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October 2018

PSAT/SAT Dive into Data: Using Your Students’ Scores to Drive School Improvement

October 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Have you ever wanted to know simple, systematic steps to improve students’ PSAT/SAT scores? This academy will tell you the series of steps to dissect your PSAT/SAT data, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your students and schools’ performance, create partnerships with your teachers on what they can do to drive student improvement, and how to educate your parents on what a PSAT/SAT score report contains. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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ESSA: School Accountability Under Illinois’ Plan

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This course will help participants to identify and define the academic and school quality indicators that comprise Illinois' new accountability system under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Participants will examine the seven standards and components that comprise the research-based Quality Framework for successful districts and schools, and compare and contract summative tier designations and Illinois Empower system of support services. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Standards-Based Assessment & Reporting

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Participants will learn how to implement standards-based grading and learning and leave with ready-made resources for in-house professional development. Topics covered will include how to deconstruct standards and develop common language; communication to stakeholders; assessment design; and monitoring student progress. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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November 2018

Family Engagement & Student Attendance: Meaningful, Ongoing Involvement in Schools

November 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn to assess parent engagement and analyze student attendance. Specifically, this academy will help administrators identify school-wide initiatives to boost student attendance, decrease truancy and increase parent involvement. Strategies will be given that help administrators work more closely with stakeholders to create partnerships and increase engagement between parents/guardians, community members, teacher, students and administrators. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Leading Profesional Learning Communities (PLCs)

November 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

The session will focus on how to create a student-centered culture, collaboratively build and get passionate agreement on mission, vision and S.M.A.R.T. goals, and help teachers to achieve high functioning data teams that improve student learning and achievement. This session will give leaders specific ideas and practical tools to improve culture, teacher and team performance and student learning. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

November 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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***FREE EVENT***EC Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-3)

November 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Early childhood programs make a difference for all children including those most at risk! If you have a program funded by ISBE or DHS, this webinar will introduce you to the EC Environment Rating Scale (ECERS 3)! ECERS 3 is designed to provide a valid measure of global quality in early learning environments. For ISBE Preschool for All or PFA Expansion program, this is the instrument used for program monitoring so make sure you are familiar with this tool to…

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ESSA: School Accountability Under Illinois’ Plan

November 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Illinois has a new accountability system. This academy will help administrators understand the academic and school quality indicators that comprise the new system. Participants will learn to differentiate school accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015; examine the seven standards and components that comprise the research-based Quality Framework for successful districts and schools; and compare and contract summative tier designations and Illinois Empower system of support services. Online Registration…

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Classroom Management Strategies that Support Restorative Practices

November 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It’s a great time in history to be an educator, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges along the way. If consequences alone were the answer, the issues surrounding managing student behavior would have been solved years ago. This interactive learning opportunity will focus on practical and strategic ways to support students and staff in a classroom that is focused on academic achievement, student voice, and restorative practices. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology Integration in your Classroom

November 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Are your teachers using technology to redefine student learning or simply substituting paper and pencil with expensive devices? This workshop will help you understand the four levels of technology integration and the part that technological skills play in a 21st Century teacher’s instructional toolkit. It will also provide you with tools for evaluating your teacher’s current practices, help you understand how technology fits into a teachers' continuous improvement process, and help guide your school on an effective path toward differentiated…

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***FREE EVENT*** Three Levels of Support for ELL: Classroom, School, District

November 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

When English learners receive instruction from ESL, bilingual, and general education teachers in different classrooms, it is essential for these teachers to collaborate and coordinate instruction. Using templates, checklists, and chat discussions, participants will learn useful information and strategies about research-based effective instructional strategies for English learners. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The Emotionally Intelligent Principal: The Key to Successful School Leadership

November 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

As a school leader, your emotional intelligence impacts the ebb and flow, the success and failure of your teachers, your students and your school. This session will use several resources, including the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership and the 4 Agreements to help you to create a plan to address, improve and maintain your emotional intelligence, as you support teaching and learning within your school. You will also have an opportunity to learn from other participants. It’s a fun session…

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Practical Guidance of Section 504: Developing a Defensible Plan

November 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This Academy will review the identification, eligibility, and legal factors in maintaining compliance with Section 504 in the school environment. Critical issues and practices will be outlined as it pertains to avoiding discrimination and developing Section 504 Plans that are comprehensive and appropriate. Special emphasis will be on the interplay and differences between the IDEA and Section 504. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Understanding and Supporting Instructional Coaching: A Toolkit for Administrators

