Calendar of Events │ESSA
At AIR and the Centers we support offer a number of conferences, meetings, and webinars relating to all aspects of ESSA and its implementation. In addition, our experts also serve as speakers for webinars and conferences hosted by other organizations throughout the country.
October 24, 2018, Webinar, 3:00 p.m. EDT, Learning with Others: A Study Exploring the Relationship Between Collaboration, Personalization, and Equity. This study offers evidence of the benefits of collaboration for student learning. In addition, it reveals some of the distinct ways in which collaboration is linked to students’ perceptions of personalization in the classroom, and how Black students benefit from and experience collaboration differently from White and other non-Black students. Learn more about this study and discuss the findings with the research team in our webinar. Register >>
November 7, 2018, Webinar, 2:00pm EDT, SEL Beyond the Bell: Integrating SEL Practices in Out-of-School-Time Programming. Quality out-of-school time experiences expand learning and positive youth development beyond the school bell and engage students who might otherwise be left behind. Join AIR every other month for a short webinar featuring one of the 96 tools available in the Beyond the Bell Toolkit. Hear from AIR experts on topics related to managing, designing, implementing, and improving quality afterschool and expanded learning programs. Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the Beyond the Bell website. The featured tool from each webinar will be available for download from the website for a limited time. Register >>
November 28, 2018, Webinar, 3:00 p.m. EDT, Maximizing Student Agency: Implementing and Measuring Student-Centered Learning Practices. Join AIR as we discuss the results of this investigation in a webinar. This study was designed to identify the instructional practices that may be useful for the development of different aspects of student agency (i.e., self-efficacy, self-regulated learning, and persistence) and determine whether these instructional practices are equally helpful for different subgroups of students. Register >>
May 14, 2018 - Experts from AIR and EducationCounsel met to discuss the trends across ESSA plans and what must come next to significantly improve outcomes for students among lowest-performing schools. View webinar recording and presentation slides >>
October 12, 2018, Webinar, 3:30–5:00pm EDT, The Special Education Enrollment Gap in Louisiana: Charter vs. Traditional Schools. Join REL Southwest for a free webinar designed for state administrators, superintendents, charter school principals, charter school board members, charter authorizers, and special education advocates on the special education enrollment gap in Louisiana. This interactive webinar will explore the findings and implications of REL Southwest’s report, Special Education Enrollment and Classification in Louisiana Charter Schools and Traditional Schools.
October 11, 2018, Conference, 4:00–5:30pm CDT, Ready for the Future: Career Preparation in Rural Communities. In partnership with Twin Cities Public Television, REL Midwest created a documentary about the unique challenges facing rural communities in Minnesota as students explore and prepare for careers. The documentary features two evidence-based career readiness programs in rural Minnesota: Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Wadena and Scrubs Camp in Mankato. The program emphasizes the research that reveals best practices in the field and highlights factors that contribute to success for students as they create their future plans.
October 9, 2018, Webinar, 4:30-5:30pm EDT, Conducting Relevant Research through Networked Improvement Communities. Join REL Midwest for a webinar that addresses how researchers and practitioners can form networked improvement communities (NICs) to study high-priority questions about education practice. Presenters will provide an overview of continuous improvement research, including the NIC structure and Plan-Do-Study-Act rapid research cycles. School-based practitioners will discuss their experience participating in the Iowa Learning and Technology NIC, which focuses on effectively using technology in the classroom, specifically for rural schools.
September 19, 2018, Webinar, 2:00pm EDT, Staff Development: Where to Start. Quality out-of-school time experiences expand learning and positive youth development beyond the school bell and engage students who might otherwise be left behind. Join AIR every other month for a short webinar featuring one of the 96 tools available in the Beyond the Bell Toolkit . Hear from AIR experts on topics related to managing, designing, implementing, and improving quality afterschool and expanded learning programs. Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the Beyond the Bell website . The featured tool from the webinar will be available for download from the website for a limited time. See webinar recording>>
September 17, 2018, Roundtable and Live Webcast, 2:00pm EDT, Building Safe, Engaging, and Equitable Schools. Please join us as moderator Scott MacFarlane, a reporter from NBC Washington, engages with panelists David Osher, AIR vice president & Institute Fellow; Eric Gordon, CEO of Cleveland Metropolitan School District; and John Jackson, president & CEO of the Schott Foundation. This event showcases best practices, strategies, and recommendations to create a safe, engaging, and equitable environment for students that focuses on social and emotional learning. This is a free event.
