School Superintendents Knowledge Center

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Each interactive program in this series is presented by leading experts in the field of public education. These engaging professional development opportunities provide important information relevant to the work of superintendents and other school system leaders.

Webinar Recordings

(listed by date in descending order)

Part 3: How to Can Supervisors Shape Effective Principals?

 
 part 3 sharping effective principals 
April 19, 2017
Playback Recording (53 mins)
Presentation
Now more than ever, today's school principals need support for their development and growth, as society places higher expectations on them to be instructional leaders who improve student learning and achievement. A new first-ever set of standards, developed by a committee of 12 educators led by the Council of Chief State School Officers whose work was supported by The Wallace Foundation, is intended to assist state education agencies and local school districts to help recruit, select, support and evaluate supervisors of principals. The standards emphasize shifting the supervisor’s role away from the traditional focus on bureaucratic compliance toward fostering the growth of effective principals who improve both teaching and learning.

Presenters: Frederick Brown, deputy executive director, Learning Forward; Mary Canole, school leadership consultant; Tricia McManus, assistant superintendent of educational leadership and professional development, Hillsborough County Public Schools; and MaryAnn Jobe, director, education and leadership development, AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

The New Excellence Gap: Identifying & Assisting School Districts Struggling with College-Ready Standards

 
 the new excellence gap webinar 
April 12, 2017
Playback Recording (49 mins)
Presentation
Under old, easy achievement standards and tests, most schools appeared above average. Now that most states have developed college-ready standards and high-quality tests, less than 3 percent of schools truly "beat the odds." In addition, 20 percent of schools have both low poverty and low achievement. Using cutting edge data visualization tools, this webinar will help superintendents see more precisely where the new problems are. The presenters will also highlight bright spots in urban & rural districts and suggest solutions for improvement.

Presenters: Jean-Claude Brizard, partner, Cross & Joftus and former CEO, Chicago Public Schools, and David Wakelyn, partner, Union Square Learning.

Policy Implications of the New President 2017 

 
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Two weeks into the new administration, the AASA advocacy team provided an updated look at what we know about the new year, the new Congress and the Trump administration. The presentation includes updates on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education, Congressional committee leadership and composition, the opportunity for education policy in President Trump's first 100 days and the education cases being considered by the Supreme Court. 

Presenters: Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director, policy and advocacy, AASA; Sasha Pudelski, assistant director, policy and advocacy, AASA; and Leslie Finnan, senior policy analyst, AASA.

2016 End-of-Year Policy Recap with AASA's Policy & Advocacy Team 

 
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December 6, 2016
Playback Recording (58 mins)
Presentation  
In this one hour webinar, AASA’s advocacy team (Noelle Ellerson Ng, Sasha Pudelski and Leslie Finnan) provide an overview of ‘the year that was’ in 2016, including updates on ESSA and implementation, school nutrition, school vouchers/choice, background checks, Perkins/Career Tech, education funding, rural education and more.

Presenters: Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director, policy and advocacy, AASA; Sasha Pudelski, assistant director, policy and advocacy, AASA; and Leslie Finnan, senior policy analyst, AASA.

The December Dilemma: Best Practices for Handling the December Holiday Season in Schools

 
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September 15, 2016
Playback Recording (59 mins)
Presentation
Join AASA and Dr. Charles Haynes, founding director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and author of consensus guidelines on the role of religion in public schools for a webinar on constitutional approaches for addressing the "December dilemma" and other issues concerning religious music, symbols, and teaching about religions in school programs and curriculum.

Presenters: Charles Haynes, founding director, Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute and Mort Sherman, associate executive director, leadership development, AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

2016 Superintendent of the Year Forum Ignite Presentations

 
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November 22, 2016
Playback Recording (43 mins)

During AASA's 2016 National Superintendent of the Year Forum in Washington, D.C., the following presenters shared how their districts are implementing personalized learning. They replicated their presentations for this webinar to extend best practices and new ideas with a wider audience.

Presenters: Gail Pletnick, AASA president-elect and superintendent, Dysart Unified (Ariz.), Patricia Deklotz, district administrator, Kettle Moraine School District (Wis.), and Shon Hocker, superintendent, Big Horn County School District (Wyo.).

Part 2: How to Can Supervisors Shape Effective Principals? 

 
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November 10, 2016
Playback Recording (60 mins)
Presentation  
Now more than ever, today’s school principals need support for their development and growth, as society places higher expectations on them to be instructional leaders who improve student learning and achievement. A new first-ever set of standards, developed by a committee of 12 educators led by the Council of Chief State School Officers whose work was supported by The Wallace Foundation, is intended to assist state education agencies and local school districts to help recruit, select, support and evaluate supervisors of principals.

Presenters: Frederick Brown, deputy executive director, Learning Forward; Mary Canole, school leadership consultant, CCSSO; Michelle N Pierre-Farid, chief academic officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (Ohio).

