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Previous Webinars 2013 -2014

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Educational Testing Services (ETS) offered several webinars covering a range of topics from classroom management to Common Core State Standards in ELA. Below are video recordings of each webinar. Each recording is accompanied by a short description of the webinar content as well as a downloadable PDF of the presentation featured in the recording.

First Few Weeks as a Teacher: Managing Your Classroom and Your Career
September 14, 2013
Laura Ascenzi-Moreno

Dr. Ascenzi-Moreno's webinar, entitled First Few Weeks as a Teacher: Managing Your Classroom and Your Career, discussed getting started as a teacher. She gave insight into seating arrangements, where to arrange the classroom library area, what to do with struggling students, and how to create student incentives.

First Few Weeks as a Teacher: Managing Your Classroom and Your Career [PDF]



"Keeping Learning on Track" on Track
November 2, 2013
Shirley Hall

During her first of two webinar presentations, titled "Keeping Learning on Track" on Track, Mrs. Hall discussed the components of the KLT program and went through a series of formative assessessments with teachers. Teachers discussed how they integrate these types of assessments in their classrooms, and ways to adapt them for their needs. Mrs. Hall was able to attract the most teachers of all webinars, and utilized interactive polling to assess which formative assessments were frequently used by teachers in their classrooms.

"Keeping Learning on Track" on Track [PDF]




Advances in Math Challenges
November 23, 2013
Bill Crombie

In his webinar, entitled Advances in Math Challenges, Mr. Crombie demonstrated the utility of Math Challenges, as well as the theoretical basis for the exercises. One example from Mr. Crombie’s presentation that stood out was a breakdown of a grade five Math Challenge that showed how the exercise encourages students to think of fractions and decimals as real values as opposed to imaginary concepts. In this example, two large squares (each representing 1 unit) were divided into 100 smaller squares. Students are instructed to shade in “.48” and “.7” of the large squares respectively. Having these visual models to reference made the questions in the Math Challenge that follow easier to grasp, which aligns with the larger Common Core objective of bolstering students’ “conceptual understanding of key ideas”.

Advances in Math Challenges [PDF]




Perspectives on Pathwise
January 25, 2014
Shirley Hall

In her second webinar, titled Perspectives on Pathwise, she highlighted the Pathwise Framework for Induction and linked it to the Charlotte Danielson Framework. This webinar was specifically designed to help in-service teachers of Cohort 2 and Cohort 1 get the most from their mentors. Ms. Hall, in her presentation explained how Pathwise mentors can help prepare them for teacher evaluations.

Perspectives on Pathwise [PDF]




Refocusing Midyear: Reestablishing Effective Child-Centered Management and Using Technology for Differentiated Instruction
February 22, 2014
Laura Ascenzi-Moreno

Her second webinar of 2013-2014, titled Refocusing Midyear: Reestablishing Effective Child-Centered Management and Using Technology for Differentiated Instruction, discussed several valuable strategies for creating an empowering classroom environment for students, and using technology for differentiated instruction.

Refocusing Midyear: Reestablishing Effective Child-Centered Management and Using Technology for Differentiated Instruction [PDF]




Teaching Math with "Growth" in Mind
March 8, 2014
Faith Washburn

Mrs. Washburn presented the webinar: Teaching Math with Growth in Mind. The talk focused on the differences between numerical and mathematical literacy, implementing Data Teams, and understanding the fixed vs. growth mindset.

Teaching Math with "Growth" in Mind [PDF]




Examining the Progression Documents for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and Analyzing Re-engagement
March 29, 2014
Nell Cobb

Her presentation titled, Examining the Progression Documents for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and analyzing Re-Engagement, with the help of veteran Chicago Public School teacher Kyle Radcliff, focused on re-engaging students in mathematics, and teaching with Common Core State Standards in mind. She spoke of Math Progressions and how they organize neatly into “coherent bodies of knowledge” that reference each other throughout different grade levels.

Examining the Progression Documents for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and Analyzing Re-engagement [PDF]




Series 1: Common Core State Standards: Integration and Strategies for ELA Teachers - Dr. Laura Ascenzi-Moreno

These webinars will focus on Common Core State Standards in ELA.

Part I: Basics for ELA Teacher
May 10, 2014

In Part I of this series, Dr. Ascenzi-Moreno laid out the essential framework of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, and how they originated. From there, she discussed how the standards can guide teachers' everyday planning and practice.

Part I: Basics for ELA Teacher [PDF]




Part II: Long Term Planning
May 24, 2014

In Part II of her series, entitled Common Core State Standards: Long Term Planning, Ascenzi-Moreno discussed how to use the Common Core State Standards to frame learning for the entire year in English Language Arts. Examples of planning were provided and she delineated how this type of planning can work for participants.

Part II: Long Term Planning [PDF]



Part III: Considerations for Emergent Bilingual Students
June 7, 2014

In Part III of her series, entitled Common Core State Standards: Considerations for Emergent Bilingual Students, Ascenzi-Moreno spoke about how to plan lessons for bilingual students with CCSS in mind, and devoted time to unpacking Common Core Progressions. This was our most highly attended session to date with a total of 12 participants, and since there were a large number of pre-service teachers in attendance, Azcenzi-Moreno also addressed how the participants could direct their learning in preparation for entering the classroom.

Part III: Considerations for Emergent Bilingual Students [PDF]