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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

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

 


BEING AN EFFECTIVE PRE-K-3RD GRADE PRINCIPAL

Date: March 11, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET

Kristie Kauerz Gracie Branch

This webinar will provide an overview of NAESP's newly released and updated Leading Learning Communities: A Principal's Guide to Early Learning and the Early Grades (Pre-K—3rd Grade). This guide is intended to encourage elementary principals to deepen their own knowledge and skills related to Pre-K-3rd grade, and to provide specific guidance for principals to become more effective leaders on behalf of young children. Effective leadership of Pre-K-3rd grade requires substantive expertise about child development and instructional practices that support young learners.

Participants will:

  • Review the six competencies for effective principal practice for Pre-K–3rd Grade.
  • Explore specific suggestions for principals to become more effective and visible leaders on behalf of young children.
  • Describe the work of the NAESP Pre-K–3 Leadership Academy.

Presenters: Dr. Kristie Kauerz , Director, National P-3 Center School of Education and Human Development, University of Colorado Denver and Dr. Gracie Branch, Associate Executive Director for Professional Learning at NAESP

 


LESSONS WE'VE LEARNED: HEALTHY HABITS & GERM PREVENTION TIPS TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF covid-19 IN THE CLASSROOM

Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Ruth Apgar Vincent Hill Julie McKinney Elizabeth Swedo

School leaders have been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to help create a safe in-person learning environment for students. In this workshop, experts will share learnings and best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19, Flu, and general healthy habits and hygiene to prevent the spread of illness causing germs in the classroom during this unprecedented school year and help prep for the next school year.

Presenters: Ruth Apgar is the Professional Relations Marketing Manager at Lysol; Vincent Hill is the Chief, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Julie McKinney is the Global Director of Microbiology & Virology at Reckitt Benckiser; and, Elizabeth Swedo is the Pediatric Expert, COVID-19 Community Guidance and Schools Unit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

 


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.

 


THE MINDS OF BOYS AND GIRLS: LEARNING THROUGH A GENDER LENS

Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET

Dr. Michael Gurian Based on thirty years of research in brain science and practical education, this webinar traces how girls and boys learn and grow differently, how the gender spectrum affects learning, practical strategies for effective administration and teaching, and specific areas of need, including those of boys in school.

Participants will:

  • Understand the minds of boys and girls—how they think and learn differently, including the gender spectrum.
  • Understand the key issues that boys and girls face in school and educational systems.
  • Learn numerous effective strategies for leading and teaching boys and girls.
  • Focus on administration/teacher questions about educating and motivating boys.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Gurian, Author of Boys and Girls Learn Differently.

 


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.