K-12 and Community College College Partnerships for Access, Readiness and Success

 
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September 15, 2016
Playback Recording (55 mins)
Presentation
With an increasing focus on dual enrollment and college access, K-12 institutions and community colleges have put an emphasis on working together to provide the best experience for students. Join Dr. Mary Rittling and Dr. David Schuler as they discuss partnerships developed in their communities to increase access to community college, prepare students to be college-ready and to foster student success in high school, college and beyond.

Presenters: David Schuler, superintendent, District 214, Ill., and AASA Past President and Mary Rittling, president, Davidson Community College, N.C.

Supplement not Supplant: Latest ESSA Regulations and What It Means for Districts 

 
 SNS webinar

September 12, 2016
Playback Recording (74 mins)
Presentation (PDF) 

USED has released the third and final set of proposed regulations on ESSA, the ones dealing with ‘supplement not supplant’ (SNS). This proposal is the most concerning to AASA, given its extreme federal overreach and the potential for the rule—if unchanged—to result in program changes and significant burden/changes to fiscal reporting.

This webinar will feature AASA's Noelle Ellerson along with Sheara Krvaric and Melissa Junge of the Federal Education Group, to walk through what the proposal includes, what it could mean for schools, and to lay the ground work for our advocacy effort to encourage USED to revise its rule. Our ability to impact the final rule will rely almost solely on our ability to provide significant technical feedback from the field.

Leveraging ESSA's Evidence Provisions to Help Every Student Succeed

 
 Leveraging ESSA Evidence Provisions

August 30, 2016
Playback Recording (63 mins)
Presentation (PDF)
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school districts will have more freedom to fashion their own solutions to their most pressing challenges. While they do so, ESSA sometimes requires, allows or encourages districts to leverage evidence-based approaches. During this webinar, Results for America's Evidence in Education Lab will help superintendents understand and explore the new opportunities provided by ESSA's evidence provisions.

Presenters: Jeremy Ayers, Vice President of Policy, Results for America; Dan Gordon, Senior Advisor, Results for America; Brad McMillen, Assistant Superintendent for Data, Research and Accountability, Wake County Public School System; and Matthew Lenard, Director, Data Strategy & Analytics, Wake County Public School System.

Redesigning Professional Development Matters

 
 pd matters webinar
June 29, 2016
Playback recording (58 mins)
Presentation (PDF)
This webinar covers how districts are redesigning professional development systems, innovating in their practice and improving return on investment. AASA gives a broad view of Innovative Professional Development (iPD) nationally and Long Beach Unified School District shares its strategies for empowering educators and increasing student achievement. 

Presenters: Pamela Seki, Asst. Superintendent, Long Beach Unified School District (Calif.); Nader Twal, Program Administrator for myPD, Long Beach Unified School District (Calif.) and Bryan Joffe, Director, AASA

K12 STEM School Leadership

 
Jason Learning Webinar
June 6, 2016
Playback recording (52 mins)
Presentation (PDF)
AASA in partnership with JASON Learning provides a comprehensive look at ways schools can expand ‪‎STEM interest among students in this webinar.

Presenters: Matt Montgomery, superintendent, Revere Schools, Ohio; Eleanor Smalley, CEO, Jason Learning; Bernadine Futrell, director of Awards and Collaborations, AASA; Mort Sherman, associate executive director, AASA.

Redefining Ready! National College and Career Readiness Indicators (Part 2)

 
Redefining Ready Pt 2 
June 15, 2016
Playback Recording: (1 hour) 
Presentation (PDF)
Launched by AASA, Redefining Ready! is a national campaign to introduce a new multi-metric, research-based approach to determine what it means to be college ready, career ready, and life ready. This campaign is designed to change the national narrative regarding public education from a one-standardized- test judges all philosophy to a focus on readiness for our nation’s 50 million plus public school students.

Presenter: David Schuler, AASA President and Township High School District 214 (Ill.) Superintendent Moderator: Jennifer Delgado, media manager, High School District 214  

Redefining Ready! National College and Career Readiness Indicators (Part 1)

 
Redefining Ready Pt 1 
June 1, 2016
Playback Recording: (51 min) 
Presentation (PDF)
With the passage of the Every Students Succeeds Act, states are revamping their accountability systems. Redefining Ready!, launched by AASA, is a national campaign to introduce a new multi-metric, research-based approach to determine what it means to be college ready, career ready, and life ready. This campaign is designed to change the national narrative regarding public education from a one-standardized- test judges all philosophy to a focus on readiness for our nation’s 50 million plus public school students.

Presenter: David Schuler, AASA President and Township High School District 214 (Ill.) Superintendent Moderator: Jennifer Delgado, media manager, High School District 214

How Can Supervisors Shape Effective Principals?

