2021 Archived Webinars

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ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: BEYOND EQUITY - THE LENS THROUGH WHICH WE LEAD

 

Dr. Andrea Thompson Andrew Lindsay Equetta Jones

As the school year has progressed, different school districts across the country have used a wide variety of in-person and remote instructional approaches. With the high degree of variance among schools, how do educators assure an equitable instructional environment? Join our panel of Nationally Recognized Outstanding Assistant Principals of the Year as they share their experiences and thoughts on the role equity plays in making decisions that impact student instruction and access to learning in their schools.

Participants will:

  • Contemplate what it means to be a leader who champions equity.
  • Reflect on how equity is used as a lens through which school decisions are made.
  • Consider different ways to ensure equity among students within a school community.
  • Discuss structures that should be in place to create an equitable environment.

Presenters: Dr. Andrea Thompson serves as a Fellow with NAESP's Center for Women in Leadership and is an Assistant Principal with Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland. Dr. Thompson was named the 2020 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals. Andrew Lindsay is the Assistant Principal at Owen Intermediate School in Belleville, Michigan and the 2019 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Michigan Elementary & Middle School Principals Association. Equetta Jones is the Assistant Principal at Highlands Elementary School in Delaware and the 2018 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Delaware Association of School Administration.

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PRESIDENT'S EDUCATION AWARDS PROGRAM (PEAP), A GREAT WAY TO RECOGNIZE GRADUATES FOR THEIR HARD WORK!

Frances W. HopkinsAre you looking for ways to recognize your graduating elementary, middle, and high school students for their achievements in the classroom? Whether learning virtually or in person, your students can receive a Presidential award for their perseverance throughout their educational journey. Although we are facing some unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to reward your students who excel or have demonstrated improvement with a certificate of Excellence or Achievement signed by the President and the Secretary of Education. This information session will outline the President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP). It is open to “ALL” elementary, middle and high school principals and designated faculty members!

Participants will:

  • Gain insight about PEAP.
  • Distinguish the difference between the two categories of recognition.
  • Understand how easy it is to request certificates for students under each category.
  • Learn about timelines and participation nationwide.

Presenter: Frances W. Hopkins, is the Director of the President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP) at the U.S. Department of Education.

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LEADING FOR LITERACY: HIGHLIGHTING KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR MONITORING READING PROGRESS AND USING LITERACY ASSESSMENT

David Fainstein Lauren Artzi

As a follow up to November 19th’s session Leading for Literacy: Highlighting Key Considerations for Literacy Screening and Assessment, join David Fainstein, M.A, and Lauren Artizi Ph.D., from the Lead for Literacy Center as they discuss types of progress monitoring data that inform reading instruction and review the quality indicators of useful data and assessments. They will share the purpose and process for monitoring students’ reading progress in both traditional and virtual settings and highlight important components of data-based decision making using school teaming structures.

Participants will:

  • Recognize features of research-informed practices for monitoring reading progress.
  • Describe barriers and solutions that impact assessment and progress monitoring implementation.
  • Identify the strengths and stretches of progress monitoring assessment practices within your school/district that lead to data-based decision-making.

Presenter: David Fainstein, M.A., is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon and graduate employee at the Center on Teaching and Learning.

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Artzi, is a Technical Assistance Coach for the Lead for Literacy Center and Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research.

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WEBINAR WEDNESDAY: TRANSFORMING YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THOSE YOU LEAD

Ron Riggio, Ph.D.Transformational leaders realize extraordinary results, not by themselves, but my engaging and empowering followers. We will cover the 4 key elements of transformational leadership and how to develop them, and use them, to work with your team to achieve “performance beyond expectations.”

Participants will:

  • Acquire a deep understanding of transformational leadership, how to get it, and how to use it.
  • Explore a way of assessing the 4 elements of transformational leadership.
  • Learn how and why transformational leaders achieve extraordinary results.
  • Discover suggestions on how to get team members to “share the leadership.”

Presenter: Ron Riggio, Ph.D., Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology

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ASPIRING PRINCIPALS WEBINAR: HOW TO WRITE YOUR RESUME AND GAIN SKILLS FOR INTERVIEWING THAT ENSURES SUCCESS

Baruti Kafele In this webinar, Principal Baruti Kafele will discuss creating a resume that stands out while providing participants with interviewing strategies he’s compiled that have benefitted thousands over the past three years. Taken from his book, The Aspiring Principal 50, school leadership expert Principal Kafele presents reflective questions aimed at assisting aspiring principals as they work to become effective school leaders and consider making a leap to a leadership position.

