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.

How School Climate and Social-Emotional Learning Can Support Education Transitions and Student Outcomes

Organization: Regional Education Laboratory - Southwest
Date: December 11, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:15 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Join REL Southwest for a free webinar on how school climate and social-emotional learning (SEL) can support education transitions and student outcomes. In this interactive webinar, Ginger Stoker, PhD, and Brenda Arellano, PhD, senior researchers at REL Southwest, will provide an overview of the results of REL Southwest’s research on noncognitive skills and school environments in students’ transitions to high school. A question-and-answer session with Dr. Stoker and Dr. Arellano will follow. Afterward, Juliette Berg, PhD, senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), will share information and research on school climate and SEL and discuss how an integrated approach to school climate and SEL can strengthen outcomes across the school community. Wehmah Jones, PhD, senior researcher at AIR, then will discuss implications for implementation and practical application exploring how districts and schools are implementing policies on school climate and SEL. Finally, a practitioner, Suzanne Nguyen-Wisneski of Rio Rancho Public Schools in New Mexico, will share reflections on information provided by previous presenters and discuss strategies that her district uses to support a positive school climate and education transitions. The webinar will conclude with another question-and-answer session. Learn more

Scaling Up Deeper Learning Approaches in Public Schools

Organization: Alliance for Excellent Education
Date: Alliance for Excellent Education
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Deeper learning approaches help students to develop the critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills alongside academic skills that are necessary for success in college, career, and citizenship. These approaches have been in use for decades, but effective ways to sustain and scale up these learning approaches remains elusive. This is especially true in underserved and under-resourced schools, which serve the highest numbers of low-income students and students of color. These schools often rely on narrow curriculum focusing on basic skills and content knowledge with fewer opportunities for student to engage in meaningful learning.

This webinar features experts from the field and researchers who will discuss the challenges and opportunities educators and district leaders face in expanding deeper learning. The discussion will feature new research from the Learning Policy Institute that highlights how three networks— Big Picture Learning, Internationals Network for Public Schools, and New Tech Network—have partnered with traditionally structured public school districts to create systems and processes that spread deeper learning models in ways that advance equity and result in greater success for traditionally marginalized students.

Panelists will share insights from their efforts in the field, discussing how they have leveraged policies, professional learning, and partnerships to establish and grow deeper learning in different settings. As decision makers at the school, district, and state level look for ways to immerse all students in deeper learning environments, this webinar can shed light on promising approaches that can support the spread of equitable, student-centered learning in U.S. schools. Learn more

Create Safe and Equitable Learning Environments through Ethical Decision-Making

Organization: edWeb
Date: December 10, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: To support student achievement, educators often go beyond their roles as instructors—they must also be prepared to handle students’ social-emotional needs in situations where students may be at high risk. These demands increase the inherent risks and vulnerabilities in the profession. As a result, educators face daily ethical dilemmas in their interactions with students, colleagues, and the community.

By creating a safe and equitable learning environment, you can recognize risk and develop a decision-making framework based on professional ethics. Josh Parker draws on his experiences as a teacher, campus leader, compliance specialist, and director for Unbound Ed to explore ethical decisions that may impact instructional effectiveness. Josh also examines how ethics relates to the goal of providing a safe and equitable learning environment for all learners.

Josh is joined by Toni Thompson, an administrator with extensive experience educating students with profound emotional needs. Ms. Thompson serves as a school district human resources director assisting educators with navigating dilemmas they face. She will share a framework for ethical decision-making that has been used in her district, and you’ll learn how this framework and collaborative discussion supports educators in navigating risks.

Learn how district and campus leaders can develop a standard of care and a culture of transparency and accountability for ethical behavior with take back resources and strategies you can use in your school or district. This edWebinar is moderated by ETS’s Meredith Christiansen, a champion for the professional ethics in education.

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

Strategies for Building a Schoolwide Culture of College and Career Readiness: Lessons from Flagstaff High School

Organization: Regional Education Laboratory - West
Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Over the past year, administrators at Flagstaff High School in northern Arizona embarked on a journey "to graduate all students academically prepared to harness postsecondary success." To translate this mission into action, they worked with REL West researchers to reimagine their approach to building a schoolwide culture of college and career readiness (CCR).

Join this webinar to learn how Flagstaff counselors collaborated with school leaders and college access partners to develop evidence-based systems that support building CCR and how those efforts align with district-level planning. Attendees will learn the strategies and tools used by Flagstaff High to implement CCR within their own community. The primary audience for this webinar are college and high school staff, administrators, and staff of community based organizations interested in improving college access. Learn more

 Language and Literacy Development in PreK–1st Grade: Words and More

Organization: Regional Education Laboratory - West
Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: This 90-minute webinar will address how teachers can build language and vocabulary-rich classroom environments to support the language development of young students, with an emphasis on supporting dual language learners. Using the Teaching and Learning Cycle (TLC) framework—which weaves together content, language, and literacy for optimal learning—presenters will share practical strategies for explicit vocabulary instruction.