July and August, 2018, Webinar, Selecting, Preparing for, and Implementing Evidence-Based Programs in Community and School Settings. This webinar offers an overview of Evidence-Based Programs (EBPs), elements to consider when you select and plan to implement programs, and advice for overcoming challenges during program implementation. During this recorded webinar, AIR experts and Sandy Crawford, MSW, former Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) project director, offered guidance on selecting and implementing EBPs in school and community settings. Crawford shares her experience as a school-based expert and what her district went through in selecting and implementing two evidence-based strategies. View here >>
August 23, 2018, Webinar, 2:00-3:30pm EDT, Internet Crimes Against Children: iKeepSafe Incident Response Tool for Schools. The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments at AIR is hosting a webinar on a free resource designed to help schools respond to technology-related incidents, including cyberbullying, sexting, hacking, and threats of violence. The webinar will identify how school officials can use this tool to work with law enforcement and other stakeholders to investigate and develop responses to all types of technology-related incidents. See webinar recording>>
Aug 2, 2018, Webinar, 2:00-3:15pm EDT, Using Data to Promote Access to High-Quality Work-Based Learning: Tools and Considerations for States. To improve college and career readiness for all students, many states across the country are working to expand student access to work-based learning (WBL) experiences. However, in order to advance equitable access to high-quality WBL, states need to think outside of the box about ways to use data to inform the design, scale, and implementation of their WBL systems. Join AIR’s College and Career Readiness and Success Center as they take a practical walk through data-driven decisions. This webinar will provide an overview of the role geographic information systems (GIS) and WBL measures can play in helping states make data-driven WBL decisions. See webinar recording and slides>>
July 24th, 2018, Webinar, 4:00pm EDT, Virtual Reality and Assistive Technology: Learn about the New New Things! While virtual reality (VR) has been on the radar for decades, it wasn’t until recently that its use has become less of a novelty, and more of a consumer reality. Now, as VR technology becomes more ubiquitous, the big question is: How will this emerging technology enter the classroom and assistive technology space? See webinar recording >>
July 19, 2018, Webinar, 1:00–2:15pm EDT, Pursuit of Equity: Maximizing Postsecondary Outcomes for Students With Disabilities Through Systems Alignment. The College and Career Readiness and Success Center at AIR is pleased to announce our third webinar focused on ensuring equitable access to career readiness opportunities for students with disabilities. In this webinar, presenters from the Maine Department of Labor/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Department of Education will discuss state policies and practices that support cross-agency collaboration between K–12 and vocational rehabilitation agencies aimed to improve career readiness for students with disabilities. See webinar slides >>
July 18, 2018, Webinar, 2:00-2:30pm EDT, Positive Youth Development Beyond the Bell. Quality out-of-school time experiences expand learning and positive youth development beyond the school bell and engage students who might otherwise be left behind. Join AIR every other month for a short webinar featuring one of the 96 tools available in the Beyond the Bell Toolkit. Hear from AIR experts on topics related to managing, designing, implementing, and improving quality afterschool and expanded learning programs. Each webinar will be recorded and posted on the Beyond the Bell website. The featured tool from the webinar will be available for download from the website for a limited time. See webinar recording >>
July 07, 2018, Webinar, 4:00-5:00pm EDT, Virtual Reality and Assistive Technology: Learn about the New New Things! In this session, Jaclyn Wickham, founder of AcclimateVR, explores some of the current and future applications for virtual reality (as well as some info on applications of Augmented Reality) to support students with autism and other disabilities. See webinar recording >>
June 28, 2018, Webinar, 2:00-3:15pm EDT, Pursuit of Equity: Aligning Transition Planning From the State, District, and School Levels. During this webinar presented by the College & Career, Readiness & Success Center, presenters from the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency will provide an overview on the value of transition planning for students with disabilities including data sets and various environments where transition planning supports career readiness. Participants will explore effective transition planning through systems alignment from state and local perspectives, including leveraging of career and technical education and strategies for engaging various stakeholders in the transition planning process. See webinar slides >>
June 25, 2018, Webinar, 3:00-4:00pm EDT, Establishing Key Partnerships for Successful Work-Based Learning (WBL): Strategies for States and Districts. During this webinar presented by the College & Career Readiness & Success Center, participants will hear from representatives from the Tennessee State Department of Education, local education agencies, and Tennessee businesses on how to strategically engage partners to implement WBL. In addition, presenters will share partnership configurations and strategies focused on authentic engagement and collaboration to ensure success for all students participating in WBL experiences. See webinar Slides >>
June 19, 2018, Webinar, 1:00-2:00pm EDT, Strategies to Support Evidence Use in Education. This webinar highlights strategies that researchers can employ to support evidence use by state and local education agency staff. Presenters discuss barriers that may prevent education practitioners from using evidence-based practices and share actionable strategies that researchers and other stakeholders can use to increase evidence use. A panel discussion is also featured. See webinar Recording >>
May 30, 2018, Webinar, 3:00-4:00pm EDT, Strategies for Delivering Required ESSA Reporting and Supporting Student Success. Join what promises to be a lively discussion of one of the greatest recent challenges in education: fulfilling the complex reporting requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Learn from experts in data-based decision-making and data visualization on accessing and making decisions based on real-time data.
