Webinars

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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.

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

 

BONUS MEMBER WEBINAR: CREATING PHYSICAL SPACES FOR INNOVATIVE LEARNING

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Jimmy Casas

Schools and classrooms are a representation of what we believe to be true about learning. What does your current physical space reveal about your learning culture? How can you create learning in a new way and redesign spaces, with little or no budget, to provide tactile spaces for innovative learning? Join Lene Jensby Lange, CEO & founder of Autens Future Schools, and learn how to inspire and create strategic, physical frameworks for meaningful learning journeys for learners of all ages.

Presenter: Lene Jensby Lange, CEO and Founder, Autens – Future Schools, a leading Danish consultancy dedicated to re-imagining education and creating schools of the future. Twenty-first century learning practices, vision-driven school development, and a new generation of inspiring learning spaces in school facilities are combined in bold transformation projects small and big scale in the face of a fast-changing future. All in the spirit of equity, student voice, creativity, innovation, co-creation, playfulness and a passionate dedication to people, their lives, and their futures. Based in Denmark, Lene plays with the whole world and passionately connects educators and schools from across the globe to learn from each other and transform education together locally and globally. As a leading learning space design expert, she also regularly speaks at international education conferences. Among her many con-amore commitments, Lene leads and coordinates The Global Schools Alliance, a family of cutting-edge innovative schools from California to New Zealand who all inspire education communities far beyond their local reach, affecting education world-wide. Lene is also a mentor and board member for several independent school initiatives and has the pleasure of serving as an academy member on the HundrED Academy. She also plays a key role in establishing a European leg of Association for Learning Environments.

 


EARLY CAREER PRINCIPALS WEBINAR: I CAN'T DO IT ALL!!!!

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET)


The principal’s role has expanded exponentially over the past few years. “Working smarter and not harder” is becoming a worn out phrase as we all purposefully managing our time and yet the inbox is still full of tasks! In order to move a school in a more strategic direction instructionally, wise principals have learned that they cannot be a team of one. This session will explore the importance of utilizing the various work and learning styles in your building to assemble the most effective team. Gender, age, and other differences will be explored as our schools contain many various types of staff members. The most effective schools have inclusive and diverse people and practices that lead to greater results.

Jimmy Casas

Presenters: Dr. Diane Watkins is the Director of Assessment and Accountability, Chesapeake Public Schools, VA and Dr. Stephanie Johnson is the DoDEA Grant Manager with Chesapeake Public Schools, VA.

 


ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS: RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF HIGH QUALITY STAFF

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 
  

Jimmy Casas

Join Kelly Coash-Johnson as she shares what AASPA has been tracking with regards to the national teacher shortage. Learn what is going on in some key states good and bad. As many school districts struggle to recruit and retain top talent and ensure equitable access to excellent educators, school district need to know as much as possible about the status of the teacher shortage and key strategies Principals can use to improve their recruitment and retention.

Presenter: Kelly Coash-Johnson, pHCLE, M.A.Ed is the Executive Director for the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA). AASPA’s mission is to provide every member with services, resources, and information vital to successful school human resource practices in the interest of students and provide leadership in promoting effective human resource practices. Kelly has over 17 years of experience with educational associations working with not only K12 HR Administrators but with Superintendents, Principals and Special Education Administrators. As the Executive Director, Kelly travels the country visiting with K12 HR Administrators learning and sharing best practices and strategic leadership.

 


ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS WEBINAR: TIME MANAGEMENT - THE PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL LIFE OF AN AP

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET)

As an Assistant Principal do you struggle with managing time? Are you stressed about meeting deadlines, accomplishing your goals, and making time for an enriched personal life? Invest a few minutes of your day in professional learning with two award winning NAESP Assistant Principals of the Year who share your role and challenges. Explore proven strategies and techniques to effectively manage your personal and professional life. 

Jimmy Casas

Presenters: Tracy Sexton-Oliver, Assistant Principal, Bluff View Elementary, Lake City, MN and Stephanie Farmer, Assistant Principal, Tinicum School, Essington, PA.

 


FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY ON SCHOOL LEVEL SPENDING

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 
  

Jimmy Casas

School-level spending figures coming in 2018-19 will create new demands on Principals. How much is spent (all in) per pupil in public funds on behalf of the students in your school? Chances are, even principals don’t have access to that number and may not know if it is higher or lower than other schools in the same district. But that’s about to change. Federal law requires reporting of per-pupil spending for each and every public school for the first time starting with 2018-19. Coupled with other data, this information will undoubtedly prompt questions about spending equity within districts, and about spending trade-offs. And of course, the data will enable all to see how well each school is able to leverage their dollars to do the most for its students This session is designed to get principals up to speed on how to communicate about school-level finances with your staff and community and with your district leaders. And, the session will share simple tools to enable principals to leverage the new data to do the most for your students.

