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Topic-Driven Webinar Series

Social-Emotional Learning Series

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Social Emotional Learning

Join us as respected thought leaders explore topics surrounding Social Emotional Learning. These experts—all published authors—will share teaching strategies, resources, and ways you can build SEL topics right into your curriculum. During these insightful webinars, you'll learn from the best minds who will help you gain valuable knowledge on why Social Emotional Learning is an essential component to reading—and all—instruction.

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Structured Literacy Series

Structured Literacy

Join us as respected thought leaders explore Structured Literacy and share teaching strategies surrounding its use. These insightful webinars will help you gain valuable knowledge on why Structured Literacy is essential to reading instruction, the key structures and content of structured literacy, common myths and misconceptions, procedures for teaching, and more.

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Remote Learning Strategies

Remote Learning

Learning has taken a new turn this year, and understanding the challenges and opportunities associated with remote learning is more important than ever. As school districts begin the year with remote or hybrid learning—or find they must pivot during the school year to one or the other—it’s critical school leaders are confident in the remote-learning strategies they have in place, and their educators have the tools necessary for student success.

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Reading Science

Science of Reading

Respected literacy experts discuss topics about the science of reading.
Learn from today’s pre-eminent professionals and deepen your knowledge about topics related to the science of reading with our Science of Reading Webinar Series. You will learn why the science behind learning to read is important for student success and how you can implement it in your school or district. This informative webinar series explores what the science of reading is, how it is taught, and why it is critical to teaching students to read.

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Upcoming Webinars

Drs. Jessica and John Hannigan
Drs. Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan and John E. Hannigan

Social Emotional Literacy Webinar Series

SEL from a Distance: Building a Framework of Processes into your School/District to Guarantee Student Success

Social-Emotional Learning Series

Thursday, February 11 | 3:00 p.m. (CT)

Make social and emotional learning a way of being—all day, every day, and in any setting.

The pandemic and subsequent switch to distance learning combined with recent instances of racial injustice have put a spotlight on cracks in the practice of social and emotional learning (SEL). More than ever before, schools are shifting their focus and prioritizing SEL competencies—around the nation and the world. The call for compassion has never been greater.

To easily and effortlessly build SEL into virtual, blended, or in-person environments, behavior experts Jessica Djabrayan Hannigan and John Hannigan have drawn together a collection of tools and processes for SEL that can be applied in any learning environment.

Attendees will learn:

  • The five SEL competencies and dozens of easy-to-use processes for building skills in each
  • How to identify challenging behaviors and prioritize, define mastery, and teach the SEL skills necessary to address them
  • Tips for identifying, teaching, modeling, and reinforcing SEL skills in a virtual setting
  • Strategies for applying SEL to the needs of your unique learning environment

We hope you will join us for this insightful webinar.

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Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith
Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith

Kristen Biadasz
Moderated by Kristen Biadasz

Outcomes-Driven Formative Assessment in Middle School: A Fireside Chat

Wednesday, February 24 | 2:00 p.m. (CT)

Join us for this enlightening conversation as our Acadience® Learning experts discuss how to implement formative assessment of content-area reading in the middle school environment and why that is important. Lessons learned from successful implementation of Acadience® Reading assessments in K–6 will be shared. We will discuss how and why implementation of formative assessment may differ for middle school. A framework for decision making, called the Outcomes-Driven Model, also will be shared and its use in middle school will be illustrated.

Attendees will learn:

  • Useful information about formative assessments of content-area reading skills for use in grades 7 and 8
  • How the use of these formative assessments within a decision-making framework focused on improving outcomes
  • The benefits of this approach and the structure of these assessments
  • Why it is imperative to focus on students in middle school

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David Adams
David Adams

Social Emotional Literacy Webinar Series

A Culturally Responsive Approach to Social and Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning Series

Thursday, March 4 | 3:00 p.m. (EST)

David Adams spent almost seven years as the Director of Social and Emotional Learning at Urban Assembly, where he and his team works with a network of 22 urban schools in New York to ensure that all staff and students receive relevant experiences and purposeful instruction to develop the social emotional competencies that impact students’ success in school, work, and life.

David’s wide-reaching (and international) experience gives him a unique perspective with how and why implementing social and emotional learning for all students is important for the future success of each individual student.

In this insightful and applicable presentation, attendees will learn the importance of implementing Culturally Responsive SEL that creates relevance through engagement, impacting students and staff beyond the classroom. Our respected presenter will share examples of how to directly develop and practice these skills during instruction in class, after school, in sports and into the community, and why all students should be given access to SEL skills without having to learn them through adversity or challenge.

As our presenter describes SEL for educators looks like, attendees will learn:

  • How Urban Assembly’s approach to social and emotional learning relies on innovation and helps struggling students become more successful
  • What Culturally Responsive SEL is, and the specific strategies used by Urban Assembly that boost student engagement and academic performance
  • The importance of equity and SEL, and ways you can give every student the opportunity to learn these skills

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John Alexander
John Alexander

Structured Literacy Webinar Series

Literacy Culture Change: A Case Example

Structured Literacy Series

POSTPONED | New Date Coming Soon

Changing a school’s literacy culture is difficult, especially when the change requires a deep examination of the weaknesses of an existing program. This webinar will explore a real-life example of how a school was able to make the shift from viewing the teaching of reading through a whole language lens to one of evidence and science. Participants will learn how the school made a systematic change in reading philosophy and adopted the components of an effective literacy program in just one year. The discussion will include an in-depth examination of student outcomes before and after the year of change.