November 29 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Instructional coaches are all over education and many schools have recently acquired them or grown their program. How do you as a leader help them and the program increase the instructional capacity of your faculty? This session will hone in on those practices that build up your tool box and understanding of the supportive actions administrators can take and how to avoid fragmentation with your evaluation and coaching processes. Coaching can be a major leadership lever for you to drive performance so our hope…

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Equity and Racial Literacy for School Leaders and Staff to Maximize Student Learning

November 30 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn to lead your school community through a process that assesses the adaptability of your organization. Model what it means to be a life-long learner as you move from colorblindness to color consciousness in preparing students for a global 21st century world that is far from race neutral. Begin building an equitable learning environment by examining how your personal experiences and attitudes impact your professional practices. Use your sphere of influence to create a space for loving accountability that addresses…

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December 2018

What Connected Leaders do Differently

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Discover the power of creating and growing your personal and professional learning network (PLN) with educational leaders around the world! In this academy, you will learn the eight key behaviors describing what connected educational leaders do differently, how to connect, and why it matters. You will learn about new tools, resources, and ideas that will help you grow as a leader and help you share your school’s story. Learn how to customize professional development for you and your staff so…

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Classroom Management Strategies that Support Restorative Practices

December 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It’s a great time in history to be an educator, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges along the way. If consequences alone were the answer, the issues surrounding managing student behavior would have been solved years ago. This interactive learning opportunity will focus on practical and strategic ways to support students and staff in a classroom that is focused on academic achievement, student voice, and restorative practices. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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January 2019

The Evolution of Education: Shifting from Traditional Classrooms to Personalized Learning

January 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Schools will become dangerously irrelevant if we do not begin to transform at a rate consistent with the rest of society. With the ever-changing demands on schools and students, leaders must be willing and able to challenge the status quo and move from traditional classrooms to progressive and personalized learning. This academy provides practical tips and techniques, but also focuses on the conceptual frameworks and habits of mind that must exist in order to be a leader of personalized learning.…

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss Crucial Issues to Increase Performance

January 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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***This Even is FREE*** Early Childhood Rating Scale (ECERS-3)

January 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

As a school leader, your emotional intelligence impacts the ebb and flow, the success and failure of your teachers, your students and your school. What's your EQ? Are you a conscious or unconscious leader? If you don't know, then the session on the Emotionally Intelligent Principal is critical to your personal and professional growth. The session will use several resources, including the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership and the 4 Agreements to help you to create a plan to address,…

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Effective Supervision and Evaluation Strategies to Use with Counselors and Support Personnel

January 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Administrators often have questions regarding how to effectively work with student support personnel (school counselor, social workers, and psychologists). This workshop will provide specific strategies to be used immediately in the effective supervision and evaluation of student support personnel. Participants will also learn about current resources pertinent to student support personnel to inform their work with schools, students, teachers, and families. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Responding to Crisis: Attending to Mental Health and Wellness in Schools Today

January 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Every school needs a mental health action plan for students, staff and parents. This workshop gives school leaders a framework and the knowledge to create a comprehensive plan and learn more about essential topics such as mental illness, depression, suicidal ideation, intervention and prevention strategies. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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IASBO Crisis Communication

January 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach

January 18, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It is of paramount importance to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from strategies and resources on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***FREE EVENT*** Administering High Quality ISBE Preschool for All Block Grant Programs

January 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Good to Great! Learn the keys to implementing and supporting a high quality preschool program. Using the ISBE Compliance Checklist, this academy will review the required components of the ISBE Preschool for All Grant. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Discipline at Work: Practical Strategies for Addressing Behavioral Challenges

January 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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Practical Guidance on Section 504: Developing a Defensible Plan

January 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This Academy will review the identification, eligibility, and legal factors in maintaining compliance with Section 504 in the school environment. Critical issues and practices will be outlined as it pertains to avoiding discrimination and developing Section 504 Plans that are comprehensive and appropriate. Special emphasis will be on the interplay and differences between the IDEA and Section 504. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***FREE EVENT*** Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Education

January 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Participants will assess their early childhood programs relative to Dual Language Learners/English language Learners (DLLs/ELs) by using the Program Preparedness Checklist from HeadStart and examining program level policies and procedures for DLLs/ELs. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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February 2019

