Re-thinking the Poverty Indicators in the Education System
Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
As the exciting momentum builds around free school meals for all and expanding other meal programs, it is important to understand the impact of the loss of Free and Reduced-Price Meal (FRPM) data and school districts’ federal funding allocations. It is time for Congress to act urgently to come up with a new student poverty metric that is separate from school nutrition—and as we know, Congress won’t do much without a push from education advocates.

AASA, First Focus and FRAC are excited to create a working group of education advocates at the federal level for a comprehensive conversation about improving poverty indicators for education. To kick off this exciting conversation, we are hosting a series of webinars to set foundational knowledge on Free and Reduced Price Meal data and other existing indicators, their flaws, and possibilities for moving forward.

Thursday, August 25, 10—11 a.m. EDT
Re-thinking the Poverty Indicator: How FRPM Works

Thursday, September 15, 10—11 a.m. EDT
Re-thinking the Poverty Indicator: How FRPM Doesn’t Work

Thursday, October 6, 10—11 a.m. EDT
Re-thinking the Poverty Indicator: What else could work?
Evaluating alternatives to FRPM as a reliable poverty indicator in education

AASA Quarterly Federal Policy Update
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
AASA’s Director of Advocacy, Sasha Pudelski, will walk AASA members through the latest federal funding and policy changes, including

  • New ED guidance on late liquidation for ESSER
  • Overview of Title IX proposed regulations
  • AASA reports on educator shortages and ARP expenditures
  • What to expect in D.C. this fall

There will be plenty of time for Q&A and any AASA member who signs up will have access to the recording and PowerPoint.

Please note: This is a member-only event.

Healthy Schools: An Imperative or Impossibility?
Thursday, October 20, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
We know a school that advancing mental, physical, social and emotional wellbeing of students and educators as imperative to improving student learning—but how do we create and maintain a healthy school? Join leading policy experts, healthcare & education practitioners, and researchers for a discussion on the opportunities to sustainably integrate health and learning and transform every school into a healthy school. Together, we will discuss how district leaders in partnership with healthcare providers, parents and other key stakeholders can prioritize the development of systems, policies, practices, and facilities that promote health, safety, and equity to ensure student success in both health and learning.

Our panelists:
Sasha Pudelski, Director of Advocacy, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
Elizabeth Cook, Senior Director, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Stephanie Domain, Director of Child Safety, Health and Wellness, American Academy of Pediatrics



Back-to-school Spotlights: ESSER Spending and Evaluation Brightspots
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
This fall marks an important turning point for US school districts who have spent the last year and a half making strategic decisions about ESSER spending and are better positioned than ever to implement education recovery plans. The Back-to-school spotlight: ESSER Spending and Evaluation Brightspots webinar will cover the state of ESSER spending as of this fall and a series of important characteristics to look for in the plans and programs rolling out during this school year:

  • What education recovery goals are states and districts setting for education recovery? And, how are these driving ESSER spending decisions?
  • How are new programs or interventions grounded in evidence and data?
  • Is there an underlying, common theory of action that education leaders are using and communicating about spending plans?
  • How are states and districts committing to progress-monitoring, evaluation, and reporting?

LIVE WELL. LEAD WELL. Discussion Series.
Join AASA past president, Paul Imhoff, for a discussion series focusing on self-care, student care and staff care, plus leadership change and bringing communities back together. For each discussion topic, there will be an hour-long Expert Forum where you will hear from an expert in the field plus a superintendent practitioner.

Recording - January 25: Self-Care Expert Forum
Recording - March 22: Student Care Expert Forum
Recording - May 24: Staff Care Expert Forum
Recording - July 26: Leadership Change Expert Forum
Recording - September 27: Bringing Communities Back Together Expert Forum

Mental Health Series: Making Mental Health Education Effective and Fun for All Students
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
From the creator of CATCH SEL Journeys, learn about the science and practice behind providing Tier 1 social and emotional learning and mental health education to K-12 students. SEL Journeys is highly effective in developing all 5 of the CASEL competencies: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Management, and Responsible Decision-Making, and uses a novel format of teaching through music and dance from around the world. The benefits of music, dance, and movement to emotional health and the impact of cultural learning on empathy have strong supporting scientific evidence, particularly in providing positive social and emotional learning outcomes for students of low SES and English Language Learners.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) behind mental health
  • Explain the importance of population-wide Tier 1 mental health education and social and emotional learning (SEL)
  • Explore the science behind using music, dance, and movement to develop and support the social and emotional health of diverse learners and the links between physical and mental wellness
  • Learn about dance & movement as an evidence-based modality for SEL
  • Practice body-based interventions for responding to trauma
  • See how CATCH integrates Tier 1 SEL and mental health education into Whole Child Wellness
Presenter: Margot Toppen - VP Programs, CATCH Global Foundation

From the Field: Saving Time and Energy with Amazon Business for Education
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Join AASA, Amazon Business for Education and K-12 district leaders for a free webinar on maximizing district procurement capabilities and identifying opportunities to innovate and leverage technology to reinvest time and energy back to students.

On this webinar, you will hear from Shaina Biller, Amazon Business Education Sr. Customer Advisor and former Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Kari Austin, CFO, Mountain Brook Public Schools (Ala.); and Craig McKendry, Treasurer, Barberton City Schools (Ohio), to talk about strategy around:
  • Balancing staff empowerment with purchasing controls
  • Embracing digital change to modernize procurement and sourcing
  • Saving time and money to reallocate to current K-12 priorities

  • Lessons from the Field - Transforming Youth Together: Understanding the Connection between Substance Use, Mental Health and Student Learning Part 1: What the Data Tells Us
    Wednesday, August 24, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT
    The U.S. Department of Education and the Office of National Drug Control Policy are collaborating this summer on the development of a three-part miniseries within the Lessons from the Field Webinar Series to help schools and educators effectively address substance use, mental health, and their impacts on learning. As students return to school, we know that these topics are on the top of educators’ minds. After hearing from leading national subject matter experts from federal agencies, the miniseries will feature practitioners from schools, districts, and other places of educational instruction who will share their lessons learned and best practices for transforming their systems in collaboration with community partners to help students thrive. The miniseries will also highlight a variety of useful resources to help you get started!

    Please join as they explore what data on youth substance use and mental health tells us and how it can inform student support systems. Presenters will discuss the connections between brain development, substance use, mental health, and learning. They will also highlight how to leverage critical childhood developmental periods to help young people improve their emotional well-being and meet milestones. The webinar will conclude with a panel discussion on leveraging data to improve school practices and policies and better support students in managing their substance use and mental health challenges.

    Introduction to SHAPE: How the SHAPE System Can Help Districts with Mental Health Quality Improvement Initiatives
    Wednesday, August 17, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    This webinar will provide an introduction to theSHAPEsystem.com and the resources available to assist schools and districts with their quality improvement initiatives. The Shape System houses the School Mental Health Quality Assessment and the School Mental Health Profile amongst other assessment tools that assist school systems in aligning their programs with school mental health best practices and monitoring the capacity of their system. Users can inventory their available services and supports, collaborate with other members of their teams to create aggregate reports, and easily search a repository of resources including templates, examples from the field, screening tools, and resources for funding school mental health programs. The session will outline functionalities useful to superintendents in supporting their schools, in particular, the features that support data-driven decision making and collaboration. Strategies for improving the equity in services for all students will also be discussed.

    Dr. Reaves is an assistant professor at the National Center for School Mental Health. She is an experienced school mental health clinician and researcher who often provides technical assistance to school, district, and state leaders around their school mental health quality improvement efforts. Her personal research interests lie at the intersection of mental health and education and she often investigates how school or family factors influence student outcomes in underserved communities. As a clinical-community psychologist, she believes great prevention work can be done and realizes the importance of strengthening the systems children are nested in to promote wellbeing. She is committed to supporting schools, at multiple levels, to improve policies and procedures around student socioemotional functioning.

    K-12 Student Enrollment Questions? We Have Answers!
    Tuesday, August 16, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    More than 1.2 million students have left their zoned neighborhood schools and chosen alternative schooling options for many reasons: the pandemic, more school offerings, and many other factors. How do you get them back? We have answers to your declining enrollment questions!

    Join Chad Aldeman, Policy Director at Georgetown University’s Edunomics Lab, in a discussion moderated by AllHere's Chief Product Officer, Aliya Haque, as they share learnings on today’s enrollment landscape and how to attract and enroll more families and students through solid marketing, recruitment, retention, and support practices.

    You will learn:
    • What internal and external factors affect student enrollment
    • How to tell your district’s story, support families through the student enrollment process, and build your brand effectively
    • The financial importance of creating innovative and sustainable enrollment practices.

    Mental Health and School Food: The Link Between Hunger and Student Well-Being
    Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    We are excited to invite you to an interactive session on SEL and School Nutrition. School meals are most recognized as a critical source of nutrition for students, however, school meals also offer students vital social support. Especially now, when many students have experienced trauma brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, students need time for connection, social interaction and building positive relationships. Meal time provides opportunities to help build relationships and trust among students and adults. Join No Kid Hungry for a robust discussion with North Carolina's regional principal of the year, Michelle Baker, around addressing the social-emotional needs of children through school meals and other interventions.

    Shannon Chaffin-Teacher of the Year
    Her journey in education began at Eastern Connecticut State University where she completed both a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Education. She currently teaches fifth grade at Eastfield Global Magnet School in Marion, North Carolina. She has been an educator with McDowell County Schools since 2012. She has twice been named as a Teacher of the Year by her peers.

    Michelle Baker-NC Northwest Region Principal of the Year
    As an administrator for 10 years and a teacher for 20 years, she understands the importance of supporting the whole child. She has been able to see best practices of districts along the eastern seaboard as her husband served in the USMC for 30 years. Eastfield Global Magnet School is trauma informed and has leveraged school meals and lunch time to intentionally support SEL among students. She is an avid runner understanding she must prioritize her own sense of balance and well-being to fully support the staff and students she serves daily.

    Trauma Informed Leadership with Emotional Intelligence for Education Leaders
    Tuesday, August 2, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Are you and/or the people on your teams exhausted or burned out? Are you wondering how to make sense of the last two year or how to manage the reentry process as things continue to shift and change? Need a place to get some language about your experience, some knowledge about emotions, trauma, recovery and growth? This is a trauma informed webinar for education leaders to allow you to use compassion, emotional intelligence and adult development to understand, reckon with and digest the past two years and to create a plan for recovery and renewal for yourselves and your teams. This webinar serves as a crucial building block or review of the necessary skills of emotional intelligence, impact of trauma and development to support your work leading growth and change.

    The presenter is Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD.

    AASA Learning 2025 Opportunities for Engagement
    Friday, July 29, 2022 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT
    Learning 2025 Network of Demonstration Systems are provided a plethora of support and resources from AASA and partners Battelle for Kids and SPN.

    Join us on July 29, 2022 at 11 am ET/8 am PT for a dynamic (virtual) dialogue with Karen Garza of Battelle for Kids, Mort Sherman of AASA and Bill Daggett of Successful Practices Network (SPN) to learn about opportunities for engagement in Learning 2025 Network during the 2022-23 school year.

    Can’t join then? The recording will be posted in AASA’s professional learning management system, Canvas, following the webinar on July 29.

    What about the students? The Emotional and Psychological Impact of Anti-Inclusive Legislation on K-12 Learning
    Thursday, July 28, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Much of the discussion surrounding the spate of anti-inclusive legislation targeting K-12 education is focused on the rights of families and perceived family values. But what is the impact on students? There has been little to no discussion about the emotional and psychological impact of legislative efforts to craft curriculums that exclude the experiences, history, and identities of students from marginalized communities. Many of these students are already grappling with navigating the societal challenges connected to their sexual, gender and/or racial and ethnic identities. Is this wave of anti-inclusive legislation exacerbating these challenges? What is the impact on the students’ educational achievement, especially in light of the studies that show that inclusive curriculums are beneficial to all students, regardless of background? Finally, if the goal is to create a more diverse and inclusive legal profession, does the impact of these policies run counter to that goal?

    What Do Superintendents Need to Know and Do About the Newly Proposed Title IX Regs?
    Wednesday, July 27, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    AASA is thrilled to partner with our friends at ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators, for a webinar focused on the newly proposed Cardona regulations on Title IX. The regulations would represent a significant shift in Title IX policy and burden for school districts and it’s important that superintendents be aware of how they would broaden Title IX complaints and change the investigation and resolution of Title IX complaints, as well as how to take steps to encourage the Department of Education to adopt and change various pieces of them before they are finalized.

    ATIXA’s top legal team will be leading the webinar including:
    o Tanyka M. Barber, M.H.S., J.D., Partner, TNG & Advisory Board, ATIXA
    o Mikiba Morehead, M.A., Ed.D., Consultant, TNG
    o Daniel C. Swinton, J.D., Ed.D., Partner, TNG & Vice President, ATIXA

    This one-hour webinar is a can’t-miss learning opportunity for superintendents and Title IX district leads. We will make sure to save time at the end for your burning questions!

    AASA Quarterly Federal Policy Update
    Thursday, June 30, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    AASA’s Director of Advocacy, Sasha Pudelski, will walk AASA members through the latest federal funding and policy changes, including how to interpret the just-released late liquidation letter from the Department of Education, the $5 billion in funding for electric school buses and the latest on child nutrition waivers for the 22-23 school year.

    She will also review the decisions in two Supreme Court cases this term — one on school vouchers and the other on school employee prayer — that have major implications for operations and funding. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and any AASA member who signs up will have access to the recording and PowerPoint.

    Please note: This is a member-only event.

    How Chatbots Have Changed the Game for Customer Service in Schools
    Thursday, June 23, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Did you know chatbots can accurately and reliably respond to 80% of concerns?

    School districts are overwhelmed with incoming questions from stakeholders, and 70% of inquiries received each year are repeat questions. In this webinar with K12 Insight, you’ll discover the power of chatbots and how they can change the game for communications in your district.

    The ABCs of ESSER: How to Make the Most of Relief Funds Before They Expire
    Thursday, June 16, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    In the past two years, we’ve uncovered unexpected new learnings about how educational environments impact student achievement. Determined to get caught up on lost learning and emerge stronger coming out of the pandemic, education leaders are ready to invest in their students’ and communities’ futures, leveraging resources to improve existing facilities and create resilient learning spaces.

    Learn about:
    • The latest ESSER funding updates and guidelines
    • How to efficiently prioritize available funds toward learning environment improvements that impact student outcomes
    • The logistics of utilizing funds for infrastructure improvements from school district leaders with firsthand experience
    • Solutions that are achievable within the funding availability period
    Guest Speakers:
    Noelle Ellerson Ng,
    Associate Executive Director, Advocacy & Governance at AASA, The School Superintendents Association
    LeBaron Moten, Deputy Superintendent of Operational Supports and Programs, Waukegan School District 60 (Ill.)
    Chad McDaniel, Executive Director of Finance and Business Operations, Dublin City Schools (Ga.)

    Developing Effective Principals: What Kind of Learning Matters
    Tuesday, June 7, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Strong school leadership is critical for shaping productive learning environments, supporting teachers, and influencing student outcomes. A new LPI report looks at the ways that systems support the development and ongoing learning of highly effective leaders—a process in which districts play a critical role. This webinar will explore district policies and practices that can lead to the presence of strong leaders in schools and will share examples of districts that have successfully implemented such practices.

    Featured speakers include:
    Linda Darling-Hammond, LPI President and CEO
    Calvin J. Watts, Gwinnett County (Ga.) Public Schools Superintendent
    Gypsy Hernandez, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GA) Principal
    Jill Baker, Long Beach (Calif.) Unified School District Superintendent of Schools

    HUD/SAMHSA: National Mental Health Awareness Month Webinar Series
    Wednesday, May 25, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Public and Indian Housing and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are teaming up to present a series of free webinars this May to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month!

    The webinars will take place each Wednesday in May and will feature leading mental health and housing professionals from SAMHSA and HUD, as well as practitioners from their respective communities. This collaboration will focus on mental health issues that our nation is facing in the post-pandemic world, plus issues specific to HUD’s communities.

    It’s Not Too Late to Help Families Get the Expanded Child Tax Credit: GetCTC.org Navigator Training 2022
    Thursday, May 19, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
    Tax season is over, but families can still claim the full 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) - up to $3,600 per child per family! This week, the simplified filing portal, GetCTC.org, re-launched, making it easier for families with no or low incomes to claim the CTC. Studies show that additional income like the CTC is associated with stronger educational performance, improved health, and reduced stress among kids in families with low incomes. The first half of the 2021 CTC reduced food insufficiency. Unfortunately, too many kids are at risk of missing out. School leaders can play key roles in ensuring that schools are spreading the word to families about the CTC and how to claim it.

    Join the Partnership for America's Children, Coalition on Human Needs, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Code for America for a webinar on Thursday, May 19th, 1 pm- 2:30 pm ET: "It’s Not Too Late to Help Families Get the Expanded Child Tax Credit: GetCTC.org Navigator Training"

    Registrants will receive slides and the recording after the training. The webinar will focus on how community partners can help families claim the CTC through the simplified filing portal, GetCTC.org. You do NOT need to be a tax expert. We will share multilingual, ready-to-use materials that you can use to take simple actions to help families you work with claim this money.

    An updated resource toolkit will be made available shortly that schools can use to easily tell families about the CTC, including sample text messages and emails, flyers and more. If you are interested in a training specifically for school leaders, want customized communications or materials for your district, are interested in setting up a unique URL for GetCTC to track your district's outreach impact, or have any questions, please email Julia Beebe with the Coalition on Human Needs & Partnership for America’s Children.

    Introducing the GRAD Partnership Advancing the Next Generation of Early Warning/On-Track Systems
    Tuesday, May 17, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Join us on May 17, 2022, at 2:00pm ET for a virtual event, Introducing the GRAD Partnership Advancing the Next Generation of Early Warning/On-Track Systems. The GRAD Partnership is a collaborative initiative that works with school districts and community partners to implement high quality student success (on-track) systems so that schools are empowered to graduate all students ready for their future.

    Learn more about the GRAD Partnership and how you can provide all students with the learning experiences, social-emotional development, and supportive environment they need to thrive. Hear from districts that are effectively using student success systems to help their students graduate ready for their next steps.

    Schools, school districts, and state departments of education either seeking to improve existing early warning/on-track systems or implement them for the first time will learn how they can get the technical assistance they need to implement next generation student support systems and participate in learning communities with others engaged in the work. Community partners will learn how they can be advocates for high quality student support systems and support schools in their implementation.

    Empowering Families for Children’s Vision
    Thursday, May 12, 2022 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT
    Join the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health for the third webinar in their series on the Vision Health of Children with Special Needs to learn how parents can advocate for their children’s vision health. In this webinar, a parent of a child with special learning needs and a vision disorder will share her story. Participants will learn how to identify and best use the variety of community, medical, and school resources to enhance the vision health of children with special needs. Participants will also learn how eye care providers work with parents to make an early diagnosis of vision problems and to help ensure the best possible vision outcomes. Parents/guardians and professionals are invited to this webinar, which will address children ages 3 through 8 years.

    New Toolkit: "Increasing Well-Child Visits And Vaccinations In School-Aged Youth"
    Thursday, May 12, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    The School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA), the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, have created a toolkit aimed at helping schools and health providers encourage and enable families to catch up on their children’s well care visits (WCVs) and all immunizations. As you well know, in this time of COVID, so many families have postponed these necessary visits and shots. Yet our schools must adhere to their states’ immunization requirements even while focusing on the virus, vaccines, and school openings/closings. This online toolkit includes helpful ideas on operations, partnerships, and communication strategies with practical resources such as MOUs, consent forms, letters, talking points, flyers/posters.

    The webinar will provide attendees the opportunity to hear from representatives from each of the 3 major partners. The creator of the toolkit will offer a "walk through" of the various sections explaining best ways to use the document. Additionally, attendees will hear from providers who have successfully adapted their practices to get their students back on track for vaccinations and well-child visits.

