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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Monday, May 2, 2016


Tuesday, May 3, 2016 2 to 3 pm ET
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STEAM Is the New STEM: How You Can Bring It to Your School
How do educators prepare students for jobs that don't even exist yet? Now more than ever, it is important that students engage in STEAM learning in order to be ready for what is around the corner. STEAM—adding Arts to STEM—provides a full, 360-degree approach to 21st-century learning.
This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative in your school or district as well as the necessary tips, tricks, and tools for implementing a successful program. You'll hear from educators including Helen Mowers and Anna Adam from Killeen Independent School District in Texas. Find out how STEAM permeates the curriculum and how tools such as littleBits get students inventing and reimagining the world around them.
Erin Mulcahy, education product strategy lead, littleBits
Anna Adam, administrator, Killeen Independent School District, Texas
Helen Mowers, administrator, Killeen Independent School District, Texas
This webinar will be moderated by Sean Herdman, associate publisher, sales & marketing, Editorial Projects in Education

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 2 to 3 pm ET
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Educator Viewpoints: Personalized Professional Learning Today
Personalized professional learning is the holy grail for educators. Over 200 principals and 300 teachers responded to the Personalized Professional Learning Survey, sharing their viewpoints on best practices and challenges for creating a personalized professional learning climate. What do the results of the survey tell us about how districts can:
  • Shift from a culture of compliance to connection in the professional learning?
  • Strengthen the links between a teacher's professional growth needs and professional learning experiences?
  • Create a backdrop for principals to transform teacher professional learning?
This webinar features two experienced district leaders who invite you to join in the conversation on the best approaches to "AMPing" up actionable, meaningful, and personalized professional learning. Jump into the survey results and get to the heart of personalized professional learning today—you may be surprised at the pitfalls and practices that make a difference.
Jan John, director, professional development, Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas
Jane Respess, director of professional learning and development, Brevard Public Schools, Brevard, Fla.
This webinar will be moderated by Callie Turk, founding principal, Intersections in Education Consulting

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 2 to 3 pm ET

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Maximizing Ed Tech's Reach in Rural School Districts
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 leaders.edweek.org.
And be sure to watch all our past virtual events here.
Technology is a crucial tool to create new opportunities and a wider perspective for students in rural districts. Online courses bring teachers, subjects, and experts to students who wouldn't otherwise have access to them. Teaching technology skills allows students to compete with their peers from more urban areas. But rural education leaders must be creative in their efforts to pay for and build reliable infrastructure, provide home Internet access for students, and implement ed-tech programs. In this webinar, Matt Akin, superintendent of the Piedmont City school district in Alabama, and a 2016 Education Week Leaders to Learn From honoree, shares the strategies he has used to digitize his school system.
Matt Akin, superintendent, Piedmont City School District, Piedmont, Ala.
Adam B. Clemons, principal, Piedmont High School, Ala.
This webinar will be moderated by Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NERA 2016 Conference

NERA Conference News

Ralph Fletcher will speak about Power and Possibility for the Reading and Writing Classroom at the NERA Conference's Friday evening reception! 

Due to personal reasons, Nancie Atwell is unable to attend, and we are so pleased that Ralph is able to join us in her absence.

May 20-21, 2016 in Portland, Maine

Ralph Fletcher is a friend to writing teachers everywhere. He frequently speaks at education conferences in the US and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; What a Writer Needs, 2nd edition; Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Breathing In, Breathing Out. 

Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Flying Solo, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer's Notebook, Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid, Also Known As Rowan Pohi, and Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know. 

His newest book is Making Nonfiction From Scratch (published by Stenhouse). 

Email: fletcher17@earthlink 

Twitter: @FletcherRalph 

P.O. Box 533  
Gardiner, ME 04345

Monday, April 25, 2016



Title: "From STEM to STEAM & how to bring it to your school," presented by littleBits
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
How do educators prepare students for jobs that don’t even exist yet? Now more than ever, it is important that students engage in STEAM learning in order to be ready for what is around the corner. STEAM – adding Arts to STEM – provides a full 360-degree approach to 21st-century learning.

This webinar will give you the inspiration to start your own STEAM learning initiative in your school or district as well as the necessary tips, tricks, and tools for implementing a successful program.

You’ll hear from educators such as Helen Mowers and Anna Adam from Killeen ISD in Texas. Find out how STEAM permeates the entire curriculum and how tools such as littleBits get students inventing and reimagining the world around them.
Christine Leonard
Ayah Bdeir, Founder & CEO, littleBits
Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, an award-winning platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that is empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small. Bdeir is an engineer, interactive artist and one of the leaders of the open source hardware movement. Bdeir’s career and education have centered on advancing open source hardware to make education and innovation more accessible to people around the world. She is a co-founder of the Open Hardware Summit, a TED Senior Fellow and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab.
Anna Adam and Helen Mowers, Administrators, Killeen Independent School District, Texas
Anna Adam and Helen Mowers are the creators of Tech Chick Tips, a podcast with tips for educators about using technology in instruction to engage students. Both work in Central Texas at Killeen Independent School District. Anna has served for the last 18 years as a campus instructional technologist and district-level Digital Learning Specialist. Helen’s 22 years of experience include being a science teacher, instructional technologist, professional developer, and most recently as the Executive Director for Technology Services. Anna is the proud wife of one and mom to three digital kids, ages 16, 14 and 12, and Helen is proud auntie to two digi-nieces, ages 9 and 6 years! Helen and Anna are Apple Distinguished Educators, Google gurus, and addicted to cool gadgets, blogs, podcasts, and social media. The Chicks have presented at numerous state, national, and international events and conferences, including TCEA, TxLA, ISTE, and Bermuda Union of Teachers. You can find them online at FacebookPinterest, and Twitter as @techchick94 and @betterannamac. They can often be found surfing the web at all hours of the day and night looking for new tips and tools that can engage students and teachers! 