Book Study: Building a Culture of Trust – (Session 1 of 3)

February 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online United States

Online Registration PDF Registration Form Session 1 - February 1, 219 Session 2 - March 1, 2019 Session 3 - April 12, 2019

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Leading with Justice for All: Are you Prepared? LGBTQ Sensitivity, Bias and Response

February 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Mission statements often state that we value all learners, meeting their individual academic and social-emotional needs to make them life-long learners. We view students through our personal lens that often can unintentionally be filtered by bias. This is often the case when we encounter students who we have difficulty relating too because their story and identity is not what we are familiar with or can relate to. This Academy will offer the opportunity for you to reflect upon leading with…

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PSAT/SAT Dive into Data: Using Your Students’ Scores to Drive School Improvement

February 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Have you ever wanted to know simple, systematic steps to improve students' PSAT/SAT scores? This academy will tell you the series of steps to dissect your PSAT/SAT data, identify the strengths and weaknesses of your students and schools' performance, create partnerships with your teachers on what they can do to drive student improvement, and how to educate your parents on what a PSAT/SAT score report contains. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss Crucial Issues to Increase Performance

February 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Difficult conversations are unpleasant, but they don’t have to be unproductive. Veteran administrator Don Anderson gives techniques on how to make sure difficult conversations yield positive results for everyone involved. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Data Literacy: Using Information to Improve Student Outcomes

February 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Schools are awash in data. Do you know how to classify, locate, access, organize, analyze, evaluate and otherwise leverage data to create meaningful change in your schools? If not, this academy will walk you through these steps and give you skills and tools for making sense of and making use of your data. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Responding to Crisis: Attending to Mental Health and Wellness in Schools Today

February 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Every school needs a mental health action plan for students, staff and parents. This workshop gives school leaders a framework and the knowledge to create a comprehensive plan and learn more about essential topics such as mental illness, depression, suicidal ideation, intervention and prevention strategies. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Book Study: Mindset – Session 1 or 4

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Online United States

The Mindset Book Study explores how mindsets, growth or fixed, can impact the quality of our lives, relationships, and accomplishments. Online Registration PDF Registration Form   Session 1 - Feb. 15, 2019 Session 2 - March 8, 2019 Session 3 - April 5, 2019 Session 4 - May 3, 2019

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***This Event is FREE***Five Key Practices for Every Teacher that works with English Learners

February 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Learn ways to improve programs and instruction for English Language learners. Research-based key practices at the district, school and classroom levels will be shared. Using templates, checklists, and useful tips, participants will receive information and effective strategies to improve ESL, literacy, and content instruction. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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**FREE EVENT** The Foundation of MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) in Early Learning Environments

February 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

This academy will help provide guidance on ways to effectively create an evidenced-based Multi-Tiered System of Supports to promote successful academic and behavioral outcomes for young children in any learning environment. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Leading Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

February 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Jack Baldermann, 2017 Illinois Principal of the Year and 2018 National Principal of the Year Finalist, has led Professional Learning Community work for over twenty two years as a principal and was mentored by Dr. Rick DuFour. Jack and his team led Westmont High School to become one of the most improved in the state and nation with a 99% overall graduation rate, only 5 drop outs in the last six years, a 100% graduation rate for African-American and Latino…

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology Integration in your Classroom

February 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Are your teachers using technology to redefine student learning or simply substituting paper and pencil with expensive devices? This workshop will help you understand the four levels of technology integration and the part that technological skills play in a 21st Century teacher’s instructional toolkit.  It will also provide you with tools for evaluating your teacher’s current practices, help you understand how technology fits into a teacher’s continuous improvement process, and help guide your school on an effective path toward differentiated…

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Understanding and Supporting Instructional Coaching: A Toolkit for Administrators

February 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Instructional coaches are all over education and many schools have recently acquired them or grown their program. How do you as a leader help them and the program increase the instructional capacity of your faculty? This session will hone in on those practices that build up your tool box and understanding of the supportive actions administrators can take and how to avoid fragmentation with your evaluation and coaching processes. Coaching can be a major leadership lever for you to drive…

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Building Leadership Capacity Through Teacher Leaders

February 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Learn how schools have expanded teachers’ roles and responsibilities and instituted rewards and recognition programs to give teacher leaders new and increased importance in improving classroom instruction and student achievement. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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March 2019