    Taking Full Advantage of American Rescue Plan Funds to Identify and Support Students Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Instability
    Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing numbers of students are struggling with homelessness and housing instability across rural, suburban and urban areas. As more states are set to distribute to school districts new federal funds targeted at supporting students experiencing homelessness (specifically, ARP-HCY part II funds), it is imperative that superintendents accept them and work with their homeless education liaisons to strategically use them to identify children and youth experiencing homelessness.

    AASA and SchoolHouse Connection developed District Checklist: Taking Full Advantage of American Rescue Plan Funds to Identify and Support Students Experiencing Homelessness and Housing Instability. Join us on May 10th at 2pm ET to learn more about how these funds can be used, and hear from school districts who are taking full advantage of them!

    Mental Health, Mental Illness, and SEL: Matching Strategies and Areas of Concern
    Thursday, May 5, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Mental health and mental illness concerns have risen for students and educators over the course of the pandemic, with a barrage of recent reports declaring a youth mental health crisis. Social and emotional learning (SEL), widely proliferated in districts across the country, has been turned to as an answer. SEL has multiple positive benefits in building more responsive and supportive school climates, but it is not designed to be a treatment or response to mental illness.

    In this webinar, co-hosted by the Forum for Youth Investment, Robert Sherman will explore fundamental differences in the frameworks of mental health, SEL and mental illness, stigmas which continue to stand in the way of our support for each, and concrete policy and practice suggestions for schools and districts. Alena Zachery-Ross, superintendent of Ypsilanti (Mich.) Community Schools, will respond to Sherman’s framing and share the connections to the work underway in her district. Ypsilanti Community Schools serves just under 4,000 students in preschool through 12th grade.

    Speakers: Robert Sherman, former director, Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning at the NoVo Foundation
    Alena Zachery-Ross, superintendent, Ypsilanti (Mich.) Community Schools

    Teletherapy Solutions for Your School District
    Tuesday, May 3, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Join Lynne Inabnitt, clinical director of global teletherapy, and Shelly Viramontez, superintendent of Campbell (Calif.) Union School District, for a conversation about what teletherapy is and how it can help your school. They will discuss why teletherapy is a great solution for school districts and how it can be implemented. The discussion will be moderated by Laura Dwyer from AASA’s government cooperative procurement partner, Sourcewell.

    The Happiness Advantage in Education: Creating Positive, High Performing Schools
    Wednesday, April 27, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Today the world’s best schools are engaged in creating positive cultures to enhance education. A positive, engaged brain is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy. It improves performance, pride, and culture, helps retain our best teachers, and deepens student, family, and community relationships.

    The research is clear. Positive environments are performance enhancers. They are characterized by higher productivity, less turnover and absenteeism, and more resilient cultures.

    As leaders, educators, and collaborators, we all play a critical role in defining culture and creating the environment necessary to promote happiness, well-being and social emotional learning...the precursors to sustainable performance in education.

    Please join Joel Pedersen, superintendent, Cardinal Community School District, Eldon, Iowa, and Eric Karpinski of the Happiness Advantage – Orange Frog team for this timely discussion.

    EPA’s Clean School Bus Program: Zero-Emission and Clean School Bus Rebates
    Wednesday, April 27, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Authorized by the recently signed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, EPA’s Clean School Bus Program provides $5 billion over the next five years to replace school buses with low- and zero-emission school buses. The first funding opportunity under this program will be the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates. EPA will offer $500 million for zero-emission and clean school bus rebates. Attend this webinar to learn who is eligible, who is prioritized, which buses are eligible for rebates, and what the selection process will be. For more information about the program, please contact cleanschoolbus@epa.gov.

    Comprehensive Mental Health Promotion in Secondary Education: Challenges and Solutions
    Monday, April 25, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Hear from Suzanne Button, JED’s senior clinical director, and superintendents Lamont Jackson (San Diego, Calif.) and Steve McCullough (Tonasket, Wash.), about how JED High School partners with schools and districts to implement The Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention for High Schools and to address the seven domains key to supporting students' emotional well-being and preventing suicide.

    AASA & K12 Insight: Preventing Mental Health and Safety Crises Through Critical Alerts, Proactive Communications, and Anonymous Reporting
    Thursday, April 21, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    All it takes is one crisis or one missed at-risk student to change everything. Join K12 Insight for a webinar hosted in partnership with AASA to learn how education leaders have prevented crises and increased access to mental health services for students, families, teachers, and school staff through Let’s Talk!

    Let’s Talk! — a customer experience and intelligence platform purpose-built for education — helps school districts proactively address safety and mental health concerns before it’s too late.

    Lessons from the Field - Supporting Transgender & Nonbinary Students in K-12 Schools
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to address hot topics that are on the top of the educators’ minds. After sharing federal updates, the series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other places of educational instruction. It also shares a variety of useful resources.

    Please join the U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this webinar featuring educators and experts who will discuss challenges faced by many transgender and nonbinary students and actionable strategies for providing support.

    AASA Quarterly Federal Policy Update
    Wednesday, March 30, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    AASA’s Director of Advocacy, Sasha Pudelski, will walk AASA members through the latest funding and policy changes included in the FY22 omnibus, answer questions about ARP implementation and what superintendents need to understand about upcoming ESSER data collection requests from USED, and discuss legislative bills this year to reauthorize the Child Nutrition law and improve teacher shortages.

    She will also touch on the two major Supreme Court cases that will be decided this term that could significantly impact the privatization of education funding as well as employee free speech as well as shed light on upcoming regulations and guidance from USED. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and any AASA member who signs up will have access to the recording and PowerPoint.

    Please note: This is a member-only event.

    Introduction to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean School Bus Program: Informational Webinar
    Wednesday, March 23, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    EPA is excited to introduce the 2022 Clean School Bus Program as authorized by the recently signed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law! The program provides $5 billion over the next five years to replace existing school buses with low- and zero-emission school buses. Each year, approximately $500 million will be available exclusively for electric school buses and approximately $500 million will be available for electric buses and multiple types of cleaner alternative fuel school buses.

    COVID Impact on Rural Schools
    Wednesday, March 23, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Please join superintendents Andrea Guerrero from Waverly (Ill.) and Tim Mitchell from Riverside (Iowa) for a discussion of the impact the pandemic has had on rural and small schools. They will share the challenges and the opportunities brought about in the past two years from staffing to construction plus partnership and future plans.The discussion will be moderated by Kip Hines from AASA's government cooperative procurement partner, Sourcewell.

    Putting Data to Work for Young People: Bridging Practice and Research through Continuous Improvement
    Thursday, March 17, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT
    Do you struggle with data collection? Is it difficult for you to know what to measure and how to use data in real time to drive system change, quality improvement and positive outcomes for youth?

    In this webinar hosted by Every Hour Counts, participants will discuss why data collection is essential, how we can use data to advance equity goals, and effective practices for both. Every Hour Counts will also preview their newly released Measurement Framework and accompanying Guidebook, resources to help communities set a shared vision and process for using data for improvement—with a focus on advancing equitable systems—at the youth, program, and system levels.

    Jennifer McCombs from Learning Policy Institute and the RAND Corporation and Anamarie Whitaker with the University of Delaware, who led the design of the Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework and Guidebook, will share useful tips on how intermediaries and out-of-school time networks can apply the measurement framework to their own continuous improvement processes. We will hear how one intermediary, Boston After School & Beyond, put the framework into practice. Femi Vance, of the American Institutes for Research, will share insights based on her observations of how organizations are staging their use of the Framework.

    This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Afterschool Alliance, National AfterSchool Association, Forum for Youth Investment and National Summer Learning Association and is made possible with support from The Wallace Foundation.

    Briefing on Violence Against Educators and School Personnel: Crisis During COVID
    Thursday, March 17, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    School violence is a global epidemic, yet most research has focused on student violence and student perspectives. Violence affects all school personnel in Pre-K through 12th grade schools. The American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Violence against Educators and School Personnel conducted a comprehensive assessment of nearly 15,000 teacher, school psychologist, school social worker, administrator, and staff perspectives of school violence during COVID-19.

    In this briefing, which is being conducted in collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Social Workers, the National Education Association and the School Social Work Association of America, we will present important findings, school personnel voices and recommendations for supporting legislative efforts on this public health issue for American schools.

    Evidence-Based Mathematics Interventions: Creating a Coordinated System of Interventions
    Wednesday, March 16, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    More than a decade ago, the Vail (Ariz.) School District began reinventing its math curriculum and intervention initiative. To help every student achieve academic success, the district sought out an evidence-based math program that could be implemented at every school. Educators began monitoring progress through curriculum-based measurement (CBM) and reinforced math instruction using classwide interventions. More recently, Vail implemented Spring Math to monitor students’ progress across the district, provide classwide and individual math interventions and track growth from year to year. As a result of this work, Vail has been recognized as a top-performing district in the state of Arizona. Join us to learn more about Vail’s successful implementation of our evidence-based math intervention program and leave with strategies for doing this type of programming in your district.

    Local Perspectives on Spending Covid-Relief Aid
    Tuesday, March 15, 2022 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    With billions in federal Covid-relief aid flowing to K-12 schools, what do we know about how school districts and charter organizations plan to spend it? What challenges are local educators facing as they decide how to use this unprecedented infusion of federal aid? FutureEd and Burbio are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, March 15, to explore what we’ve learned about local spending plans and what’s next for reporting expenditures and measuring impacts.

    Moderated by FutureEd Director Thomas Toch, the webinar discussion will include:
    • Curtis Jones, superintendent, Bibb County (Ga.) School District, and 2019 AASA National Superintendent of the Year®
    • Phyllis W. Jordan, associate director of FutureEd
    • Julie Roche, co-founder of Burbio
    • Nick Simmons, senior advisor to the secretary, U.S. Department of Education

    Design Thinking & Entrepreneurship
    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

    JASON's STEM programs and experiences provide authentic experiences in entrepreneurship, emphasizing teamwork and systems thinking. Through Design & Pitch challenges, JASON helps students embrace real-world design, invention, and innovation. In this webinar, Superintendents will share how they implement Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship in their districts with JASON. PRESENTERS: Ed Toman, Superintendent for Mercer County Schools, WV Lou Kramer, Superintendent for London City Schools, OH Michael Robinson, Chief Academic Officer, East Baton Rouge Parish, LA HOST: Eleanor Smalley, President and CEO of JASON Learning

    Design and Pitch Challenges in STEM: Merging Entrepreneurship and Mathematics Learning
    Thursday, February 24, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    Following the award of the National Science Foundation Grant, JASON Learning has partnered with North Carolina State University to bring the Design and Pitch Challenges in STEM: Merging Entrepreneurship and Mathematics Learning competition to life. With JASON’s capability to reach even the most rural areas, we design competitions that can activate participation by a whole school, encouraging teamwork and applied learning. It’s incredible the solutions that students come up with when given the chance to solve problems on their own! In this partnership we are developing nine design challenges rooted in the high school mathematics curriculum that will encourage students to build, test, and refine prototype STEM products; design business plans and pitch their products to a panel of judges. The project will include 11 capstone events in low-income and diverse school districts across the country. Join this webinar to meet the Superintendents leading the way in implementing Design & Pitch in their schools.

    AASA & ECRA: Measuring Academic Return on Investment (ROI)
    Wednesday, February 23, 2022
    In this webinar, Dr. Gatta explained best practices for measuring Academic Return on Investment (ROI) and Dr. Schlichter presented a case study from her school district. This livestream was presented in conjunction with The School Superintendents Association (AASA).

    A Marshall Plan for Education?
    Thursday, February 10, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    Please join us for a conversation about the need for change in education. The discussion will feature Brenda Cassellius, superintendent, Boston Public Schools (Mass.), and a commissioner for AASA Learning 2025; Dave Schuler, superintendent, District 214 (Ill.), and a commissioner of AASA Learning 2025; Ray McNulty, SPN president; and AASA’s executive director, Dan Domenech, co-chair of the AASA Learning 2025 Commission.

    Making the Most of Your ESSER Funds: Planting Seeds During Recovery to Grow Your Long-Term Vision
    Tuesday, February 8, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    How can districts ensure they are using ESSER funds and other resources to meet immediate needs and, at the same time, redesign toward a more student-centered, equity-focused and future-driven approach? In this third webinar in a series, join AASA and EducationCounsel for an introduction to the recently-released AASA Learning Recovery & Redesign Priorities that can help district leaders and teams reflect on how well their current plans align with their long-term vision.

    Attendees will dive deeper into the components of the AASA Learning 2025 framework and use a self-assessment tool to think through how to continuously improve their ARP ESSER plans. Hear directly from a superintendent as they share how their district is aligning their recovery efforts with their work to shift toward the Learning 2025 vision. With the SY22-23 budget cycle upon us, district leaders can use this time to reflect and revise their plans, especially in light of changed circumstances and new information gained during the first half of the current school year.

    Summit 2022 Panel Discussion: Dan Domenech & Patricia Levesque
    Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. EST
    The Next Education Workforce Summit is designed for education leaders and experts who know that the one-teacher, one-classroom model of teaching and learning does not reliably deliver quality learning outcomes and experiences for nearly enough students and communities. This whole group panel discussion is open to all attendees and will be moderated by Brent Maddin. The session will be hosted webinar-style and panelists will address questions submitted by attendees during John B. King Jr's keynote conversation with Carole Basile.

    Reducing Teacher Turnover: How DonorsChoose is Helping to Keep Teachers in the Classroom
    Thursday, January 20, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. EST
    Each year, 12% of America’s teachers leave their schools or the teaching profession entirely. A groundbreaking study from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business demonstrates that funding teachers’ DonorsChoose projects reduces teacher turnover.

    Join study authors and University of Michigan professors Samantha Keppler, Andrew Wu, and Jun Li to hear firsthand about how having a funded DonorsChoose project makes a teacher 22% more likely to stay in a given school year.

    How School Leaders Can Help Connect Families to the Expanded Child Tax Credit
    Thursday, January 20, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
    Nearly 90% of children across the country are eligible for the expanded Child Tax Credit, which is expected to reduce the number of kids experiencing poverty by more than 40%. While most families get the credit automatically, families that had too little income to file a 2020 or 2019 tax return need to take action to get their credit. For these families, $3000 per child ($3600 for children under 6) can make a significant difference in their children’s well-being.

    As trusted community institutions, schools and teachers are especially well-situated to raise awareness among millions of families about the expanded Child Tax Credit and how to claim it. Join the Partnership for America's Children and the Coalition on Human Needs to learn about best practices and resources for helping your districts help families claim this critical benefit. We will also be joined by a school leader about their district's experience conducting CTC outreach to families.

    Federal Relief for the School Bus Driver Shortage
    Wednesday, January 12, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
    Did you know that federal funding could support transportation costs? The federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund (ESSER) includes a provision for funds to be used in support of transportation costs related to sustaining school operations during the COVID pandemic.

    According to guidance issued in November 2021 by the U.S. Education Department, the funds can be used to support:
    -Salary increases and bonuses to help recruit or retain drivers
    -Costs of additional routes needed due to seating challenges resulting from social distancing
    -Costs for summer school transportation and after-school programs
    -Use of public transportation services
    -Reimbursement to parents for transporting their own children
    -Costs for extended day transportation to allow for remediation services for students

    Noelle Ellerson Ng, NAPT® federal advocacy liaison and associate executive director, advocacy & governance, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will sit down with NAPT® executive director, Mike Martin, and Tim Ammon, co-owner of Decision Support Group to uncover what this could mean for your district.

    Learning Network for School & District Leaders
    Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., or Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. through December 22
    Now, more than ever, school and district leaders and their community partners need tactical, real-time guidance on how to start and strengthen testing programs in the context of the Delta variant and the vaccine rollout. To further support school and district leaders who want to start and strengthen their school-based testing programs, The Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a learning network for school and district leaders to help them start or strengthen screening testing programs.

    Session 1: Starting or growing your testing program and staffing | Nov. 2 & 3 |
    Session 2: Designing your testing program in the context of vaccination | Nov. 9 & 10 |
    Session 3: Increasing parental buy-in and communications for testing | Nov. 16 & 17 |
    Session 4: Contact tracing, data management, and reporting | Nov. 23 |
    Session 5: Running a dual program: school-located vaccination and testing | Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 |
    Session 6: Test to stay and close contact testing | Dec. 7 & 8 |
    Session 7: Procurement | Dec. 14 & 15 |
    Session 8: Summary of lessons learned and best practices shared during the series | Dec. 21 & 22 |

    Vision for Baltimore: The impact of school-based eye care on student academic performance
    Tuesday, December 14, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST
    A vision disorder can develop at any age during childhood or adolescence that can negatively impact learning. When vision disorders are identified and treated early, a child’s health and education benefits. Children whose vision problems remain undiagnosed and untreated, or who do not follow the eye doctor’s prescribed monitoring or treatment suggestions, may struggle in school, making learning and teaching challenging. This presentation will describe program implementation (including partnerships and lessons learned), as well as research findings about the prevalence of uncorrected vision disorders and the impact school-based eye care has had on student academic performance.

    Virtual Roundtable: Easing Supply Chain Disruptions in School Nutrition
    Thursday, December 9, 2021 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
    The supply chain disruptions that are plaguing the global economy are being felt at the local level impacting the ability of schools to meet the nutritional needs of their students. Schools are experiencing higher prices, delayed deliveries and contracts are being canceled. Congress and the Administration have an opportunity to help these schools by providing needed flexibilities to help ease the impact of these supply disruptions and ensure that kids continue to get healthy meals.

    No Kid Hungry and the School Nutrition Association are hosting virtual roundtable to discuss supply chain disruptions affecting school nutrition, what school nutrition staff are seeing on the ground, and what actions policymakers can take to ensure kids get the food they need. The conversation will be moderated by Monica Gonzales, Director of Federal Government Relations at No Kid Hungry. The panel includes: Dimitria “Mimi” Barrios, Director of Food Service at Ridley School District; Warren DeShields, Director of Food Service at Bridgeton Public Schools and Beth Wallace, Executive Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Jefferson County Public Schools.

    COVID Mitigation in Schools: How Testing, Tracing, and Tracking Mitigate Learning Loss
    Wednesday, December 8, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    Discover how Grapefruit works alongside schools across the country, helping them stay open and secure while preventing COVID. With turnkey testing services and contact tracing support, these school-based COVID mitigation solutions seamlessly integrate critical COVID countermeasures with minimal disruption to the school environment. Dr. Richard Pescatore, co-founder and chief medical officer, will share his experience--borne from lessons learned in emergency departments and the halls of public health leadership--leading the implementation of COVID-19 solutions to school districts across the country. Dr. Pescatore will be joined by Dr. Shelly Viramontez. An administrator and instructional leader, Viramontez serves as superintendent and chief executive officer for Campbell (Calif.) Union School District. She is a recipient of numerous distinctions and known for educational innovation, and shares insights and realities for today's best practices in COVID mitigation.

    YouTube Live
    COVID 2022
    Wednesday, December 8, 2021 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST
    The emergence of the omicron variant is bringing new urgency to the U.S. fight against the coronavirus. As the holidays approach and cases rise, officials are enacting stricter travel and testing guidelines, and telling schools to prepare for a pandemic winter. On Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. ET, join the nation's leading infectious disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, MD, and top school superintendents, including 2020 AASA Superintendent of the Year Gustavo Balderas, for a status report on COVID-19 as we look to 2022 -- from the latest on the omicron variant to a progress report on how schools are dealing with the ongoing pandemic.

    Making the Most of Your ESSER Funds: Targeted Changes in FY23 Budgeting to Optimize ESSER Impact
    Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
    For districts that are committed to using ESSER funds to meet immediate needs and, at the same time, redesign toward a more student-centered, equity-focused and future-driven approach, this session will focus on concrete ways districts can better leverage their FY23 budget development process.

    Over the last month, Education Resource Strategies (ERS) has engaged CFOs from ~40 districts nationwide on this idea of using the FY23 budget development process to optimize ESSER impact. In this webinar, ERS will share six recommended adaptations identified through this process and will provide examples/illustrations from a variety of districts to show the specific changes leading districts are making this year. Session content is grounded in the Guiding Principles of AASA’s Learning Recovery and Redesign GuidancePlant Seeds, Center Equity, Use & Build Knowledge, and Sustain Strategically – and seeks to provide district leaders with levers to take action on them through the annual budgeting process.

