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.

A Reflection on the Field of Competency Education and Emerging Issues

Organization: International Association for K-12 Online Learning
Date: August 23, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Join this webinar to hear competency-based education experts Susan Patrick and Chris Sturgis reflect on the current state of competency-based education. Help identify the field’s emerging issues and provide insights to inform the future direction of competency-based education. Learn more

ESSA: Professional Development for Educators

Organization: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Date: August 25, 2016
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Join ASCD's Government Relations team in an engaging webinar outlining the definition and delivery of educator supports under ESSA. This discussion will focus on how the new law promotes personalized, ongoing, job-embedded activities for all school staff. You will also learn about the new definition of professional development and program requirements; the new expanded list of school personnel eligible to access PD funds; and changes to the Title II funding formula. 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

EdWeek Campus-Wide: 7 Things K-12 Educators Should Know About Edweek.org

Organization: EdWeek
Date: August 31, 2016
Time: 2:00- 3:00 PM EST
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar
Description: Ever consider how edweek.org might empower educators at your school or district? K-12 leaders in growing numbers are using Education Week as a PD tool to keep their teachers and administrators informed and engaged. Join Education Week Librarian Holly Peele as she offers 7 key insights on what edweek.org has to offer for K-12 educators in this easy-to-follow discussion. 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