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NAESP Webinars

Web seminars provide real-time opportunities to interrelate with content experts, educational leaders, and practicing principals around current issues. NAESP provides this setting to bring together principals from locations around the country to participate in these online learning programs. No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in any of our webinars. Most webinars are free.

Special Coronavirus/COVID-19 Webinars

Archived webinars are available only to members using your NAESP log in.

Upcoming Live Webinars

WEBINAR WEDNESDAY: PLANNING TO PIVOT: CREATING SCHEDULES TO ENHANCE TEAMING (K-8) IN THE ERA OF COVID-19

Date: December 9, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Elliot Y. MerenbloomLearn how educational leaders create master schedules that include team approaches to instruction for elementary, K-8, and middle schools in the COVID-19 era. All models are applicable to full-in person, virtual and hybrid options.

Participants will:

  • Learn 5 steps in building a K-5 or 6 as well as K-8 schedule that can pivot.
  • Learn strategies for building a middle school schedule that can pivot and facilitate teaming.
  • Explore plans to implement or expand the role of a teaching team.
  • Engage in strategies for pivoting.

Presenter: Elliot Y. Merenbloom Educational Consultant.

 


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

Date: January 7, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Jill Pentimonti Aleksandra Holod Lana Santoro Lauren Artzi

Join Jill Pentimonti, Ph.D., and Aleksandra Holod, 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, Ph.D., 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. Aleksandra Holod, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist with over 15 years of experience dconducting research on education policy and practice, with a focus on early childhood. 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.

 


TRANSFORMING YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THOSE YOU LEAD

Date: February 10, 2021
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. ET

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

 


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

Date: February 16, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

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.

 


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

Date: February 17, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

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.

 


BONUS WEBINAR: AMERICAN OVERSEAS SCHOOLS

Date: March 4, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Thomas Shearer Brent Mutsch

Learn more about the role of American Overseas Schools. Literature and materials, including fact sheets, school directories, and recruitment information will be shared.

Participants will:

  • Learn about employment opportunities and school-to-school partnerships.
  • Gain an understanding of opportunities available to stateside principals.

Presenters: Thomas Shearer, Director, Office of Overseas Schools, Bureau of Administration, U.S. Department of State and Brent Mutsch, Senior Associate, Search Associates

 


LEADING FOR LITERACY: PROMOTING CODE-BASED LITERACY SKILLS IN EARLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Date: March 25, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Jess Surles Lauren Artzi

Join Jess Surles, M.Ed., and Lauren Artzi, Ph.D. for the fifth installment of the NAESP-Lead for Literacy Center series. This session will focus on instructional evidence-based practices aimed at promoting children’s decoding and word reading. For successful reading, a child needs to have skills that allow them to decode the words (code-based skills) and skills that allow them to understand and comprehend the text and understand what the words mean (meaning-level skills). Therefore, high-quality explicit and systematic reading instruction involves the use of evidence-based practices across all tiers of instruction and promotes the learning of both code-based and meaning-level skills. In this session, presenters will discuss key considerations for implementing evidence-based practices to support children’s decoding and word reading in both traditional and virtual learning environments.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the critical components of code-based instruction and evidence-based practices to promote word reading and decoding.
  • Access web-based tools and resources to support implementation of evidence-based literacy practices by school staff and students.

Presenter: Jess Surles, M.Ed., is a Technical Assistance Coach for the Lead for Literacy Center at the Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL), University of Oregon.

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

 


WEBINAR WEDNESDAY: TRANSFORM THE NORM: RETHINKING HOW TEACHERS TEACH & PRINCIPALS LEAD

Date: March 31, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Kim Campbell Jack Berckemeyer

What if we as educators reimagined what our classrooms could look like, sound like or be like.....to help prepare our students for the 21st century we must move away from being the sage on the stage to the guide on the side. We must give our students choice and voice in all that we do in our classrooms. Join me as we look at transforming the norm. Participants will leave with ideas and thoughts about creating a classroom where kids thrive and become better prepared for the future.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to create a welcoming classroom.
  • Learn how a school can engage their students through inquiry based learning.
  • Learn ideas about how to get more student voice/choice.
  • Leave with resources to support their work.

Presenters: Kim Campbell, Proud Middle School Teacher & Daring Dean of Students and Jack Berckemeyer, Berckemeyer Consulting Group

 


LEADING FOR LITERACY: PROMOTING MEANING-LEVEL LITERACY SKILLS IN EARLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Date: April 1, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Jess Surles Lauren Artzi

Join Jess Surles, M.Ed., and Lauren Artzi, Ph.D. as they present the sixth session in the NAESP-Lead for Literacy Center series. This session is focused on promoting children’s language and meaning-level literacy skills in early elementary school. For successful reading, a child needs to have skills that allow them to decode the words (code-based skills) and skills that allow them to understand and comprehend the text and understand what the words mean (meaning-level skills). As a follow up to the March 25th session Promoting Code-based Literacy Skills in Early Elementary School, this session will focus on the use of evidence-based practices for promoting elementary-aged children’s academic language, vocabulary, and comprehension in both traditional and virtual learning environments. Presenters will also discuss key considerations for using EBPs to support comprehension and language across all tiers of instruction.

Participants will:

  • Discuss important components and evidence-based practices related to literacy instruction that supports student comprehension, vocabulary, and academic language.
  • Access web-based tools and resources to support implementation of evidence-based literacy practices by school staff and students.

Presenter: Jess Surles, M.Ed., is a Technical Assistance Coach for the Lead for Literacy Center at the Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL), University of Oregon.

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

 


LEADING FOR LITERACY: TAKING A DEEP DIVE INTO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRUCTURES

Date: June 3, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Ursula Hill Jennifer Pierce Lauren Artzi

In the seventh installment of the Lead for Literacy series, join Ursula Hill, Ed.D., and Jennifer Pierce, Ph.D. from the Lead for Literacy Center as they discuss critical components of high-quality professional development for effective school-wide reading programs, key considerations for job-embedded learning and coaching, and effective collaboration structures for professional learning. Participants will then have the opportunity to develop a well-articulated professional development plan that incorporates key actions for planning, delivering, and evaluating professional development using data sources. The plan will also guide prioritization of needs and goals, identification of resources, and the consideration of funding streams to provide differentiated new knowledge to support teachers and improve student learning and behavior outcomes.

Participants will:

  • Recognize features of high-quality professional development by highlighting use data and time.
  • Discuss potential obstacles in professional development and considerations to address the obstacles.
  • Identify the strengths and stretches of professional development and coaching practices within your school/district that lead to data-based decision-making.

Presenters: Ursula Hill, Ed.D., is the Technical Assistant Coach for the Lead for Literacy Center. Jennifer Pierce, Ph.D., is a Senior Technical Assistant Consultant at the American Institutes for Research.

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