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Ensuring Civil Rights in Education: Planning for Alternatives to Zero Tolerance Policies

Organization: Great Lakes Equity Center
Date: August 25, 2015
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: In the final installment of this webinar series on ensuring civil rights in education. Participants will: critically examine the consequences of zero tolerance policies in schools; learn about more equitable alternatives to zero tolerance policies; and better understand how to implement culturally responsive policies and practices. Learn more

Engaging Families in Partnership Programs to Promote Student Success

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: August 27, 2015
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Family engagement positively affects a range of student outcomes, including grades, behavior, enrollment in higher level programs, graduation, and college attendance. 

In this webinar, Dr. Joyce Epstein, Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools, will discuss what the research says about effective family engagement. She will also present ways in which district and school leadership can promote family engagement. Participants will learn strategies that district leaders, school leaders, and teachers can use to increase family engagement in their school communities. Learn more

Differentiated Instruction

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Current federal policy mandates that states are responsible for ensuring that all students, especially those with disabilities and English learners, are making significant gains in their learning. One promising approach to address the needs of students with varied abilities is the practice of differentiation. Research has shown that differentiated instruction has a positive impact on the achievement of students with disabilities.

In this webinar, Dr. Carol Tomlinson of the University of Virginia will present the research base supporting the practice of differentiation and will describe the characteristics of effective differentiation. She will lead a discussion of how quality preparation can build and strengthen teachers’ knowledge and skills in implementing differentiated instruction strategies. Participants will also explore the important role school leaders play in supporting teachers so that they can successfully implement differentiation in their classrooms. Learn more

Coaching to Assist Teachers of Students Struggling in Mathematics

Organization: REL Central
Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: This webinar will provide participants with a deeper understanding of how mathematics coaching can support teachers with students who are struggling to learn mathematics. This coaching increases teacher knowledge about intervention instruction in mathematics and the impact of monitoring students’ progress through available resources, and warns against content and instructional practices that actually interfere with struggling students learning mathematics. Barbara Dougherty, PhD, the Richard G. Miller Endowed Chair for Mathematics Education and a Research Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Missouri–Columbia,  will present her research on strategies to support struggling learners and assessments to support progress monitoring in algebra. Her focus will also extend to teaching strategies which are often employed by teachers to make mathematics easier but actually pose problems to learning mathematics. Arlene Mitchell (REL Central) and John Sutton (REL Central) will facilitate the session. Learn more

Effective Literacy Interventions

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: October 22, 2015
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: Research shows that literacy intervention programs can help students who have reading difficulties, especially when the interventions occur schoolwide.

Janice A. Dole, Professor and Director of the Reading and Literacy Program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah, will discuss different strategies for delivering literacy instruction to meet a range of student needs, including the ways in which teachers can collaborate with reading specialists to achieve this purpose. Participants will also learn about the role of school leaders in implementing effective literacy intervention at the school level. Learn more

Effective Integration of Technology and Instruction

Organization: REL Mid-Atlantic
Date: December 3, 2015
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM EASTERN
Registration: Individual registration is required to participate in this webinar.
Description: The U.S. Department of Education has found that students exposed to both face-to-face and online instruction are more successful than students exposed to only one of these types of teaching. Technologies of all sorts are ubiquitous in most children’s lives and are increasingly part of an educator’s toolbox of instructional strategies. Researchers are seeking ways to assess teachers’ knowledge of pedagogical strategies employing technology even as the education community continues to discover related best practices.

In this webinar, long-time educator and developer of education technology Michael Jay will discuss the importance of using technology to support learning and give examples of how teachers can integrate technology into their instruction based on the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Learn more