Participants will:

  • Be able to develop a noteworthy resume.
  • Learn how to prepare for school leadership interviews.
  • Gain an understanding of what superintendents are looking for when preparing for interviews.

Presenter: Principal Baruti Kafele is a highly regarded urban educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years and has distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader.

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WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: BUILDING POWERFUL SISTERHOOD BONDS TO SUPPORT YOUR LEADERSHIP GROWTH

Jessica Gomez Dr. Andrea Thompson

Come learn about the power of building and creating Sisterhood Circles that can support and elevate your growth as a woman leader. In this webinar NAESP’s Center for Women in Leadership Fellows Jessica Gomez and Dr. Andrea Thompson will discuss how you can create your own network for professional and personal growth.

Participants will:

  • Understand the purpose of a Sisterhood Circle.
  • Learn how to build and maintain a Sisterhood Circle.
  • Dialogue with members of a successful Sisterhood Circle

Presenters: Jessica Gomez serves as a Fellow with NAESP's Center for Women in Leadership and is the Principal at Alice Birney Elementary School in Colton, CA. Dr. Andrea Thompson serves as a Fellow with NAESP's Center for Women in Leadership and is an Assistant Principal with Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland. Dr. Thompson was named the 2020 NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals.

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EARLY CAREER PRINCIPALS WEBINAR: HOW TO CRUSH IT AS AN EARLY CAREER PRINCIPAL

Adam Welcome I’ll admit it. I’ve almost left the education field before. Sometimes, it just doesn’t seem worth it. Drowning under a sea of paperwork. Trying to cautiously weave through school politics. At times, it all feels like it’s too much. But then, a bright-eyed student runs up to me for a high-five, and immediately, I remember what it’s all about. Like you I have had some good advice and some advice that was outdated and stale. In this webinar we are going to discuss strategies and tools you can use to succeed as an early career principal and have a well-balanced life outside of your job. Join Adam Welcome in sharing tips for being happy, productive and making a lasting impact on your school community.

Participants will:

  • Learn strategies for effective time management.
  • Gain keys for building strong relationships.
  • Discuss ways for empowering your teachers.
  • Learn how to project your voice.

Presenter: Adam Welcome is an elementary school principal, author of four books, host of two podcasts and loves his family dearly and living every single day to his fullest potential.

 


WEBINAR WEDNESDAY: THE STICKINESS FACTOR: EMBEDDING RESTORATIVE PRACTICE IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY

Margaret ThorsborneThis webinar will explore the issues around implementation of the restorative approach to behaviour development, and focus on what can be done to increase the likelihood of the deep culture change necessary within the school community.

Participants will:

  • Explore school readiness for the deep change of introducing RP.
  • Discover a model for thinking about the process of change (Kotter)
  • Understand the difference between what has to be done and how it needs to be done, above and below the “green line.”
  • Learn the speed of uptake Diffusion of Innovation.

Presenter: Margaret Thorsborne, Margaret Thorsborne and Associates, Australia

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LEADING FOR LITERACY: SUPPORTING EARLY LITERACY INSTRUCTION PRE-K TO 3

Jill Pentimonti Lana Santoro Lauren Artzi

Join Jill Pentimonti, Ph.D. and Lana Santoro, Ph.D. as they overview the TeacherRead Program and key considerations for literacy learning in preschool/early childhood contexts that set a strong basis for later language learning and academic success, including promoting oral language, phonological awareness, and print knowledge. Lana Santoro will provide a brief overview of a seven-year, federally funded project to promote teacher read alouds for enhancing narrative and expository comprehension, vocabulary, and language development of children in grades K-2. She will outline the components of instruction and highlight critical instructional delivery look fors. She will also discuss use of a professional learning community structure to support implementation. Presenters will engage participants in discussion related to what school leaders can do to promote evidence-based instruction in preK and early elementary school.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the critical components of oral language and vocabulary, print knowledge, and phonological awareness as key skills for literacy learning in young learners.
  • Identify critical instructional look fors in the use of read alouds to promote narrative and expository comprehension.
  • Access web-based tools and resources to support implementation of evidence-based literacy practices by school staff and students.

Presenters: Jill M. Pentimonti, Ph.D., is Director of Research Advancement and affiliate of the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame. Lana Santoro, Ph.D., is Co-Principal Investigator of the Lead for Literacy Center.

Facilitator: Dr. Lauren Artzi, is a Technical Assistance Coach for the Lead for Literacy Center and Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research.

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