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Teacher Residency Programs – Alternative Path to Preparation

Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Central
Date: April 22, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: This webinar will present an overview of teacher residency programs, including program components, participant demographics, and research gaps in existing knowledge of effective teacher residency programs. It will also contain information about how teacher residency programs fit into the larger teacher preparation landscape and how these programs can serve high-need settings, including rural school districts.

Participants will become familiar with research gaps in existing knowledge around effective teacher residency programs; and understand how teacher residency programs fit into the landscape of teacher preparation. Learn more

Creating and Using Automated Data Dashboards for Teachers

Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic
Date: April 24, 2014
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: When examining simple classroom data, teachers value software systems that allow them to manipulate and display raw data and give them the ability to summarize data. But while the data are often available, training resources for accessing and interpreting the information are hard to find.

This webinar offers K-12 teachers a unique opportunity to create data dashboards cost efficiently, while using software that teachers already know (MS Word and Excel). Participants will work with sample Excel and Word documents to create dashboards from sample data. The webinar examples will show how to combine classroom assessment, attendance, participation, and other data into one dashboard. This webinar will also help classroom teachers searching for technical assistance on how to use data for decision making. Learn more

Beyond Field Trips: Museums and the Classroom

Organization: Magnet Schools of America
Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: This webinar will showcase the many ways in which museums are participating in the formal learning landscape. You’ve heard about field trips, but traveling exhibits, professional development for current and future teachers, and in-depth partnerships with schools? Come see how museums are reaching students in innovative ways. Learn more

Root Cause Analysis

Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic
Date: April 30, 2014
Time: 4:00-5:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Root cause analysis is a powerful method schools use to analyze data to solve problems; it aims to identify and correct the root causes of problems or events, rather than simply addressing their symptoms. It also helps prevent schools from making incorrect assumptions that solve the “wrong” problem. Educators use this approach in their schools and districts, both reactively (to understand the success or failure of past strategies) and proactively (to plan improvements in school performance). Join us to learn from a veteran practitioner about the value of this process and practical ways to use it in your school or district. This webinar will be helpful to educators regardless of whether they are familiar with this method of data use in their schools. Learn more

The “Long Now”: Local Data in an Era of State Longitudinal Data Systems

Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands
Date: April 30, 2014
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: This webinar examines both the potential and the traps of longitudinal data systems; meeting FERPA requirements; and creating secure, private, and agile databases that require a minimum of capital investment and humanpower to maintain. This event is designed to help build capacity among local education agency (LEA) members to use and access data to address questions around improving low-performing schools.

District and school leaders across the Northeast and Islands Region and the United States should attend, as well as state-level officials who manage or advise districts on the use of state and local longitudinal databases. Learn more

What Should School Systems Expect During the Transition to the Common Core and Consortia Assessments?

Organization: EdWeek
Date: May 2, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: The Common Core State Standards have shifted the focus in education away from basic proficiency toward preparing students to be college and career ready. Many districts are in the early stages of transitioning to assessments designed to measure student performance relative to these standards, and from this process, important trends have started to emerge, including:

• Cut scores are significantly higher on new common-core assessments than cut scores on previous proficiency assessments, which has resulted in notable declines in proficiency rates.
• The move to these new assessments has created a break in longitudinal data for many school systems, which makes it difficult to evaluate trends in student achievement.
• Districts may need to identify alternative data sources to help teachers better recognize their students’ strengths and weaknesses.

This webinar will share early results from these new assessments and discuss issues that educators should consider throughout this transition process. Learn more

Proficiency- and Competency-Based Learning: Emerging Research on Implementation and Outcomes

Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands
Date: May 5, 2014
Time: 12:30-2:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Proficiency- and competency-based learning has generated a great deal of interest among states, districts, and high schools seeking to meet the needs of individual students more effectively as well as to boost graduation rates. Because research on the implementation and outcomes of this reform is still limited, the Northeast College and Career Readiness Research Alliance has focused its long-term research agenda on P/CBL. This webinar explores emerging research on P/CBL and its implications for practice in states, districts, and schools.

SEA and LEA officials, district and school administrators, teacher leaders, researchers, and state-level policymakers across the Northeast and Islands Region with an interest in proficiency-based learning and its implications and outcomes should attend. Learn more

Raising the Bar: Magnet School Standards of Excellence

Organization: Magnet Schools of America
Date: May 6, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Magnet Schools of America is in the process of developing national standards to certify high-quality magnet schools.  Learn more the standards, provide feedback, and learn how implementation will impact your school and district. Learn more

Starting or Reviving an Arts Magnet School

Organization: Magnet Schools of America
Date: May 7, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: We will provide an overview of best practice planning, evaluating, and implementing effective organizational development for elementary, middle, and secondary arts magnet schools. This webinar will addresses a wide range of issues from purposes to finances, governance, staffing, facilities, evaluation, planning, and more. Learn more

Using Teacher Evaluation to Change Teaching

Organization: Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic
Date: May 15, 2014
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: This webinar will examine concerns related to the use of teacher evaluations, with emphasis on how evaluations can improve teaching. Participants will become familiar with the research, including the Understanding Teaching Quality study. They will also learn how various measures might be used to improve teaching.

The goals of this webinar are to learn how teacher evaluation can improve teaching; to examine how schools can implement teacher evaluation in valid ways; and to review the research on using measures of teaching to support teacher improvement. Learn more

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