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.

Adolescent Brain Development: What It Means for High Schools and Learning

Organization: Alliance for Excellent Education
Date: December 13, 2016
Time: 3:30-4:45 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: The Alliance for Excellent Education will host a presentation and discussion about adolescent brain development, the recent research in this area, and the potential impact that research could have on schools, teaching and learning, and education policy.

The Alliance’s interest in adolescent brain development is driven by its focus on closing long-standing achievement gaps for traditionally underserved high school students. More than 50 percent of students in the United States are from diverse or low-income families, and there is a moral and economic imperative to explore what’s known from research and apply it to policy and practice to ensure equity in outcomes for all young people.

Professor Ronald Dahl, MD, will present on his research and the topic of adolescent neurodevelopment. Dr. Dahl is a pediatrician and developmental scientist committed to interdisciplinary team research with the long-term goal of improving the lives of children and adolescents. His research ranges from basic studies of neurobiological and psychological development and clinical studies in pediatrics and child psychiatry, to consideration of the social, family, and cultural contexts that shape neurobehavioral development. Dr. Dahl serves as a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, (UC Berkeley) as well as director of the Institute of Human Development and director of the Center on the Developing Adolescent, both also at UC Berkeley.

Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate the discussion and will be joined by Stephanie Wood-Garnett, EdD, vice president of policy to practice at the Alliance. Learn more

Equity and ESSA: Using the New ESSA Regulations to Advance Educational Opportunity

Organization: Alliance for Excellent Education
Date: December 14, 2016
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) and the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) for a webinar on using the new Every Student Succeeds Act regulations to advance equity and educational opportunity. Designed for state policymakers and education stakeholders, the webinar will focus on how states can effectively design multiple-measure accountability systems to assess overall school performance and progress—including gaps in student performance—and drive evidence-based interventions and continuous improvement across all schools and for all students.

Presenters will describe the opportunities and requirements within the U.S. Department of Education’s accountability regulations and share findings from LPI, the Alliance, and the CORE-PACE Research Partnership that detail how multiple measures can be a strategic tool to advance equity and deeper learning in the nation’s schools without masking the performance of student subgroups. Learn more

Closing the Achievement Gap

Organization: REL Mid Atlantic
Date: December 15, 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. Ideas that will be shared are  ideas on effective practices that can help support students, families, and educators to help overcome the achievement gaps.

Questions in Focus: What does the research tell us about the achievement gap and why it exists? How can we support schools with a large proportion of students from low-income backgrounds? How do teachers and schools effectively support their students from different backgrounds? Learn more

What’s in Your Space? The Impact of Space on Student Learning

Organization: Alliance for Excellent Education
Date: December 15, 2016
Time: 10:00-10:30 AM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Please join Future Ready Schools® (FRS) for a webinar that is part of its Leadership Hub, a one-stop-shop of professional learning opportunities for school leaders. For two decades, educators have been told to incorporate skills for the global economy, adapt to diverse learning styles, and employ technology. This requires changing thinking and physical spaces. How can or should these spaces change to keep pace with and reflect twenty-first-century teaching models?

Topics which will be discussed are various aspects of space transformation, including the following: understanding Generation Z; asking thought-provoking questions; and shifting to a twenty-first-century mindset. Learn more