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Teaching 21st-Century Skills in Today's Library: It's Not Only in the Classroom

Presented by Sheila Carr, Technical Services Consultant, and Debby Reiling, Library Media Services Consultant, Digital Learning; both of Region 11 Education Service Center in Texas; Don Rokusek, Follett, Program Manager, Destiny® Library Manager™

Helping today's students prepare for career and college means more than improving collaboration and communication. Today's libraries and librarians must teach students new ways to conduct research, select online resources, and know how to properly cite the sources they use. This useful discussion of how libraries can utilize technology to its fullest in helping students prepare for the challenges ahead will help attendees uncover features within Destiny support librarians as they guide students toward the experience they need in the real world.

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Cool Ideas to Promote Independent Reading

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT.

Don't reinvent the wheel! Resourceful librarians promote reading every day. This webinar will highlight fruitful partnerships, engaging programming, and creative strategies to get kids reading. This webinar will benefit K-12 school librarians, classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, administrators, and public librarians.

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There's an App for That – 50 Apps in 60 Minutes for 2015

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT.

It's time for our annual app review! In this session, participants will discover apps that change the way students and teachers think about learning. The presenter will feature apps that promote essential 21st century learning skills – creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and apps that fuel creativity. Do you have apps you'd like to share? Please do so here! This webinar will benefit K-12 school librarians, classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, and administrators using iOS, Droid, or Chrome.

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New Developments in eContent

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT.

In this annual review of new developments in eContent delivery, participants will learn about platforms, services, licensing options, new product "packaging," spending models, and content availability. Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will also review recent research on student usage of eContent, and participants will discuss anticipated changes in evolving patron needs. This webinar will benefit K-12 school librarians, classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, and administrators using iOS, Droid, and Chrome.

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Collaborative Flipped Instruction

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT.

Participatory learning tools like social media and/or learning management systems can strengthen instructional partnerships between classroom teachers and school librarians. This webinar will highlight examples of how such partnerships can increase student achievement and professional learning for teachers. Assessment, blogging, and discussion forums will be covered. This webinar will benefit school librarians, classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, and administrators in grades 6-12.

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Video Instruction in K-12

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT.

In this session, educators will share their experience using video as an instructional tool. This webinar will cover software, organization, content, duration, editing. This webinar will benefit school librarians, classroom teachers, curriculum leaders and administrators using a Mac or PC.

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The Research Process

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT. Co-Presenter: Debbie Abilock, eLearning Specialist and Consultant with Noodletools.

With or without the Common Core, there is a renewed focus on inquiry in K-12 education. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in research skills, but they seldom have a clear understanding of how to grow their learning – how to shift from superficial, fact-finding overviews, to deep, targeted and detailed evidence collection. This session is dedicated to developing instruction that helps students with that transition, and to building close reading activities that promote critical resource evaluation.

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Hands on Learning: The Power of Interactive Learning in the Library

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

Maker spaces and learning commons, are gaining popularity because they promote participatory learning. In this session, we will explore how physical changes to library facilities can transform learning throughout the school community.

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Planning Lessons for a Range of Cognition

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

In this session we look at the structure of the standards, model lessons and Performance Tasks, finally working backwards into a Model Task from DOK 1 to DOK 3 / 4. We look at areas of direct instruction and classroom models for intervention, collaborative analysis, to written and spoken synthesis in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Breaking out of a "lesson-centric" model, we instead consider a typical week for a student and how we can structure their journey across a range of skill acquisition, application and new knowledge creation in a five day cycle.

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Teacher Evaluation: Assessing Students to Demonstrate Learning

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

School librarians have been caught in the new wave of teacher evaluation reform. Defining and measuring student learning outcomes presents new challenges and new opportunities. In this session, participants will examine assessment tools, review smart goals, and explore ways to use assessment to inform library program instruction.

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Writing Instruction for Learning Synthesis

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

In this session we explore the findings of the NAEP in Writing, as well as newly released assessment items to build a clear picture of what Learning Synthesis looks like with College & Career Ready standards, and how we get there through the process of writing, critique, and editing.

