Friday, July 15, 2016

Need something to do this summer to stay out of the heat ---- Here are a few webinars!

Thursday, July 21, 2016 / 2 to 3 pm ET
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Monitoring and Improving School Climate With Student Surveys
Part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series

Monitoring facets of school climate—like how safe, supported, and welcome students feel in their schools—is necessary to ensure that efforts to improve the learning environment are effective and that schools don't overlook the needs of students from some populations, like those from racial minority groups, researchers say. But, until recently, school climate surveys have been off limits to schools that didn't have the resources to pay for one or develop their own.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education released a free, online survey tool that will allow schools, districts, and states to administer regular, anonymous, online student surveys about school climate topics. The survey site, developed by a panel of researchers, creates an instant analysis of a school's results, and administrators can save the data in existing local data systems so they can track results over time. These results could be useful for school-level improvement work. They may also be helpful for schools in states that adopt school climate as an accountability indicator under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
In addition to learning about the new tool, webinar participants will hear from the Austin Independent School District about its school climate surveys, how their results align with student achievement, and how schools there use the data in their day-to-day work.
Underwriting for this webinar has been provided by the NoVo Foundation
Lindsay M. Lamb, evaluation analyst, Austin Independent School District, Texas
Joaquin R. Tamayo, Jr., director, strategic initiatives, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
This webinar will be moderated by Evie Blad, staff writer, Education Week
Free Webinar: Cultivating Curiosity in Your 
Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms: How to Promote and Sustain Deep Learning
In this webinar, Dr. Wendy Ostroff, author of the ASCD book, Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms: How to Promoteand Sustain Deep Learning, will describe how you can create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise, where inquiry guides authentic learning. When a classroom is grounded in curiosity, teachers have the unique opportunity to mine students' deepest held wonder, making their engagement natural and effortless and allowing them to fully open up to learning.
This webinar will detail ways to foster student curiosity through novelty and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving.
Cultivating Curiosity in Your Classroom
Thursday, July 28 2016, 3:00 p.m. EDT (US)
Presented by Dr. Wendy Ostroff

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