 
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April 26, 2016
Playback Recording: (1 hour) 
Presentation (PDF)  
Now more than ever, today's school principals need support for their development and growth, as society places higher expectations on them to be instructional leaders who improve student learning and achievement. A new first-ever set of standards, developed by a committee of 12 educators led by the Council of Chief State School Officers whose work was supported by The Wallace Foundation, is intended to assist state education agencies and local school districts to help recruit, select, support and evaluate supervisors of principals.

Presenters: Frederick Brown, Deputy Executive Director, Learning Forward; Mary Canole, School Leadership Consultant, CCSSO; and David Schuler, Superintendent, High School District 214 (IL) and AASA President. Moderator: MaryAnn Jobe, Director, Education and Leadership Development, AASA

Curing Employee Benefits Blues: Solutions The Work

 
 hms webinar 
March 10, 2016
Playback Recording: (35 min) 
Presentation (PDF)
In this webinar presented by HMS, an AASA School Solutions Partner, learn how school districts have recognized significant employee benefits cost savings by conducting dependent eligibility verification projects and medical plan audits. In today's climate of rising health case costs, these are mainstream strategies that save money without changing the level of benefits being offered.

Presenters: Alison Walker, sales manager, HMS and David Hines, director of employee benefits at Metro Nashville Public Schools, Tenn.

North Canton City Schools Launch an Active Learning Initiative to Transform their Learning Spaces

 
 NJPA Steelcase Education Webinar 
January 20, 2016
Playback Recording: (47 min) 
Presentation (PDF)
Participants of this webinar will view how schools in the North Canton (Ohio) City School District transformed their classrooms to better reflect active learning environments. Presenters will provide an implementation plan, professional development and improvement strategies currently used throughout the district.

Presenters: Kim Nidy, director of instruction, North Canton City Schools and Steve Slifka, leader: architecture & design, Steelcase, Inc.

Can Schools Help Counter Violent Extremism?

 
 CVE Webinar 
January 19, 2016
Playback Recording: (35 min) 
Presentation (PDF)
Michael German will present on federal efforts to engage schools in a relatively new, anti-terrorism initiative called Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The program asks school personnel to assess children for their vulnerability to extremism. A number of vendors are also beginning to offer programs to districts to assist school leaders in monitoring students for exposure to radicalization within the school environment.

German will share the research basis for conducting CVE programs in schools, specifically highlighting recent efforts in the UK to address extremism in schools.

STEM Leadership with JASON Learning

 
Jason Learning WebinarDecember 3, 2015
Playback Recording: (60 min) 
Presentation (PDF) 
The webinar provides a comprehensive look at ways schools can expand STEM interest among students. It presents an online curriculum framework developed by JASON Learning. JASON Learning provides multimedia curricular experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for K-12 students, and corresponding professional development for educators in a wide variety of formal and informal education environments.

Presenters: Eleanor Smalley, CEO, JASON Learning; H.D. Chambers, superintendent, Alief Independent School District, Texas; Matt Montgomery, superintendent, Revere Schools, Ohio. Moderators: Mort Sherman, associate executive director, AASA and  Bernadine Futrell, Ph.D. Director, AASA.

 Foundations for Young Adult Success: The Critical Role of Schools in Youth Development

 
webinar-1111.jpgNovember 10, 2015
Playback Recording: (60 min) 
Presentation (PDF) 

In an education landscape focused on standards and testing, it is important to remember that strong academic skills alone are not enough to lead a child to a productive, fulfilling adulthood. What other factors matter and how can adults nurture them? This webinar provides a comprehensive look at what children need to succeed as adults. It presents a new framework developed by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and funded by The Wallace Foundation.

Presenters: Jenny Nagaoka, deputy director, Consortium on Chicago School Research and Camille Farrington, senior research associate, Consortium on Chicago School Research. Moderator: Vera Turner, project manager, AASA.

 

 Better Feedback and Better Teaching: Improving Observer Training and PD

 
 Better Feedback WebinarOctober 15, 2015
Playback Recording: (51 min)
Presentation (PDF) 

District leaders are committed to the development of a strong teaching faculty. Quality observation is one lever to transform classrooms, help teachers improve their practice and create a better learning environment for students. Presenters will share research and best practices identified in Seeing It Clearly: Improving Observer Training For Better Feedback And Better Teaching, part of the Measuring Effective Teaching (MET) project—a research partnership of academics, teachers, and education organizations committed to investigating better ways to identify and develop effective teaching.

Presenters: Steve Cantrell, senior program officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Stephanie Schultz, director of align teaching and learning framework, DC Public Schools and Jess Woods, Education Counsel (formerly of DCPS)

The District's Role in the Community

 
Shelby County WebinarOctober 1, 2015
Playback Recording: (50 min)
Presentation (PDF)  
Most communities are built around businesses and large employers, politics and other regional stakeholders. School districts are also key components in communities like these and often cross political, demographic and other lines in ways that present challenges that are unique to them. In this webinar, you will learn how to make your school district a central hub for communicating and coordinating everything from community events, to athletics programs, and even hosting political events.