    Jonathan Travers, Managing Partner, Education Resource Strategies
    Katie Roy, Senior Advisor, Education Resource Strategies

    Paying for principal pipelines: Tapping federal funds to support principals and raise student achievement
    Wednesday, December 1, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    Comprehensive, aligned principal pipelines – a systematic approach to developing and supporting principals – are a district-wide strategy to improve student achievement, based on a 2019 study of six urban districts.

    Federal funds can be used to help pay for creating pipelines or strengthening existing ones. Yet, until now, it has not been clear exactly which federal funding streams – including the American Rescue Plan Act – can be used to help pay for these investments.

    Please join us for the launch of a new guide - Strong pipelines, strong principals: A guide for leveraging federal sources to fund principal pipelines - that fills this gap by describing which federal funding sources can be used to support the seven domains of comprehensive, aligned principal pipelines. The guide was written by EducationCounsel and Policy Studies Associates, and commissioned by The Wallace Foundation which is also sponsoring the webinar.

    Youth in Crisis: What the Data is Telling Us
    Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
    The National Runaway Safeline and the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF) invite you to join a virtual discussion Youth in Crisis: What the Data is Telling Us. This virtual discussion will share the key findings from the 2020 Crisis Services and Prevention Report, and consider the implications of these findings on the prevention and intervention strategies implemented by organizations and agencies serving vulnerable youth. Presenters will discuss the needs of youth who are homeless, contemplating running away, or at risk of becoming homeless, and how youth programs, public health providers, schools, child welfare agencies, and communities nationwide can meet the needs of youth.

    The Role of Schools in Runaway & Prevention Response
    Monday, November 22, 2021 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
    Pre-pandemic, public schools identified 1.4 million children and youth experiencing homelessness, including a growing number of youth who are homeless on their own. Federal law protects the educational rights of these youth, and new resources are available through the American Rescue Plan Act to help ensure their identification, enrollment, and success. Learn about national trends, best practices, and how to connect to school-based supports. Join us for this important conversation led by the executive director of SchoolHouse Connection, Barbara Duffield.

    Children and COVID-19: Strategies and Partnerships for Vaccination
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST
    Please join us for a discussion on how state officials, pediatric providers, schools, community clinics, and other partners are working together to build vaccine confidence, engage parents and communities, and ensure that vaccines are available to children ages 5 to 11 in places that are safe, convenient, and trusted.

    This webinar will feature a discussion with White House officials, as well as a panel of state leaders, pediatric providers, school officials and leaders from community health centers to discuss how they have approached planning and partnerships, and how they are addressing logistical challenges to vaccinating children.

    Making the Most of Your ESSER Funds: Reflecting on Recovery & Redesign Plans Before Finalizing SY22-23 Budgets
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    How can districts ensure they are using ESSER funds to meet immediate needs and, at the same time, redesign toward a more student-centered, equity-focused and future-driven approach? In this first webinar in a series, join AASA and EducationCounsel for an introduction to new guidance and resources tailored to this challenge and aligned with AASA’s Learning 2025 framework. Dr. Andi Fourlis, superintendent of Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools, will share her district’s current approach and plans for continuously improving their recovery and redesign plans, especially regarding the use of federal recovery funds.

    Specifically, attendees will learn about our four Learning Recovery and Redesign Guiding Principles — Plant Seeds, Center Equity, Use & Build Knowledge, Sustain Strategically — and begin to interact with a self-assessment tool that can help you and your team reflect on how these principles do (or don’t) show up in your current plans. With the SY22-23 budget cycle just around the corner, this webinar is a great chance to pause and reflect before making decisions about how to continue investing all of your resources.

    Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director, AASA
    Dan Gordon, principal, EducationCounsel
    Ellie Cash, policy associate, EducationCounsel
    Andi Fourlis, superintendent, Mesa (Ariz.) Public Schools

    How to Optimize Costs and Resources to Re-Invest in Learning
    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    School districts across the U.S. continue to face challenges associated with educational procurement and declining resources. Finding ways to reduce expenses and optimize business efficiency is now more important than ever.

    Join AASA and Amazon Business for a free webinar on maximizing district procurement capabilities and identifying opportunities to save time and money.

    In this webinar, you will hear from AASA's president, Paul Imhoff, and Upper Arlington (Ohio) School's COO, Chris Potts, on their ownership and strategy around:
    - Balancing staff empowerment with purchasing controls.
    - Embracing digital change to modernize procurement and sourcing.
    - Saving time and money to reallocate to current K-12 priorities.

    Strategies for Supporting COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    Please join us for important updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Education following the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. Examples of how communities and schools can support vaccine awareness and vaccination efforts will be explored and discussed. A panel discussion with practitioners from the field will follow the federal agency updates.

    Social-Emotional Learning: Leveraging Technology to Care for All
    Monday, November 8, 2021 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST
    One of the key functions of education is building skills, not only for academic success, but also for understanding mental, social, and emotional wellbeing. Critical capabilities that include empathy, grit, persistence, flexibility, and adaptability shape mindsets which enhance successful learning, collaboration and problem-solving. Though these aspects of learning have always been important, the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic heightened the need to address the social and emotional aspects of learning, not only for students and their families, but also for teachers, school leaders and administrators. The use of technology to meet these social and emotional essentials has also been heightened over the past months. Today educators are challenged to think about how technology can enhance and/or diminish the social-emotional needs they must address.

    In this edWebinar, three innovative, compassionate superintendents share how they address the social and emotional needs of the students, staff, and families in their school districts. They will each review the strategies and practices they are leading in their districts to leverage technology tools to address the challenges of social-emotional learning.

    Do Politics in our Democracy, Prevent Schooling for Democracy?
    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
    Recent months have seen a rise in heated rhetoric and hostile threats that have interfered with classroom instruction and disrupted school board meetings. In this contentious environment fueled by reactions to Covid-19 health policies and issues of race, this webinar explores what’s happening in school communities, what education leaders can do to safeguard democratic governance and civic learning, and importantly, how we can all stand up for democracy. Highlighting new research from UCLA and UC Riverside.

    A conversation, featuring AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech, about the political conflicts confronting schools and the larger implications for learning and democracy.

    Utilizing Data Retreats to Improve Instruction
    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Using Data Retreats as a key component to deepen the systematic implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework, Minnetonka (Minn.) Public Schools is on a journey to improve instruction. Learn how this midwestern suburban school district established data literacy among their staff through a variety of assessment and data tools. The retreat format empowered Minnetonka’s teaching staff to dig deeper into monitoring and improving the outcomes of individual students as well as to establish a scalable system for addressing all students’ needs within their MTSS framework. In this session participants will learn how to lead data retreats within their organization to help staff leverage data to improve instruction. Participants will also learn how to use longitudinal data to help with future instructional programming needs.

    Opportunities to Improve Student Community Health Through School-Located Vaccinations
    Tuesday, October 26, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
    This webinar will promote school-located vaccination (SLV) as a measure to improve and maintain a safe and healthy environment for students and the community. With many students behind on routine vaccinations and the COVID-19 vaccines anticipated approval for children under the age of 12 pending, SLV is a means to maintain a safe school environment. A brief overview of the AIM/NASN E-scan and Roundtable documents will be shared, and a state immunization director, school nurse leader, and school leader will provide insight on how their role champions SLV’s and the importance of their role to the success of SLV’s.

    Dr. Drew and Dr. Lisa: How Are Kids Doing?
    Friday, October 22, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Today’s students are struggling more than ever before. The crisis in mental health has been growing for years, but the pandemic has heightened these issues. Students across all grade levels are facing a variety of challenges that are affecting their mental health, such as online bullying, sexual grooming, drug and alcohol misuse, and the unexpected deaths of loved ones from COVID-19.

    Join Dr. Drew Pinsky and Dr. Lisa Strohman for a conversation about the state of student mental health in today’s world. During this event, offered in partnership with AASA, Dr. Drew and Dr. Lisa will share their insights into the struggles our students are facing and how educators can help.

    More Than a Test Score: Leveraging Federal Dollars to Support Innovation in SEL Investments
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Hosted by AASA’s own Noelle Ellerson Ng, join Ally Talcott, executive director of Title IV-A Coalition, and Dan Bridges, superintendent of Naperville (Ill.) School District 203, for a thought-provoking discussion on how schools can use federal American Rescue Plan dollars as a down payment on an enduring investment in Social and Emotional Learning. This session will highlight important ways superintendents can leverage their ESSER investments into long-term supports with other federal education funds—including ESSA Title IV A—with a specific focus on our neediest students, including those living in poverty and those who are homeless, among others.

    Leveraging ESSER Funding to Improve Student Access
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    The Department of Education (DOE) is rolling out eagerly awaited guidance about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The resources address the confusion and barriers caused by the pandemic and clarify that, regardless of the modality of delivery (online, in-person, or hybrid), the obligation to screen for learning and attention issues, revise and update individual education plans (IEPs), and serve students with the resources and technology all remain in place. The DOE will not and cannot lessen these responsibilities. They are helping school officials navigate the pandemic's challenges, enhance the standard of practice necessary to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE), and effectively utilize the historic ESSER funds.

    During our upcoming webinar, Leveraging ESSER Funding To Improve Student Access, we will address the following questions:
    How will this new guidance change how school officials fulfill their responsibilities to students with disabilities under federal law?
    What are funding opportunities available to states and districts to help them with this work?
    What are some practical things you can do to access these funds?

    On October 20 at 2pm ET, PresenceLearning will host a conversation with Sasha Pudelski, director of advocacy at AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and David DeSchryver, senior vice president of research at Whiteboard Advisors. Join us to learn about guidance surrounding IDEA and how districts can take advantage of ESSER funds!

    How to Build and Sustain Community to Support Students
    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    The school systems workforce is drained – both exhausted and understaffed.

    While you continue to face urgent and demanding challenges, taking time to intentionally define and engage community can provide new insights into how to think, see, and act differently as we build forward together.

    Building community can help:
    • gather and understand voice and perspective and change how you utilize engagement;
    • build parent advocates and champions; and
    • establish the role community organizations can play when bold changes and innovations are implemented.

    Come and hear from superintendent Michael Hinojosa of Dallas (Texas) Independent School District, deputy chancellor Melissa Kim of District of Columbia Public Schools and superintendent Mary Sieu of ABC Unified (Calif.) in conversation with AASA and The Readiness Projects as we continue to tackle the challenges of teaching and learning in this fractured environment.

    Meeting the “Here and Now” Needs of Students Using American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds
    Tuesday, October 5, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Nurses, the National Association of School Psychologists and the School Social Work Association of America, is excited to invite you to their upcoming webinar “Meeting the “Here and Now” Needs of Students Using American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funds” on October 5th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM ET.

    The forum will discuss: a) how to effectively support the comprehensive needs of our students (and educators) through a comprehensive integrated approach to holistically address the physical and mental health needs of our students through prevention and early intervention efforts; b) strategies for using school social workers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses in critical leadership roles related to school safety, positive school climate, and providing school-based physical and mental health services; and c) using American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER funding to hire new school counselors, nurses, and mental health and social professionals.

    Working Together to Protect Our Adolescents in School Environments from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
    Thursday, September 30, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    The new school year is in full gear, and students are back in the classroom. School districts have taken steps to ensure a safe and healthy return to the classroom, but health concerns remain. The Delta variant continues to spread, and many adolescents are not vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, many students have fallen behind on routine vaccinations during the pandemic, leaving adolescents vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases.

    Schools and school districts have worked tirelessly to protect students from serious illnesses. How are they doing? This panel of experts brings together diverse voices to discuss vaccination and preventive care strategies to keep adolescents and young adults healthy and in school.

    Chelsea Clinton will moderate a panel discussion among distinguished leaders from the AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) on promising practices that schools have adopted to help keep students safe and healthy and support healthy school environments.

    Understanding How School Districts Can Use COVID-19 Relief Funding to Transform School Health
    Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    COVID-19 relief funding presents a historic opportunity to create safer, healthier schools in communities across the nation. This money can help students recover from the pandemic’s disruption, while also fixing some of the systemic health challenges that have kept students from succeeding in the past.

    Join us for this webinar to learn about federal COVID-19 relief funding and how school districts across the country can use the funding to support student and staff health. This session will also highlight sustainable funding streams school districts can leverage to ensure the efforts initiated with COVID-19 relief funds are sustained.

    Moderator: Annie Reed, National Director of Thriving Schools, Kaiser Permanente
    Paul Imhoff, Superintendent, Upper Arlington (Ohio) Schools and president, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
    Phyllis Jordan, Associate Director, FutureEd
    Alex Mays, Senior National Program Director, Healthy Schools Campaign

    School-Located Vaccination Strategies to Increase Child and Adolescent Immunization Rates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Friday, September 17, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and adolescents in the United States have fallen behind on recommended routine immunizations. As schools reopen in-person for the fall, school-located vaccination (SLV) clinics can help support improved access to COVID-19 vaccinations for eligible students and their families, while also providing critical opportunities for the seasonal flu shot and “catch up” on routine vaccinations.

    Please join the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and the Association of Immunization Managers on September 17th for a virtual symposium that will bring together public health officials, leaders in K-12 education, health care providers, and other stakeholders from across the immunization community to share best practices for improving childhood and adolescent immunization rates in school settings. Speakers will discuss innovative models and lessons learned for school-located COVID-19 vaccination sites, communications strategies for engaging families and building vaccine confidence and opportunities to strengthen partnerships between public health, education, and health care providers to improve child and adolescent vaccination rates.

    National Teen Town Hall
    Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EDT
    Co-Creation Nation, Teens for Vaccines and The National Association of School Nurses proudly present The National Teens Town Hall.


    Join us for a profound discussion on VAXX, FAXX and ANTI-VAXX WATCH with Rural and Urban Teens in America.

    The Continued Role of Hand Hygiene and Cleaning and Disinfection in Schools
    Thursday, September 9, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is hosting a webinar to discuss best practices and key disease prevention strategies for school administrators, teachers, and parents and caregivers to keep students, staff and school communities healthy.

    During the session, CDC expert Vincent Hill will share information and answer questions about hand hygiene and cleaning and disinfection and discuss solutions to common barriers in schools.

    Webinar participants will get access to shareable resources and recommendations about setting good hand hygiene habits, ways to promote hand hygiene in schools, and general cleaning and disinfecting information.

    The webinar is part of ACI and CDC’s joint initiative, Healthy Schools, Healthy People, designed to promote hand hygiene and cleaning practices as a means to prevent the spread of infectious disease in schools and reduce illness-related absenteeism.

    This free website offers resources and information for educators, school nurses, administrators, parents and students.

    Essential Tech for Better Family School Communication
    Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
    Communication technologies have become a core part of family-school partnerships, yet school staff and system leaders often lack time and information to maximize how they use these online portals, texting services, and learning management and student information systems to ensure that every family can make their child’s potential a reality. Join National PTA, in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, the Superintendents Association, and the Consortium for School Networking, on September 9th at 12:30 PM EDT for a webinar that will help you better navigate the marketplace of technologies available to strengthen family-school communications in your community.

    Back to School Fall 2021: A CDC COVID-19 Prevention Strategies for K-12 Schools National Webinar
    Friday, September 3, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) response team will host a national webinar Friday, September 3, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET to provide state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) education and public health partners with the latest information and resources on the COVID-19 outbreak and U.S. efforts. Invited call participants include STLT education agencies, school district leadership and education organizations in addition to health directors, epidemiologists, health officials, public health laboratory directors and nongovernmental partners. Please submit questions in advance via email to eocevent335@cdc.gov so we can prioritize addressing them on the webinar.

    Child Tax Credit Information Session
    Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    The Child Tax Credit is an important opportunity to help families cover their expenses, especially as kids prepare to return to school. Experts estimate the new Child Tax Credit has the potential to cut child poverty in half. It provides the largest child tax credit ever and historic relief to the most working families ever ($3,000 per child 6-17 years old and $3,600 per child under 6 years old).

    The U.S. Department of Education would like to offer training for those on the frontlines of the work you're doing so they have the resources and information to spread the word about the Child Tax Credit and so they can directly help people enroll. Learn more about the Child Tax Credit and how school personnel can help members of their community enroll in this historic program.

    Facebook Live
    Back to Class Virtual Town Hall
    Wednesday, September 1, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    A special Back to Class Virtual Town Hall will take place LIVE on Facebook, Wednesday, September 1st at 1 p.m. EDT. The event will be moderated by NBC News correspondent Kate Snow and feature the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Secretary of Education, as well as experts in mental health and social emotional well-being who will share important information and resources you need as the new school year gets underway.

    Where Do We Go Next: Incorporating Youth Voice to Recover from Disruption
    Wednesday, August 25, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Co-hosted by AASA and America’s Promise Alliance

    School systems around the nation are focused on recovery, response and reinvention. Where Do We Go Next, a survey of 2,400 young people on the challenges of the last school year – experiencing the impacts of a global pandemic, calls for racial justice and an unprecedented shift to remote school – shines a light on promising ways forward.

    Superintendent Valerie Bridges (Edgecombe County, N.C.) and Superintendent Michael Duncan (Pike County, Ga.) will respond to the survey data and share their plans for this upcoming year of recovery. The superintendents will then join young people in a discussion about what school leaders should do next.

    Scaling Admin Staff Superpowers
    Wednesday, August 18, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT

    It’s never been a busier time for administrators to manage the challenges of face-to-face, hybrid and virtual learning while also balancing all of the communication needs that come with classroom and district-wide management. As a result, many district and school staff members are being stretched thin while handling a magnitude of day-to-day tasks.

    In this webinar, attendees will hear from James Butler, senior director of instructional technology and education for Tucson (Ariz.) Unified School District, as he breaks down strategies that his district is using to free up administrative staff’s precious time. James will share how to support educators with simplified tools and resources, best practices for communication, and what his team can now focus on with the time they have gained back.

    Next, Joanna Smith, founder and CEO of AllHere, will discuss the technology behind one of the leading tools available to districts this school year, a personalized AllHere Chatbot. By the end of this discussion, you will walk away with strategies to ease the time-burden regular communications and administrative tasks can have and practical ideas for scaling your district’s staff superpowers this school year.

    Maintenance of Equity: What You Need to Know
    Friday, August 13, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    The American Rescue Plan includes a new provision, Maintenance of Equity, a requirement for state and local education agencies alike. This webinar will highlight the provision, what it might mean for your district, potential challenges and strategies for navigating this new mandate.
    Speakers: Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric, co-founders, Federal Education Group

    Federal Student Privacy Summit
    Wednesday, August 11, 2021 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    During this half-day virtual event, attendees will get an overview of student privacy with panels on existing laws, regulating of schools and education technology companies.

    Partnering with Schools to Get Adolescents Immunized: Innovations and Mental Health Opportunities
    Thursday, August 5, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Across the USA, over 56 million students in approximately 131,000 schools will return to school. Now is the time for family-school-community partnerships to address adolescents’ needs. There are over 2,500 school-based health centers (SBHCs) across the nation that offer crucial services to support student needs. This webinar will provide ways to effectively partner to meet student needs, including health and mental health needs, at schools with and without SBHCs.

    Providing adolescents with health guidance requires specific communication strategies that consider
    • delivery systems for routine and COVID-19 vaccines
    • age-appropriate, parent-involved, culturally-relevant, and strengths-based messages
    • the role of trusted sources of health information
    • the importance of encouraging adolescents to care for and take actions for themselves

    YouTube Live
    Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Webinar on Frequently Asked Questions
    Tuesday, August 3, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) was established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and will provide $7.17 billion to support the reasonable costs of the purchase of connected devices (i.e., laptop and tablet computers), Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity for off-campus use to serve the unmet needs of students, school staff, and library patrons during the COVID-19 emergency period.

    This webinar will highlight frequently asked questions about the ECF Program and application process as well as answer program questions from potential ECF participants. Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions about the program and its requirements during or in advance of the event to ECFwebinar@fcc.gov. The webinar will be recorded and be available for viewing after the event.

    Registration is not required for the event.