The TLC incorporates several best practices for teaching English learner students outlined by the What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guides and the National Academies’ “Promising Futures” report.

Participants will learn about how to boost young children’s academic language use, with a special focus on vocabulary and language-rich environments; see an example of interactive academic vocabulary instruction; and discuss ways to incorporate daily academic language learning in fun and engaging ways.

The primary audiences for this event include teachers, LES staff (e.g., instructional coaches, principals, and staff developers), and teacher educators. Secondary audiences include university faculty and applied researchers who will benefit from learning about the application of theory to practice. Learn more

Assignment Analysis: Intersections Between Instructional Power and Learner Variability

Organization: edWeb
Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Teachers have tremendous instructional power to make decisions about what and how students learn (Reed Marshall, 2017). This power is exercised in myriad ways that influence the access students have to a rigorous education. Additionally, teachers’ knowledge about their students is often influenced by biases that exist as part of the human experience. This edWebinar will make connections between instructional power, teacher’s decision making, and how these factors influence the ways teachers assign work to their students.

Research by The Education Trust (2015, 2016) and TNTP (2018) have revealed that the quality of assignments many students receive is far below grade-level standards required for students to meet the demands of college and career. Additionally, this research has revealed that teachers, by and large, do not believe that the students they educate are capable of handling rigorous classwork. Such beliefs, as much research has demonstrated, negatively influence the degree to which students have opportunities to engage with high-challenge work and more importantly, the belief systems teachers have about their students directly affect whether students have access to relevant assignments and are pushed toward high levels of achievement.

In this edWebinar, you will better understand why classroom assignments are a powerful lens for viewing teaching and learning; discover why choice and relevancy are two powerful levers for engaging learners that educators can use to increase student motivation and engagement; review research on student motivation and how it connects to other factors of learning; and see examples of homework assignments that keep expectations high for all students.

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

Empower Student Voices with Design Thinking

Organization: edWeb
Date: December 17, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Mineola Public School students were the winner of the 2019 SETDA Student Voices Award. How did school administrators help to empower students to earn this exceptional recognition? In this edWebinar, learn from Superintendent Michael Nagler and Mineola Middle School Principal Andrew Casale how their district leverages digital tools and resources to personalize instruction for each student through design thinking models and project-based learning opportunities. Administrators will share how Mineola integrated technology, changed teaching approaches, and varied learning experiences to best meet the needs of learners in the digital age as they prepare for college and the workforce. The district has been strategic about shifting budgets, supporting innovative professional learning opportunities, and has a commitment to student-driven learning to transform learning. Specific examples will be provided by Mineola Middle School on how design thinking drives instructional opportunities in their middle school.

This edWebinar will be of particular value 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

Empower Student Voices with Design Thinking

Organization: edWeb
Date: December 17, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Mineola Public School students were the winner of the 2019 SETDA Student Voices Award. How did school administrators help to empower students to earn this exceptional recognition? In this edWebinar, learn from Superintendent Michael Nagler and Mineola Middle School Principal Andrew Casale how their district leverages digital tools and resources to personalize instruction for each student through design thinking models and project-based learning opportunities. Administrators will share how Mineola integrated technology, changed teaching approaches, and varied learning experiences to best meet the needs of learners in the digital age as they prepare for college and the workforce. The district has been strategic about shifting budgets, supporting innovative professional learning opportunities, and has a commitment to student-driven learning to transform learning. Specific examples will be provided by Mineola Middle School on how design thinking drives instructional opportunities in their middle school.

This edWebinar will be of particular value 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

What Should High-Quality Principal Preparation Programs Look Like?

Organization: National Association of Secondary School Principals
Date: December 18, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Recruiting and retaining highly effective principals is an ever-growing challenge facing U.S. education. Districts search intently to find individuals and provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to lead successful schools, providing a superior education for students. Join this enlightening webinar and hear thoughts from elementary, middle level, and secondary principals as well as higher education professionals as they share practical insights, applications, and the latest research regarding the challenges and successes in recruiting and retaining quality principals. Learn more

What is Structured Literacy and Why Does It Matter? Breaking Down the Buzz

Organization: edWeb
Date: January 22, 2020
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: With all of the media buzz around structured literacy and the science of reading, there is a lot of confusion, not only about what really constitutes a structured literacy program, but more importantly, why it matters. This edWebinar will give insights to the science of reading, components of structured literacy, and strategies for implementing a structured literacy program.

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