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Effective District Planning: Insights from Successful Districts
Web-based Event
January 26, 2012
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
“Effective District Planning: Insights from Successful Districts” will discuss WestEd’s soon-to-be-released report, “Effective District Planning and the Required LEA Plan: Insights from Successful Districts.” Staff from selected study districts will join the authors to share key elements in planning and implementing improvement efforts to increase student achievement.

The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map
Web-based Event
January 20, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM   (Eastern)
The current support system for working-age people with disabilities is failing to meet the economic aspirations of this population and driving up governmental expenditures for their support. “The Transition to 21st-Century Disability Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity: A Road Map” will review the failings of current policy and discuss an approach to major structural reforms that could improve the economic status of people with disabilities, while reducing growth in government expenditures for their support. The webinar will call for a demonstration period to build the evidence base and political consensus needed to support major structural change that could be incorporated into addressing the nation’s long-term fiscal problems while protecting those relying on existing programs in the short term.

Quality Counts 2012: The Latest State-by-State Education Report
Web-based Event
January 19, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Coalition for a College- and Career-Ready America will present a webinar on “Quality Counts 2012” to examine states’ education systems and how these report cards can be used by state and local advocates to support reform. The annual “Quality Counts” report, prepared by Editorial Projects in Education’s Research Center, is released each January by “Education Week” and evaluates the performance of the nation’s education system and measures states’ efforts to improve public education across six areas of policy. This year’s report also focuses on the global challenge of education in a competitive world. (The report is available at http://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html.) The webinar will examine the new “Quality Counts” report and feature an update on developments in federal education policy that could affect state and local work.

Digital Learning Day
Web-based Event
January 18, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Alliance for Excellent Education is hosting “Digital Learning Day,” a webinar featuring the perspective of districts as well as elementary, middle, and high schools on the power of digital learning. Members of the Educator Working Group and representatives from Core Partners that support the Alliance’s Digital Learning Day efforts will discuss how digital learning has made a difference in the lives of students and teachers and how technology, used strategically and systemically as part of whole-school reform, can accelerate improvement in schools.

The Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs of Mentoring: Highlights from Two Emerging Programs
Web-based Event
January 18, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
This webinar, ssponsored by Think College, will offer information on mentoring programs, presented by two directors of programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Topics include Mentors and their different roles, Recruiting and Training Mentors, Matching Mentors and Students, Supporting Mentors, Benefits of Mentorship, and Assessment of Mentor Programs, as well as web and print resources on mentoring.

What Do You Want To Take Stock Of? Exploring the Gallup Student Poll
Web-based Event
January 17, 2012
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
Better data helps leaders use their resources more efficiently and effectively. This webinar will discuss how the Gallup Student Poll, which tracks the hope, engagement and well-being of students in grades 5-12, helps in understanding youth outcomes. Polly Lusk Page of the Northern Kentucky Education Council will highlight their recent survey findings and what they mean for the Northern Kentucky region.

Inclusion: Information and Strategies You Can Use
Web-based Event
January 12, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) will present “Great Expectations: Meaningful Participation in General Education Settings,” in its series on “Inclusion: Information and Strategies You Can Use.” This webinar will present evidence-based strategies to facilitate the participation of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the general education curriculum and provide strategies that can be used across grade levels and with students with diverse needs

Stories from the Field: Putting Early Warning Systems into Practice
Web-based Event
December 14, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Eastern)
The National High School Center’s new Early Warning System Middle Grades (EWS MG) Tool and enhanced Early Warning System High School (EWS HS) Tool are Microsoft Excel-based tools that use data such as attendance, course failures, grade point average, credit accumulation, and behavior to identify middle grade and high school students who show early warning signs that they are at risk for dropping out of high school. The Center is sponsoring webinars on the use of these tools. In “Stories from the Field: Putting Early Warning Systems into Practice,” presenters from California and Virginia will discuss their experiences rolling out early warning systems and will take questions. Deadline for registration is December 12, 2011.

Expanded Learning Opportunities: A More Comprehensive Approach to Preparing High School Students for College and a Career
Web-based Event
December 12, 2011
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
The nation’s dropout rates and achievement gaps show that the American education system needs to better prepare students to meet postsecondary and career demands. Nearly three out of ten students fail to graduate from high school within four years, and jobs of the 21st century often require advanced knowledge and skills that. Expanded learning opportunities can help provide the flexibility in the planning and practice of when, where, from whom, and how students learn to prepare them to succeed in the changing economy. The Alliance for Excellent Education’s webinar highlighting its new issue brief, “Expanded Learning Opportunities: A More Comprehensive Approach to Preparing High School Students for College and a Career,” will explore how expanding the learning opportunities for high school students can help schools improve outcomes for students and address the barriers that hinder students from graduating.

Strategies for School Turnaround: School and District Level Perspectives
Web-based Event
December 8, 2011
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp webinar series will discuss “Strategies for School Turnaround: School and District Level Perspectives,” on strategies at the school and district level to improve the most struggling schools. Presenters include two researchers and a practitioner from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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