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Previous Webinars

Horacio Sanchez
Horacio Sanchez

Social Emotional Literacy Webinar Series

The Poverty Problem—The Impact of Poverty on Learning and the Brain

Social-Emotional Learning Series

Poverty is the single most significant event impacting education today. Every year, school systems dedicate resources, draft policies, and create new services to meet students' academic and behavioral challenges coming from poverty. However, many of these attempts to address students' needs in poverty are occurring without vital information about how poverty is transforming students' brains today. Attempting to address poverty issues with only partial information is like completing a puzzle with key pieces missing. When the puzzle is assembled, you can make out the general picture, but many key details are lost. The brain transformations resulting from poverty speak to the heart of the academic and behavioral issues schools seek to overcome. The neuroscience of poverty provides a clear picture of why academic and behavioral problems occur in relation to poverty and how to design a more precise response to best address the issues.

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Rick Ferdig
Dr. Rick Ferdig

Remote Learning Webinar Series

Preparing for January and Beyond: Lessons from Remote Learning in Spring and Early Fall

Remote Learning Strategies

COVID-19 impacted—and continues to impact—teaching and learning in many ways. While some had hoped we would return to some level of normalcy by fall 2020, educators are now preparing for a second wave that may take many schools back online for spring 2021. Even if there is a cure or vaccine and all schools return to face-to-face teaching and learning, many educators understand the need to capitalize on what remote teaching and learning taught us and how to continue to use technology to better prepare our teachers, better educate our students, and better engage our parents.

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Sarah Browning Larson
Sarah Browning-Larson

Julia Peyton
Julia Peyton, Ph.D.

Jennie Tober
Jennie Tober, Ph.D.

Assessment in the Time of COVID-19: What Should You Consider for Winter Assessment?

We are living through a unique time during the global pandemic and educators across the country are working hard to provide equitable learning opportunities for their students. They have taken their profession in an unforeseen direction, and are working with district leaders, families, and each other to ensure students can grow in their academic careers.

Along with instruction comes assessment. Assessment as a term can evoke many feelings in educators, district leaders, and even family members. Assessment in the time of COVID-19 can amplify those feelings and raise questions that need to be explored.

Join our panel of assessment experts as they discuss considerations for assessment (and its impact on instruction) during the upcoming months. Through this Q&A discussion, our panelists will discuss these questions and more.

  • What does assessment look like this year compared to previous years?
  • What is the reality of some students being in school and some out of school?
  • How does the data inform the instruction?
  • What should you consider when assessing students this year? How does inequity factor into those considerations?
  • Is there a framework or assessment system that can help educators?
  • What types of assessments make sense for this school year?
  • What type of support do students, educators, leaders, and families need? Is there any stigma you can mitigate?

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Pam Austin
Pam Austin

The Importance of Independent Practice: Literacy Success with Reading Rangers

Science of reading research has proven that systematic and explicit instruction of phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension is the best approach for reading success. In addition to teacher-directed instruction, the use of digital tools can increase student engagement and motivation, and allow students to practice and apply essential skills in a self-paced setting. This blended-learning approach of both teacher-led and independent, online practice will yield the greatest results.

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Louise Spear Swerling
Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling

Structured Literacy Webinar Series

Structured Literacy: Strategies for At-Risk and Struggling Readers

Structured Literacy Series

Structured Literacy instruction is the most effective way to teach all students to learn to read, and it is essential for at-risk and poor readers. Join literacy expert Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling as she discusses the key features and content of Structured Literacy approaches, examines the myths surrounding Structured Literacy, and shares some examples of Structured Literacy activities and techniques that educators can use immediately in the classroom.

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Dr. Melissa Orkin
Dr. Melissa Orkin

Remote Learning Webinar Series

RAVE-O: An Engaging Remote-Ready Solution to Fluency and Comprehension Challenges for 2nd–5th Grade Students

Remote Learning Strategies

Building fluency among struggling readers is one of the greatest challenges an educator can face. That is because fluency is a complex skill that represents more than speed, it represents a student's ability to apply all of their word knowledge. When students read words, they are not applying their knowledge of phonics, but also their understanding of vocabulary, parts of speech, and morphology. The RAVE-O program is the only strategy-based fluency curriculum that teaches students to use the multiple aspects of word knowledge to increase their reading automaticity and comprehension. In randomized control studies, RAVE-O coupled with phonics programs has been more effective at building decoding, fluency, and comprehension than phonics programs alone. 

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Tim Raskinski
Dr. Tim Rasinski

Remote Learning Webinar Series

Teaching Fluency in Remote Learning Environments

Remote Learning Strategies

Given the current reality, the need for new approaches for teaching and learning reading— especially in online/remote environments—is critical. Now, is the time to provide educators with approaches for making reading instruction work for all students in all instructional environments. Join literacy expert and member of the International Reading Hall of Fame Dr. Tim Rasinski as he shares the importance of fluency for overall reading proficiency, and how best to address fluency in a remote learning environment.

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Dr. Louisa Moats
Dr. Louisa Moats

Structured Literacy Webinar Series

Explicit Language Teaching is the Heart of Structured Literacy

Structured Literacy Series

Renowned literacy expert and author Dr. Louisa Moats speaks to a topic that she knows intricately: Structured Literacy. Dr. Moats identifies the content and procedures for teaching Structured Literacy, and presents examples of how to teach phoneme awareness, morphological awareness, phoneme-grapheme correspondences, and syllable patterns within an explicit lesson framework.

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