Let's go Back to School!

The Back to School Webinar Series is comprised of the most timely topics educators have been asking about the past several months. Participants will have an opportunity to attend sessions ranging from coding across the curriculum to cyber awareness - the next level of digital citizenship.

Join other educators who continue to rethink learning and work everyday to advance their students' outcomes.

Using Data to Support Student Wellness

Tuesday, September 13 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented by: Erin Sailor, Director of Professional Development, Eduscape

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for SEL. When school leaders listen to students, they can make informed decisions about the changes and programs that will support all learners. Research has demonstrated that when students are engaged authentically as leaders, problem solvers, and decision makers, they feel ownership of their learning which can affirm positive methods for communicating and advocating, in turn supporting their SEL (social-emotional learning) development. When schools ensure that all students have a voice, including those who are not typically heard, educators can more effectively identify students’ needs and make evidence-based decisions. This also extends to teacher wellbeing and how we address teachers’ SEL.

  • Learn how to actively engage students in sharing their perspectives and being change agents
  • Discover how students can shape SEL initiatives, instructional practices, and school climate. 
  • Explore teaching strategies that elevate student voice. 
  • Preview School Day, a research-based SEL application that provides real-time data on students’ SEL and teachers’ wellbeing.

Engaging SPED Learners through Coding & Robotics

Tuesday, September 13 @ 3:00pm EST

Presented by: Erin Sailor, Director of Professional Development, Eduscape

Some students can experience difficulties in traditional school settings. In school, children learn how to interact with their peers, make friends, collaborate with others, and solve problems. These are vital components of living a meaningful life. Today’s technology, particularly robot-assisted instruction, can set a new educational standard. One that is more inclusive, and can help students wherever they are in their learning journey. Using robotic technology, children can learn life skills and apply them to more natural, organic situations. Students can learn while also being engaged in exciting activities and social experiences that enrich their minds. Practitioners can personalize each individual student's needs with an affordable and flexible robotics solution for students with special needs of any age.

  • Explore the benefits of coding with the Photon robot with students that have special needs
  • Discover how to engage students in hands-on activities that allow them to express themselves through coding in ways that could not have been previously imagined. 
  • Learn how Photon can support joint attention, fine motor control, visual and ocular motor skills. 
  • Identify the ways in which Photon can support social emotional skills through co-regulation and identification of sounds and picture icons to assist with zones of regulation.

Personalized PD through eLearning

Wednesday, September 14 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented by: Erin Sailor, Director of Professional Development, Eduscape

Tassia Hegyi, Program Manager of eLearningEduscape

Asynchronous, personalized professional development meets educators at their knowledge level with opportunities to advance at their own pace. Discover how the myEduscape platform combines an engaging, self-directed and impactful learning experience for educators who wish to advance their teaching across today's most compelling topics. Explore the features of a comprehensive model for PD that assesses teacher practice and can recommend learning paths with evidence-based practices in topics that include Coding, SEL, STEM and Learning Recovery.

  • Learn the most crucial elements to an effective asynchronous learning experience
  • Discover how data can inform effective professional learning
  • Explore the features of an online teacher PD platform that combines best practices with learning resources and PLCs

Leadership Co-Op: A Model for Supporting Leaders

Tuesday, September 20 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented by: Dr. Matthew M. Murphy, Superintendent, Ramsey Public Schools

Now more than ever, we need bold, confident, innovative educational leaders. However, with what is surrounding them, it is hard, if not downright impossible. And who could blame them? Even the elite athletes are surrounded by coaches, nutritionists, therapists, trainers and alike. But who is there for the Vice-Principal, Principal, and Supervisor? Who is looking out and supporting the Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent? In this session, participants will discover simple strategies to learn to manage their day-to-day challenges, and also learn how to become part of coaching communities of practice.

  • Discover the common challenges leaders are facing in managing their school or district?
  • Learn how to manage the top-level, day-to-day challenges faced as school leaders?
  • Explore ways to engage with other leaders to exchange ideas and share insights into common challenges

Cyber Awareness: The New Digital Citizenship

Wednesday, September 21 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented byDr. James Norrie, DPM, LL.M, Founder and CEO, CyberconIQ

Today’s students are more at risk online than any previous generation. They have often lived their lives out loud and online in a post-private world. This often makes them immune to a deeper understanding of how their online instincts and impulses may leave them at risk in so many ways, sometimes with lifelong consequences. In this session, participants will learn about the data and research surrounding the importance of cyberawareness for K-12 students and teachers. Participants will review best practices with a constructive approach to preventing cyber attacks in your schools and how to mitigate negative impacts on students' lives.

  • Discover why cyberawareness is the new digital citizenship
  • Explore strategies to educate and inform students about the risks that careless online practices contain
  • Learn how educators can help students (and themselves) build their cyberawareness

Podcasting that Amplifies Student Voice

Wednesday, September 21 @ 3:00pm EST

Presented by: Stephanie Corrente, Senior Learning LeaderEduscape

All human beings process information and experiences through stories. Knowing this, we can leverage storytelling as a powerful tool to strengthen learning and instruction. In this session, we will examine how podcasting can be applied to enhance learning.

