Monday, May 5, 2014

This week and some for next week - Free Webinars!

Introducing the Whole Child Symposium
"Choosing Your Tomorrow Today"
 Join ASCD for two free events in May: the WholeChild Symposium Live and the WholeChild Symposium Virtual, a series of discussions about effective education and education systems around the world. Much like the Whole Child Virtual Conference of years past, both events are great opportunities for you to interact with leading education thinkers. 
Mark your calendar for 12:00–3:00 p.m., eastern time, on May 8 to watch the Whole Child Symposium Live stream online. This discussion, which delves into the symposium theme "Choosing Your Tomorrow Today," will feature ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter and a panel of education experts. Participants are encouraged to join in the online dialogue via Twitter with #WCSymposium2014 during the event.
Register now for the Whole Child Symposium Virtual sessions on May 14 and 15. As an attendee, you will hear from four live panels of school leaders, policy experts, teachers, and students. These panelists will explore how decisions concerning education policy, schools, classroom instruction, and students today affect what children, societies, and economies will need and become tomorrow.
About ASCD's Whole Child Initiative
Launched in 2007, ASCD's Whole Child initiative is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of children. Through the initiative, ASCD helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action. Learn more at

 From Education Week:

Connecting Communities: The Importance of Culture in Digital World Language & ELL Instruction
"Solutions to many of our ecological problems lie in an approach that celebrates, empowers, and nurtures the cultural, artistic, historical and spiritual resources of each local community and region. [...] Schools and other educational institutions can and should play a central role in this process."-Laurie Lane-Zucker, 2004

Join the discussion with educators and curriculum designers from Middlebury Interactive Languages, who will share their experiences utilizing place-based and community-based pedagogies to help world language students and English Language Learners connect with neighborhood communities. The panel of speakers will discuss best practices, as well as challenges, in connecting culture with world language and ELL instruction.
By attending this free one-hour dialogue, you'll learn about:
  • Place-based and community-based pedagogy
  • Design principles to support a community-based approach in language education, and
  • The impact of place-based pedagogy on student learning experiences.
Matthew Baughman,principal, Coventry Village School, The International School of Stuttgart, Germany
Aline Germain-Rutherford, Ph.D.,chief learning officer, Middlebury Interactive Languages, and director, Middlebury College French School
Kim Griffinprogram director, Summer Language Academy, Comillas, Spain
Dana Laursensenior director, curriculum development & effectiveness, Middlebury Interactive Languages
Becky Rheadirector academic programs design and development, Middlebury Interactive Languages
This webinar will be moderated by Lee McIsaac, director of professional development, Middlebury Interactive Languages
Registernow for this free live webinar.

From Closing the Gap:

Can Low Incidence Students Become First-Time Writers? Learn How!
Dr. Janet Sturm60 MINUTES
Thursday, May 8, 2014
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Central Daylight Time
Dr. Janet Sturm, Professor at Central Michigan University, will share stories about students who were never expected to write, like Antonio and Sean. Now, as teenagers, they are expressing themselves through writing, despite their various disabilities. Dr. Sturm will explain how she and the teachers at four Michigan schools helped their students learn to write. They introduced an innovative, student-friendly software tool, First Author Writing Software, that gets students excited about writing and also has a built-in new methodology, First Author Writing Measures, that helps teachers measure emergent writing progress. The students now proudly say, "I'm an author!"

Ph.D, CCC-SLP, Central Michigan University Professor. Additionally, Janet collaborated with Don Johnston in the development of First Author Software.

Participants must register to receive confirmation and login instructions.

Participation in this free, sponsored webinar is limited to the first 100 log-ins.

From :

Join us on Thursday, May 8, at 5 p.m. Eastern for Open Educational Resources (OER) 101 with Hetav Sanghavi, senior director of marketing and strategic partnerships at CK-12. Learnmore and pre-register. Visit the Open Educational Resources (OER) in the K-12 Classroom community at


Join us on Tuesday, May 13, at 5 p.m. Eastern for Evaluating and Curating Online Information with Jerry Blumengarten, former NYC educator and host of Learnmore and pre-register. Visit the Reinventing the Classroom community at

 From School Improvement Network:

Free Webinar: Learn to Develop Rich Assessment Tasks with Jay McTighe

Jay McTigheIn this webinar, we’ll explore a set of practical and proven design tools for developing quality performance tasks based on Jay McTighe’s new LumiBook, Core Learning: Assessing What Matters Most. Such tasks provide more than simply another method for measuring learning—they embody the most important goals of the Standards, while engaging students in meaningful learning.

The Common Core and Next Generation Standards call for students to apply their learning in authentic ways—e.g., to “closely” read complex texts, develop and critique arguments, solve “messy” problems requiring sound reasoning and perseverance, and engage in scientific inquiry.

These goals demand concomitant assessments that call for more than making a selection from given answers in a selected-response format. Richer, more authentic tasks are needed.

NOTE: This live webinar will cover the same information as the one presented on March 20, 2014.

Click here to register to attend the “Developing Rich Assessment Tasks” webinar.
Developing Rich Assessment Tasks
Presented by Jay McTighe
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

12 PM (PDT) | 1 PM (MDT) | 2 PM (CDT) | 3 PM (EDT)
*Please note your specific timezone.

This webinar is free and will also be available to watch on our webinars page two business days after the live presentation.

From Compass Learning:

Assessment results can be used to improve teaching and learning, as well as for
accountability and grading. Join us for a free webinar in which Educational Author
and Consultant Jay McTighe will explore:
·         The need for multiple assessment measures
·         Ways of analyzing accountability test results to inform instruction
·         Measuring what matters most: using performance assessment data to guide teaching
·         Ways of using diagnostic (pre-) and on-going (formative) assessments to provide feedback to teachers and students
Event Details
Date: May 15, 2014
Time: 1:00 PM CST
Duration: 60 minutes
Guest Speaker
Jay McTighe

Educational Author and Consultant

Making the VR Connection!

Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Youth Transitions Collaborative, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will host an educational seminar, Making the VR Connection. This seminar is designed to inform youth with disabilities, their family members, practitioners, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors, educators, public and private sector agencies, and other stakeholders about the importance of collaboration to ensure a smooth transition process for students with disabilities as they exit school and prepare for post-school activities. Please join us to learn more about interagency collaborative models, the VR process, transition practices, requirements, and more.

Featured Speakers include:
  • Jessie MacKinnon, Chief Operating Officer, National Youth Transitions Center
  • Sue Swenson, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OSERS
  • Janet LaBreck, Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration
  • Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs
  • Carol Dobak, VR Unit Chief, Rehabilitation Services Administration
  • Rogerio M. Pinto, Associate Professor, Columbia University
  • Andrea Guest, Director, Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Alyssa Cowin, Delaware Division of Health and Social Services, Former Student
  • Ed Tos, Deputy Director, Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Dale Matuesevich, Education Associate Transition, Delaware State Educational Agency.

The webinar will be captioned, recorded and archived.


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