May 16, 2018, Webinar, 12:00-1:00pm EDT, Assistive Technology: What It Is and How to Use It. The Center for Technology and Disability is offering a webinar that discusses how students with disabilities can benefit from using assistive technology (AT) to support a wide variety of skills. In this introductory CTD event, they will cover what assistive technology is, the legal consideration process for choosing assistive technology and some of the different types of tools that are available for students of all ages. See webinar recording >>
May 15, 2018, Webinar, 4:00-5:00pm EDT, I Can Read That! AT Supports for Struggling Readers. Participants will learn how to use the built-in accessibility supports in their mobile devices to support struggling readers, a free screen reader, as well as how to adjust settings in three library apps. See webinar recording >>
May 03, 2018, Webinar, 12:30-1:30pm EDT, Study Skills 3: Managing Focus and Attention - This Center on Technology and Disability event is the third in a three-part series focusing on study skills, and covers strategies for boosting focus. Demonstrations will include timers that support focus, apps to track smartphone use, and tools to manage online distractions. See Webinar recording >>
May 02, 2018, Webinar, 11:00am-12:00pm EDT, Financial Literacy Skills for the 21st Century: Evidence from PISA - Join AIR for a presentation and discussion focusing on the latest international results in financial literacy from the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Dr. Annamaria Lusardi will present findings relevant to PISA and financial literacy more broadly. Topics will include the following: (1) why financial literacy is so important for today's students and young people, (2) cross-nationally which education policy initiatives emphasize financial literacy, (3) how gender, socioeconomic status, and per capita GDP are associated with financial literacy outcomes. See webinar recording >>
April 30, 2018, Webinar, 12:00pm EDT, Financial Transparency and Reporting Webinar - The new Financial Transparency and Reporting Readiness Assessment Tool from the State Support Network can help states and districts meet the ESSA reporting requirements by identifying and analyzing school level expenditure data. By using this tool, states and districts can better understand the dynamics of school-level per-pupil reporting in their district financial data. This webinar will provide participants with an overview and demonstration of the Financial Transparency and Assessment Tool. See Webinar recording and materials >>
April 24, 2018, Webinar, 3:00–4:00pm EDT, Comprehensive Supports for College-Bound Students - Presenters will discuss a Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest study that explores the correlation between financial aid (sometimes paired with college readiness supports) and early college success. See webinar slides and agenda >>
April 13, 2018, Reception, 7:00-11:00pm EDT, AERA 2018 Reception- AIR welcomes attendees of the 2018 American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting to join us for a reception. This event will be held at Brasserie 8½, 9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019.
