The School Turnaround Learning Community (STLC) Webinars

The goal of the STLC is to provide states and districts with easy online access to resources and to facilitate networking that will enable them to support schools more effectively.

Links to register for webinars follow each announcement.

1. March 6, 2012: High-Quality Preschool Webinar

The first webinar will focus on defining high-quality preschool programs, examine their role in school improvement, and discuss funding strategies and effectiveness of programs.

Presenters:
– Ellen Wolock, Ed.D., Director, Division of Early Childhood Education, New Jersey Department of Education
– Mike Salvatore, Superintendent of Long Branch School District
– Shakera Walker, Kindergarten Teacher and Teaching Ambassador Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education

Click here to register for this webinar.

2. March 13, 2012: P-3rd Grade Structures (Early Learning Group) 

This webinar will focus on using preschool through third grade structures as a strategy to improve student achievement.

Presenters:

  • Ruby Takanishi, President, Foundation for Child Development
  • Linda Sullivan-Dudzic, Special Programs Director, Bremerton School District, Bremerton, WA
  • Kristie Kauerz, Kristie Kauerz, Ed.D.. Research Scientist Project Director, PreK-3rd Education, College of Education, University of Washington

Click here to register for this webinar.

3. March 14, 2012: Utilizing Early Warning System Data to Design Strategic Student Interventions

This webinar, led by Dr. Robert Balfanz, will build on the framework shared in an earlier webinar around designing and operating an effective early warning system and hosted by the Secondary Group. The earlier webinar was designed to help schools and districts involved in turnaround efforts learn how to use data regularly collected on student attendance, behavior problems, and course performance in a systemic way to guide intervention to keep students on track to graduation. You can access the archive here. The upcoming webinar event will focus on steps that school leaders and teachers need to take in order to maximize the impact of providing interventions for off track students: specifically, descriptions/action plans for ensuring that early warning systems trigger the effective implementation of the “right supports at the right time” to each student displaying signs of falling “off-track” for high school graduation.

Following a discussion of the research, successful practitioners will share their experiences of putting the research/strategies/plans in action. Participants will walk away from this session being able to:

  • Think through the development of a multi-tiered intervention system, which includes whole school, targeted, and intensive interventions
  • Analyze existing interventions in their school to establish which ones have sufficient evidence of success and are scaled to the identified student need
  • Develop strategies to engage appropriate external partners who can provide additional capacity and evidence-based interventions

Guiding Resources Include:

  • “Beyond the Indicators” paper by MacIver and MacIver
  • Tool for Analyzing Current Interventions for Attendance, Behavior, and Course Performance at Whole School, Targeted and Intensive Level by Evidence of Success and Current Scale vs. Need

Click here to register for this webinar.

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