    AASA and AIR Virtual Research, Practice, and Policy Event
    Monday, July 19, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
    Looking back to face what is ahead: A research and policy presentation and conversation about teaching and learning during the pandemic
    As school districts and states prepare for the 2021-2022 school year, The American Institutes for Research (AIR) has released three new research briefs from its National Survey of Public Education's Response to COVID-19 study. These briefs are intended to inform practices and policies for returning to in-person instruction in the post-COVID-19 era and decisions needed to restore essential learning and skill development for all students. Access these briefs on the project page.
    Research brief topics:
    District Approaches to Instruction in 2020-21
    Student Attendance and Enrollment Loss
    Student Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Join AIR research experts and superintendents to discuss the findings from the research briefs and the implications for practice and policy in a post-COVID era.

    SCOTUS and Schools: How This Term’s Decisions Impact Your Schools
    Monday, July 19, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    The U.S. Supreme Court had a handful of decisions that impact public schools. These decisions, along with administrative policy via regulation and guidance from the Biden administration, impact your schools. Maree Sneed, longtime AASA friend and advocate, with Hogan Lovells will provide an overview of these decisions and what you can expect in terms of school impact.

    School Safety in 2021 – Mitigating New Risks and Fostering Healthy, Safe Schools
    Thursday, July 1, 2021 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
    Educators today are eager to provide a safe, healthy campus experience for students and faculty. Prior to COVID, many day-to-day security challenges were not being met and now there is an increased pressure to provide enhanced safety measures to mitigate violence, manage anxiety and provide a culture of care. Federal funding for much needed school security is providing a path to help educators achieve safe campus environments where students can flourish. Security solutions can also ensure health protocols are being followed.

    AASA Leader to Leader Series: Reimagining Public Education
    Monthly Series
    As a way to help school system leaders navigate the effects of the public health crisis, Kristi Wilson, AASA president and superintendent of Arizona’s Buckeye Elementary School District, is leading a new series of webinars, focusing on the priority areas outlined in the Reopening Guidelines created by the AASA COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. AASA Leader to Leader will be comprised of monthly, one-hour Zoom sessions from November through June aimed at addressing the particular needs of leaders like you. The series will provide opportunities for AASA members and staff to share ideas and helpful strategies on behalf of the students and communities they serve during these very challenging times.

    Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation in America’s K-12 Schools: Guidance and Strategies for Improved Results
    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT
    On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join the next webinar, Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation in America’s K-12 Schools: Guidance and Strategies for Improved Results.
    Please join us for this informative webinar featuring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education on maintaining safe indoor air quality in schools. Following the federal agency updates, a panel of practitioners will discuss strategies they have utilized to improve indoor air quality and ventilation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Meeting the Moment: Leveraging Federal Relief to Grow Community Schools
    Tuesday, June 29, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Community schools -- a strategy to organize the resources and voices of schools and communities around student success -- are needed now more than ever, and new federal relief and recovery dollars present an important opportunity to transform our nation's schools into dynamic, child-centered platforms that generate solutions and advance equity.
    Join us on Tuesday, June 29 from 2-3pm ET to learn why every school should be a community school and how the American Rescue Plan and other streams of funding offer an unprecedented opportunity to start-up, sustain and scale community schools.

    AASA Leading for Equity: Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity – The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation
    Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Join John Krownapple and Floyd Cobb, authors of Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation, as they share insights into equity implementation. In the summer of 2020, racial inequality and injustice captured the world’s attention, leading many school and district leaders to “do something” about its effect on students. For many, this started what we call the Dysfunctional Cycle of Equity Work, which includes a predictable backlash. Educational leaders in many states across the country are contending with this very reality as legislatures in numerous states take steps to restrict efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. During this edWebinar, the presenters will share insights that will help you avoid missteps with implementation and come to understand how greater success must align with proven frameworks for school transformation.

    Fundamentals for COVID Mitigation in Schools: Planning for Fall 2021
    Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Topics to be covered: 1. The latest research on SARS-CoV-2 transmission pathways 2. An overview of expert guidance for COVID mitigation in schools 3. Considerations for the fall of 2021 and beyond – what should school districts do to plan for the next school year 4. A discussion of different air cleaning technologies and their pros and cons – filters, UV, ionizers 5. Installation and maintenance considerations – costs, location, maintenance requirements 6. Lessons learned from a school district that installed high efficiency filters or went down the path with ionizers and had to reverse course

    Keeping Students Connected and Learning: Strategies for Deploying School District Wireless Networks as a Sustainable Solution to Connect Students at Home
    Wednesday, June 9, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Over the last year, schools, districts, and states have taken a variety of approaches to address the homework gap for students. The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new guide for school districts that highlights one possible long-term solution, particularly for rural communities -- deploying off-campus wireless networks. You can access the full guide here.
    Join us to engage with the state and district technology leaders highlighted in the guide as they share the diverse approaches they’ve taken to build off-campus wireless networks. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the session and are invited to share their questions in advance of the webinar using #EDWirelessBrief.

    AASA Leading for Equity: Leveraging Edtech to Build Equitable Learning for ALL Students
    Thursday, June 3, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    As the pandemic underscored deep inequities in students’ abilities to access high levels of learning remotely, educators and edtech leaders have collaborated at deep levels to call for anywhere, anytime opportunity. Join edtech leaders Beth Rabbitt, CEO of The Learning Accelerator, Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education, and Michael T. Conner, superintendent, Middletown (Conn.) Public Schools, as they share their organizations’ journeys to supporting educators throughout the country. Non-profit ISTE pivoted quickly to provide extensive professional learning for teachers as they were plunged into hybrid and remote teaching models. The Learning Accelerator, a national non-profit, connects teachers and leaders with the knowledge, tools, and networks they need to transform K-12 education. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has engaged thought leaders nationwide in calling for a more student-centered, equity-focused education for the whole learner. These organizations have partnered to envision a future in which every student receives effective and engaging learning to stretch them toward their futures.

    Transcend + AASA: Where Do We Go From Here? Nurturing the Conditions for Innovation on the Road to Reinvention
    Thursday, June 3, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    As we come to the end of school year ‘21, what have we learned and where do we go from here?
    AASA + Transcend have partnered this school year on Roads to Reinvention, supporting district leaders through this challenging time as they research and develop towards more agile, more equitable school systems for the years ahead. We’ve focused, in part, on nurturing the Conditions for Innovation in districts and schools so that innovations can take root and flourish. Spring ISD (Texas) and Pike County Schools (Ga.), two of our partner districts, have led on assessing the conditions in their district and planning a better path forward as a result. Hear from Superintendent Rodney Watson and Superintendent Michael Duncan and their teams on what they’ve learned and where they plan to go from here. The webinar will be interactive, and registrants will receive tools to support them on their road to reinvention.

    Mind, Mission, and Money: A candid conversation about education funding
    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT
    When it comes to education funding, everyone seems to be talking about stimulus dollars and how to return to school to make up for learning loss. But what about how education can look and feel in the post-COVID-19 era?
    Join us on Wednesday, June 2 at 11:30 a.m. ET for our Mind, Mission, and Money webinar to hear Frances Gipson, Kecia Ray and Susan Gentz have a candid conversation about the opportunities all districts have in front of them at this time. This expert panel will share strategies for envisioning schooling, supporting the social and emotional well-being of teachers and students, and using funding to redefine schooling in your district.

    Accelerating Learning: Equity-Centered Strategies to Support Students
    Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    The Accelerating Learning series features five webinars designed for school system leaders, their teams, and other education stakeholders to inform their work in supporting student learning in the pandemic and post-pandemic world. Co-produced by the Learning Policy Institute and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the webinars provide research on effective accelerated learning practices, examples from a diverse set of districts, and an opportunity for participants to dig into the nuts and bolts of strategies. Topics are summer learning, tutoring, expanded learning time, formative and diagnostic assessments, and centering equity.
    How can school districts advance equity and opportunity in partnership with students, teachers, and families? Panelists will discuss strategies for how to evaluate existing district work on diversity, equity, and inclusion through intentional conversations and strategies. Among the strategies that will be discussed: allocating resources equitably, providing students access to deeper learning, and supporting social and emotional learning, as set forth in LPI’s Districts Advancing Racial Equity (DARE) Tool. This webinar is the final one in a five-part series focused on strategies to accelerate student learning and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    AASA Leading for Equity: Learning 2025: National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused, Future-Driven Education
    Thursday, May 27, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    On April 8, 2021, AASA released An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools. This report presents a series of connected, essential recommendations which will shape American education. Please join co-chairs Bill Daggett and Daniel A. Domenech as they share the commission’s call for holistic redesign of the public school system by 2025. Learning 2025: Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education is an AASA initiative grounded in the foundational work of the AASA Learning 2025 National Commission, comprised of thought leaders in education, business, community and philanthropy. Our presenters will discuss the commission’s core components and corresponding essential areas of systemic school redesign. As leaders, teachers and students work to realize this vision, all must play an active role in redesigning systems, reengineering instruction, and co-authoring the learning journey.
    The time for action is now. Schools must operate as the heartbeat of the country we want and believe in — a country where freedom, justice and opportunity are extended to everyone, without question, qualification or exception. The recent pandemic has given us an opportunity to finally reshape schools to meet ALL whole learner needs for maximized achievement. We’re calling on educators to seize this opportunity to realize the vision of holistic school redesign.

    Returning to In-Person Learning: Supporting Students, Especially Those with Disabilities, through Intensive Instruction, Effective Learning Environments and Family Engagement
    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to support educational settings in safely sustaining or returning to in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, and other places of educational instruction describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Please join us for this informative webinar featuring information from the U.S. Department of Education and a panel discussion with practitioners who will share lessons learned and strategies utilized to support all students, especially those with disabilities, returning to in person learning. Together they will focus on how district and school staff can intensify instruction, create effective learning environments, and engage families in ways that benefit all students, especially students with disabilities, when returning to in-person learning.

    AASA Leading for Equity: Why Leadership Matters for Ensuring All Children Have Choice, Opportunity and Access
    Thursday, May 20, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Please join LaTonya Goffney, superintendent of Aldine (Texas) Independent School District, as she shares the district’s journey in creating equitable opportunities for all students. Superintendent Goffney is a champion for equity, leadership and literacy. In this edWebinar, she will share stories and illuminate the issues that are most important in ensuring ALL children have choice, opportunity and access from the very beginning of their lives as students. In her organization, leadership matters, and everyone is a leader who makes a difference in the trajectory of a student’s life.

    How to best meet the needs of homeless students with ARP Funds
    Thursday, May 20, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    The upheaval of the pandemic has been devastating for students experiencing homelessness. Many have simply disappeared from school, while others have struggled to attend and achieve academically. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) creates a unique opportunity for school districts to reframe and refresh their services for students experiencing homelessness, from identification to attendance to success. For the first time in the history of the McKinney-Vento program, local educational agencies will have significant new funding and be able to engage in creative, big-picture thinking to support children and youth experiencing homelessness and their families. In this webinar, two superintendents will share their bold ideas for how to use ESSER funds and targeted ARP-Homeless Children and Youth funds to assess and meet both immediate and long-term needs.
    Karen Barber, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Rosa County (Fla.) Public Schools
    Marilyn King, Deputy Superintendent Instruction, Bozeman (Mont.) Public Schools
    Patricia Julianelle, Senior Strategist for Program Advancement and Legal Affairs, SchoolHouse Connection

    Accelerated Summer Learning and Partnerships with the Community (AASA/JASON)
    Thursday, May 20, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    As the school year comes to an end, JASON Learning has expanded its summer learning offerings to meet the needs of districts who want to accelerate learning while partnering with their communities. In this webinar, Eleanor Smalley, CEO of JASON Learning, will introduce a panel of superintendents who are focusing on accelerating student learning this summer and building strong connections in the community. Superintendents will share how they will implement accelerated learning over the summer and the positive impact community involvement has on learning.

    The Science Behind Safe Indoor Environments in Schools // COVID-19 and Beyond
    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Our schools can support our overall health and well-being, but also can help us prepare for and respond to global health challenges like COVID-19. As teachers, students and staff become increasingly aware of the impact of their surroundings on their health, the concept of a “healthy school” is more important than ever and becoming increasingly prominent. Join Delos CEO and Founder Paul Scialla and learn how Delos is leading the industry through evidence-based solutions and technologies to help schools continue to reopen.

    Accelerating Learning: Using Assessments to Determine Student Needs
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    The Accelerating Learning series features five webinars designed for school system leaders, their teams, and other education stakeholders to inform their work in supporting student learning in the pandemic and post-pandemic world. Co-produced by the Learning Policy Institute and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the webinars provide research on effective accelerated learning practices, examples from a diverse set of districts, and an opportunity for participants to dig into the nuts and bolts of strategies. Topics are summer learning, tutoring, expanded learning time, formative and diagnostic assessments, and centering equity.
    How can districts assess their students’ experiences and needs and provide targeted supports for accelerating learning? Panelists will discuss strategies to assess students’ social and emotional well-being, as well as to illuminate student growth and learning through authentic diagnostic and formative assessments. They will discuss best practices to avoid separating students into tracks and to foster heterogeneous groups. This webinar is the fourth in a five-part series focused on strategies to accelerate student learning and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    AASA Leading for Equity: Building a Culture of Equity in Richardson Independent School District
    Monday, May 13, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Richardson (Texas) Independent School District is working to achieve a culture of equity by leading educators to create classrooms, schools, and an organizational system where the opportunity to succeed is made available to every student. Seeking to embrace every student and staff member, this presentation will chronicle Richardson ISD’s journey to turn words into action. Joining Richardson ISD superintendent, Jeannie Stone, in addressing systemic disparities and inequities are Carrie Breedlove, J.J. Pearce High School Principal, Katrina Collins, Skyview Elementary School Principal, and Toni Jackson, Dartmouth Elementary School Teacher.

    Lessons from the Field: How Schools and Districts Are Meeting the Social-Emotional and Mental Health Needs of Students and Staff
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. EDT
    Please join us for this informative webinar featuring updates from key federal agencies and practical strategies from schools and districts engaged in supporting the social-emotional and mental health needs of students and staff as they continue to offer in-person instruction or return to full in-person instruction safely. The session will first provide information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and then include a panel discussion with practitioners sharing lessons learned and best practices designed to support social-emotional and mental health needs at schools.

    Powerful Partnerships: Schools and Afterschool and Summer Programs Together for Student Recovery and Success
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Now is the moment! With a new vision for public schools and new funding, it’s time to form new partnerships.
    Across the country, schools have been teaming up with community-based afterschool and summer program providers to support students during the pandemic, from providing remote learning help and enrichment to meals and well-being check-ins. These partnerships draw on decades of research that show afterschool and summer programs boost academic, social, and emotional learning.
    With new support from the American Rescue Plan, schools have an opportunity to leverage support from afterschool and summer programs to help students re-engage, re-connect, and recover.
    The AASA Learning 2025 Commission has called for districts to establish communities built on love, respect, and joy including structures of support that include multidirectional communications with community partners, and year-round and afterschool programming.
    Join us to explore what’s possible, how to quickly form effective partnerships, and how to maximize an investment in community-based partners for student recovery.

    School Construction, Air Quality and Federal Funding: What Superintendents Need to Know
    Wednesday, May 12, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Deferred maintenance and indoor air quality concerns in school buildings are not new, but the global pandemic has heightened awareness of challenges related to both. When thoughtfully implemented, strategies to mitigate risk associated with airborne pathogens can also achieve benefits such as general improvements in indoor air quality, occupant comfort and energy efficiency. The new influx of federal funding now positions districts to address deferred maintenance, but how are federal funds best spent to do so and what construction and maintenance projects would be better addressed with future funding? Join AASA’s Chris Rogers and two experts who will share their advice on how to use federal funds on school construction and facility maintenance and, in particular, share best practices on what districts can do to improve ventilation, filtration and air cleaning strategies.

    Improving Indoor Air Quality in K-12 Schools
    Reducing the spread of infection. Improved student focus and performance. Greater staff retention. There are many reasons to implement healthy building strategies in schools – and the federal government just added billions more.  

  • Struggling with where to start? Attend our webinar to learn:
  • Layered solutions that can be tailored to each of your buildings’ existing heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems for immediate and long-term well-being of students and staff
  • Specific steps your school district can take and how Carrier can help you make the most of nearly $200 billion in funding with assessments, solutions and service

    Featured Speaker
    DR. JOSEPH G. ALLEN, DSc, MPH, is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an internationally-renowned expert on the topic of Healthy Buildings and a leading voice in the response to COVID-19. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Time, NPR, Newsweek, Washington Post, New York Times and Fortune. Dr. Allen’s research is widely published in academic journals and he serves as Associate Editor for the journals Indoor Air and the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

    Creating and Leading Equitable, Effective Learning Systems – Assuring Accessibility for All
    Monday, May 10, 2021 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT
    During the past 14 months, the challenges involved in assuring equitable, effective learning systems for all students have never been more visible nor more critical. Accessibility has long been an essential principle for delivering equitable educational opportunities for all students, especially those with disabilities or learning differences, English language learners and students from lower socioeconomic communities. Beyond guaranteeing that all students can access course content and tools, schools and school systems also need to ensure that all information provided to the public, parents, guardians and staff is accessible from any device. In addition to meeting the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), school systems need to make accessibility policies and practices a priority for everyone. It falls to school leaders to continually make that commitment vocal and visible.
    In this webinar, four superintendents will share how they are leading the complex issues involved in ensuring accessibility for all within their school districts. Five compelling steps for ensuring accessibility will be articulated and illustrated through shared resources and real-world examples of successful strategies that have been used to assure accessibility for all.

    Leading for Equity: Innovative Action and Equity-Driven Processes for Student Success
    Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Please join Darin Brawley, superintendent, Compton (Calif.) Unified School District, as he shares how his school district has eliminated the opportunity gap for students in the area of technology by focusing on STEAM initiatives with partners such as Digital Promise, Apple, Verizon, Boeing, Microsoft and Google. Superintendent Brawley is committed to continuous improvement in relation to the core mission of education. CUSD is building a pipeline of PreK-12 students who are prepared for STEAM majors and career opportunities. You will learn how CUSD was able to pivot and create a virtual STEM program during the COVID-19 pandemic, engage in an equity-driven process to build a STEAM culture, develop STEAM learning pathways for engagement and raise parents’ awareness through community events.
    Participants will be exposed to CUSD’s core beliefs and countering implicit bias that shapes the need for equitable STEAM pathways, and will walk away with a deeper understanding of the impact of lower proportions of African American, Latino and female students that are proficient in math and science, compared to their peers, and how that affects their opportunities to pursue higher education in these fields.
    CUSD’s senior director of technology and innovation, Michele Dawson, will discuss student engagement with an interactive AR/VR experience of STEAM pathways and parent engagement in community STEAM events. Participants will experience how early and consistent exposure of STEM education creates college and career opportunities for students of color. Participants will leave with models and ideas that can be implemented immediately in schools.

    Part 2- What’s Worked, What Hasn’t, and What’s in Our Future for K12
    Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    The Pack is Back! One year ago, we took a deep dive into "What's Possible with Distance Learning" but the question now remains ... "What have we learned?" Join us for Part 2- "What’s Worked, What Hasn’t, and What’s in Our Future for K12."
    Katrina Adkins, SHI Senior Program Director, Education Solutions
    Michael Esolda, Senior Program Director, Education Solutions
    Nick Polyak, superintendent, Leyden Community High School District #212, Ill.
    Jon Bartelt, superintendent, Bloomingdale School District 13, Ill.
    Bryan Johnson, superintendent, Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga, Tenn.
    Courtney Orzel, associate director of professional development, Springfield, Ill.
    Tim Shimp, superintendent, Yorkville 115 School District, Yorkville, Ill.

    Looking Forward - Setting a technology vision for the next school year and beyond
    Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    This past year brought new, unplanned, but necessary technologies to meet the unique needs of all students and teachers due to the pandemic. Which ones will become part of long-term strategies and which will fade away post-pandemic?
    Join the conversation with a panel of district leaders and educational experts as they discuss this and other ideas on how technology can drive continued innovation in instruction, help with student and teacher well-being, and ensure equitable access now and in the future.