How Data Demands Dual Credit for Everyone

March 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Dual credit and other early college options are increasing the college and career readiness of students across the state. Learn more about the impact of early college coursework on postsecondary success including higher enrollment rates, higher GPAs and greater rate of retention to a second semester. The new dual credit bill will be discussed including the impact this will have on a school’s ability to find and keep qualified dual credit instructors. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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School Security: A Proactive and Holistic Approach

March 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

It is of paramount importance to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. Learn the most effective and affordable ways to improve school security and emergency preparedness. Benefit from strategies and resources on topics such as active shooter, video surveillance and grant funding. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

Standards-Based Assessment & Reporting

March 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Participants will learn how to implement standards-based grading and learning and leave with ready-made resources for in-house professional development. Topics covered will include how to deconstruct standards and develop common language; communication to stakeholders; assessment design; and monitoring student progress. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

Find out more »

Family Engagement & Student Attendance: Meaningful, Ongoing Involvement in School

March 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn to assess parent engagement and analyze student attendance. Specifically, this academy will help administrators identify school-wide initiatives to boost student attendance, decrease truancy and increase parent involvement. Strategies will be given that help administrators work more closely with stakeholders to create partnerships and increase engagement between parents/guardians, community members, teacher, students and administrators. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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The School Leader as Coach and Evaluator

March 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Social media is the preeminent communication vehicle used in today’s society. Still, schools are reluctant to embrace the new communication reality. This academy helps school leaders overcome the anxiety associated with social media, learn tips and techniques to improve their practice, and develop strategies to leverage social media to engage their staff, students, and community. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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Equity & Racial Literacy for School Leaders & Staff to Maximize Student Learning

March 19, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Learn to lead your school community through a process that assesses the adaptability of your organization. Model what it means to be a life-long learner as you move from colorblindness to color consciousness in preparing students for a global 21st century world that is far from race neutral. Begin building an equitable learning environment by examining how your personal experiences and attitudes impact your professional practices. Use your sphere of influence to create a space for loving accountability that addresses…

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Alternatives to Suspension: Restorative Practices

March 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Senate Bill 100 forced all of us to examine our practices related to suspensions and expulsions. While it might have been painful in the beginning, this piece of legislation made a significant - and positive - impact on student learning as well as classroom and school wide disciplinary practices. This interactive learning opportunity is designed to support rural, urban, and suburban educators as they move in the positive direction of restorative practices. As we all look for a silver bullet…

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The Emotionally Intelligent Principal: They Key to Successful School Leadership

March 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

As a school leader, your emotional intelligence impacts the ebb and flow, the success and failure of your teachers, your students and your school. This session will use several resources, including the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership and the 4 Agreements to help you to create a plan to address, improve and maintain your emotional intelligence, as you support teaching and learning within your school. You will also have an opportunity to learn from other participants. It’s a fun session…

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The Principal: Building a Staff, Establishing a Climate, Leading Achievement

March 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

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April 2019

Before the Crisis: An Introduction to Student Safety Assessment and Management

April 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Students make threats to hurt themselves or others using social media, cell phones or in conversations with peers. This academy offers threat assessment training considered to be “best practice” by the U.S. Dept. of Ed. and the U.S. Secret Service and will enable participants to assess the severity of a threat, analyze the safety of the students and staff, and develop a plan of action to protect them. Valuable resources, including documentation, scripted protocols as well as guidance for decision…

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What Connected Leaders Do Differently

April 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States + Google Map

Discover the power of creating and growing your personal and professional learning network (PLN) with educational leaders around the world! In this academy, you will learn the eight key behaviors describing what connected educational leaders do differently, how to connect, and why it matters. You will learn about new tools, resources, and ideas that will help you grow as a leader and help you share your school’s story. Learn how to customize professional development for you and your staff so…

Find out more »

Data Literacy: Using Information to Improve Student Outcomes

April 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

Schools are awash in data. Do you know how to classify, locate, access, organize, analyze, evaluate and otherwise leverage data to create meaningful change in your schools? If not, this academy will walk you through these steps and give you skills and tools for making sense of and making use of your data. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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***This EVENT is FREE***Three Levels of Support for ELL: Classroom, School, District

April 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online United States

When English learners receive instruction from ESL, bilingual, and general education teachers in different classrooms, it is essential for these teachers to collaborate and coordinate instruction. Using templates, checklists, and chat discussions, participants will learn useful information and strategies about research-based effective instructional strategies for English learners. Online Registration PDF Registration Form

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