April 12, 2018, Webinar, 4:00-5:00pm EDT, Coaching to Support the Conditions for a Well-Rounded Education - Presenters will introduce two coaching tools—the Leadership Competency Self-Reflection Tool and a coaching toolkit for administrators and instructional coaches—aimed to assist districts and schools in creating positive school climates and supporting emotional learning (SEL) implementation. See Webinar recording>>
April 9, 2018, Virtual Event, 1:30-3:30pm EDT, High Expectations and Appropriate Supports: The Importance of IEPs - This virtual event offers information from experts and OSEP grantees on driving high expectations, working to support individual needs, high expectations and their relation to state academic content standards, as well as the incorporation of evidence-based practice standards in IEPs. This information is presented in light of how these practices and principles relate to the United States Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, commonly referred to as “Endrew F.” See Webinar recording>> See Webinar PPT>> See Webinar transcript (PDF)>>
April 03, 2018, Webinar, 12:30pm-1:30pm EST, Study Skills 3: Managing Focus and Attention - This Center on Technology and Disability event is the final webinar in a three-part series focusing on study skills, and covers strategies for boosting focus. Demonstrations will include timers that support focus, apps to track smartphone use, and tools to manage online distractions. See Webinar recording >>
March 22, 2018 – Webinar, 12:30-1:30pm EDT, Study Skills 2: Multi-Sensory Learning and Review - This Center on Technology and Disability event is the second of a 3-part series focusing on study skills. Students are often not aware of the most effective ways to review information and deepen their learning. Strategies presented for review and learning will include a look at mnemonics, as well as tools that utilize our various senses. See Webinar recording >>
March 01, 2018 - Webinar, 12:30-1:30pm EST, Study Skills 1: Research and Note-taking Skills - This webinar, geared toward parents, starts with a discussion of note-taking and other study strategies. Demonstrations will include a smart pen, audio recording apps, research tools, and mind mapping. This event is the first of a 3-part series from the Center on Technology and Disability focusing on assistive technology for study skills. See Webinar recording >>
February 27. 2018 - Webinar, 2:00-3:30pm EST, Homeless students face a number of barriers in receiving the education and services they need and deserve. ESSA increases protections and supports for homeless students that build on those in the McKinney-Vento Act. This webinar seeks to provide schools and school systems with an overview of what these changes look like. It will discuss resources and strategies that can lead to improved educational experiences and outcomes for these students.
February 20, 2018 - Webinar, 1:00-2:00pm EST - Assistive Technology (AT) Tools for Writing - Whether a student struggles with getting their thoughts down on paper, spelling, grammar, or bibliographies, assistive technology or AT can help. Through the use of AT, students can minimize their frustration with writing by using ‘alternative pencils’ or a different way of writing via tools that support various aspects of the writing process to show what they know. This workshop for parents will focus on assistive technology to aid in writing for students with disabilities of all ages. Smartpens, apps, Chrome extensions, and more will be demonstrated. See Webinar recording>>
February 14, 2018 - Webinar, 3:00-4:30pm EST - Mentoring and Induction: A Ready-to-Use Toolkit to Support Your Districts - Join the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) to learn about our new, ready-to-use Comprehensive Mentoring and Induction Toolkit that states can use to support districts in building strong mentoring and induction programs. During the webinar, you will learn about the free resources offered in the Toolkit and connect directly with GTL Center experts to contextualize the material for use in your own unique state context. See webinar recording>>
February 13, 2018 – Webinar, 4:00pm EST, Innovative Strategies to Enhance Understanding and Comprehension with Assistive Technology - Join the Center on Technology and Disability for this informative webinar focusing on students who struggle with understanding content and reading comprehension despite remediation. Attend this fast-paced webinar with national expert Karen Janowski to learn about a variety of innovative and free tools which promote understanding and independence. See Webinar recording>>
February 2, 2018 - Conference, 8:00am-4:00pm EST - 11th Annual CALDER Research Conference. Registration is open for the eleventh annual CALDER Conference. This year’s conference will bring together prominent education researchers and funders with policymakers and practitioners to have a dialogue about the types of research being produced and how the work is used in the field. See Webinar materials and recording>>
January 17, 2018 - Webinar, 4:00-5:00pm EST - Revisioning Inclusive Classroom Environments with AT. This webinar will demonstrate a path to integrating assistive technology (AT) in an inclusive classroom environment so that it becomes part of the whole classroom experience and not something limited to a few students. Learn to create an environment in which students who use AT do not feel as though they stand out in a negative way. Dr. Raymond Heipp will share techniques to help teachers, therapists, administrators, and aides—from preschool classrooms to high school advanced placement courses—feel confident in creating inclusive activities for students. See Webinar recording>>
January 10, 2018 - Webinar, 4:00-5:00pm EST - What You Need to Know: Transitioning to Higher Ed for Students with Disabilities - Getting ready to attend college is daunting for every student and their family. It is like preparing to travel to a new place you’ve never been before. This webinar will focus on the differences between available accommodations in higher education versus those offered in K-12 settings via IEPs or 504 plans. Learn what types of documentation are required, what to ask when exploring colleges, and how to best locate resources to smooth the way towards that first semester, whether going away or attending school near home. See Webinar recording>>
January 09, 2018 - Webinar, 1:00-2:00pm EST - Taking a Multi-Tiered Approach to Attendance Improvement at the State, District, and School Level - What does it mean to teach attendance? It is more than simply taking roll each day. Teaching attendance involves building awareness about how many absences are too many, encouraging students to come to school every day even when it is hard, and engaging them once they are in the school building. Participants will understand the impact of chronic absence on student achievement; see the key role that everyone in the school building—from the front office to the classroom—can play in prevention and early intervention strategies to address chronic absence; gain access to the first of three Attendance Works online learning modules; and more.
