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.

Assessment Literacy for Educators

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: May 5, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: This webinar explores ways in which educators can assess students through the “coherent system of measures.” This formative assessment model, developed by Herman and Heritage, encourages teachers to assess students using multiple measures that reflect significant learning goals. This practice, known as “assessment literacy,” not only helps teachers gauge whether students are learning, but also assists students in understanding how learning affects their achievement. Assessment literacy also informs parents about the effectiveness of their child’s school and helps school administrators lead data-driven school improvement processes. Learn more

Communicating K–12 Student Data Privacy to Parents and Stakeholders

Organization: Future Ready Schools
Date: May 11, 2016
Time: 2:00-2:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: In recent years, student data privacy has emerged as a major issue in education and political arenas. Recent news coverage and social media conversations about student data access, especially as it relates to outside service providers, have heightened the public’s overall interest in the security of student data. A significant challenge that school districts face is how to communicate about student data privacy.

During this Google Hangout, Jaryn Emhof, vice president of communications at the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), will share research-based messages and tactics to effectively communicate with parents and other stakeholders about student data privacy.

FRS’s Tom Murray and Ms. Emhof will discuss various aspects of student data privacy including key findings from qualitative and quantitative research conducted by ExcelinEd; main messages identified by ExcelinEd’s research as most compelling and of interest to parents; and tactics, tools, and other resources available in the toolkit to assist schools and school districts. Learn more

Utilizing Critical Literacy Strategies

Organization: Great Lakes Equity Center
Date: May 18, 2016
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: This webinar will be the third, and final installment of this year’s webinar series, Centering Equity in Educator Effectiveness. Learn more

Disciplinary Data Use and Research: Lessons from Syracuse

Organization: REL Northeast and Islands
Date: June 14, 2016
Time: 1:00-2:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Join the Urban School Improvement Alliance in the national and regional conversation on using data to inform school improvement, with a special focus on disciplinary data and Syracuse City Schools. Dan Losen, Director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, will present research on school discipline policies, ways that schools are currently collecting and analyzing disciplinary data, and the challenges and opportunities for districts in setting and practicing fair discipline policies. Participants will also learn in detail about how Syracuse rewrote its code of conduct using data and research, which is documented in a REL Northeast & Islands case study published in late 2015. Learn more

Lesson Development for English Learners in Content Areas Settings: Key Considerations

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: June 23, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: This webinar aims to give professional support to teachers with limited training in meeting the language and content learning needs of EL students. The session will target classroom teachers, as well as those in support roles. Drawing from a comprehensive lesson plan template, Dr. Sarah Catherine K. Moore, Program Director at the Center for Applied Linguistics, will outline factors for content area teachers to consider as they design and deliver lessons for mainstream classrooms that include EL students. In addition, she will present practical strategies, adaptations, modifications, and activities. Learn more

Creating and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: August 25, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Professional learning communities (PLCs) encourage cooperation, collaboration, and growth among adult learners and have positive impacts on student achievement. In this session, Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh discusses how to create and sustain PLCs where the members engage in a cycle of continuous improvement, develop collective responsibility, and align their work to educator and student learning goals. The session will cover specific strategies that teachers and schools can follow to ensure that they build effective and student-focused PLCs. Dr. Hirsh will present research and share her experiences in creating, assessing, and leading professional learning communities. Dr. Hirsh will discuss how educators can identify and build leadership qualities to promote change. Learn more

Beyond Letter Grades and General Praise: Engaging Students Through Intentional Feedback

Organization: Great Lakes Equity Center
Date: September 6, 2016
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement, but its impact can be either positive or negative (Hattie & Timperly, 2015). This webinar will explore research supported strategies for engaging students as critical thinkers and communicators, using feedback practices reflecting key features of emancipatory instruction. Learn more

Enhancing the Instructional Program with Creative Arts

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: September 22, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Previous federal education standards (the No Child Left Behind Act) have caused many schools to focus solely on tested subject areas and exclude art; however, since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act in late 2015, art education has resumed its place in a student’s well-rounded education. Susan Riley contends that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) should include the arts, because these disciplines can complement each other in ways that increase student achievement. Ms. Riley will discuss recent research on the effectiveness of art integration in creating learning opportunities for students because of its emphasis on social interactions and use of language. She will provide examples of how art can enhance a college- and career-focused curriculum and offer a variety of options for teacher support. Learn more

Overcoming the Achievement Gap

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: October 20, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: The achievement gap continues to affect some students from minority and low-income backgrounds across the country.  Schools have a powerful opportunity to negate the effects of this achievement gap by fostering culture, academics, activities, and family connections. Presenter Naomi DeVeaux will explain practices that authorizers, state agencies, and district central offices can use for accountability for schools with large achievement gaps. Learn more

Supporting Successful Transitions from Middle School to High School

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: November 10, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: This webinar addresses ways in which educators and administrators can support students in their transition from middle school to high school, which can disrupt student learning and functioning. The students who struggle the most academically in middle school are the most likely to drop out of high school.

As academics and social relationships differ in middle school and high school, the degree to which social relationships change is directly affected by the ways in which school districts are organized. Research shows that low-achieving middle school students often don’t receive the support they need in making the transition to high school. Dr. Penny Bishop, Associate Dean and Professor of Middle Level Education at the University of Vermont, will discuss her experience and research on transition, as well as the use of transition programs and support systems that can benefit the most vulnerable students. Learn more