    SEL in Inclusive Schools: A Pathway to Positive Youth Development for Students With and Without Intellectual Disabilities
    Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    As schools across the country return to in-person learning and activities, there is an added value to having inclusive extracurricular activities for all students as they continue to develop SEL skills, especially for students with intellectual disabilities. Learn about Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools®, an evidence-based strategy for implementing positive youth development in all grade levels through the lens of social inclusion. Hear findings from a national evaluation and directly from current inclusive youth leaders about the benefits of prioritizing SEL in school communities and how school districts can support this growth.
    o Andrea Cahn, Vice President, Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools
    o Holly Jacobs, Director of Program Evaluation, Center for Social Development and Education
    o Ashlyn Smith, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Special Olympics
    o Jackson Escamilla, Special Olympics U.S. Youth Ambassador
    o James Ramirez, Special Olympics U.S. Youth Ambassador

    Implementing High-Dosage Tutoring to Accelerate Student Learning
    Tuesday, May 4, 01:30 PM or at 03:30 PM
    This month, the U.S. Department of Education put out guidance encouraging states to invest resources in solutions that address the significant learning disruptions of the past year. Highlighted in the recommendations, Saga Education stands out as a proven implementer of high-dosage, high-impact tutoring programs.

    On Tuesday, May 4, state and district leaders who have worked with Saga Education's model will share their experiences, and how the approach has accelerated student learning. Saga will lead a discussion of best practices in planning and implementing high-dosage tutoring programs, with a focus on two key elements: program design and human capital. Saga will also demonstrate its free, online pre-service training tool that all programs can use to provide quality training for their tutors.

    Join us on Tuesday, May 4 either at 1:30pm or 3:30pm ET.

    Accelerating Learning: Best Practices for Expanded Learning Time
    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    The Accelerating Learning series features five webinars designed for school system leaders, their teams, and other education stakeholders to inform their work in supporting student learning in the pandemic and post-pandemic world. Co-produced by the Learning Policy Institute and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the webinars provide research on effective accelerated learning practices, examples from a diverse set of districts, and an opportunity for participants to dig into the nuts and bolts of strategies. Topics are summer learning, tutoring, expanded learning time, formative and diagnostic assessments, and centering equity.
    How can districts design new schedules to expand learning time for students and accelerate learning? Panelists will discuss reimagining the traditional school day through such strategies as partnerships with community-based organizations and community school approaches. They will also discuss how high-quality expanded learning initiatives support students’ development of critical skills, as well as their social and emotional well-being, to complement learning that takes place during the typical school day. This webinar is the third of a five-part series focused on strategies to accelerate student learning and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Leading for Equity: A Superintendent’s Mission to End Systemic Racism
    Thursday, April 29, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Kansas City (Mo.) Public Schools has had an intentional and concentrated focus on equity over the past five years. Please join Superintendent Mark Bedell as he speaks about structural racism and its lasting impact on the Kansas City community. Highlighting the impact of redlining, which was birthed in Kansas City and eventually replicated across the country, this conversation will also cover the juggernaut of uneven economic development that perpetuates systemic racist practices financially.
    Learn what KCPS has done through an equity policy, an equity funding model, the creation of an office of equity and innovations division, the elimination of oppressively written language in the Code of Student Conduct and the unpacking of policies to align with the equity policy. Superintendent Bedell will share ways school districts can direct school system resources and programs so every student has the opportunity to reach his or her greatest potential.

    The Evolution of Education in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond
    Sunday, April 25, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    JThe coronavirus pandemic has revised and rewritten the syllabus for the 2020-2021 academic year and perhaps beyond. Across the U.S., Israel and around the world, educational professionals have had to be creative when reimagining their classrooms and engaging their students whose abilities span the spectrum of assessment models. With no definite timeline to resume full-scale traditional, in-person classes, providing quality virtual education or a hybrid curriculum is key.
    Pandemic teaching has no road map and has proven to be an emotional roller coaster-- tough on teachers, administrators and students.
    Join our panel of American and Israeli educators led by our guest moderator, Daniel Domenech, executive director of the AASA, The School Superintendents Association, who will explore the trials and triumphs related to:
    Overseeing schools/school districts under quarantine while staying connected to staff, parents, and students
    Implementing everchanging guidelines from national, state and city/municipal governing agencies
    Supporting staff and providing strategies that address their most crucial issues including mental health
    Guaranteeing quality distance learning and ensuring that no child is left behind with glaring disparities in access to technology and more

    Leading for Equity: Michigan’s Journey to Create Social Justice Leaders Through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Join Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators leaders of SDEI (Social Justice through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) to hear more about their work, their journey and their plans for an 18-month collaborative to build a better, equitable education system for all students. Their collaborative focuses on real issues, lived experiences, district transformation, and student voice and activism. Presenters include Sarena Shivers, deputy executive director, MASA, Shayla Griffin, co-founder & facilitator of the Justice Leaders Collaborative, and Brian Davis, superintendent, Holland (Mich.) Public Schools.
    This webinar will provide strategies, examples and recommendations for educational leaders engaged in the work of addressing the needs of diverse student populations, promoting students’ success in post-secondary education and the 21st-century world of work, and creating and sustaining an inclusive organizational culture free of implicit bias and structural racism.

    Transcend + AASA: Reinventing CTE: Workplace Immersion at Brooklyn STEAM Center
    Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Co-hosted by AASA + Transcend. School systems around the nation are focused on reinventing career readiness and making learning relevant. The Brooklyn (N.Y.) STEAM Center is a pioneer in the emerging space of workplace immersion, where the workplace is the classroom. Launched through an innovative partnership between the NYCDOE and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), the school is located onsite at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, an industry ecosystem of over 400 manufacturing, creative and tech companies that is home to more than 12,000 jobs. In this webinar, come learn how the STEAM Center maximizes the impact of this proximity to deeply engage industry partners and create an immersive experience that prepares students for futures in industries where high-wage jobs are available. You will learn specific strategies Brooklyn STEAM uses to dramatically shorten the feedback loop between industry and school, allowing industry experts to be a major driver of the relevance and rigor of the program, while students build social capital and the professional skills they'll need to be successful alongside industry-relevant credentials. Hear from students, teachers, leaders and industry partners, and the NYCDOE about their experience in this model and take away specific ideas around how to make this type of model successful in your context.

    Accelerating Learning: High-Quality Tutoring Strategies
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    The Accelerating Learning series features five webinars designed for school system leaders, their teams, and other education stakeholders to inform their work in supporting student learning in the pandemic and post-pandemic world. Co-produced by the Learning Policy Institute and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the webinars provide research on effective accelerated learning practices, examples from a diverse set of districts, and an opportunity for participants to dig into the nuts and bolts of strategies. Topics are summer learning, tutoring, expanded learning time, formative and diagnostic assessments, and centering equity.
    How can districts develop high-quality tutoring and provide individualized supports to accelerate learning? Panelists will discuss effective tutoring practices and programs and how to leverage new federal recovery funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to create broad access. This webinar is the second of a five-part series focused on strategies to accelerate student learning and support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Speakers: Jill Baker, superintendent, Long Beach (Calif.) Unified School District Michael Griffith, senior researcher and policy analyst, Learning Policy Institute Antonio Gutierrez, co-founder, Saga Education  Susanna Loeb, professor of education, professor of international and public affairs, director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University  Morton Sherman, associate executive director, AASA Leadership Network (moderator)

    Leading for Equity: Equity-Based Strategic Planning – A Commitment to Racial and Educational Justice
    Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    AASA’s 2021 National Superintendent of the Year® and superintendent of Northshore School District in Bothell, Wash., Michelle Reid, will share how an equity-based strategic plan is the foundation on which an entire school district — students, staff, families, school board, volunteers and community partners — continues to develop its work, curricula, professional development and plans for the future.
    Joining Superintendent Reid to discuss how the strategic plan holds her district's community accountable in its commitment to racial and educational justice are Ayva Thomas, assistant director of Northshore’s Racial and Educational Justice Department, Srinivas Khedam, assistant principal and Asian Indian coordinator, and Cathi Davis, principal at Northshore’s Ruby Bridges Elementary School. Attendees will learn Northshore’s approach to changing hearts and minds as they’ve continued to bring the commitment to racial and educational justice off the page, even during COVID-19. The panel will discuss an organized and strategic approach, including a school board policy, an equity framework, professional development, and engagement in every school and department in the district.

    Leveraging Federal COVID Funding
    Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Join AASA in a webinar that brings together leaders from across the country to hear what the federal COVID dollars can mean for your schools, how superintendents are investing these dollars, and for insight in how to fully leverage this significant investment to respond to COVID while addressing learning recovery.

    Dos & Don'ts for COVID Testing in Schools
    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    The Biden Administration is directing $10B toward increased COVID-19 testing in schools to accelerate reopening. Thermo Fisher Scientific and Color Health helped develop the recently released Rockefeller Foundation’s National Testing Action Plan, and we understand that the CDC will soon urge states to use the NTAP guidelines as the basis for implementing the $10B in testing funding. Schools have successfully implemented safety precautions, such as social distancing, hand washing, and screeners, but it is more important than ever to be aware of COVID-19 cases on campus that are not detected by temperature or symptoms. This is achieved through a regular and comprehensive testing protocol. This webinar will introduce the Thermo Fisher - Color partnership and simplified solution that makes on site student testing accessible to schools.

    Accelerating Learning: Strategies for Whole Child Summer Learning and Beyond (Part 1)
    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    Learning Policy Institute (LPI) and AASA, The Superintendents Association, will partner on a webinar series entitled Accelerating Learning: Strategies for Summer and Beyond. The Accelerating Learning webinar series aims to provide school system leaders and their teams with five thematically organized webinars that cover a) research on evidence-based practices, b) concrete examples of evidence in practice among a diverse set of districts and c) an opportunity to dig into the nuts and bolts of strategies to inform districts as they develop multi-year plans to accelerate student learning.
    Presenter: Linda Darling-Hammond
    Moderator: Mort Sherman

    Leading for Equity: Courageous Leadership – A Systems Approach to Equity
    Thursday, April 1, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    The work of closing opportunity gaps for students of color and realizing excellence for EVERY scholar can be done! All too often we read about equity, race and inclusion with few real and tangible examples of what it can look like. This webinar is designed to provide multiple examples of what equity looks like when it is embedded throughout a school district. It requires superintendents, school boards, principals, support staff and central office teams to hold an unshakeable belief in the potential and brilliance of every child. This belief and value are the basis for working in a systemic, collaborative, and focused manner to transform the culture of our districts and schools.
    Tammy Campbell will spend time outlining Federal Way (Wash.) Public Schools’ journey in closing gaps for all scholars. Participants will reflect on the work they are leading in their districts and schools while considering areas to build out more broadly and more deeply to ensure equitable access and individual scholar success.

    The AASA JASON STEM Credential
    Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    JASON Learning believes that STEM is more than understanding subjects. It includes habits of mind that are especially vital in the years of K-12 -- creativity, observation, communication and persistence. School districts that employ all these components help children to be prepared for a lifetime of innovation. With AASA and Standard for Success, we have created this credentialing program as a tool and resource that will help districts self-assess their programming to continue to improve programming, incorporating key STEM components and creating the opportunity for districts to learn best practices from one another.
    Guests: Rodney Watson, superintendent, Spring ISD (Texas), Matt Montgomery, superintendent, Revere Local Schools (Ohio), Maura Horgan, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development for Newark City Schools (Ohio), & Todd Whitlock, CEO of Standard for Success

    Leading for Equity: Leading from the Center by Promoting Equity in Schools and Classrooms
    Thursday, March 25, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    If you’re engaged in the crucial undertaking of dismantling racial injustice and creating equity within a school system, you’ve probably used the phrase, “doing the work.” Yet, what does the work actually look like? How do you know if you’re doing it? How do you know if you’re doing the right work?
    Please join moderator and 2010 CCSSO National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, as she leads an important discussion with three former national and state Teachers of the Year on how our nation’s students deserve and receive access to transformative, equitable education. Teaching experts Sydney Chaffee, the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, Shawn Sheehan, the 2016 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, and Richard Warren, Jr., the 2019 Maryland State Teacher of the Year, will examine promoting equity from leaders who are immersed in the important, daily work inside the nation’s classrooms, and offer both practical advice and incisive perspective on what it means to lead for equity throughout a school system.

    Issues and Action Steps: A National Forum on Expanding Healthier School Communities
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    As we approach the one-year mark of COVID-19, school closing and disrupted life, education and community stakeholders are convening to develop solutions, participate in dialogue and discussion, and develop personal action plans for their communities to:
    Establish and nurture the whole-child mindset and develop solutions to address inequalities through collaboration and cross-functional relationships.
    Envision post-pandemic solutions to support continued healthier school community growth.
    Emphasize the value of partnerships to create and fund healthier school communities.

    Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools – Delivering In-Person Instruction Safely
    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    School leaders have been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to help create a safe in-person learning environment for students. In this workshop, experts will share learnings and best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19, general healthy habits and hygiene to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs in the classroom during this unprecedented school year, and help prep for the next school year.

    #SleeveUpforSchools: School and Childcare Staff COVID-19 Vaccination program
    Monday, March 22, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
    Join us for a conversation Monday, March 22, with CDC’s Dr. Kathleen Ethier, Lead, School Staff Vaccination Program, and USED’s Dr. Aaliyah Samuel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for State and Local Engagement, for an interactive conversation on the “School and Childcare Staff COVID-19 Vaccination program." Learn what the program is, what it will mean for your district’s educators and students. This is an opportunity to dive deeper into the program benefits and answer any questions coming from the field on this important effort. We want to take this time to hear from you, our education partners, about how we can best support you and all school personnel. We look forward to the conversation!

    Leading for Equity: Implementing a Strategic Playbook for Disruption
    Thursday, March 18, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    Since mid-March 2020, our daily routines have been ruled by a public health crisis unlike anything most of us have seen. We feel frustrated, annoyed, overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. The normality in education has been shattered, and while COVID-19 has been the catalyst for the process, the changes both inside and outside of education have been constant over the past 20 years. The realities of COVID-19, economic uncertainty and emphasis on systemic racism and inequities have brought school districts across the United States to a crossroads. Systems must learn to adapt with a future-focused vision and an ability to apply innovative principles and processes to their work. We are not powerless in this challenge; we must be the ones to act.
    In this session, Ray McNulty will share strategies and practices helpful to the challenges that leaders, educators and students are facing. Schools and districts have never been more challenged in supporting the needs of students while navigating a world that is Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA). One school district leading the way is Middletown (Conn.) Public Schools and its superintendent, Michael Conner, whose focus on building trust has enabled movement throughout the system. His emphasis has been centered on several important strategies, polarity management, professional learning, systemic agility and many others. Action by leaders matters more now than ever before, and just because the future is uncertain, it doesn’t mean you can’t influence it.

    Mental Health and Self-care: How School Leaders Can Support Others While Caring for Themselves
    Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
    Part 1: This session will provide practical advice on how to help students, staff and administrators cope with the current pandemic, review the unique challenges schools face in supporting grieving students during the pandemic and highlight free resources to address these challenges. The session will introduce the importance of providing support to school professionals –- including superintendents -- and to promote self-care. Ample time will be devoted to questions and discussion. Together, we will consider how best to support students, staff and ourselves during this evolving pandemic.

    Part 2: In many ways, adults are generally more impacted by the current pandemic than are children. This session will continue the discussion about how to cope with the pandemic by highlighting the impact it is having on adults within the school system, including ourselves, and practical strategies for dealing with these stressors. Barriers to self-care among school administrators and potential ways to address these barriers will be highlighted. Ample time will be devoted to questions and discussion.

    American Rescue Plan Explained: Implementing for Success
    Thursday, March 18, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    Beyond the significant investments made by the American Rescue Plan, the law is a policy document with significant implications for not only how MUCH money schools spend in response to COVID, but also HOW they spend the dollars. AASA is pleased to host Marguerite Roza, Melissa Junge and Sheara Krvaric for a wide-ranging conversation on the things superintendents need to be aware of, prepared for and in compliance with as you navigate the COVID federal packages. Topics will include, but are not limited to: ARP funds; IDEA funding; education technology/homework gap funding; the learning loss set aside; state maintenance effort; local maintenance of equity; and more.

    Details of the American Rescue Plan Act
    Wednesday, March 17, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT
    This webinar, presented by AASA’s Policy & Advocacy Team, will detail what school superintendents need to know about the American Rescue Plan Act including:

    • how much money to expect;
    • what funds can/cannot be used for;
    • what set-asides and financial requirements are in place at the local level;
    • what questions remain outstanding about the law’s implementation; and
    • other aspects of the law that are important for district leaders to understand.

    Any superintendent who registers for this 30-minute webinar will receive a copy of the recording and presentation.

    Get to know the Early Learning Program Assessment tool brought to you by AASA
    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. EDT
    We are pleased to introduce a systemic, research-based tool designed to offer direction in best practices in Early Learning. Analysis is Standard For Success’ Early Learning Program Assessment Tool. Delivered in partnership with AASA, ELPAT© tool is designed to be utilized as a site-dependent assessment that can be compared within the district or Early Learning cohort by like demographic programs.
    This tool is a comprehensive and universal way for school leaders to get a quick snapshot of how effective their Early Learning programs are for students and families.

    Leading for Equity: The Petersburg City Public Schools’ Story – Using Practices and Partnerships to Move the Equity Agenda
    Thursday, March 11, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Petersburg City (Va.) Public Schools superintendent, Maria Pitre-Martin, leads staff, parents and community members to answer one important essential question, “What would you want for every child?” Petersburg City Public Schools is an urban school district located near Richmond, Va. with approximately 4,100 students. Though the school district has 75.26% of students who are considered economically disadvantaged, the school district does not see that as a barrier to access and opportunities for students. During this webinar, you will hear about resources that have been provided to students and their families so that the “playing field” is leveled for in-school and at-home instruction. You will also hear about the process used to ensure that high school graduates have a high school diploma and a “plus.” The goal of the Diploma Plus Initiative for Petersburg City Public Schools is to increase access to high-demand career pathways, to remove barriers to postsecondary success and to positively impact the area’s workforce development initiative.

    Finding Federal Ed Tech Money – New and Old
    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    Join our discussants as they walk through what the federal emergency response dollars provides in CARES I and CARES II—through the ESSERS program—can and will mean for schools in general, as well as a more detailed walk through of what it can mean for education technology.

    Leading for Equity: Are All the Children Well? How One School District Is Using a Social Justice Lens to Respond to That Question
    Thursday, March 4, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Utilizing a social justice lens, Baron R. Davis, superintendent of Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C., offers a response to the question, “Are all the children well?” that addresses the philosophy, research and intentionality necessary to ensure premier learning experiences and outcomes that illuminate, validate and celebrate the capabilities of all children. Through this work, the teachers and administrators in Richland Two are truly preparing students for their chosen pathways to live and work in a global society.
    This vision and mission are amplified by the work of Helen Grant, chief diversity and multicultural inclusion officer, who shares specific examples of how the district works to ensure systemic change through district-wide education, development and outreach. Sabina Mosso-Taylor, a Richland School District Two principal, shares insights into how she and her teachers foster and support social justice issues through systematic and ongoing professional development, culturally relevant practices and authentic teacher/student/family engagements at the elementary level.

    Leading for Equity: Leveraging Improvement Science to Advance Equity
    Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Join Ash Vasudeva, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as he and district leaders share how to strengthen systems processes and improve student outcomes. Presenters will discuss how systems leaders are using improvement-science-based tools, processes and approaches to strengthen systems processes to advance more equitable student outcomes. A diverse group of district leaders will discuss why they have embraced improvement-science approaches and how the mindsets, principles and practices of improvement science are helping them make progress on their goals for every student. They will describe how this work has enabled their districts to be user and problem centric, systems oriented and measurement focused in order to achieve equitable outcomes for ALL students.

    Federal Rural Education Policy Event
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Organizations Concerned About Rural Education (OCRE) is proud to host its annual federal rural education policy event. During this half-day virtual event, attendees will get an overview of the issues facing rural K-12 schools, administrators, teachers and students as our public school system continues to recover from the pandemic. An abridged agenda of the summit is listed below. To access the full details of the summit - including the tentative session descriptions and speakers - please click here.