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Difficulty and Complexity in the Classroom – Doing Both and Saving Time

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

In this session, we identify the key standards for priority focus and direct instruction investigation, balancing rigorous difficulty and deeper cognitive complexity. We learn to save time by focusing curriculum and instruction on the most critical, impactful areas for students. Newly released assessment items also help us focus on key strategies for implementing the standards.

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Pitching the Library: How to Explain What School Librarians Do

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

When administrators are faced with challenging budget cuts, they often cut from library programs – often because they don't understand how strong library programs serve the learning community. This webinar will equip participants with talking points to promote library programs, reframing our work with new language, and dispelling myths about librarianship.

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RU Ready 2 Trust' em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship Among Millennials

Presented by Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

Citizenship, including digital citizenship, is not learned through osmosis. Millennials have formidable capacity for 21st century learning - communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. They excel in these areas when empowered to learn in an educational environment founded on respect and trust. Given the guidance to thrive, and permission to fail, students learn important lessons they will carry with them not just to college and career, but throughout life. In this session, participants will learn how trust can promote curiosity and transform learning.

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Precision Reading with Vocabulary Investigation

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

Following from our last session, we focus on how to integrate the two key classroom priorities of Precision (Close) Reading and Vocabulary Investigation. Grouping students, reading and discussion prompts, and student independence are key topics for this webinar.

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Google Apps for Education – It's a New Year!

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT, with Elisabeth LeBris, Director of Library Technology Services at Kenilworth Public Schools in Illinois

Elisabeth LeBris, Director of Library Technology Services at Kenilworth Public Schools in Illinois, will share elementary Google applications while Michelle Luhtala will focus on 9-12 uses. The power of Chrome user profiles and the Chrome app store will be addressed, along with practical applications for newly "partitioned" mobile Google apps, such as Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

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Vocabulary & Accountable Talk Best Practices

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

It's the number one priority for our classrooms as we get back to school. How do we plan our lessons, and integrate resources, to support deeper vocabulary investigation and greater collaboration and conversation? This session focus on pragmatic classroom and school procedures you can implement immediately to support deeper vocabulary and more precision discussion.

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Priority Steps for 2014 – 2015 School Year

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

The results are in! Drawing from more than 5,000 implementations of College & Career Ready initiatives, as well as the latest testing data, we identify key priority steps for fall as schools prepare for Spring 2015.

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A Menu for Successful Family Engagement - How Administrators Set the Table

Presented by Bev Schumacher

A thoughtfully designed menu of opportunities and strategies can help parents know what to expect and guide your staff member's interactions with parents. Setting the table for strong relationships with families begins with defined expectations, clear communication, and a welcoming atmosphere.

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There's an App for That! – The B Side: 50 Productivity Apps that will Prepare You for the Mobile Edu-volution

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

With the prevalence of smartphone technology, educators can build application fluency in their own productivity and learning so that when the time comes, they will have the skill and expertise to help students and colleagues transition into mobile learning. This session is dedicated to apps that will save educators time that can be redirected toward better use.

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Online Research Habitudes

Presented by Angela Maiers and Mark Moran, Choose2Matter

We call these Online Research Habitudes, a combination of habits and attitudes without which no researcher can succeed. Crucially, teachers must learn to model for students the habitudes of a skilled researcher. This session will help teachers do that with ease, intentionality and confidence.

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Aligning Curriculum to the Common Core using Follett's Curriculum Tags

Presented by Dr. Margarete Ronnett, Director, Classroom Products, Follett School Solutions, and Laura Healy Media Specialist, Randall Carter Elementary, Wayne, NJ

The speakers will cover identifying, evaluating and assembling a meaningful package of instructional resources that support a teacher's curriculum and where educators can find resources that meet this challenge.

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The Power of Playful Learning in Early Education: How Guided Play Sparks Social and Academic Outcomes

Presented by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

This webinar implores us to reexamine the importance of free play and playful learning as a catalyst for developing 21st Century Skills. It also introduces a new concept of guided play that has been shown to help children target particular outcomes.

