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Tidewater Writing Project 2020 Summer Institute

Tidewater Writing Project’s 2020 Online Summer Institute Dates: July 20th – 31st, 2020 Hours: 9am – 11:30am with virtual meeting via Zoom at Noon – 3pm, asynchronous Audience: This institute is designed for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, as well as coaches in all content areas. Participants will: • Earn 3 hours of graduate …

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Author-Led Book Studies 2020-2021

Reenergize your practices for the 2020–2021 school year Connect with and learn from your favorite Solution Tree authors through our virtual book study series. Each free, author-led study includes 3 to 6 sessions and covers the topics educators like you have told us are most relevant during this unprecedented time. Upcoming Virtual Book Studies Riding the Wave …

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Life Changing, Less-Stress Webinar in 48 hrs.

I have nothing for you to buy. This webinar, “Managing Stress with the Brain in Mind” can be life changing. You can get one of the most valuable, best researched destress toolboxes ever. You will learn how to (once and for all) harness stress in your workplace and personal life. This is a free event. And that’s not …

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Averett University – Fully Online Master’s Programs

Upcoming Information Meetings You may register for local area, or online meetings by clicking “RSVP” next to your desired time.Face-to-face meetings run approximately 30 minutes. Online meetings run approximately 20 minutes. During these meetings, we will discuss the application process, financial aid, payment plans, and any specific questions that you may have.If you missed a …

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Equity Learning Center

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ALL COURSES SIGN IN Equity Learning Institute Please check back frequently. We’ll be adding more free and paid content soon!Welcome to the Equity Learning Institute, the virtual learning portal of the Equity Literacy Institute. In addition to offering the courses listed below, we create customized professional learning modules for schools, school districts, institutions of higher …

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Kahoot Certification

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What is Kahoot! Certified for schools? Email notification needs to be submitted, not the certificate in Frontline.  Welcome to Kahoot! Certified for schools, our free program to help you become the ultimate Kahoot! superhero. You can maximize learning with Kahoot!, score awesome diplomas and digital badges, and you could be eligible to claim professional learning …

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Tidewater Writing Project 2020 Summer Institute

Dates: July 20th – 31st, 2020 Hours: 9am – 11:30am with virtual meeting via Zoom at Noon – 3pm, asynchronous Audience: This institute is designed for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, as well as coaches in all content areas. Participants will: • Earn 3 hours of graduate credit (equal to 90 certification points). • …

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Everyday Strategies for Building Vocabulary

Grab your cup of coffee and join us for a free virtual coffee chat on Everyday Strategies for Building Vocabulary. In less than 60 minutes, discover new ways to engage students with rich, powerful vocabulary and gain proven strategies to help them learn words and how they work. Thursday, May 7th at 9:30 AM EDT …

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Supporting Exceptional Students Webinar (4/29) / New Blogs & Leadership Podcasts/ Support Survey Due by 5/1

 April 29, 2020 2:00 pm EDT In this webinar, our guests Sharon Plante and Leslie DiChiara will share how they work with teachers and students across curriculum areas and classrooms to prioritize the learning needs of students with disabilities. From coaching, mentoring, and coteaching to using adaptive technology hardware and software, educators can personalize learning for …

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Reading@UVA Information Session

Register NOW: Reading@UVA Online Information Session Click HERE to Register Are you interested in becoming a reading specialist? Do you want more information about teaching your students how to read, spell and write? Do you want to join the vibrant learning and research community at UVA’s Curry School? Join us at lunchtime on Wednesday, May 6th …

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Free Online Event: Leveling the Playing Field in Math

Register to attend for free It’s common to hear students say that they’re just not “math people.” But the idea that math is an innate ability can limit kids’ prospects and reinforce racial and gender stereotypes. In this summit our reporters and their guests will explore ways to support all students in math classrooms in …

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Strengths-Based Mathematics Instruction: 5 Teaching Turnarounds for K-6 Webinars

Join us:Monday, May 43:30pm PDT | 6:30pm EDT | 11:30pm BST | 6:30am SGT +1 Register Now Now more then ever, we need to focus on students’ strengths What if we were regularly told only what we don’t do well? How can we expect our students, many who face the same messages, to continue to …