    • Strengthening Rural Education and Communities (12:00 -1:00 p.m. ET)
    • Repairing the Teacher Pipeline: A Rural Education Crisis (1:00- 1:45 p.m. ET)
    • Rural Connectivity: Internet and Technology Access in Rural Schools and Communities (2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET)
    • The Importance of a Federal Investment in Rural Education Research (3 – 4:00 p.m. ET)
    • Census and Community Matters for Rural America (4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET)

    Post-Espinoza: How School Leaders Can Continue to Oppose Private School Vouchers
    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, please join AASA, NAESP and NASSP for a webinar on how to effectively oppose private school voucher programs in your state. In Espinoza, the Supreme Court held that Montana could not exclude religious schools from its private school voucher program. Although the case will likely embolden private school voucher advocates to push for new voucher legislation, there are still many ways to push back to ensure public funds remain in public schools. In this webinar, we will be highlighting a toolkit—complete with talking points, backgrounders and other resources—that advocates and legislators can use to oppose private school voucher legislation in their state.
    The panelists are:
    • Sasha Pudelski, Advocacy Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
    • Maggie Garrett, Vice President for Public Policy, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    • Jessica Levin, Senior Attorney, Education Law Center

    Joint Webinar with USED and CDC: Latest School Reopening Guidance
    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST
    Donna Aikens-Harris, senior advisor for policy & planning, U.S. Education Department, and Greta Massetti, senior scientist, division of violence prevention, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, will provide an overview of and answer questions about the latest guidance on school reopening from both organizations.

    Roads to Reinvention: Leading a Culture of Effective Innovation
    Thursday, February 11, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
    Join AASA + Transcend for the latest interactive webinar in our Roads to Reinvention webinar series which tackles equitably responding, recovering, and reinventing school systems. Superintendent Scott Muri from Ector County ISD (Texas) will join AASA and Transcend to discuss how the district uses Research and Development (R&D) cycles as a method of launching innovation. Dr. Muri has deep experience in launching system-wide reinvention initiatives in Ector County ISD, and in his previous superintendencies. Dr. Muri will be accompanied by a principal and student involved in the reinvention work so that webinar attendees get a multi-faceted perspective on the process of reinvention. We’ll have many opportunities for questions and discussions, and all participants will receive no-cost resources to support their roads to reinvention.

    AASA’s Advocacy Team Presents: What’s Up in Washington?
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
    Are you wondering what Miguel Cardona’s nomination as Education Secretary means for assessment waivers or what the likelihood of a big education funding is in March or what will happen regarding waivers for child nutrition programs? Sign up for this webinar (free for AASA members) to hear from the complete AASA advocacy team for a refresh on the latest COVID package, to the latest guidance and Executive Orders from the Biden administration, to what’s possible with a 50/50 split in the Senate. We’ll even make predictions about what the Biden administration and Congress will do over the next six months and share how you can advocate for your district most effectively.

    Salary and Benefits Study Contract Session
    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EST
    Whether you are looking for tips for negotiating or renegotiating your contract or are interested in learning more in general about the workforce conditions of superintendents in the age of COVID, the AASA Salary and Benefits contract session is the place for you! During this webinar, attendees will hear from Hogan Lovells' Maree Sneed and AASA Researcher-in-Residence Christopher Tienken as they discuss the latest findings from our 2020-21 Salary and Benefits Study and give pointers on superintendents' contract negotiation activities in the new year.
    The webinar is free to all AASA members.

    End-of-Year COVID Relief and Its Impact on Your Benefits Program
    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
    In this session, ASBO International will review the COVID-related legislation to date, including the FFCRA, CARES Act, and relief for Section 125 Plans, and determine what pieces are still applicable. It will also explore the most recent legislation, The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020 (CAA), which among many other things, aims to create relief for both health and dependent care flexible spending accounts. They are addressing specific questions from ASBO members—if you're making benefits decisions for your district, plan to attend!

    Leading for Equity: Cultivating an Anti-Racist School District
    Thursday, February 4, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    New York state’s 2017 Superintendent of the Year and superintendent of Ithaca City School District, Luvelle Brown, will lead a discussion on how to cultivate an anti-racist school district. His transformative leadership style and the powerful knowledge in his book, Culture of Love: Cultivating a Positive and Transformational Organizational Culture, will be shared to help leaders mobilize the kind of student-centered approach that is desperately needed in our education systems. Ithaca's deputy superintendent, Lily Talcott, and principal, Deborah Ptak, will provide examples of how the district is engineering opportunities for schools and classrooms to be laboratories for social change.

    How Will You Design and Lead Schools for Today and an Unknown Future?
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST
    Join Transcend for an interactive virtual 2-hour learning session to explore the impact the events of 2020 have had and will have on your school community. During the workshop, we will generate ideas for how schools can respond, and how you can lead meaningful change for your own school community. Additionally, participants will learn more about Transcend's Rural Schools Collaborative and how this opportunity will support your school community to reimagine and create a bold new vision of what's possible for your school.
    Note: The same event will be offered on four different dates between January - March. Please select the date best suits your schedule.

    What School Superintendents are Paying Attention to Right Now
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
    School superintendents are leading K-12 professionals through the pandemic, but how do they anticipate the needs of the future during such an unprecedented time? They are paying attention. They pay attention so that they are able to increase their awareness on the ever-evolving issues that we, as an industry, are facing and help us to rise above the challenges and inspire action. NAPT® Executive Director, Mike Martin, sits down with Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director, Advocacy & Governance at AASA, The School Superintendents Association, to talk about what school superintendents are paying attention to right now from federal funding and policy to thought leadership during challenging times.

    School Safety: The Vital Role of Medical Emergency Response Teams
    Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
    Best practices in school safety planning have been developed over the years to address school violence. These efforts have included various specialty areas of law enforcement and emergency response. COVID-19 has created a need to develop safety planning related to a health emergency. School nurses are uniquely positioned to identify the correlation between these two efforts and leverage the existing emergency response planning process to address the response needs related to COVID-19. During this training, participants will learn how schools can prepare for and respond to public health crises, strategies for responding to medical emergencies in a distance-learning environment, and ways leaders should begin preparing for post-COVID schools.

    Leading for Equity: Building an Incremental Equity Agenda
    Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Join Aaron Spence and LaQuiche R. Parrott as they share Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ strategic framework, Compass to 2025, a five-year plan focused on six goals: educational excellence; student well-being; student ownership of learning; an exemplary, diversified workforce; mutually supportive partnerships; and organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Developed with significant stakeholder input, Compass to 2025 is a true roadmap for teaching and learning in the school division. Superintendent Spence and his team are staunch advocates of equity, emphasizing that every student—regardless of economic status, race or zip code—should be provided the learning experiences and the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to succeed. Equity is embedded across all six goals of Compass to 2025 as the school division strives to help achieve student, workforce and organizational success over the next five years.

    Leading for Equity: Supporting Student and Staff Mental Health Through a Community of Wellness
    Thursday, January 21, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Join the 2021 Florida Superintendent of the Year, Diana L. Greene, as she and her colleagues share insights into mental health curriculums, advocacy and policies to ensure mental health services for ALL students. Community support has been pivotal to designing behavioral and mental health supports in a blended environment. She will discuss intentional steps the district is taking to address disparities with mental health access and service delivery. Gregory Bostic, principal of Jean Ribault High School, Katrina Taylor, Duval County Public School’s director of school behavioral health and full service schools program, and Charis Scurry, community partnership coordinator for the Wolfson Children’s School Based Health Centers at Ribault Senior High School, will share how they are applying the system’s design in mental health advocacy within the schoolhouse gates.

    Leading for Equity: Using the Tools of Cultural Proficiency to Lift up Equity in Chaotic Times
    Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Join this session to learn how the Tools of Cultural Proficiency may be used as a framework for leveling the learning field for all students regardless of zip code, home language, and ethnic or racial backgrounds. Stacie Stanley, associate superintendent of Eden Prairie (Minn.) Schools and co-author of Leading While Female: A Culturally Proficient Response for Gender Equity, will discuss intentional steps to addressing many disparities. Eden Lake Elementary School principal, Tim Beekman, and associate principal, Valora Unowsky, will share application aspects of the Tools of Cultural Proficiency inside the schoolhouse gates.

    High expectations: How a focus on equity in your curriculum can fuel success in our new normal (AASA/JASON)
    Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
    The disruption of our traditional education system has created new challenges for equity in education. While we work to adapt to our new normal, some district leaders have embraced this challenge, utilizing a focus on equity in STEM that fuels success for all students. Join JASON Learning CEO Eleanor Smalley in a webinar with Dr. Tamara Sterling, a Franklin City, VA Superintendent who has transformed her district through equity and STEM. We will discuss the importance of equity in STEM education, community involvement, and the connection between programs that center equity and academic success and achievement. Presenter: Tamara Sterling, Superintendent for Franklin City Schools

    Healthier School Communities 2020 Virtual Forum
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST
    We learned a lot this year when COVID turned U.S. schools into – among other things – the epicenter of food insecurity in America. And it appears far from over. But now it’s time to look forward and embrace best practices that make schools the whole-child and whole-health environments they need to be.

    The HEALTHIER SCHOOL COMMUNITIES 2020 VIRTUAL FORUM, organized by GENYOUth and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will include:
    • The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on schools
    • New insights around testing and promised vaccines
    • The growing face of pandemic-specific food insecurity
    • What to expect in 2021-22
    • The critical role of storytelling in elevating your district’s needs


    Healthy School Buildings: Evidenced-Based Choices in Safe School Openings
    Friday, December 11, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
    As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on and the nation’s schools continue to strive to open schools for in-person learning, a critical element of that work is understanding what it takes to make—and keep—the physical school buildings safe and healthy for staff and students alike. Join Dr. Emily Oster (Economist, Brown University) and Dr. Joseph Allen (Environmental Health/director of Healthy Buildings program, Harvard University) for a look at what the National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard tells us about what is going in in schools right now as it relates to COVID spread, mitigation strategies and opening with the additional context of the actual physical requirements of the schools: healthy buildings, healthy classrooms, healthy policies, healthy schedules and healthy activities.

    New School Tools from CDC for a Healthy New Year
    Friday, December 11, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. EST
    This is a presentation by CDC about recently released toolkits for school personnel to use to consider and implement COVID-19 mitigation strategies in their K-12 schools to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 as in-person classes resume in the new year.
    Learning Objectives:
  • Summarize current COVID-19 data and statistics for school-aged children.
  • Review existing COVID-19 tools and resources for K-12 school personnel.
  • Describe tools that can be used to guide K-12 school personnel through the process of planning and selecting key mitigation strategies for their school.

    Kari's Law and Ray Baum's Act: What you need to know and why they matter to your organization
    Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
    Do you know if your communication system is compliant with the FCC's new E911 regulations? No matter what organization you are a part of, there is a good chance you have, or use some sort of phone system daily. What you may not know is that the FCC adopted rules to implement Kari’s law and Ray Baum's Act to improve access to the dialer in an emergency regardless of the underlying voice communication platform. While Kari’s law is already being enforced, Ray Baum’s Act will be enforced starting January 6th, 2021. With this date fast approaching, join us to learn how these rules will impact you and your organization and how Sourcewell, Mitel, and NCL can help you stay in compliance.

    Roads to Reinvention: Building Equitable Learning Environments
    Thursday, December 10, 2020 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
    Join AASA + Transcend + the BELE Network in Roads to Reinvention: Building Equitable Learning Environments. This interactive webinar, hosted by AASA and Transcend, highlights Valerie Bridges, superintendent in Edgecombe County (N.C.) Schools, whose work was recently featured in The New York Times. It will showcase how her district has been reinventing itself using Transcend's Designing for Learning resources, based on the Science of Learning Development. Edgecombe County Schools have centered students and the community, launched microschools and are scaling pilots, and Dr. Bridges is leading her central office team to productively engage with district and state policies to move the reinvention work forward. Dr. Bridges will be accompanied by a principal and student involved in the redesign work. The webinar will also feature BELE Network partner Dave Paunesku, Senior Behavioral Scientist at Stanford University, and Founding Director of PERTS, a non-profit R&D institute. We'll have many opportunities for questions and discussions, and all participants will receive no-cost resources to support their roads to reinvention.

    Leading for Equity: District Readiness and Situational Strategies for Equity Agendas
    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Join USC Rossier's Dean Pedro Noguera for a riveting and inspiring presentation. In order to advance equity, educational leaders must overcome institutional obstacles and be ready to take next steps. District procedures to assess ways in which polices, practices, and initiatives undermine racial equity will be shared. Moderator, Dr. Mort Sherman, Associate Director of AASA will engage Dean Noguera in a discussion on racial equity best practices to implement systemically which will mitigate the effects of racism and poverty, as well as meet the social-emotional and academic needs of students and communities. Participants will learn about strategies to address systemic disparities and inequities in order to benefit all students.

    AASA and CIS: Committing to Student Reengagement
    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST
    The impacts of the pandemic require both immediate and long-term strategies for engaging students and families in learning. This session will provide a snapshot of the current moment in education, the importance of engagement to school and student success, and offer insights into promising approaches across districts to not only engage students in their learning but to create lasting equitable conditions for their success.

    Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA
    Rey Saldaña, President and CEO, Communities In Schools

    David Osher, Vice President and Institute Fellow, American Institute for Research
    Michael McCormick, Superintendent, Val Verde Unified (Calif.)
    Roberto Padilla, Superintendent, Newburgh Enlarged City School District (N.Y.)
    Shaunna Finley, School Board Member and Principal of External Professional Development, CIS

    AASA and Future of School Webinars: Support for Superintendents During the COVID Era
    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. EST
    AASA and Future of School will be hosting this special two-part webinar series in December and January on how superintendents can navigate challenges related to the pandemic. Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, and superintendents who are part of the Resilient Schools Project will join Amy Valentine, CEO of Future of School and John Watson, CEO of Evergreen Education Group, which manages the Digital Learning Collaborative, in these practical sessions. To tailor these sessions and provide useful information for participants, the team invites you to share your thoughts in a short five-minute survey by Monday, Nov. 30.

    December 8, 4pm EST: The Resilient Schools Project: Sharing Strategies with Superintendents
    January 14, 2021, 4pm EST: Finishing the Year Strong with Resiliency

    Leading for Equity: The Hidden Bias of Good People – Implications for School Superintendents and the Students and Families They Serve
    Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST
    Join Bryant Marks, executive director of the National Institute on Race and Equity in Atlanta, Ga., as he presents on the understanding of implicit biases and their impact on America’s youth and educators. He will share how to implement practices or policies that reduce the likelihood implicitly biased beliefs will lead to biased behaviors. Participants will explore the affect implicit biases have on the attitudes and behaviors of targeted groups. Implicit bias is everywhere and affects everyone. We all have implicit bias. The impact of our implicit bias on others significantly depends on our social and professional roles in society. Bias held by educators, police officers, physicians, prosecutors and criminal court judges can significantly affect the life outcomes of large segments of society.

    Leading for Equity: Data-Driven Equity Audits and District Protocols for Success
    Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Leila Nuland, managing director of K-12 Research Team at Hanover Research, will share best practices on the importance of equity audits and share frameworks districts can use to implement equity agendas that bring about real change. Current data trends will be shared. Nationally recognized school leaders, Daryl Camp, superintendent of San Lorenzo (Calif.) Unified School District, and Gregory Hutchings, superintendent of Alexandria (Va.) City Public Schools, will share examples of how their districts are putting research into action.

    How Schools Can Reopen Using Data Driven Decisions
    Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST
    When there seems to be no right answer to the reopening question, data can help schools make informed decisions for when and how to return to in-person instruction. Emily Oster, professor of economics at Brown University, partnered with a collective of national education organizations to create the National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard. Join this live webinar with Emily Oster and Noelle Ellerson Ng, associate executive director, advocacy & governance from AASA, The School Superintendents Association, as they explore the data and share how schools across the country can make data-driven decisions about when to re-open.

    What you will learn in this webinar:
    Why schools need accurate COVID-19 data collection and reporting on a national level.
    How to enable your educators and community to take action.
    How your school or district can benchmark with a personalized local dashboard.

    Post-Election 2020: Charting a Path Forward in Education
    Thursday, November 12, 2020 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST
    With the 2020 election in the rearview mirror, parents, students, policymakers and other stakeholders are likely wondering what the outcome means for education. In this special post-election event, The Hunt Institute will host a discussion with former U.S. Secretaries of Education, Margaret Spellings and Arne Duncan, New York City Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza, Miami-Dade County (Fla.) Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho delving into how state leaders can support district superintendents and promote student learning.

    School-Community Partnerships for the Whole Child: Learning from Comprehensive Models Webinar Series
    Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    AASA (The School Superintendents Association), NAESP (the National Association of Elementary School Principals), CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), EDC (Education Development Center), New America, and NAECS-SDE (the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education) invite you to join us for a 4-part webinar series.

    How can communities and states advance equity and build comprehensive approaches that promote whole child learning and development from birth through elementary school?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental flaws in the systems that support children and families in the United States. Addressing these weaknesses is essential to ending racial injustice and addressing inequality. This is a moment in time to consider how we can best set up early childhood educators and professionals to be successful both during the pandemic and as we rebuild systems in its aftermath.

    Join us for engaging discussions on advancing equity and promoting whole child learning and development from before birth through elementary school. We will learn from innovative models from around the country, including CPC P-3, First 10, Maryland’s Judy Centers, and Metro Omaha’s Birth through Grade 3 initiative, and from trailblazing communities, including Boston, Mass., Lancaster, Pa., Oakland, Calif., Orlando, Fla., Woonsocket, R.I., Yakima, Wash., rural Maine, and others.

    Hear from principals, superintendents, program directors, local and state leaders, and other experts on how these models combine a focus on teaching and learning, deep family engagement, health and social service supports, and continuous improvement.

    November 12, 4pm EST: Collaborate to Improve Teaching and Learning
    November 19, 4pm EST: Coordinate Comprehensive Services
    December 3, 4pm EST: Partner with Families
    December 10, 4pm EST: Lead Strategically and Continuously Improve

    Leading for Equity: Courage to Lead with an Equity Agenda
    Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Amy Sichel, AASA Lead Superintendent and past president, as well as retired superintendent of the Abington (Pa.) School District, will moderate an engaging discussion with Khalid Mumin, superintendent of Reading (Pa.) School District, and Marlon Styles, superintendent of Middletown (Ohio) City Schools. Both superintendents will share stories of what works in their school districts to make sure ALL students are well served. They will also share what is and what isn’t working with their equity agendas. During the dialogue, ideas will be shared on how to have courageous conversations and move beyond excuses to implement action-oriented equity strategies. This presentation will include examples of how to build community support and adopt an anti-racism school resolution, and actionable options and resources.

    Expanded Pathways, AASA's Youth Apprenticeship Toolkit Launch
    Thursday, November 12, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
    AASA, The School Superintendents Association, along with leaders from the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education and superintendent leaders will discuss Youth Apprenticeship strategies and the launch of the multimedia Expanded Pathways toolkit.

    Leading for Equity: Intentionality for Access and Opportunity
    Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
    Join AASA 2020 National Superintendent of the Year® Gustavo Balderas, superintendent of Edmonds (Wash.) School District, and Heath Morrison, superintendent of Montgomery (Texas) Independent School District as they discuss the importance of equity for opportunity. Both leaders will share stories and explain how districts they have served recognize the potential of each student with a focus on intellectual, social, cultural and physical aspects of learning. Each nationally recognized school leader will share policies, practices, and protocols that promote equitable access to opportunity for student success.

    Leading for Equity: Delivering a High-Level, Culturally Relevant Curriculum for All Learners
    Thursday, October 29, 2020 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT
    Join nationally recognized author, Jay McTighe, as he describes ways to design and deliver a modern curriculum that focuses on engaging student thinking around authentic and culturally relevant tasks. Mount Vernon City Schools (NY) Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Hamilton, will discuss his district’s vision and actions for systemically changing traditional school processes, policies, and practices. Mount Vernon’s Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Gorman, will share student and staff engagement practices that reach all diverse learners by offering a culturally relevant curriculum and project-based assessments where students have voice and choice. Participants will learn about strategies to address systemic disparities and inequities in order to benefit all students.