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Flippin' Library! A year in the life of a flipped library

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT; with Brenda Boyer, from Kutztown High School library

In this session, the presenter will debrief about the original goals, the experience, the successes, what changes are needed, and what to build on for next year. Guest presenter Brenda Boyer, from Kutztown High School library, will also share her flipped library instruction model. Attendees will be invited to share their own experiences as well.

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Integrating Stretch Texts: Planning Resources and Lessons

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

You don't have to do it on your own! This session provides educators with specific strategies to engage students in selecting their own stretch texts from electronic titles, as well as pragmatic tools and priority steps to evaluating your own resources and lessons.

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Common Core State Standards: Implementing Interventions and Providing Scaffolds for Increased Text Complexity

Presented by Dr. Mitzi Brammer, Adjunct Professor at Maryville University

Participants of this webinar will identify scaffolds and instructional supports that can be put in place to support students as they move to higher levels of text complexity in grades 6-12.

Target Audience: General education and special

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There's an app for that! 50 apps that will rock your world in 60 minutes

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

Is the application market transforming education? In this session, participants will discover apps that change the way students and teachers think about learning. The presenter will feature apps that promote essential 21st century learning skills – creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and apps that fuel creativity. Do you have apps you'd like to share? Please do so here!

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The Building Blocks of Early Mathematics: Learning Trajectories for Young Children

Presented by Julie Sarama and Dr. Douglas Clements

Building Blocks' basic approach is finding the mathematics in, and developing mathematics from, children's every day activity. To do so, the program incorporates both old and new technologies, from blocks and puzzles to multimedia computer programs. Activities help children construct mathematical building blocks.

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Taking the Plunge with eBooks

Presented by Ann Fondren

We all know that eBooks can enhance any school library collection, but how can you be sure you're making a wise investment? How do you know where to begin? This presentation will help you cut through the clutter, illustrate the necessary steps and equip you with the skills to make smart decisions that will ensure a successful eBook launch –and a collection that can grow and advance with technology and your district's goals.

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Forget the Standards – It's all about Indicators of Rigor! How to make sense of College & Career Readiness Standards – ACT, Texas, Common Core, Cambridge… Worldwide!

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

College & Career Readiness in a global economy has led to a new definition of what students need to know and be able to do. Those "College & Career Readiness Standards" – whether Common Core or TEKS – have key indicators of Rigor. This session provides educators with essential, immediately usable strategies to make sense of and master College & Career Readiness Standards.

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eContent, Round 4

Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

In this annual review of new developments in eContent delivery, participants will learn about platforms, services, licensing options, new product "packaging", spending models, and content availability. The presenter will also review recent research on student usage of eContent, and participants will discuss anticipated changes in evolving patron needs.

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New Teacher Tool Kit: Using Web 2.0 Tools to Support Your Practice

Lisa Dabbs, Educational Consultant and Blogger/Social Media Marketing Team member at Edutopia.org

This webinar will present 5 tools that new teachers can easily use as they begin their first years of instructional focus in the classroom. We will pay particular attention to the emerging role that social media groups and global connections can play in supporting new teachers.

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Evidence of Learning Synthesis: How do we know that students really "mastered" the concept?

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

College & Career Readiness is defined at a new level – student performance at a level of synthesis and extended thinking. In this session, we look at concrete examples of student work and grading rubrics to support educators in evaluating learning synthesis.

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Incorporating Text Sets into Elementary and Middle School Classrooms

Presented by Dr. Mary Ann Cappiello and Dr. Erika Dawes

The Common Core Standards require students to read across multiple texts in ever increasingly sophisticated ways. This is both an exciting and challenging time for teachers who seek to integrate children's literature and various other multimedia texts into their teaching of literacy and the content areas. The presenters will share their approach to teaching with text sets, addressing: the definition of a text set; an overview of their process for creating text sets; and examples of various models for using text sets at different grade levels.

Grade Level/Interest Range: K-8

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Power Up Story Time by TALKING: Reading with Toddlers and Preschoolers in Small Groups

Presented by: Betty Bardige, Ph.D. Must be present to win a CUSTOM DOOR PRIZE!

From babyhood through school age, books play important roles in children's lives. They support language and concept development, provide information and entertainment, deepen adult-child relationships, support creativity and the arts, foster social-emotional growth and the development of resiliences, and prime children for later school and life success.