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Online Distance Learning Opportunities For Educators Available with Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Thursday, May 21Jamestown SettlementWe’ll explore aspects of everyday Powhatan life, beginning by learning about the importance of corn to the Powhatan and how it was processed. We’ll then explore Powhatan ornamentation as a form of expression, learning about how they used local and traded objects. At noon, we’ll conclude with a look at how the …

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VAST Institute Presenter Proposals-Due May 1

The Virginia Association for Science Teachers is seeking presenters for the 2020 professional development institute which will be held November 12-14. Participants will also explore what drives educators to teach and provide learning opportunities for students in order to critically open their minds to the exciting world around them. Presenter proposals are due to VAST by May …

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Webinars for JUNE

June Webinar Schedule Representation, Computation, Communication: Purposeful Use of Routines within Curriculum Materials (Grades 3–5) June 1, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Kristin Gray and Jody Guarino Webinar description: Instructional routines within the Illustrative Mathematics K-5 Curriculum support student and teacher learning. Participants will unpack the trajectory of instructional routines within the curriculum from two …

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Webinars for MAY

May Webinar Schedule See It, Move It, Grasp It: Math with Virtual Manipulatives (Pk-2) May 4, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Chrissy Newell Webinar description: Manipulatives are important tools that help young mathematicians make sense of complex math ideas. What changes or stays the same when students engage with virtual manipulatives alongside or in place …

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Webinars for APRIL

April Webinar Schedule Engaging Families in Math Fact Fluency (General Interest) April 27, 2020 7:00 p.m. EDT |  Speaker: Jennifer Bay-Williams Webinar description: Are you creating positive change by teaching basic facts with strategies and games, while eliminating timed tests? Then parent outreach is essential! Parents need to know why traditional fact activities are changing. Come …

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Mark Your Calendar-Upcoming ASCD Webinar: Unlocking Emotional Blockades

Unlocking Emotional Blockades: Neuroscience-Based Tools to Optimize Self-Regulation and Joyful Learning Presented by Judy Willis and Malana WillisDate: Thursday, April 30, 2020Time: 3:00 p.m. eastern timeDuration: 1 hour

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Webinar recording: Emotional overload? 10 approaches to calm an unregulated student

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Emotional overload? 10 approaches to calm to an unregulated student Out of ideas on how to address students who don’t have the full emotional scope to calm themselves down? Join Principal Hilary Sloat as she leads participants through 10 techniques to address students dealing with emotional poverty. You will leave this webinar with child-focused strategies …

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Reading@UVA News

Professional Learning Opportunities Literacy Academy for Teachers of Struggling Readers These four-day non-credit academies are designed for teachers of all grade levels who teach reading. Topics include an overview of literacy development, evidence based practice in reading assessment and instruction, including targeted instructional practices in the following sub component skills of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, …

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Educators At Home

Online Resources for At-Home Educators and Learners – April 20, 2020This Week’s Free LIVE WebcastsEnjoy live virtual field trips to Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown to learn about life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Click on the title associated with each topic to access the live webcast and enter the …

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Free webinar: Visible Learning for Social Studies

Visible Learning for Social Studies:Designing Student Learning for Conceptual Understanding Join Julie Stern:Monday, April 203:30pm PDT | 6:30pm EDT | 11:30pm BST | 6:30am SGT +1 Register here How do we maximize precious time to ensure that students grasp enough to prepare them for an informed and engaged civic life? Learn the strategies that build …

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Free Webinars (Marzano Resources)

To explore our collection of recorded webinars on a variety of topics, just click HERE . I’m always open to a conversation if you have any questions.  Here is my calendar link to make finding a time easier – Meet with Rachelle at Marzano Resources .

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Motivating and Inspiring Students Webinar

Register now In the important book Awaken the Learner (2014), Darrell Scott and Robert Marzano made the point that K–12 schools primarily focus on knowledge and skills, to the detriment of their students. We are convinced, however, that motivation and inspiration are the most critical elements of successful schooling. In this webinar, participants will: Learn ways to …

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Distance Learning Summits – Will you share your knowledge?