Presenter: Cindy Warner, head of community ed/public relations at Shelby County School District.

ChromaGen Lenses: Life Changing Lens Technology for Students with Reading Problems

 
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June 10, 2015
Playback Recording: (43 min)
Presentation (PDF)  
ChromaGen Lenses are a new and unique treatment option for students struggling with reading problems. The lenses (worn as eyeglasses and contacts) are patented and cleared by the FDA. In this webinar, you learn about the science behind these lenses and how they help students who are struggling to read. You learn which segment of the student population benefit from ChromaGen Lenses and the benefits students can expect in the area of reading speed, comprehension and a decrease in the nagging symptoms of headaches, nausea and fatigue that cause students to not want to read.

Presenters: Jeanne Howes, director of education, licensed school psychologist, and Edward J. Huggett, chief optometric advisor.
 

Helping School Districts Communicate More Effectively With Email Marketing & Social Media Strategies

 

May 20, 2015
Playback Recording: (56 min)

During this session we provide cost-effective, practical, and time saving methods to engage parents, faculty, and the community using email marketing and social media. These methods aid your efforts to provide relevant, consistent, and timely communications. This session also discusses why having insight and oversight into campus communications at the district level is so important.

Presenter: Julie Niehoff, director of education, author and marketing strategist.


Part 1: Professional Development Redesign – Lessons From The Field

 

Dec. 10, 2014
Playback Recording: (62 min)
Presentation (PDF)  
Learn how trailblazing, Innovative Professional Development (iPD) districts are redesigning their professional development systems to empower educators and increase student achievement. District leaders share their redesign strategies, best practices and lessons learned.

Presenters: Bridgeport Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools, Long Beach Unified School District, MDRC and AASA

Part 2: Professional Development Redesign – Lessons From The Field

 

May 13, 2015
Playback Recording
Presentation (PPT)  
Learn how trailblazing, Innovative Professional Development (iPD) districts are redesigning their professional development systems to empower educators and increase student achievement. District leaders share their redesign strategies, best practices and lessons learned.

Presenters: Fulton County Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Syracuse City School District and AASA

AASA webinar with the White House on K-12 Education and the Maker Movement

 
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May 14, 2015
Playback Recording (60 min)
To help superintendents make the most of these exciting opportunities, this webinar provides superintendents with some background on the Maker Movement, describes steps that school leaders are taking to promote the educational benefits of Making, with case studies from school districts in Pennsylvania and California and discusses steps that the AASA and its members could take to learn more about the Maker Movement, and harness the power of Making for education.

Presenters: Tom Kalil, deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Mickey Porter, deputy superintendent of the Sonoma County Office of Education; and Bart Rocco, superintendent, Elizabeth Forward School District

Unpacking International Assessments

 
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May 6, 2015
Playback Recording (64 min)
International assessments are a hot topic, but they're loaded with inappropriate comparisons. Educators must understand the context in which national school systems operate. Here's what's left out of these international assessments, with whom the United States should be compared, and how American schools perform in context. This webinar looks at school performance in Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Presenters: James Harvey, executive director, National Superintendents Roundtable

Habits of Mind: Essential Dispositions for Success in School, Work, and Life

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April 28, 2015
Playback Recording
Presentation (PDF)
Many schools want students to graduate as effective problem solvers, communicators and ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. However, that vision is rarely observed in the teaching and assessing practices for organizations. Too often, we refer to these skills as "soft skills." Art Costa and Bena Kallick believe there are no skills harder to learn than those that require empathy, flexible thinking and persistence.

Presenters: Arthur L. Costa, emeritus professor of Education, California State University, Co-Founder, Institute for Habits of Mind, and Bena Kallick, co-Director, Institute for Habits of Mind, program director, Eduplanet21.  

Realizing a Well-Rounded Education That Provides an Arts Education and Improves Student Achievement

 
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April 15, 2015
Playback Recording   Presentation PDF
Educators realize the value of providing students with a high-quality arts education. But faced with the reality of tight budgets and limited time in the school day, they struggle with how to raise academic achievement and at the same time offer students a quality arts education. Learn how district and school leaders from Boston Public Schools have created a well-rounded education program that provides an arts education and improves student achievement.

Presenters: Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools (MA); Diana Wogan, Project Manager, Expanded Learning, Boston Public Schools (MA); Megan Webb, Principal, Orchard Gardens K-8 School (MA); Jennifer Siaca Curry, Chief of Staff, TASC (NY); MODERATOR: Vera Turner, Project Manager, AASA (VA)

 

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