For a young child, a book can be a familiar friend -- or a door to an exciting new world. But all of these potentials can only be realized when we choose books well, share them in small groups or individually so that we can really engage children, and use them as springboards for enriching conversations.

In this webinar, given jointly by a developmental psychologist and a children's librarian, we will explore:

  • What children at different ages (from 6 months to 3 or 4 years) do with books.
  • What books children like at different ages and why.
  • How to generate interest and engagement with different kinds of books.
  • Using books as conversation starters and conversation extenders.
  • Sharing books in multi-aged groups.
  • Supporting teachers to create and make the most of book-sharing opportunities, at circle time and beyond.
  • Engaging families to build their children's love of books and a shared "culture of reading"

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Librarians as Leaders: School Librarians as Leaders in Professional Development, Accreditation Review, and so much more

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

In this fun and interesting webinar, Drew Minock and Brad Waid, better known as Two Guys and Some iPads, will share their version of game changing apps for student engagement, teacher productivity, and augmented reality. Drew and Brad will show you how they are using these apps to change the culture and engagement in their own classrooms and school. This session will benefit all grade levels and administrators. The presentation will share examples and experiences with augmented reality. This is happening now! Come see how you can change the game! Learn. Teach. Lead. Changing the Game!

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Game Changing Apps: Student Engagement, Teacher Productivity, and Augmented Reality

Presented by Two Guys and Some iPads (Drew Minock and Brad Waid)

In this fun and interesting webinar, Drew Minock and Brad Waid, better known as Two Guys and Some iPads, will share their version of game changing apps for student engagement, teacher productivity, and augmented reality. Drew and Brad will show you how they are using these apps to change the culture and engagement in their own classrooms and school. This session will benefit all grade levels and administrators. The presentation will share examples and experiences with augmented reality. This is happening now! Come see how you can change the game! Learn. Teach. Lead. Changing the Game!

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eBooks and Common Core: Teaching Reading in Today's World

Presented by Dr. Lotta Larson is an associate professor at Kansas State University

This session will explore ways digital reading devices and eBooks can be used to differentiate instruction, engage students, and support comprehension while meeting ELA Common Core Standards. Participants will learn how to implement eBooks, evaluate the quality of digital texts, and match specific eBook titles with their students' learning needs.

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Exploring Depth of Knowledge Three – The "Sweet Spot" for Common Core and Next Generation English Language Arts

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

In English Language Arts, "Depth of Knowledge 3: Strategic Thinking & Reasoning" is the most common level of student performance.

Participants will engage in deeper understanding of what "Depth of Knowledge" means and looks like, as well as specific strategies to meet the level of cognitive demand required by next generation and Common Core learning Standards. Pragmatic, real-world, achievable strategies are presented, for immediate use by educators.

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Connecting Common Core, Mentor Texts, and 6+1 Traits for Narrative Writing, K-8

Presented by Roberta Linder, Ph. D. and Tracy Whitlock, Ph.D

Within the context of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for the English Language Arts, the presenters first provide participants with an overview of CCSS for reading literature and writing narrative texts for grades K to 8. Next, the presenters provide a crosswalk that aligns CCSS reading literature and narrative writing standards with selected traits of writing (i.e., ideas, organization, voice, word choice). Finally, resources and ideas for implementing the CCSS, 6+1 writing traits, and mentor texts are shared.

Grade level and Interest Range: K-8 teachers, teacher educators

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Function Follows Form: How Google Apps can transform 21st Century Learning

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

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Exploring Depth of Knowledge Two – The "Sweet Spot" for Common Core and Next Generation Mathematics

Presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the nonprofit Center for College and Career Readiness

Participants will engage in deeper understanding of what "Depth of Knowledge" means and looks like, as well as specific strategies to meet the level of cognitive demand required by next generation and Common Core learning Standards. Pragmatic, real-world, achievable strategies are presented, for immediate use by educators.

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Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology for Early Childhood Education

Presented by Fran Simon and Karen N. Nemeth, co-founders of Early Childhood Technology

This webinar will help you learn to use technology as an interactive learning tool. You'll also learn what types of technology are most effective for dual language learners or children who may have special needs.