Presenter: Marguerite Roza, Director of the Edunomics Lab and Research Professor, Georgetown University. Dr. Roza’s research focuses on quantitative policy analysis, particularly in the area of education finance. Recent research traces the effects of fiscal policies at the federal, state, and district levels for their implications on resources at school and classroom levels. Her calculations of dollar implications and cost equivalent tradeoffs have prompted changes in education finance policy at all levels in the education system. She’s led projects including the Finance and Productivity Initiative at CRPE and the Schools in Crisis Rapid response Paper Series. More recently she served as Senior Economic Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work has been published by Education Sector, the Brookings Institution, Public Budgeting and Finance, Education Next, and the Peabody Journal of Education. Dr. Roza is the author of the highly regarded education finance book, Educational Economics: Where Do School Funds Go? Dr. Roza earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Washington. Prior to that, she served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy teaching thermodynamics at the Naval Nuclear Power School. She has a B.S. from Duke University and has studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Amsterdam.

 


ASPIRING PRINCIPALS WEBINAR: PREPARING FOR THE PRINCIPALSHIP

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

If you are an Aspiring Principal, many questions will pop into your brain like: What leadership strategies are needed during my first year on the job? How can principals get additional support? What do successful education leaders need to know and be able to do? How do you prepare and develop effective school leaders? If you have these or similar questions, join experienced administrators as they unravel the importance of preparation before stepping into this important role.

Jimmy Casas

Presenters: Kimbrelle Barbosa Lewis, NAESP Vice-President and Principal of Cordova Elementary School in Cordova, TN; and Victoria Reed, Principal, Highland Elementary School, Wallingford, CT

 


PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ADVISORY COUNCIL (PLAC)

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Jimmy Casas

The NAESP Professional Learning Advisory Council (PLAC) is comprised of volunteers who contribute time and creative energy to enable the NAESP organization gain feedback and understanding from active members regarding the relevant needs of national principals. Virtual conversations are held quarterly. Compensation is not available; however, principals will find the experience to be personally and professionally rewarding knowing they are making worthwhile contributions to expand leadership and powerfully impact student and adult learning. For additional information on this opportunity please contact NAESP: 800-386-2377 or 703-684-3345 or via email at leadership@naesp.org.


 

ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS WEBINAR: READS: HELPING CHILDREN BECOME SUMMER BOOKWORKS

Date: Monday, May 6, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Jimmy Casas

The summer is almost here!! Do you have activities planned for your students? How can you get students to learn more during the summer break? Do you have students who need to improve in Reading? Join our Assistant Principals Webinar Series on the Summer READ-at-Home Program, which will provide students with free books and lessons to sharpen their reading skills. Dr. James Kim will present on the effectiveness of literacy reform, how to help disadvantage students become productive readers, and discuss his work on a 10 year program of research that shows how the Summer READ Program works.

Presenter: Dr. James (Jimmy) Kim, Professor of Education, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA. Dr. Kim studies the effectiveness of literacy reforms and interventions to improve student outcomes. He leads the READS Lab at Harvard (Research Enhances Adaptations Designed for Scale in Literacy), a research-based collaborative initiative to identify and scale adaptive solutions for improving children’s literacy learning opportunities and outcomes. He is an expert in conducting randomized field trials to evaluate, improve, and scale evidence-based literacy reforms. He is also the principal investigator of an Investing in Innovation Fund validation study to evaluate READS for Summer Learning, a low-cost and large-scale summer reading intervention program for improving reading comprehension outcomes in high-poverty elementary schools. Dr. Kim has led experimental studies of several widely used teacher professional development interventions for improving reading and writing outcomes in the elementary and secondary grades, including the Pathway Project, Teacher Study Groups, and the Strategic Adolescent Reading Intervention.

 


6 EARLY WARNING SIGNS THAT YOUR SCHOOL CULTURE IS TURNING TOXIC

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET)

 

Jimmy Casas

If you’ve ever tried to take on a toxic school culture, then you know how hard it can be. In this webinar, you will learn why most efforts to detoxify school cultures don’t work and the very simple process you can use instead to eradicate toxicity for good. One of Dr. Robyn Jackson’s favorite sayings is "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." If you've got a toxic culture, it really doesn't matter what your strategic plan or vision is. Your culture always trumps your strategy. That's why Builders protect their culture by spotting and getting rid of toxicity before it has a chance to spread. Join Dr. Jackson as she shares 6 early warning signs that your culture is turning toxic. If you can nip these in the bud before they have a chance to infect your entire culture and ruin any initiatives you are trying to launch, you can clear the way to achieve your school-wide vision and get everyone on board. 

