Monday, May 12, 2014

Guess what ----- More Webinars!

Join us on Wednesday, May 14 at 3 p.m. Eastern for Avoiding Student Brain Drain: 3 Powerful Ways to Inspire Student Learning Over the Summer with Melissa Whipple, retired family outreach and engagement trainer and consultant for San Diego Unified Schools. Learnmore and pre-register. Visit the Parent Involvement & Community Engagement in K-12 community at

Join us on Tuesday, May 20, at 5 p.m. Eastern for Finding a Safe Environment Where Your Students Can Blog with Shannon Holden, assistant principal, Republic Middle School in Missouri. Learnmore and pre-register. Visit the TechTools for the Classroom community at

FROM AbleNet:

Wednesday, 05/14/2014
QIAT Session 9: Administrative Support of AT Services
Administrative support and leadership for developing and delivering assistive technology services involves the development of policies, procedures, and other supports necessary to improve quality of services and sustain effective assistive technology programs. If you are looking
for strategies to improve administrative support or if you are not sure about ways your agency can offer administrative support for
AT services, this session will be of value. The QIAT Leadership Team
will share the Quality Indicators for Administrative Support for AT. We will provide options for effective practice, and principles to guide administrative
support at the state, district or building level.

• Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM CDT
• Presenters: Joan Breslin-Larson & Penny Reed of
• Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Register for webinar

Thursday, 05/15/2014

Switching on the TV: Options for Switch Users to Control Devices Through Tablets
Tablets offer so many Applications, including control of TV and Cable. With accessibility options, this control is available to switch users, as well. Switch operated Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADLs) can be costly and may be outdated when used with newer TV and Cable options. Tablet control has limitations that have yet to be solved. This webinar will present the latest options, advantages and limitations.

• Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM CDT
• Presenter: Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS
• Level: Beginner
Register for webinar

FROM Education Week:

Tapping Teachers to Play a Lead Role in Shaping Common-Core Implementation
As districts across the country grapple with implementing the Common Core State Standards, learn about the strategies employed by Nevada's second largest school system, where educator Aaron Grossman was tapped for a special assignment to help his district take on the new standards. The initiative has put teachers at the center of efforts to develop resources and professional development to support implementation. Grossman is joined by former educator David Liben of Student Achievement Partners, who has worked with states and school districts on the common core and will share additional strategies.
Aaron Grossman, core task project leader, Washoe County Public Schools, Nev., and 2014 Leader To Learn From
David Liben, senior content specialist, literacy and English language arts team, Student Achievement Partners
This webinar will be moderated by Alyssa Morones, contributing writer, Education Week
Registernow for this free live webinar.

Practical Instructional Transitions for Elementary Math in the Common-Core Era
As teachers and instructional leaders in 44 states and the District of Columbia immerse themselves in the Common Core State Standards in math, they continue to hunt for effective resources and instructional techniques. In this webinar, math instructional expert Zachary Champagne will delve into fresh ways of thinking about elementary math in light of the common standards, offering new approaches to modeling problems and improving formative assessment. Champagne will offer actionable solutions for instruction under the math standards.
Zachary Champagne, researcher, Mathematics Formative Assessment Project, Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; former Duval County, Fla., Teacher of the Year.
This webinar will be moderated by Ross Brenneman, assistant editor, Education Week Teacher
Registernow for this free live webinar.


Improving STEM Education Through Community Partnerships
In Oregon, six regional science, technology, engineering, and math "hubs," or cross-sector partnerships, have won grants to help improve STEM education statewide. The hubs link K-12 schools with universities, businesses, and community organizations, such as nonprofits and museums, to boost in-school and out-of-school STEM opportunities for students. Such partnerships are popping up in states around the country.
In this webinar, Mark Lewis, Oregon's STEM Director, and Lita Colligan, the South Metro-Salem STEM co-chair, will share lessons they've learned on building community-based partnerships among science- and math-focused groups. They'll answer questions about what other states, communities, and STEM leaders should consider in developing their own hubs, and how connecting science and math efforts can be a long-term improvement strategy.
The underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the Noyce Foundation.
Lita Colligan, associate vice president, strategic partnerships and government relations, Oregon Institute of Technology and co-chair, South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership
Mark Lewis, director of STEM, Oregon Education Investment Board
This webinar will be moderated by Liana Heitin, assistant editor, Education Week
Registernow for this free live webinar. 
FROM eSchool News:

Going 1:1 with Google for Education:  Firsthand Experience with Google Apps and Chromebooks
Thursday, May 22, 2014
2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST
Duration:  1 hour
Cost:  Free

Webinar Overview:
In this webinar, you’ll hear directly from Hank Thiele, Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Learning at Maine Township High School District 207. Hank will discuss how the district has gone 1:1 with Google for Education solutions. The District is committed to providing a superior education for all its students, to build their passion for learning, and prepare them for their future careers.
Maine Township High School District near Chicago has used Google Apps for Education (GAFE) since 2007 and was one of the first K-12 districts to use the productivity suite. More than 7,000 students from a range of cultural backgrounds attend the three schools there. Now the three schools in the district are using Chromebooks as part of their 1:1 program.
During this webinar, we will cover:
  • The Google for Education solution which includes Chromebooks, tablets with Google Play for Education, and Google Apps for Education
  • How this solution can be used to improve student learning, collaboration, and innovation
  • How a district has grown up with Google over the past 7 years
  • Hear first hand experience from a district planning to go 1:1 and year 1 with Chromebooks
  • Learn how the school district put the ingredients, like professional development, in place for a successful roll out and first year.
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Webinar Speakers:
James Leonard
Google for Education Team,
James Leonard
Hank Thiele
Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Learning, Maine Township High School, District 207
Hank Thiele

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