    Continuing Medicaid and CHIP Outreach During COVID-19 to Keep Kids Covered
    Thursday, Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
    The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign will provide a snapshot of CMS's recent data release, to raise awareness of the decline in services. Your organization can help to drive better health outcomes for families with eligible but uninsured children to ensure that children receive the care they need with Medicaid and CHIP. You'll also hear about the Campaign's newest resources.

    Two Months In: 5 Hard (But True) Lessons About America's Big Experiment with Blended Learning (JASON Learning)
    Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    We’re nearly two full months into the biggest blending learning experiment in our nation’s history. While some things have gone surprisingly well, we’ve also learned a lot about what doesn’t work. Join JASON Learning CEO Eleanor Smalley and a panel of district leaders for a candid look at what’s working, and what’s not, in our blended and virtual classrooms through the first quarterpole of the year. Whether your system is working better than expected, or families and teachers are pulling their hair out in frustration, there is time to improve. Join us for this important, and necessary, conversation.

    Schools Aren't Super Spreaders – But What About Their Buses?
    Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Now that we're deep into October, full-time in-person instruction is taking place in more and more schools. Emily Oster, an American economist, professor at Brown University, bestselling author and creator of the facts-based COVID-Explained website, has been collecting and analyzing data on COVID-19 in schools around the country. Her conclusion thus far? Schools aren't Super Spreaders. But what about their buses?

    Uncovering Our Opportunities
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    With groundbreaking instructional delivery models, our districts have met the challenges of continuing student learning during the pandemic. What are the opportunities ahead of us? Learn how two national exemplar districts are using instructional models to unify the latest advancements in teaching with their visions — and plans — for the future of learning. Join Michael Nagler, superintendent, Mineola Public Schools, N.Y., and David Tebo, superintendent, Hamilton Community Schools, Mich.

    Leading for Equity: Changing Lives and Realizing Dreams with No Exceptions
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Join presenters Gladys Cruz, district superintendent, Questar III BOCES (N.Y.), and Lupita Hightower, superintendent, Tolleson (Ariz.) Elementary School District, as they highlight the work being done by students, faculty, staff, parents/guardians and community members to advance district visions of creating a positive learning environment for all students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child. Each leader will explore three questions: (1) What am I doing? (2) Why are we doing this? And (3) How do I make it better? A discussion on belief systems and high expectations for all students will be led by moderator Carol Kelley, superintendent of Oak Park (Ill.) Elementary District 97.

    Essential Questions Include:
    · What types of actions are effective to ensure an intentional equity agenda?
    · How can districts meet the vision that every child is capable of success without exception?
    · Why is examining a district’s own strategies and practices needed to shine a light on disparities within the system?
    Participants will learn about strategies to address systemic disparities and inequities in order to benefit all students.

    Roads to Reinvention: Leaps for 21st Century Learning
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    The Roads to Reinvention webinar series will explore concrete tools and resources you and your leadership team can use to help your schools equitably respond, recover, and reinvent during the greatest educational disruption we’ve ever seen. The bimonthly series will include conversations with experts from AASA and Transcend, as well as superintendents who are leading the way.

    The series kicks off on October 22, 2-3:30 ET, with an invigorating session on the Leaps for 21st Century Learning and how to bring student voice into reinvention. Learn with Lynn Moody, Superintendent of Rowan Salisbury Schools, the only state- designated innovation district in North Carolina and the recent recipient of a $26 million Federal Teacher and School Leader Grant.

    The series is aimed at superintendents, their leadership teams, and school board members.

    Additional webinars will be held in December, February, April and June.

    Vaping and COVID-19 in Schools: What Do Superintendents Need to Know?
    Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    As schools reopen for in-person learning, superintendents will need to turn their attention to another public health emergency—the use of e-cigarettes by children. Youth e-cigarette use continues to be an epidemic with 3.6 million U.S. kids using e-cigarettes, including 1 in 5 high school students (19.6%). There is also mounting concern among leading public health organizations and experts that smokers and e-cigarette users may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. To protect our students' health and reduce the risk of severe complications from COVID-19, youth smokers and e-cigarette users need to make every effort to quit. What can school leaders do to address students' addiction to these products? How should school leaders incorporate potential student vaping issues into their school reopening plans?

    In this webinar, attendees will hear from Caroline Goncalves Jones, director of advocacy and outreach for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, about current youth tobacco use, the efforts underway to address it and how superintendents can get involved. Participants will also hear from Cosimo Tangorra, Jr., superintendent of Niskayuna (N.Y.) Central School District, about the steps he has taken to reduce youth tobacco use in his district.

    AASA What Works in Leadership Webinar: Ensuring Equitable Access to Expertise @ Remote/Hybrid Learning and Reopening Schools
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
    Leaders from districts large and small, urban and rural, are navigating the challenges of teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the widespread need, too few districts have access to customized, expert guidance on today's critical issues of remote/hybrid learning and safely reopening schools. Join us on October 21 to learn how non-profit Learning Accelerator has received national philanthropic funding to support free coaching with experts in digital learning to help schools and districts of any size tackle pressing challenges. Hear from district leaders who have engaged with the coaching network and received expert guidance on remote learning strategies and health and safety practices to minimize risks and maximize learning. Tap into this unprecedented free support from experts across the country as we work together to build a more resilient and equitable education future. Presenters: Beth Rabbitt, Chief Executive Officer of The Learning Accelerator (TLA), Dr. Kia M. McDaniel Director, Curriculum and Instruction, Prince George's County Public Schools and Kevin McIntyre, Ed.D., superintendent, Milford Public Schools.

    Adapting College and Career Prep for the Class of 2021 and Beyond
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 2:30pm - 3:30 pm EDT
    While schools across the country continue to open, a year like 2020 will have long-term effects on college and career preparation for students, educators, and families. As our communities follow our responses, important questions are being raised about how college and career readiness initiatives will shift to prepare students in the Class of 2021 and beyond. Join Dan Domenech, executive director, AASA, and Bryan Contreras, vice president, K12-Partnerships, myOptions®, for a fireside chat to discuss recent research and thought-provoking questions from the educator community to ideate and envision what comes next for students and families in these unprecedented times.

    Leading for Equity: Engaging Community Beyond the Schoolhouse
    Thursday, October 15, 2020 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT
    Recently retired school superintendent (Spartanburg County School District Seven, SC), Russell Booker knows transformational change begins with challenging the status quo and requiring a broad engagement of community beyond the schoolhouse. Booker will share his insights on intentional focus for removing barriers to students' economic opportunities post-graduation. As a dynamic, forward thinking superintendent and as the new executive director of the Spartanburg Academic Movement, Booker will discuss how utilization of human, financial and social capital can change mindsets and hearts of a community.

    Helping Children Cope with Race-Based Trauma
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 3:00-3:45 p.m. EDT
    This summer, we’ve seen a new generation of young people calling out to demand racial justice — finding their voices in the fight for a more equitable society. And yet behind those demands is the fear, pain, stress, and trauma that Black Americans, including children, struggle with every day. Images of police brutality, instances of daily discrimination large and small, and even the need to think, talk, and educate white people about the black experience are draining. All of it— with the inequitable effects of the pandemic — creates serious challenges for social emotional wellness and readiness to learn.
    Tracie Jones, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Boston, MA
    James Huguley, Interim Director, Center on Race and Social Problems, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
    Sarah Vinson, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics (specializing in adult, child and adolescent forensic psychiatry), Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

    Ensuring Developmentally Appropriate Practice Amidst a Global Pandemic
    Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:00-8:00 p.m. EDT
    Whether instruction is in person or online, COVID-19 is changing the look and feel of America's #earlychildhood classrooms. What can teachers do to ensure developmentally appropriate practices during a most unusual school year? Join us as The Hunt Institute, NAEYC, AASA, and CCSSO combine forces to examine the challenges being face by #earlyed teachers. Presenters: Tabitha Rosproy, National Teacher of the Year (Winfield, KS), Barbara Cooper, Alabama Secretary of Early Childhood Education, Tamara Johnson, NAEYC Governing Board and Executive Director of Malaika Early Learning Center (WI), and Edward Manuszak, Superintendent of Dundee Community Schools (MI)

    Leading for Equity: Equity-Focused, Learning-Centered Leadership
    Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
    Equity-driven school leaders have skills and dispositions that ensure each student, particularly those furthest from justice, are prepared for a limitless future. Join Max Silverman, executive director, and Michele Mason, director of instructional leadership, University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership, as they share current research and frameworks that support central office leaders in defining what it means to be an equity-driven, learning-focused school leader. Participants will understan the meaning of bridge leading for equity and instructional leadership. Jermaine Dawson, executive director of schools, Fulton County Schools, Ga., and Chris Lennox, superintendent, Mounds View Public Schools, Minn., will provide examples and share insights on supporting this type of leadership across a school system.

    CDC Virtual Forum: Recommendations on Safe School Reopenings, COVID Testing in Schools, and In-School Mitigation Strategies
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
    The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) is proud to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a virtual forum to hear directly from the CDC on its latest recommendations for safe school reopenings, COVID testing in schools, and effective in-school mitigation strategies. CDC experts will discuss, among other topics, recent guidance—“Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making”—which includes core indicators (community burden) and secondary indicators (mitigation strategies) and how these should be used when considering reopening schools for in-person instruction. The CDC has also released separate guidance on COVID testing in K-12 schools, and case investigation and contact tracing in schools. Finally, CDC experts will share the latest research on effective strategies to monitor and evaluate COVID mitigation strategies in schools to keep students and staff safe.

    AASA What Works: Curriculum and assessment systems for modern learning
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
    Presenters: Jay McTighe, Educator and Author, McTighe and Associates; Mary Kamerzell, Ph.D., Superintendent, Catalina Foothills School District, Arizona; Mary Jo Connery, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent, Catalina Foothills School District, Arizona.
    The recording will be posted soon.

    AACC | AASA Convening on College Readiness
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. EDT
    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact school districts and institutions of higher education, AACC and AASA believe is more important than ever to continue the dialogue around resources for policymakers, students and programs in response to the pandemic and the implications that school closures and online instruction will impact students enrolled in college in high school programs.
    The recording will be posted soon.

    Leading for Equity: Academic Development Through an Equity Lens
    Thursday, October 1, 2020 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
    In the current dual pandemic of COVID-19 and racial injustice, school leaders across the country are renewing their commitment to equity in education. Join Nancy Duchesneau, a Research Associate at The Education Trust, and Jack R. Smith, superintendent of Maryland's largest school system, Montgomery County Public Schools, as they discuss the district-level policies and actions needed to close opportunity gaps for students of color, students from low-income backgrounds and other historically marginalized groups.

    We will hear findings from The Education Trust's qualitative research study on equitably supporting social, emotional, and academic development, specific policy and practice recommendations, and learn about tools that can support superintendents in doing equity-centered work.

    In his second term, Jack Smith along with deputy superintendent, Monifa McKnight, will discuss the systems work to identify, understand, and implement strategies to put equity at the forefront of all efforts to support teaching and learning. The district has implemented the All In: Equity and Achievement Framework that has three critical components:
    1. Evidence of Learning: Are our students learning? Are they learning enough?
    2. Equity Accountability Model: How do we know? If not, why not?
    3. Equitable Access to Resources: What are we going to do about it?

    The framework, informed by an external study performed by Educational Resource Strategies, identified multiple strengths and challenges driving the district's equity work and how school administrators are now working to close the opportunity and achievement gap.

    Measuring and Personalizing Learning Loss and Growth Recovery
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
    The Covid-19 pandemic is undeniably a black swan event with far reaching and uncertain implications for the future of education. Educators overnight were forced to pivot their instructional programs to support remote online learning as the world began trying to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Now, as educators plan to safely reopen schools, a pivotal question remains: “How much learning loss occurred, and how do we ensure students recover?” Join AASA's guest, data analytics expert John Gatta in examining how to quantify learning loss and develop personalized growth recovery plans for students. As some students participate in fully remote learning and some engage in hybrid models of delivery, determining the impact on learning will be important to track and understand. Charting learning recovery for subgroups of students will also be important to ascertain impact of learning delivery systems. This webinar will illustrate data analytic tools that can increase understanding for action. Presenters: John Gatta, chief executive officer, ECRA Group; Dave Schuler, superintendent, District 214, Ill.

    Leading for Equity: Empowering All Students with Agency and Voice
    Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 100 plus days of protests in nearby Portland, and while wildfires threaten the district's southern boundary, Katrise Perera, superintendent, Gresham-Barlow School District, Gresham, Ore., and Lisa Riggs, assistant superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Gresham-Barlow School District, Gresham, Ore., will share how Gresham-Barlow School District is helping students develop agency and voice to advocate on behalf of themselves and their peers. Particular attention has been paid to increasing the engagement of students who are typically underrepresented or marginalized. Moderated by David Schuler, Superintendent, District 214, Chicago, IL, and former AASA president.

    Equity Matters: How Experiential Learning Can Level the Playing Field for all Students
    Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    All students can learn and excel in STEM if the learning is brought to life, with real experiences and real role models. Portsmouth Virginia Public Schools provides real experiences for all students, in and out of school; in person and virtual. Elie Bracy, Superintendent of Portsmouth Public Schools, Virginia shares how his district of 10,000 students is providing experiential learning in STEM for all students, even in the local churches. His team will share how they are sustaining this in a hybrid learning environment.

    What Works: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Unprecedented Times
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    The current pandemic has widened the existing inequities and academic gaps that already existed across our nation. As we look ahead to the new school year, it is paramount that we honor the diverse and complex identities of students and build strong relationships in order to provide ALL students with an engaging, rigorous, and responsive education. During this webinar, you will learn strategies for leading and supporting teachers in developing culturally responsive instructional practices. Presenters: Tyrone C. Howard, ICLE senior fellow, professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and associate dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, UCLA; Raul Maldonado, superintendent, Palmdale School District, Calif.; Nadine Luke, elementary teacher, Palmdale School District, Calif.
    The recording will be posted soon.

    COVID-19 and Schools: Sneak Peek at the Data Dashboard
    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
    AASA is proud to be partnering with Emily Oster, Brown University, Qualtrics, National Association of Elementary School Principals and National Association of Secondary School Principals in the creation of the National COVID-19 School Response Dashboard to systematically map schools' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Formal data collection starts September 14, and the data dashboard will go live on September 21. Districts and schools can enroll in the dashboard at any time. This webinar will your first chance to walk through the dashboard and its data. Hear directly from the people collecting, aggregating, sorting and reporting the data, and ensuring the database and dashboard are open, functional, and accessible. This webinar will walk through what's in the dashboard, how the data can be used by educators and the community alike, and will be an opportunity for the first of many conversations about the power of accurate, robust reporting around COVID-19 in schools to help keep students and staff safe, and schools safely navigating toward in-person instruction.
    Enroll your district in the School Response Dashboard.
    Enroll your school in the School Response Dashboard.

    Leading for Equity: From Research to Practice – Accelerating Outcomes for Scholars of Color, Part II
    Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    The conversation continues with Drs. Bren Elliott and Avis Williams. The previous session introduced six impactful equity practices proven to positively impact the most vulnerable scholars. Join as these leaders share the progress being made in Selma City Schools and explore how the district can position itself to be on the forefront of districts that lead through an equity lens.

    Leading for Equity: From Research to Practice – Accelerating Outcomes for Scholars of Color, Part I
    Thursday, September 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
    Join Drs. Bren Elliott, educational equity leader and researcher and Avis Williams, superintendent of Selma City Schools as they share researched strategies that improve learning outcomes for historically underserved scholars. This two-part series will share six most impactful practices equity-focused districts employ while exploring the specific work being done.

    New Date: Remote Doesn't Have to Mean Removed: How to Bring Science and Math to Life in the Year of Blended Learning
    Thursday, September 10, 2020 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT
    This year, back-to-school doesn't necessarily mean “back to school.” Students will be expected to learn in new and different ways. That means teachers are going to be expected to teach in new and different ways — with much of that instruction performed in a blended or virtual environment. Please join special guests H.D Chambers, superintendent of the Alief (Texas) Independent School District, and Rodney Watson, superintendent of Spring (Texas) Independent School District, for a invite-only national conversation as we reveal 5 training secrets to ensure your teachers and staff have the skills — and the confidence — to lead students with passion this school year, whatever form learning takes in your community.

    Leading for Equity: All Students Career and College Ready
    Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT
    Participants will receive a presentation from two national leaders who are making a difference in student success with career and college readiness. Ann Levett and Christine Johns will share their insights and best practices on K-12 equity issues as they relate to ensuring all students are career and college ready. Preparing all students to graduate career ready and college prepared requires that there is ample access to high-level learning for ALL students.

    Unstoppable Digital Momentum: Mark Edwards and Michael Fullan in conversation about Digital Leaders for the Future (The Wallace Foundation)
    Tuesday, September 1, 2020 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
    The education goal is not just to survive COVID-19, but to end up with something significantly better than was the case in 2019. There are several 'silver linings' for making education breakthroughs arising from the pandemic. These silver linings could form pathways to improvement, and when in synergy with each other could provide a highway to transformation. In this session, moderated by Karen Cator, CEO of Digital Promise, we identify the pathways, show how they could interconnect, and discuss leadership qualities and actions that will be necessary to move systems forward towards meaningful transformation.The recording will be posted soon.

    Leading for Equity: Pursuing an Equity Agenda
    Thursday, August 27, 2020 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT
    What types of data can inform and catalyze an equity agenda in a school district? What are the different “key levers” for fostering equity in a school district? What are the ongoing efforts and connected work with equity in order to foster racial justice? Discuss these essential questions and learn about strategies to address systemic disparities and inequities in order to benefit all students in this webinar presented by Chief Equity and Accountability Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Frank Barnes, and Kimberly Vaught, principal at Allenwood Elementary School.

    Addressing Human Trafficking: An Expanded Look at Online Safety
    Thursday, August 27, 2020 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
    In this dynamic webinar from the U.S. Department of Education, subject matter experts who work directly with survivors of trafficking and those who support them will address questions compiled from the most recent webinar which addressed online safety. It will provide opportunity for deeper discussion of topics raised by past participants and provide tips and strategies for school staff members in addressing human trafficking. The event is designed to provide administrators, teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, parents, caregivers, and students with trauma-informed and survivor-centered information to help protect students from online trafficking activity. The recording will be posted soon.

    Beyond Re-Entry: Navigating the New Normal of Leadership
    Thursday, August 20, 2020 4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT
    The COVID-19 interruption to preparing for re-entry has brought unparalleled challenges to every school district in the country. Using the lessons we have all learned from those experiences, this webinar will focus attention on what now needs to be done during the 2020-21 school year and beyond to prepare our students and our schools for future success – a future that will be dramatically different than the past in terms of what, how, when and where students will learn, interact, and work. Presenters: Bill Daggett, ICLE Founder, and Deb Kerr, Superintendent, Brown Deer School District, Wis. and AASA 2019-2020 President The recording will be posted soon.

    AASA What Works: Moving Beyond the Plateau and Building Capacity
    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT
    There are many challenges to leadership as we work to address equity and personalization in our educational systems. In this webinar, the West Valley School District team will highlight the challenges of developing district-wide initiatives, such as personalized learning, and being able to move beyond the plateau developing momentum as well as building leadership capacity within the organization. Join the nationally-recognized West Valley School District leadership team from Yakima, Wash., to gain valuable insights into this work. This will be a very interactive session, with opportunities to share best practices.

    AASA What Works: Reimagining Sports
    Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
    Introduced more than a century ago as a tool of nation-building, high school sports sit at a crossroads. Research in recent years affirmed the cognitive, academic, physical and mental health benefits of playing sports and regular exercise. Yet due to budgets and other pressures, only 39 percent of students participate, with rates the lowest in urban (32 percent), high-poverty (27 percent and charter (19 percent) schools, according to a 2017 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The need to identify strategies and models that engage more students has only grown this year, as schools respond to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for greater equity in society's leading institutions. Presenters: Jon Solomon, editorial director, Aspen Institute; Jennifer Lerner, deputy director, sports and society program, The Aspen Institute; Matt Dillon, superintendent, Petal, Miss.; Jeff Moorhouse, superintendent, Kingsport City Schools, Tenn.; Dave Rapath, Ed.D., associate professor, Ohio University; and Jerome Singleton, commissioner, SC HS League.

