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Our Spring Webinar series is now complete, but you can view the recordings below. Check back later in the year to see what's in store for our Fall series!
For past webinars visit the 2017 webinars page. You can also view additional archived webinars on our resources page, where you can search by topic and content type.
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As instructors, it can be frustrating to see a lack of good writing skills despite dedicated efforts. Join this useful presentation to explore why students struggle with writing.
To help students juggle the necessary high- and low-level cognitive skills, teachers must be equipped to deliver explicit, sequential, and systematic writing instruction. This webinar will introduce several multisensory writing strategies, for use with students of all ages, to fill gaps you may face as a writing teacher.
Learn highly effective strategies you can implement immediately to create better writers, including:
Jenny Hamilton is a national literacy consultant.
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Learning to read can be challenging, and many teachers of reading do not always know how to help students master foundational skills that lead to lifelong literacy. When teachers are more fully prepared, they can help all learners overcome challenges and improve reading achievement.
This informative webinar, with literacy experts Dr. Mary Dahlgren and Michelle Elia, explores how teachers need to be smarter than their programs; details effective solutions and interventions; and demonstrates how to supplement and strengthen core programs and adapt pacing for individuals.
You will gain knowledge and insights into how:
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Young students often are emotionally vulnerable. Choosing the right activities and approaches can enhance the emotional climate of a classroom, creating safe havens where children will grow emotionally and academically.
Join Lucy Hart Paulson, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, and Judi Dodson, M.A., to learn about the interrelated developmental sequences of social communication skills and ways to create nurturing classrooms that foster social emotional learning. During this insightful webinar, Dr. Paulson and Ms. Dodson will discuss:
Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson is a speech-language pathologist and literacy specialist with years of experience working with children and their families. She is the lead author of LETRS for Early Childhood Educators and Good Talking Words. Judi Dodson is a national LETRS trainer and works with school districts addressing issues related to school change, teacher knowledge, and literacy achievement. She is the author of 50 Nifty Speaking and Listening Activities.
The need has never been greater for well-designed mathematics instruction that promotes confidence in teachers and guides students to success.
Join Dr. John Woodward as he shares a contemporary look at the relationship between math curriculum and professional development that increases teacher knowledge while improving student growth.
Attendees will take away the knowledge to:
Dr. John Woodward is the lead author of TransMath® and NUMBERS.
Poor preparation of teachers specializing in reading and learning disabilities is contributing to this country’s literacy problem. In this insightful presentation, nationally recognized literacy expert Dr. Louisa Moats explores why this problem exists and what administrators and teachers can do to help students achieve greater success.
Join us to gain insights into:
Dr. Louisa Moats is the lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).
Educators can inspire students to move beyond the confines of poverty and low achievement to gain skills they need for success.
Dr. Diane Vautrot will share her experiences leading a reading initiative in a public school system in a culture of poverty in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. You will learn how Vautrot and her team made dramatic improvements for students reading below grade level, including those with severe reading disabilities. With a staff committed to leading students to believe in their capabilities and a sound, low-cost reading program, teachers in Gilmer County Charter Schools are breaking the cycle of generational illiteracy and changing lives.Dr. Diane Vautrot, Support Services Coordinator, Gilmer County Charter Schools, GA
Does your district’s curriculum meet the quality of evidence required in the new ESSA standards? Do you know what to look for when reviewing new curriculum?
In this webinar, Alisa Dorman will discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and explore four key evidence types—anecdotal, descriptive, correlational, and causal—along with how to use each when reviewing the quality and strength of available curriculum studies. Understanding these differences is important for educators as they become more critical consumers through evidence-based research. You will learn ways you can:
Alisa Dorman is Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning and Former Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education.
Why do schools need a big-picture plan that involves professional development for literacy?
The change process can be lengthy, messy, and uncomfortable. However, this type of change is essential and worthwhile, because it leads to empowered teachers and improved outcomes for students.
In this webinar, Dr. Tolman and Ms. Teat share how you can equip educators with the skills to teach reading and writing effectively. They will explore the 'why' of literacy planning, identify expected outcomes, and review commonalities all school leaders should consider when planning literacy professional development.
Dr. Carol Tolman is a LETRS® author and national teacher trainer. Regina Teat is Director of Elementary Education and Title 1 and 2 for Dorchester County Public Schools, Cambridge, MD.
When teachers understand the WHY behind the HOW of teaching reading, students make greater gains—and are on track for lifelong success.
Administrators from Rapides Parish School Board in Louisiana will share how they are achieving incredible K–3 literacy results and making great strides in improving reading and literacy—intervening before students fall too far behind. Dr. Louisa Moats will discuss strategies to help:
Dr. Louisa Moats is the lead author of LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling). Kimberly Bennett is Deputy Assistant Superintendent of curriculum and instruction, and Alana Cohen is a District ELA Curriculum Specialist K–5, Rapides Parish School Board, Louisiana.
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How are you using digital tools to meet the needs of students in your classroom?
Dr. Monica Burns will share strategies on how to integrate technology in the classroom with simple solutions you can implement immediately for long-term, sustainable change in your school. Learn how to make the most of the digital tools in your classroom, whether you have access to just one device or multiple devices, including Chromebooks, tablets, laptops, or interactive whiteboards.
Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and the
founder of ClassTechTips.com
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Without the right intervention tools, it’s nearly impossible to turn a struggling reader into a grade-level success. But with the right program in place, combined with effective teaching strategies, students can make remarkable gains.
This presentation will share best practices for fostering literacy skills in students who struggle, and will explore how to select a reading intervention program that will take your struggling readers to new levels of literacy success.
Alisa Dorman is Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness at Voyager Sopris Learning and Former Executive Director, Office of Literacy for the Colorado Department of Education. Steven Bailey is Principal, Madison Middle School, Vista Unified School District in California.
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Access to timely information and communication tools empowers educators to focus on the individual needs of their students, and lead to a wealth of benefits while helping to develop a strong learning community.
Always dynamic and fascinating, Alan November leads this exploration of the potent new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning. Learn why thousands of educators turn to Alan November to become the best they can be—and get the most from their students. A question-and-answer session will give attendees the opportunity to ask Mr. November for direct responses to your most pressing challenges.
Alan November is an international leader in education technology and has been named one of the nation's 15 most influential thinkers.
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Dr. Carol Tolman
Learn why and how high-quality professional development impacts student literacy during this timely webinar, where literacy expert Dr. Carol Tolman will present applicable new information about:
Learn how the new LETRS for 2018 improves teacher instruction with flexible, online training and embedded video that show you how to apply everything you learn.
Carol Tolman, Ed.D., LETRS coauthor and national teacher trainer.