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The Research Process

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in research skills, but they seldom have a clear understanding of how to grow their learning - how to shift from superficial, fact-finding overviews to deep, targeted, and detailed evidence collection. This session is dedicated to developing instruction that helps students with that transition. We will delve deeper into Research Bootcamp 101 - the comprehensive, self-paced 9th grade lesson we briefly discussed in session #39 (Filtering) that Emerging Tech-ers have asked to revisit with more depth.

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Bring Your Own Device (or Technology) – BYOT: New Opportunities, New Challenges in K-12 Education

Presented by Dino Miele, Chief Information Officer at the District School Board of Niagara

In this webinar we will discuss the convergence of 4 forces that will affect the educational ecosystem in the next 3 years: they are social, information, cloud and mobile. The webinar will present effective strategies, models, and frameworks that will be needed in order to have a sustainable mobile environment in our classrooms and libraries. BYOD can help in creating an open, collaborative and dynamic environment with instructional technology at the point of instruction.

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What Should Students be Writing? Common Core Expectations for Writing and Best Practices for Meeting Writing Requirements

Presented by Kevin Baird of the Center for College and Readiness

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Integrating Digital Technology Into Literacy Instruction

Presented by Amy Hutchison, Ph.D., Assistant professor of literacy at Iowa State University

This webinar will be held as part of the edWeb.net community Digital Decisions for Collaborative Learning.

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Training Teachers on Technology

Presented by Paul Sanfrancesco, Director of Technology, Garnet Valley School District, Pennsylvania

This webinar will be held as part of the edWeb.net community Digital Decisions for Collaborative Learning.

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Common Core and Text Types: What Should Students Be Reading?

Presented by Kevin Baird of the Center for College and Readiness

This webinar will be held as part of the edWeb.net Implementing the Common Core State Standards.

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The Common Core State Standards in ELA for K-5 Students: Integrating Hands-On Materials and Books to Support Literacy and Skill-Building

Presented by the experts at Learning Resources

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How to Develop Your School Library Advocacy Program

Presented by Dr. Mike Ribble, Educational Technology Consultant, Manhattan-Ogden School District, and Lucas Loughmiller, Director of Library and Instructional Media, Manhattan-Ogden School District

This webinar will be held as part of the edWeb.net community Digital Decisions for Collaborative Learning.

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Steps to Implement Common Core Expectations of Text Complexity

Presented by Kevin Baird of the Center for College and Readiness

This webinar will be held as part of the edWeb.net Implementing the Common Core State Standards.

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Common Core Guided Reading Leveled Classroom Libraries with a K-6 Focus

Presented by the experts at Perfection Learning

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Empowering Digital Learning with Destiny and FollettShelf

Presented by Don Rokusek, Program Manager - Library and Information Discovery Technology, and Julie Krater, Product Manager – Destiny Library Manager

This webinar will be held as part of the edWeb.net community Digital Decisions for Collaborative Learning.

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Common Core and English Language Learners: Aligning the Standards with a Workshop Model to Enhance Instruction

Presented by Dr. Lindsey Moses

This webinar will be held as part of the EdWeb community Implementing the Common Core State Standards.

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Let the Kids be the Filter! Teaching students to be discriminating researchers

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Common Core State Standards and the School Librarian: Making an Advocacy Impact

Presented by Margaux DelGuidice, teacher librarian at Garden City High School in Garden City, NY; and Rose Luna, teacher librarian at Freeport High School in Freeport, NY

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Common Core and Back to School – Issues for the Upcoming Quarter!

Focusing on specific, pragmatic and practical priorities for the upcoming 13 weeks, Kevin Baird presents a vision of how to ensure the new year starts well and Common Core implementation begins "on track".

Presented by Kevin Baird of the Center for College and Career Readiness

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Common Core – High-Impact Planning for 2013 to 2014
What are the critical tasks, shifts, materials and assessment requirements to plan for as we get ready for the upcoming school year?

Presented by Kevin Baird of the Center for College and Career Readiness

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