Request for Presenters The EdTechTeam is offering three Distance Learning Summits to support teachers and districts as schools move to and implement remote learning.  We hope to offer support as everyone begins this journey and we will continue to support you as you improve your practice, implement new tools, design and deliver content and continue …

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PLC+ Virtual Institute: Addressing and promoting effective virtual collaboration in your teams

Increase the quality and impact of virtual collaboration in school settings.  Join us:April 27 – 28, 202010:30 am – 4:00 pm CTRegistration Pricing: $99 per person Corwin invites you to join us at the PLC+ Virtual Institute. This virtual, interactive, and engaging Institute experience provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about the PLC+ framework …

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Visit From Home: National Portrait Gallery Online Exhibitions and New Digital Workshops

In this moment, we are continuing to move the National Portrait Gallery experience online. Connect with us on our website’s new “Visit from Home” page and on our social media channels to learn about the people who have shaped — and are continuing to transform — our nation’s history. Take a virtual field trip to the museum through …

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NSTA Web Seminars

Upcoming Web Seminars RegisterTransforming Science Learning: Let Me Tell You My Idea About That! Empowering Students’ to Make Their Thinking Visible, April 8, 2020 (12:00 pm ET)Join us on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, starting at 12 :00 pm ET  for a web seminar in the Transforming Science Learning series from NSTA. Kids bring a wealth …

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Join the free Fisher & Frey Book Club

We invite you to join thought leaders, Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, as they discuss and engage on timely topics from their recent books. Fisher and Frey Book Club Meetings:  Take place from 9am – 9:40am PDT on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Are easy to join via Zoom Focus on specific sections of each book …

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2020 National Family Engagement Summit-October 14-16

Join hundreds of educators from around the nation in Norfolk to gain strategies to promote equitable family engagement. Participants will learn techniques to build the capacity for strategic family and school partnerships. Register today!

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National History Day in Virginia NOW VIRTUAL

National History Day is a project based learning program for students grades 4-12. Students may choose a topic related to this year’s theme, Breaking Barriers in History, and conduct primary source research on their topic. Contact Sam Florer, Virginia History Day Coordinator, for any questions or see the website for details.

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Mathematics Education Leadership Training

Due to the currently unpredictable duration of the effects of the Coronavirus on our society, we have decided to make dramatic and necessary changes to the structure of MELT Summer Institutes for 2020.  In the past, all Summer Institutes were week-long and face-to-face, with a few Institutes adding limited synchronous online access.  Additionally, for this …

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2020 Virginia ASCD Student-Centered Coaching Conference with Diane Sweeney

This two-day workshop will prepare you to systematically use student-centered coaching to meet student learning goals in your school.On day 1, participants will learn coaching“moves”, the core practices that drivestudent-centered coaching.On day 2, differentiated sessions for coaches and administrators will take a deeper dive into the coaching process from the perspective of each of these …

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2020 ASM Materials Science Teacher Camp July 13-17

This free camp held at Old Dominion University provides an engaging professional development opportunity for middle and high school teachers to engage in hands-on activities that can be integrated into lessons and that support the development of the Science and Engineering Practices.  Register today!

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JMU Secondary Theatre Institute-June 29-July 1

During the week, participants will learn how to use drama and theatre pedagogies to build community, deepen skills in the art form, and engage students through story. Tools and strategies taught in this session serve both secondary classroom educators and extra-curricular theatre directors. Register today!

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Presentation Materials from the 2019 Mathematics Deeper Learning Institutes are now available!

The VDOE 2019 Institutes provided teachers and mathematics leaders with professional development focused on the implementation of rich mathematical tasks to support deeper learning opportunities for students and to strengthen locally-designed curricula. The materials from the Institutes have been included for use by teachers and teacher teams.

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Spotlight on Literacy: Grammar Reimagined Workshop-July 29

Join Sean Ruday at UVA as he leads interactive discussions about teaching grammar in the context of writing instruction, using mentor texts, and enhancing student metacognition of grammatical concepts and writing strategies. All participants will receive a signed copy of one of his books on grammar instruction. Register today!

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Virginia Civics We the People Training Program!

We the People training program provides participating educators with the pedagogical preparation to be effective teachers of civics and government.  Cohort members receive PD hours, a classroom set of We the People textbooks, access to top scholars and mentor teachers and more! Deadline for submitting applications is April 30.

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Professional Development at the Jamestown-Yorktown FoundationJamestown-Yorktown Foundation is offering a free teacher institute for upper elementary and middle school teachers, July 13–16, at the American Revolution Museum. Participants will collaborate to develop lessons and performance tasks. Each participant will receive a kit of reproduction artifacts to inspire hands-on activities. Applications and accompanying materials due April 12, 2020. 

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