Monday, May 23, 2016


Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2 to 3 pm ET

Trends for the 21st Century: Preparing for the Schools of Tomorrow
Whether we look at rapidly shifting demographics, constantly emerging technologies, the way we learn or the way we lead, K-12 schools are experiencing dramatic changes that will have lasting effects on young people, and ultimately, the nation as a whole. This webinar, based on futurist Gary Marx's book Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century, offers a deeper understanding of impending challenges and opportunities to prepare educators for the schools of tomorrow. Marx provides concrete strategies for school and district leaders to:
  • Engage students, staff, and colleagues in active learning and problem-solving skills,
  • Build adaptability and resilience in leadership roles,
  • Keep in touch with rapidly changing institutions and communities,
  • Understand and plan for the effects of societal development, and
  • Release ingenuity and creativity in others.
Gary Marx, president, Center for Public Outreach
This webinar will be moderated by Mary Hendrie, assistant commentary editor, Education Week

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 2 to 3 pm ET
ESSA Explained: Inside the Nation's New K-12 Law
The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law in December, is poised to shake up the landscape for states and districts on everything from school accountability to testing, teacher policy, and funding. This latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act shifts significant K-12 responsibility away from the federal level. States will set their own academic goals for students, within certain federal boundaries, and have more control over how to turn around low-performing schools. But there are plenty of other changes to come, and regulations under the law are still being hammered out, while members of Congress watch the rollout, many of them looking to keep the U.S. Department of Education on a tight leash. Join members of the Education Week government and policy staff for a conversation about key aspects of ESSA and what's in store for state and district leaders.
Andrew Ujifusa, assistant editor, Education Week
This webinar will be moderated by Mark W. Bomster, assistant managing editor, Education Week
Register Here

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New LibGuides!

Check out the two newest SERC Library LibGuides!

STEM / STEAM - 2015 

and while still "Under construction" STEM / STEAM 2016

We will continue to added to the STEM / STEAM 2016 LibGuide as the year progresses, so remember to check back in periodically throughout the year!

Friday, May 13, 2016

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!
In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, please join us for a week of 15-minute Coffee Break webinars. There is no registration needed to join. Use the links below to access each video at the date and time given:
Monday, May 16, 2016 at 2 p.m. EDT
Debunking Common Myths about Using Assistive Technology with Young Children

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. EDT
Don't Wait to Communicate! Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 2 p.m. EDT
Quality Hearing Screening Practices for Children Birth to 5 Years of Age

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. EDT
Using a Multi-Modal Approach to Support Children with Hearing Loss

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 2 p.m. EDT
Center on Technology and Disability: Free Resources to Support the Use of Assistive Technology in Young Children with Disabilities

We hope that you will join us to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month by participating in the webinars.
For more information on Better Hearing and Speech Month, go here and here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Three webinars

Free Webinar:
Intentional and Targeted Teaching
The Framework for Intentional and Targeted Teaching®—or FIT Teaching®—is a research-based, field-tested, and experience-honed process that captures the essentials of the best educational environments. In contrast to restrictive pedagogical prescriptions or formulas, FIT Teaching empowers teachers to adapt the most effective planning, instructional, and assessment practices to their particular context in order to move their students' learning from where it is now to where it should be.
To be a FIT Teacher is to make a heroic commitment to learning—not just to the learning of every student in the classroom, but to the professional learning necessary to grow, inspire, and lead. Join Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey, authors of the new ASCD book Intentional and Targeted Teaching: A Framework for Teacher Growth and Leadership, in an engaging webinar where they 
examine what makes great teachers great, and share how 
educators at all grade levels and all levels of experience are 
 taking intentional steps toward enhanced professional practice.
Intentional and Targeted Teaching: 
Framework for Teacher Growth and Leadership
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 3:00 p.m. EDT (US) 
Presented by Doug Fisher and Nancy Free


Thursday, May 12, 2016, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.
Providing Meaningful Support for Principals
Join us for this webinar from our Education Week Leaders To Learn From virtual events series. This annual Leaders To Learn From 
special report shines a light on forward-thinking district leaders who 
seize on good ideas and execute them well in their school systems. 
 Throughout 2016, we'll host webinars, live chats, and more virtual 
events related to this year's Leaders.
Find out more at
And be sure to watch all our past virtual events here.
As an instructional leadership director in the Tulsa, Okla., 
school district, Julio César Contreras is redefining what it means 
to supervise principals. He eschews micromanaging school leaders 
and instead works alongside them to help them meet the goals of 
the district's long-range plan and to improve teacher performance 
in their schools. He holds frequent meetings with principals to 
discuss and improve their work, visits classrooms constantly, and 
strategically uses data about classroom performance to help school 
leaders make decisions. In this webinar, Contreras, a 2016 Education 
 Week Leaders To Learn From honoree, will detail the strategies he 
uses to partner with principals to help them grow professionally, as 
well as support their work to improve teaching and learning in their 
Julio César Contreras, instructional leadership director, Tulsa Public
 Schools, Okla.
Jody Parsons, principal, Hale Junior High School, Tulsa, Okla.
This webinar will be moderated by Andrew Ujifusa, assistant editor,
Education Week

Unlocking the Mystery of Project-Based Blended Learning
Learn how Renton Prep uses Office 365 to go from project co-design with students to creating artifacts, peer assessment and communicating learning with others. Feature tools in this webinar 
include: OneNote, Sway,, Snip, Fresh Paint, Office Mix, 
Office Lens, Forms, and Surface. Our guests will explore the 
  • How your students can interact with a hands-on investigation of literature, science, and art in OneNote.
  • How to formatively assess students with Forms to drive student ownership and direction for revision.
  • Managing student co-authoring, collaboration, revision, production, and presentation when students build projects across disciplines.
  • Capturing student thought using Fresh Paint and Snip for formative and non-traditional assessment.
  • Both digital and non-digital artifacts (with Office Lens) are collected in digital portfolio, newsletters, and journals in Sway and
Michelle Zimmerman, educator and researcher, Renton Prep Christian School
Student presenters: Nathan Craia, Jasmine Fernandez, Leah Mathew
This webinar will be moderated by Mark Sparvell, senior manager, education, Microsoft

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day and Week 2016!

While we celebrate, this day and this week especially for you, we appreciate throughout the year all that you do!

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