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Digital Content Goes to School
With more than 80 percent of schools and districts using digital content in the classroom, have you consider making the shift to digital?
ASCD and OverDrive teamed up to address the most frequently asked questions, including:
  • How do I get started?
  • Which subject areas are available?
  • Is 1:1 required?
  • And many more.
Please join us for our live webinar Digital Content Goes to School: Trends in K-12 Classroom e-Learning as we review research detailing K-12 digital content usage. Survey data from nearly 3,000 administrators will be shared, as well as mini-case studies on successful implementations.
Learn about the most common subjects, devices and funding sources and how schools are increasing usage by students and educators. An executive summary and access to the full report will be available.
Digital Content Goes to School:
Trends in K-12 Classroom e-Learning

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 2:00 p.m. EDT (US)
Presented by Herb Miller, OverDrive
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 2 to 3 pm ET
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Prevention to Intervention: Formative Assessment Reimagined
A new breed of technology is driving a shift in how we view and use formative assessment. When fully realized, educators will be engaged, empowered, and equipped to interrupt, disrupt, and prevent the failure to learn versus treating failed learning. Beyond information, formative assessment reimagined provides in-time insight and intelligence of, for, and by the learner to adapt and adjust learning, as the learner is learning—not after instruction. To that end, this webinar will focus on three essential learnings:
  1. The what, why, and how of reimagined formative assessment;
  2. The transformational impact of instructional and assessment integration; and
  3. The results of assessing leading rather than trailing indicators of learning.
Gregory Firn, superintendent in residence, DreamBox Learning
This webinar will be moderated by Stefani Kauppila, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning
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Thursday, April 28, 2016 3 to 4 pm ET
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English-Learners and the Common Core: New Instructional Strategies
As many educators are discovering, Common Core State Standards pose particular challenges for English-language learners in both language arts and mathematics, and yet the standards documents themselves provide little guidance for how teachers can help their ELLs meet the new objectives. In this webinar, veteran teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski, authors of the forthcoming Navigating the Common Core With English Language Learners, will offer practical guidance on integrating the standards into instruction for ELLs. The authors will discuss research and developments in ELL education, examine the standards in depth with eye towards challenges and opportunities for ELL students, and provide targeted scaffolding techniques and instructional activities. The goal will be to give attendees a better understanding of how and when to adapt instruction under the common core to the particular needs of English-learners.
Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Larry Ferlazzo is an award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., and the author of Education Week Teacher's blog Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo.
Katie Hull Sypnieski teaches English and English-language development at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., and is the co-author of Navigating the Common Core With English Language Learners.
This webinar will be moderated by Anthony Rebora, managing editor, Education Week Teacher; assistant managing editor, Education Week

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Using A Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Approach to Individualized Instruction

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm - SERC, Middletown - Fee $10.00 per person - Breakfast and lunch included

Monday, April 18, 2016


Content provided by:
Innovation for Diverse 21st Century Learning Environments
Omaha Public Schools, under Executive Director of IMS Rob Dickson, strengthens innovation through technology integration to serve 52,000 diverse students and improve learning. The district's new strategic plan places an emphasis on the "why" to make purposeful decisions regarding needs assessments and classroom 21st century skills to focus on what is best for the student and bring real change.
This webinar walks attendees through key components of the plan and shares best practices for other schools embarking on similar journeys. Key areas addressed include:
  • How technology-based solutions evolved to support a data-driven approach to professional learning and delivered school learning improvements.
  • How Microsoft Innovative Educators throughout the district can serve as a pipeline for professional learning to support adoption of tools that enhance collaboration, communication, efficiency, and innovative classroom instruction.
  • Advancing the use of blended-learning environments and enabling educational opportunities through new devices including Surface Pro for students and staff.
Rebecca Chambers, technology coach, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Melissa Cleaver, instructional technology trainer, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Rob Dickson, executive director of IMS, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Eileen Heller, innovation facilitator, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Keegan Korf, digital citizenship lead teacher, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
Kelly Means, innovation facilitator, Omaha public schools, Omaha, Neb.
This webinar will be moderated by Preston Peine, Microsoft Corporation

Join Learning Forward and AASA for a FREE Webinar
How Can Supervisors Shape Effective Principals?
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Time: 1-2 p.m. ET

Today's school principals need support for their development and growth as society places higher expectations on them to be instructional leaders who improve student learning and achievement. A new first-ever set of standards, developed by a committee of 12 educators led by the Council of Chief State School Officers whose work was supported by The Wallace Foundation, is intended to assist state education agencies and local school districts to help recruit, select, support and evaluate supervisors of principals. The standards emphasize shifting the supervisor's role away from the traditional focus on bureaucratic compliance toward fostering the growth of effective principals who improve both teaching and learning.

Participants will:
  • Learn about the standards cited in the Model Principal Supervisor Professional Standards 2015 and ways in which they could adopt and internalize these new standards within their districts.
  • Hear how High School District 214 in Illinois is applying Standards 1 and 2 to improve the effectiveness of its school leaders.
  • Learn about resources from Learning Forward and other organizations that support principal supervisors in meeting the needs of their principals.
  • Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward
  • Mary Canole, School Leadership Consultant, CCSSO
  • David Schuler, Superintendent, High School District 214 (IL) and AASA President
  • MODERATOR: MaryAnn Jobe, Director, Education and Leadership Development, AASA