Presenter: Dr. Robyn R. Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Mindsteps. She is passionate about the profession of teaching and helps teachers and administrators understand the principles of mastery teaching and show them how to apply these principles to help every student succeed. As a former high school English teacher and middle school administrator, Robyn refined these principles on her own journey to become a master teacher. She is a best-selling author, internationally recognized keynote speaker and professional developer.

 


EARLY CAREER PRINCIPALS WEBINAR: SAGE ADVICE FOR EARLY CAREER PRINCIPALS

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

As an Early Career Principal, are you struggling to ensure effective instructional practices are being implemented in your school? Do you find time management and leading change to be a challenge? How do you deal with students and adults who struggle with mental health issues? Join experienced principals as they discuss timely solutions and thoughtful strategies that will assist with the everyday challenges facing today’s school leaders.

Jimmy Casas

Presenters: Keith Conley, Zone 9 Director, Principal, Geneva Elementary School, Orem, UT and Timothy Kosters, Zone 7 Director, Principal, Lead-Deadwood Elementary School, Deadwood, SD

 


ESCAPING THE SCHOOL LEADERS DUNK TANK: HOW TO PREVAIL WHEN OTHERS WANT TO SEE YOU DROWN

Date: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 
  

Have you ever felt as if a supervisor, coworker, or stakeholder was trying to sabotage you? No school leader is immune to the effects of discrimination, bad politics, revenge, or ego-driven coworkers. If you've ever worked in such conditions, you know that adversaries can make your job as a school leader miserable. But even if you're lucky enough to be thriving in your current role, you've probably seen leaders whose careers have been tanked by difficult and demanding circumstances. You may even wonder from time to time, "Am I next?" In this webinar, you will learn: 1. The emotional driving forces behind organizational adversity at your school or in your district. 2. The adversarial tactics that others might use against you. 3. Strategies for swimming and prevailing in your career so that you won’t get dunked by politics or negative colleagues.

Jimmy Casas

Presenters: Rick Jetter and Rebecca Coda. Rick Jetter, Ph.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. J.”) is an author, speaker, trainer, and national education consultant. He has worked in the field of education for over 21 years and has held the positions of: alternative education teacher, English teacher, assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools before pursuing a career in consulting, speaking, writing, and publishing. Rick has recently returned to the classroom as a Grade 9 English teacher at the Western NY Maritime Charter School. He is also the co-founder and lead consultant at Pushing Boundaries Consulting, LLC with his co-author of various books, business partner, and friend, Rebecca Coda, NBCT. Rebecca Coda, Med, NBCT is currently a K-6 Director of Curriculum & Instruction in Cabot, Arkansas. She is the founder of Digital Native Network, co-founder of Pushing Boundaries Educational Consulting, and Co-author of Let Them Speak: How Student Voice Can Transform Your School & Escaping the School Leader's Dunk Tank with Dr. Rick Jetter. Rebecca a social justice warrior and advocate of student voice and equity. She is the mother of three children of trauma adopted from the foster system. She is a national speaker with over ten years’ experience facilitating professional development in all content areas grades K-8 for district administrators, principals, instructional coaches, educators & parents. She has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, district level ELA curriculum specialist, and district-wide technology Integration specialist. Her true passion is learning and growing from everyone around her to support the academic success of all students. She leads with impact and will settle for nothing less than making a difference for every child……. because our kids are counting on US! You can learn more about her work at www.rebeccacoda.com  

 


ASPIRING PRINCIPALS WEBINAR: BECOMING A LEARNING LEADER

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. (ET) 

Jimmy Casas

In education we often assert that we are lifelong learners but what does this mean? Who does it apply to in education students, adults, both? Can the learning that principals engage in impact the learning of educators and students? For principals on the journey to becoming a learning leader, a life-long learning growth mindset is essential. Leadership actions that are intentional, transparent, and collaboratively aligned to student and teacher learning are required for results. This session will examine some of the behaviors, aspirations and attitudes associated with becoming a learning leader. Join Dr. Childs-Bowen and explore how you can elicit a contagious, collaborative culture of inquiry, learning, action and adaptation for everyone in your school, including a well-deserved, you!

Dr. Childs-Bowen is the Chief Learning Officer and consultant for Creative Mind Enterprise. She has more than 30 years of skilled and knowledgeable practice in educational research, professional development, facilitation, organizational development, executive coaching, and strategic planning. She specializes in leadership development and coaching, building capacity and effectiveness through professional learning communities. Childs-Bowen has authored numerous articles and contributed to toolkits through ASCD, NASSP, and Learning Forward. She most recently co-authored the ASCD book, The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals (2016).