren’t just for assessment anymore. Join this edWebinar to learn from NWEA research and content experts how to construct trajectory-based performance tasks to build deeper learning of complex topics throughout the year. Attendees will learn how more challenging performance tasks drive deeper learning gains for students; understand how to structure tasks to focus on higher-order skills; discover how to construct connected tasks that build on prior learning; and see examples of well-constructed trajectory-based performance tasks for teaching scientific phenomena.

This edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through high school teachers, and school and district leaders. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation. Learn more

How to Talk EdTech with Parents: 3 K-12 Educators Share Their Stories

Organization: edWeb
Date: October 28, 2019
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: In this edWebinar, three educators will share their strategies for engaging parents in a different conversation by showing how they use technology to open up a world of opportunities that wouldn’t be possible without digital tools. They’ll share examples of how they use technology for collaborative and inclusive learning, how they embed digital citizenship into their lessons, and why they encourage students to use digital tools to interact with the real world. They’ll share examples that you can adapt for your own school and classroom and offer guidance for how to frame the conversation about technology so that parents become your biggest supporters and advocates.

During this edWebinar, you’ll have a chance to ask specific questions, offer your own examples, and meet some amazing educators who are making a difference in their schools and classrooms every day. This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, instructional and tech coaches. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation. Learn more

Developing Culturally Responsive Educators in Pre-service Programs

Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic
Date: October 30, 2019
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: This webinar will explore how best to prepare educators to implement culturally responsive pedagogy, including and exploration of how programs train future teachers and school administrators and what changes programs may need to consider to effectively prepare these educators. It will also consider core implementation considerations and challenges that programs will need to address. Learn more

Teacher Retention: A Camp for New Special Ed Teachers

Organization: edWeb
Date: November 5, 2019
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: The Arizona Department of Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention has a new system of support for beginning special education teachers in their first or second year of teaching. Join this edWebinar for an overview of the program, and experience first-hand how new teachers learned that self-care can be simple things that can be integrated into their daily lives as teachers. These beginning teachers attended a kick-off summer PD called Teach Camp. Teachers received ongoing support throughout the 2019-2020 school year. At Teach Camp, in addition to the expected topics such as special education law, best practices, and special education essentials, we added a focus on teacher self-care, which we came to view as an equally critical topic. The Department of Education collaborated with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to develop the self-care component of the program, including elements of mindfulness, physical movement, nutrition and hydration, and the physical environment of the classroom. This edWebinar will be of interest to special education teachers of all grade levels, administrators, and school and district leaders. There will be time to have your questions answered at the end of the presentation. Learn more