Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday!  
The SERC Library Staff

Friday, November 20, 2015


Free Webinar on Balanced Leadership
What is it that makes some school leaders great and others not so great? Why are some principals able to turn around their schools, when others turn around themselves and walk away from their schools, as evidenced by the exceptionally high turnover rate among school leaders? Based on a scientific analysis of decades of research and years of experience working with principals solving real problems, we've arrived at a simple answer: Balance.

Join Bryan Goodwin, lead author of the new ASCD book, Balanced Leadership forPowerful Learning , for this in-depth webinar where he will share practical strategies that self-professed ordinary people have used to become extraordinary leaders. You will learn about the three key roles that leaders must balance to be effective: visionary strategists, optimistic change agents, and purpose driven team builders
Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 3:00 p.m. ET (US)
Presented by Bryan Goodwin, McREL International

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Student Achievement Series:
The Impact of Positive Behavior Reinforcement on the K-12 Classroom
Wednesday, December 8, 2015
1 PM Central
Hosted by:  Jimmy Myrick, Student Achievement Expert

Brookes Publishing
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You've heard about the new Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills. Now learn Howto Get the Most Out of TILLS in a free webinar by the lead tool developer.
On Thursday, December 10th, at 3:00 p.m. EST, Dr. Nicki Nelson will talk about how to use design features unique to TILLS to assess a student's oral and written language.
In the webinar, you'll learn
  • how TILLS subtests assess language levels using parallel tasks across communication modalities
  • how to interpret patterns of students' strengths and needs, and
  • how to use information from the Student Language Scale to know what to prioritize when planning intervention

WEBINAR: Foundational Reading Skills

FOUNDATIONAL READING SKILLS: Standards Tell Us What--Research Tells Us How 

We know that all students need the foundational skills to become proficient readers. 

"The Common Core State Standards define what foundational skills students should have by the end of each grade (K-5), but the standards do not tell teachers how they should teach. Teachers are thus free to provide students with whatever tools and knowledge their professional judgment and experience identify as most helpful for meeting the goals set out in the standards." (From Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, 2010) 

You can meet the goals by emphasizing skills that impact reading development and predict reading success. You can accelerate student progress by using highly-effective strategies to teach the foundational skills to developing and struggling readers. 

Attend this public webinar to: 

• Learn which foundational skills serve as predictors for reading success. 
• Understand the research about critical content and effective strategies for teaching the foundational skills. 
• Understand the implications of the research for instructional planning and priorities. 
• Recognize the role progress monitoring and ongoing assessment play in differentiating instruction. 
• Understand how to apply best practices to your current curriculum and lesson design to maximize student progress. 
• Receive FREE “Takeaways”—resources that will help you implement your current curriculum more effectively! 

This FREE 60-minute webinar is appropriate for: 
• Classroom teachers 
• Reading specialists 
• Title I teachers 
• Special Ed and RTI teachers 
• Curriculum specialists 
• Educational consultants 
• Tutors 
• Homeschool parents 

Other Details: 
- We will be using GoToWebinar. 
- You can join our session by using a Mac, PC or a mobile device. 

Monday, November 9, 2015


Closing Math Learning Gaps with Data & Formative Assessment

When combining digital curriculum that provides formative assessment data with everyday instructional practices, educators are equipped to address math learning gaps in real-time.  Join Kristine Tipton, Innovation Coach at DeKalb County Central United School District, Ind., as she shares how she's been able to use digital curriculum like DreamBox Learning Math to support deeper learning at her schools.

This interactive discussion includes:
  • Creating a personalized learning environment to enhance instructional practice 
  • Leveraging formative assessment data to close math learning gaps
Kristine Tipton, innovation coach, DeKalb County Central United school district, Ind/
This webinar will be moderated by Joe Trahan, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning.

 Formative Assessment:  Balancing grading and a focus on improvement

Many experts say that tasks used for formative assessment should not be graded.  Formative assessment is about gauging progress toward a learning goal, giving feedback, and working with students to fill in the gaps.  Grading can complicate that process, they argue.

But drawing a line between formative assessment and grading can be tough in the classroom setting.  Teachers may get pressure from parents and the district to give grades on student work.  And some students may be more likely to complete tasks when they're scored.  In this webinar, an education research professor and an English teacher will discuss why many people say formative assessments and grades shouldn't mix, and what teachers can do to get around that.


Lorrie Shepard, dean and distinguished professor of research and evaluation methodology, the University of Colorado Boulder

Scott Filkins, English teacher at Central High School in Champaign, Ill., and member of the National Council of Teachers of English Task Force on Assessment

This webinar will be moderated by Liana Heitin, assistant editor, Education Week.


Assessment includes a wide variety of methods that educators use to evaluate, measure, and document the academic readiness, learning progress, and skill acquisition of students. But testing alone does nothing.

Join us as we welcome special guest Nancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D,  teacher, consultant, and author of Assessment Powered Teaching and Using Test Data for Student Achievement to learn strategies for teachers and administrators to gather and use student test data to enhance student learning and close achievement gaps.

During the webinar, Dr. Sindelar will cover:
  • The meaning and purpose of different assessment types and how they complement one another
  • How high performing schools use formative and summative assessments to make sound instructional decisions
  • Strategies to take back to the classroom, including using data to provide effective feedback and motivate students with the results of their learning
  • Tips on implementing peer tutoring based on assessment results

Friday, November 6, 2015

Veterans Day

For more information on Veterans Day, check out the sites below:  

History of Veterans Day - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of Public Affairs

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Veterans Day - National Constitution Center

Veterans Day - U.S.Army Center of Military History

Veterans Day - Paralyzed Veterans of America

Veterans Day - America's Library

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

America Recycles Day on November 15th!

Check out these resources from TeacherVision:


Environmental Science Teacher Resources

Environmental Science is the study of the physical, biological, and chemical conditions of the environment, and how those conditions are affected by outside forces, including climate change, global warming, pollution, and other human factors. Teaching resources on environmental science will help your class explore the implications of climate change on Earth. Find out what scientists think about this global crisis with our articles and references. You will find the perfect activity to celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15.

Resources on the site include:

Recycling Resources
Greenhouse Effect & Ozone Depletion Resources
Engery, Power, & Electricity Resources
Natural Resources Conservation
Earth Day Activities
Human Influence on the Environment
Climate Change & Modeling Resources
Global Warming Resources
Pullution & Environmental Science
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