December 13, 2017- Webinar, 1:00–2:00pm EST- Supporting STEM in Rural Schools and Districts - This webinar features presenters discussing STEM networks, which comprise one support for rural schools looking to capitalize on local connections. In addition to helping schools work with industry partners, STEM networks also connect schools and districts to discuss problems of practice. Presenters also discuss research that has shown promise for increasing student interest and pursuit of STEM fields and provide an intervention example that grounds STEM in the local context of rural Tennessee communities. See Webinar recording>>
December 13, 2017- Webinar, 1:00–2:15pm EST- Leveraging ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA to Support a College- and Career-Ready Workforce- With the advancement of technology and globalization, the workforce of the future will require the seamless integration of academic, technical, and employability skills. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins), and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provide opportunities for states to develop a coherent approach to ensuring that today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s careers and workforce demand. This webinar aims to support states with leveraging ESSA, Perkins, and WIOA to support a college- and career-ready workforce. See webinar recording>>
December 12, 2017 - Webinar, 3:00-4:00pm EST - Harnessing the Potential of Multiple Languages and Family Partnerships in Early Childhood Intervention and Special Education - This webinar, hosted by the National Center for Systemic Improvement, will present research related to language development patterns in young dual language learners, an early childhood program success story, and perspectives from a family-led organization. This information can inform Part C and Part B 619 services, program, and policy development and specifically support states in implementing their State Systemic Improvement Plan. See Webinar recording>>
December 7, 2017 - Webinar, 4:00pm EST - Giving Instant Feedback to Disabled Students with Technology to Create Engagement and Motivation - Instant feedback provides positive benefits including motivation and reinforcement, possible alleviation of frustration, and the correction of mistakes. This webinar focuses on technologies that can increase the motivation for students with disabilities. Please join us to learn more. See Webinar recording >>
November 8, 2017 - Webinar, 3:30-5:00pm EST - Closing the Achievement Gap: Research from New Mexico-In 2009, New Mexico adopted more rigorous high school mathematics and science course requirements as well as a new graduation exam. This webinar focuses on high school students’ changes in advanced course completion and graduation rates since the new graduation requirements were implemented. Please join us as this webinar provides a brief overview of five reports. See Webinar recording >>
October 23, 2017 - Webinar, 4:00-5:15pm EDT- Key Teaching and Learning Shifts for Personalized Learning: Preparing for Success-This Webinar hosts both national experts and local leaders focusing on the key teaching and learning shifts that occur in personalized learning settings over time. Importantly, these experts and leaders will be including how these shifts can help improve college and career readiness. Participants will learn about the specific skills teachers and students use in many personalized learning settings, the key shifts in instructional planning and delivery, and the ways in which personalized learning settings can help students develop transferable skills and competencies over time. See Webinar recording>>
October 26, 2017 - Webinar, 11:00am-12:00pm EDT - Do Teachers Teach Less in Classrooms with Students with Special Needs? Trends and Predictors from International Data - AIR will host a presentation and discussion on the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms, a cornerstone of special education policy in the U.S. and many countries. Through the analyses of 121,173 teacher responses from 38 participating education systems, factors are identified that may explain disparities in instructional time between inclusive and non-inclusive classrooms. See Webinar recording>>
August 10, 2017 - Webinar, 2:00-3:30pm EDT - Consolidated State Plans: Lessons Learned Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants hosted by The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), in collaboration with the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments operated by AIR.
June 9, 2017 - Unpacking ESSA State Plans: Insights for Policy, Research, and Practice. Location: Washington, DC.
May 24, 2017 - Webinar, 2:00-3:00pm - ESSA, Title IV, Part A: Changes to the Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants resulting from the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2017 hosted by The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS), in collaboration with the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments operated by AIR. See Webinar recording >>
April 3, 2017 - Early submission states must submit plans to Governors no later than this date for 30-day review.
May 3, 2017 - Early submission states submit plans to U.S. Department of Education after review by Governor.