  • Examine the process of podcasting.
  • Explore the benefits of the storytelling process in a learning experience.
  • Investigate examples of podcasting in the classroom.

Coding with Purpose: A Computational Thinking Approach

Thursday, September 22 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented by: Jason Caputo, Senior Learning LeaderEduscape

In this webinar, we will unpack what skills are developed by students learning to code as well as how any teacher can integrate coding into their curriculum. Through an analysis of computational thinking and coding, we will discuss how to support student social-emotional wellbeing, resiliency, and problem-solving skills. Join us to learn more about coding and how it is relevant to your students’ learning, as well as walk away with some examples to adapt to your classroom.

  • Identify how coding and computational thinking skills are essential to critical thinking and problem-based learning.
  • Explore how coding can be used to teach students across early education, science, language arts and even introduce artificial intelligence and sustainable energy principles.
  • Discuss how coding can be integrated into any classroom and core content area.

STREAM Made Simple

Tuesday, September 27 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented by: Marcie Hebert, Director of STEM Education, Eduscape 

21st century Catholic Schools have the potential to stand apart by cultivating a culture of innovation for their students to create an impact on the world around them. The STREAM approach looks at science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and math curriculum in a new way. Each component of the STREAM Made Simple program will provide educators with an approach to developing crucial skills in their learners through problem-based learning, inquiry, and the design cycle, which can be connected to the Catholic faith and to the world around them. STREAM lessons focus specifically on the integration of the Catholic faith and Church documents into each subject. In this webinar, learn more about the STREAM Made Simple ProgramⓇ and how it prepares educators to rethink learning. Explore how this professional development program utilizes STREAM practices to create rigorous, meaningful, and faith-filled educational experiences for learners of all ages and abilities.

  • Discuss the benefits and impact of STREAM instruction on the education and growth of the whole child.
  • Identify how the STREAM Made Simple program prepares participants to incorporate STREAM principles into any content area.
  • Learn more about the STREAM Made Simple professional development program.

STEM Made Simple

Wednesday, September 28 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented by: Erin Sailor, Director of Professional Development, Eduscape

The world is rapidly changing as a result of technological advancements and its impact is pervasive. With these shifts, learners of all ages need to develop the skills necessary to survive and thrive in the 21st century. The STEM approach combines problem-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and the design process along with science, technology, engineering, and math. Together, these components provide educators with an approach to developing crucial skills in their learners such as problem-solving skills and computational thinking. In this webinar, learn more about the STEM Made Simple ProgramⓇ and how it prepares educators to rethink learning. Explore how this professional development program utilizes STEM practices to create rigorous and meaningful educational experiences for learners of all ages and abilities.

  • Discuss the benefits and impact of STEM instruction on student growth.
  • Identify how the STEM Made Simple program prepares participants to incorporate STEM principles into any content area.
  • Learn more about the STEM Made Simple professional development program.

Design Thinking for Strategic Planning

Wednesday, September 28 @ 3:00pm EST

Presented by:

Dr. Matthew M. Murphy, Superintendent, Ramsey Public Schools

Alex Urrea,  Founder & CEO, Eduscape

Design Thinking has been used as a human-centered strategy across the most successful organizations in the world over the past several years. One of the most powerful ways to ignite positive change and address systemic educational challenges is to apply design thinking to strategic planning. In this engaging webinar, participants will begin the brainstorming process to redesign around the student, the classroom and school. Learn about examples of Design Thinking in action across schools and how research is demonstrating ways these principles drive systemic change and school vitality.

  • Define Design Thinking in K-12 education
  • Discover how Design Thinking can be used in Strategic Planning
  • Explore ways to align strategic goals with design-based outcomes

Practical AR/VR Strategies for the Classroom

Thursday, September 29 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented by:

Marcie Hebert, Director of STEM Education, Eduscape

James McCrary, M.Ed. Director of Innovative Teaching & Learning, River Parishes Community College

Virtual and augmented reality provides students with a 360 degree experience to develop their understanding and skills with cross-curricular content. Students can explore content, concepts, and places that might otherwise have been inaccessible. Join us to learn about how virtual and augmented reality can seamlessly be integrated into every classroom. This webinar will introduce what you need to know, explore material, and cultivate a mindset to integrate AR/VR in your district. Empower students to use their creative expression and voice by engineering their own 3D content in programs like Thinglink, CoSpaces, and Paint 3D. Bring immersive learning to your school to amplify student voice and achievement.

  • Define AR and VR and learn how it can enhance instruction
  • Envision AR/VR in your district
  • Explore AR/VR tools

Leading with an Equity Mindset

Tuesday, October 4 @ 12:00pm EST

Presented by: Dr. G. Kennedy Greene, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University/Retired K-12 Superintendent

Research on transformational leaders demonstrates that the most effective outcomes result from those who lead with an equity lens that goes well beyond race. In this session, participants will learn how to seek and understand the disparities and disadvantages some segments of the learning population may experience throughout their learning journey. Discover ideas on how to lead with equity through an introspective process of critical review of identity, policies and procedures which may impact members of the learning community in different ways.

  • Define equity lens and mindset
  • Explore examples of equity gaps that go beyond race
  • Discover strategies to engage in crucial, yet constructive conversations with different members of the learning community
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