    What Works: Common Elements in Transforming Learning Toward Enhancing Personalization
    Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
    Transforming Public Education Through a Systems Approach to the Core Elements of Personalized Learning

    Using Your Leadership in Being the Change That You Want to See
    Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 2:00-3:30 pm EDT
    The Howard University School of Education in partnership with AASA, UCEA, and NABSE invite you to part one of its Answering the Call webinar series.

    Alternative Funding Solutions To Ensure Districts Meet Their #1 Objective – Student Success
    Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
    COVID-19 has heightened the strain on district budgets across the U.S. Leaders are tasked with budgeting during an uncertain climate while still maintaining their number one objective – student success. Join us as we discuss an alternative way for districts to fund the education tools and operation equipment they need while preserving available funds. This session will include perspectives from two superintendents who will share future plans for creative budgeting tools to educate and operate successfully in their new “normal.” Moderator: Dave Duhn, supplier development administrator Presenters: Eric Koep, superintendent, Bertha-Hewitt Public School, Minn. Chris Canavati, partner, NCL Government Capital

    Education Leadership for a Digital World

    AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is a proud communication partner of The Wallace Foundation. The Wallace Foundation supported Digital Promise in the development of a series of webinars on learnings from the 90 districts involved in the Principal Pipeline Initiate. AASA invites you to be our guest to any or all of these informative events.

  • Assuming the Superintendency in the Midst of a Crisis: A Hearts & Minds Approach – July 21, 2020; 1 p.m. ET,
  • Rethinking Education: Resources for Safe and Equitable Planning for Fall with Transcend Education – July 22, 2020; 1 p.m. ET,
  • Building Capacity in Crisis: Using Design Thinking to Lead – July 23, 2020; 1 p.m. ET,
  • Bridging the Digital Divide: Providing Access for All Shelby County Students – July 28, 2020; 1 p.m. ET,

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    School-Based Health Care Summer Virtual Learning Series
    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
    To help meet your needs in the current landscape, the School-Based Health Alliance is offering a five-part summer virtual learning series on pressing topics, including telehealth. Pedro Antonio Noguera, Ph.D., is the presenter for the first session, “Race, Equity, and Inclusion in School-Based Health Care.” Noguera is the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. A sociologist, Noguera's research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

    What Works in Leadership: Childcare Strategies Amid COVID
    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the early childhood education system is facing unprecedented circumstances across its governance, financing, delivery systems and professional preparation programs. The burdens on the system expose its long-term fragility. However, amidst the crisis comes opportunity to think and lead differently. AASA invites you to join NAEYC and thought leader practitioners from schools for a discussion about leadership, courage and inclusion during this educational crisis. Presenters: Rhian Evans Allvin, Chief Executive Officer, National Association for the Education of Young Children; Dr. Barbara Bottoms, Principal, Prince George's County Public Schools; Elizabeth Groginsky, Cabinet Secretary of Early Childhood, New Mexico Board of Education; Steve Hicks Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Early Childhood Development, Maryland Department of Education.

    How Can We Safely Reopen Schools in the Fall?
    Thursday, July 16, 2020 @ 7:00-8:00 pm EDT
    Join this special event for the education community and parents to dialogue with health experts.
    When COVID-19 began its slow spread across the country, schools in every state shut their doors to help flatten the curve—and they stayed closed for in-person instruction through the rest of the 2019–20 school year. And while businesses and other industries are beginning to reopen, it's clear that the economy relies on our public education system for true recovery. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have released their guidelines for reopening K–12 schools, though many questions remain as states and school districts develop their plans for the fall. Join physicians from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) as they discuss what is known about COVID-19 and its impact on children and youth, as well as how we can help mitigate risks for transmission in schools for students and staff. Questions can be sent in advance through the registration link.

    Reopening Schools in a Time of Uncertainty: Insights for District Leaders
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
    This webinar will focus on the issues facing school superintendents and local school boards as they prepare to reopen public schools. Francisco Negron, Chief Legal Officer of the National School Boards Association, and Noelle Ellerson Ng, Associate Executive Director of Advocacy & Governance at AASA, will discuss the kind of leadership and planning needed to ensure that students, teachers, and school staff are safe when schools once again reopen. Both guests will share insights into the work their organizations are doing to support school district leaders and respond to questions from moderator Maria Voles Ferguson, Executive Director of the Center on Education Policy. Time will be allotted to respond to audience questions. The recording will be posted soon.

    What Works in Leadership: Mental Health Developmental Brain in Transition
    Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    Mental Health in the Digital Age... what is the impact on students? Let's get to the science of the brain and what we should know and do now. Hear from a leading neuroscientist, and two leading thought leader practitioners on what educational leaders should know. Presenters: Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine; Pia V. Escudero, LCSW, Executive Director, Student Health and Human Services, Los Angeles Unified School District; Carol Kelley, Superintendent, Oak Park Elementary School District 97.

    AASA What Works: Supporting Principals in Preparing for Re-Entry
    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    Superintendents are taking the lead in many school districts across the country to provide direction, support and resources to elementary, middle and high school principals. Burke Royster, superintendent of Greenville (S.C.) County Schools collaborates with a strong team of instructional principal supervisors to support elementary principals with eLearning and equity of access/support. He also works with the high school principals with how to manage the completion of credit-bearing and certification-bearing programs and in-person graduation for high schools.

    2020 Title IX Regulations Q&A
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
    Join ATIXA experts for a live Q&A webinar on June 30th to answer your questions about the 2020 Title IX Regulations, including recommended implementation guidance for school districts and systems. The new regulations require significant new procedural requirements for how schools respond to reports of sexual harassment from both students and staff. This webinar will offer insights and guidance to school leaders to better understand, plan for, and implement these new obligations under Title IX.

    What Works: Keys to Reopening: Strong Culture + Strong Infrastructure
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    A strong values-based culture, a focus on social and emotional learning, and really good technology infrastructure set the stage for a successful transition to remote learning and forms the backbone of reopening plans in two big school districts: El Paso, Texas, and Jefferson County, Colo. In El Paso, Juan Cabrera created a clear portrait of a graduate, a focus on active learning, strong support for SEL and a well-managed 1:1 program, which made for a successful transition to remote learning. The Jeffco Generations plan guided Colorado's largest district to support decentralized school plans built on a common infrastructure. With anticipatory planning, Jason Glass led a smooth transition to remote learning and has a strong plan in place to reopen schools. After leading her home district of Hickman-Mills, Mo., Yolanda Cargile is moving next door to Center School District, where she plans to build on a strong tradition with a focus on real-world learning. With Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart, these three superintendents will discuss how their strong cultures, focuses on high engagement learning and robust infrastructures will support reopening plans in the fall.

    Aligned Execution and Resilient Leadership for a Safe Return
    Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 4:00-5:00 pm EDT
    What used to be considered a challenging day lives in the shadow of extreme conditions. In “normal” times, strong leadership is important. Strong leadership now is essential. It's up to the leaders to focus their hearts and minds on building a learning place for student success, even if that looks different than any situation we've seen. The decisions ahead will impact your ability to serve well your students, staff, and communities. The next actions are important. During this time of rapid change and uncertainty, this work is designed specifically to ground your team in a process for sound, responsive decision making. This webinar and leadership tool kit will provide expert support and practical resources to help leaders steer the ship through rough waters and build capacity for the full team. It will help you achieve the results that matter while safeguarding and accelerating organizational excellence.

    Pat Greco will share the practices and tools we use with organizational excellence partners to turn disruption and change into innovation, opportunity, and long-term results.
    The recording will be posted soon.

    AASA What Works: Transition Plans for Early Learners
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    Transitioning early learners into a new school year will be a challenge, given CDC guidelines for safety and understanding the importance of attending to children's social-emotional needs. Join this webinar to hear how three school districts are strategizing for transitioning early learners into a return to school.

    AASA What Works: Engaging a Community in Equity Focused Transformation
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
    CoSN and AASA's EmpowerED Digital Superintendent of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional district superintendent who serves as a truly empowered leader, leveraging and championing technologies in the classroom and throughout the district to transform their school district. Aaron Spence, 2020 EmpowerED Digital Superintendent award recipient, details how he and his team have built a culture of equity and empowerment in Virginia Beach.

    Reopening Our Schools: Preparing School Buildings to Reopen Their Doors
    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
    As restrictions start to lift, education leaders are evaluating ways to provide learning continuity while keeping their students and staff safe. This session will provide insights on what to consider with building systems to help support the goal of delivering education in facilities that are safe, secure and healthy. Whether it be lighting, fire, security or HVAC – this session will share some of the practical measures that will help ensure the building is ready to accept students when a district is ready to resume in-person classes. Starting with the perspective of a Superintendent the session will also touch upon resources available to help fund building system efforts.

    What Works: Working to Promote Equity in Rural Districts
    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @ 10:00-11:00 am EDT
    Superintendents in rural areas face unique challenges in educating children with limited resources. In a time of crisis, unusual cases of steadfast focus on equity emerge. Join this webinar to hear how Dan Leffingwell, superintendent, Noble Local Schools, Ohio, and Deb Kerr, AASA president, superintendent,Wis., are providing learning continuity and addressing equity issues. Other presenters: Jim Mahoney, former chief executive officer of Battelle for Kids, and Gwendolyn Shannon, division superintendent, Southampton County Public Schools.

    Cutting Through the Noise: Practical Insights for Fall Readiness
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 3:30-4:30 pm EDT
    The clock is ticking, but there is time to prepare for the fall. Join John Bailey, former U.S. Department of Education leader, White House Special Advisor, advisor at the Walton Family Foundation, and Visiting Fellow for the American Enterprise Institute, and Heather Staker, best-selling author, blended learning expert and founder and president of Ready to Blend, as they share the latest national insights on the return to school in the fall and discuss the unique instructional challenges and opportunities facing educators. Leaders will leave the webinar with steps they can take now to prepare teachers for student success. The recording will be posted soon.

    AASA What Works: Digital Transformation with Equity as a Driver
    Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    The last few months have created an immediate need to move content and schooling online. For some schools, digital transformation has been in progress for years, and for others, the concept is brand new. How do you manage these changes and also address the realities of equity for your students and your community?

    Of “Course” Learning Can Continue: A Recipe for Success
    Wednesday, June 10, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
    Distance Learning has taken us by storm. In order to develop a solid initiative for online learning, there are many ingredients involved. Come take a deep dive into "what's possible" and learn how to create your recipe for a successful Distance Learning initiative. PRESENTERS: Katrina Adkins, Senior Program Director of K12 and Higher Education Solutions; Nick Polyak, superintendent, Leyden Community High School District #212, Ill.; Jon Bartelt, superintendent, Bloomingdale School District 13, Ill.; Bryan Johnson, superintendent, Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Timothy M. Shimp, superintendent of schools, District 115, Ill.; Courtney Orzel, superintendent, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A, Lemont, Ill.

    Getting Back to School: Collaborative Strategies for Reopening K–12 Public Schools in a Fiscal Crisis
    Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 11 A.M. EDT
    Join us for a live panel discussion featuring Cornell University faculty and leaders from the American Federation of Teachers and American Association of School Administrators as they discuss the essential requirements for safe working and learning conditions and models for labor-management collaboration that can be adapted to resolve school reopening issues. Presenters: John McCarthy, assistant professor of labor relations, Law and History Cornell University, ILR School, John Sipple, associate professor of sociology Cornell University, Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers and Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association. The recording will be posted soon.

    Digital Equity Strategies for Learning Beyond the Classroom
    Monday, June 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET
    Given the current urgency involved with the efforts to continue teaching and learning in the midst of multiple school closures, the issues involved in leading digital transformation both inside schools and at students' homes are now more urgent and relevant than ever. In this webinar David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley School District, CA, Steven Webb, Superintendent, Vancouver Public Schools, WA, and Donna Wright, Director of Schools, Wilson County Schools, TN share strategies they have implemented to lead learning for all students in their school districts during these most unprecedented and complex times.

    Tools to Evolve Your COVID-19 Schools Strategy
    Friday, June 5, 2020 @ 12:00-1:30 pm EDT
    As communities in the United States begin to re-open, you will have to make decisions to keep your staff and students safe. Public health officials have provided guidance that answers some of your questions, but other decisions will have to be made using your best judgment.

    AASA What Works: Addressing Issues of Equity in Small and Rural Districts
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    How do small and rural districts that may have limited resources or unique issues with infrastructure ensure access for all and meet the needs of the whole child? Chat with rural superintendents about how they are scaling eLearning with limited resources.

    Federal Education Update: COVID-19 Edition
    Wednesday, June 3, 2020 @ 12:00-1:00 pm EDT
    Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director of Advocacy and Governance, will share the latest news from Capitol Hill and detail the Congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic to date including what it means for schools.

    How Rigorous Curriculum Design Positively Impacts Remote Teaching and Learning (AASA/ICLE)
    Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    In order to provide equitable learning experiences for all students during this time, it is important for schools and districts to prioritize standards, aligning these standards to formative assessments and instruction creating a practical and workable curriculum. During this session, Kyra and Kourtney will share how the rigorous curriculum design process has made a positive impact on remote teaching and learning due to COVID-19. Presenters: Kyra Donovan, Associate Partner, ICLE; Kourtney Ferrua, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, McMinnville School District, OR

    The New Title IX Regulations: What School Leaders Need to Know
    Thursday, May 28, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
    On May 6th the U.S. Department of Education released the long-anticipated Title IX regulations. For the first time ever, the Department's Title IX regulations define sexual harassment, including sexual assault, as unlawful sex discrimination. It also changes how districts can investigate Title IX claims and the adjudication process. Districts have to begin implementing the Title IX regulations in August and to assist district leaders and principals, AASA and NASSP have lined up a great team of K-12 legal experts from the law firm of Hogan Lovells (Maree Sneed, Joel Buckman and Megan Wilson), who will explain the regulations, describe what Title IX practices and policies must change under the new regulations and what steps school leaders should take to prepare for the implementation of these regulations. In addition, attendees will hear about how these regulations impact the policy discussions on Capitol Hill as well as litigation to stop the regulations from going into effect.

    What Works: Transition Planning for Re-Entry in High Schools (AASA Leadership Network)
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    Over the past month, school systems have pivoted to focus on creating emergency COVID-19 plans for immediate implementation for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. It is now time to look forward by strategically addressing an evolving and unpredictable climate as state and local guidelines evolve. Join three dynamic school district leaders to learn their next steps in developing a shared vision for re-entry into high schools.

    Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching during COVID-19 (AASA/ICLE)
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    There is no doubt that moving to remote learning during COVID-19 will have a significant impact on our most vulnerable students. During this session, Anthony, Kyle, and Andrea will share key points educators need to understand about stress, trauma and their effects. They will also share specific approaches to support student during this crisis. Presenters: Anthony Colannino, Senior Fellow, ICLE; Kyle Health, Superintendent and Andrea Hensley, Assistant Superintendent Cleburne ISD, TX

    Open Communication Channels for Parents: It's a Two-Way Street (AASA/ICLE)
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    During this time, communication between administrators, staff, parents and students is more important than ever. During this session, Luvelle will share what his district is doing to open the communication channels and share strategies that other districts can implement. Presenters: Luvelle Brown, Superintendent, Ithaca City Schools, NY

    Engaging Young Learners in Remote Learning (AASA/ICLE)
    Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    K-5 teachers have had to adjust on the fly and move their instruction online. Join Linda and Kyle as they share effective strategies and ideas to help you rethink K-5 teaching and learning in an online environment. Presenters: Linda Jordan, Senior Professional Learning Consultant, ICLE; Kyle Mayer, Assistant Superintendent, Ottawa Area ISD, MI

    Aligning Systems and Structures to Support the Shifts in Teacher, Content, and Student Focus (AASA/ICLE)
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    Perhaps some of the innovations we're developing today may lead us to new and powerful solutions in the future that can help overcome the persistent challenges in education. During this session, Michael will share how his district is approaching the new normal of teaching and learning. Presenters: Michael Nagler, Superintendent Mineola Public School District, NY

    What Works: Courageous Actions for Equity (AASA LEADERSHIP NETWORK)
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT
    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a number of challenges related to equity in our society and our schools. In this conversation between two superintendents Steven Webb, Vancouver, and Erika Torres, Inglewood, and Pedro Noguera, the Dean of the Rossier School of Education at USC, we will explore actions that district leaders can take to address issues related to distance learning, mental health, and support for students and families during these challenging times.

    Community School Partnerships During and After COVID-19 (AASA/ICLE)
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    School closures during COVID-19 have far-reaching economic and societal consequences. Creating and sustaining community partnerships during this time is key to lessening the impact on students and families. During this webinar, Michael will share the partnerships that his district has created to support the students, families and community. Presenters: Michael Conner, Superintendent, Middletown Schools, CT

    Learning with a Purpose: Entrepreneurship Education in a Post Pandemic World
    Thursday, May 15, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
    Join us for a discussion about our latest report “Learning with a Purpose: Preparing Today's Students to Navigate an Increasingly Ambiguous Future,” which explores an educational imperative that has particular significance in the age of COVID-19. Presenters: George Anders, Senior Editor @LinkedIn, David Schuler, Superintendent @Township High School District 214 and Michael Miles, CoFounder @Uncharted Learning, NFP

    Supporting Students with Disabilities in Remote Learning and Services (AASA/ICLE)
    Thursday, May 14, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    Educators are facing difficult and enormously impactful decisions, especially how to continue to deliver services for students with disabilities. During this session, Adam and Tom will share strategies and guidance for creating effective and high-quality learning environments for all during. Presenters:Dr. Adam Drummond, Director of Professional Learning, ICLE; Tom Mahoney, Superintendent, Oregon CUSD220, IL

    Remote Teaching– How are Your Teachers Really Doing? (AASA/ICLE)
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    When schools closed due to COVID-19, a very different reality set in for educators. Teachers had to quickly jump onboard with remote teaching and learning which put a new kind of stress on them. During this session, Jason will share strategies and tips for supporting your teachers mentally, emotionally, and physically. Presenters: Jason Andrews, Superintendent Windsor Central School District, NY

    Evolving and Thriving in Remote Learning (AASA/ICLE)
    Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    Educators across the country should be commended for making the quick shift to remote teaching and learning. With little to no training or preparation, they have stepped up to keep learning going. During this session, Eric and Reid will share key strategies and practical ideas for not only surviving but thriving in remote teaching through a personalized learning approach. Presenters: Eric Sheninger, Associate Partner, ICLE; Reid Newey, Superintendent, Davis School District, UT

    National Conversation: Reimagining Back-to-School Amid COVID-19
    Tuesday, May 12 at 2 pm EDT
    To provide clarity amid the chaos and uncertainty wrought by COVID-19, The American Association of School Administrators is teaming with K12 Insight to host a candid Crystal Ball session featuring school district superintendents and leaders from across the country. Join us as AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech and former school district superintendent Gerald Dawkins host this forward-thinking virtual discussion. School leaders will address critical issues keeping them up at night and brainstorm practical solutions, while anticipating future challenges. All attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the conversation.

    How Districts Can Support the Senior Class of 2020 Transition to Post-Secondary (AASA/NCAN)
    Tuesday, May 12, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
    Alarming drops in FAFSA completion and surveys showing students are highly uncertain about their college plans has catapulted the education sector into responding in innovative and urgent ways. The National College Attainment Network (NCAN) remains committed to helping districts and schools take five actions, right now, to help students stay on a path for success after high school graduation. Join NCAN as they walk through their latest resource guide for district and school leaders. The guide includes key questions to ask, critical next steps, and a curated list of resources for each of five critical steps for helping students, no matter their postsecondary plans. Presenters: Zenia Henderson, Director of Member and Partner Engagement, NCAN; Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation, NCAN; Erin Grogan, Senior Director of Research and Evaluation, College Advising Corps

    Strategic Technology Planning: Aligning Priorities, Costs, Outcomes and Sustainability
    Monday, May 11, 2020 @ 5:00-6:00 pm EDT
    Technology has never played a more critical role than today in schools being able to continue teaching and learning for all students. Join us for the next AASA / CoSN EmpowerED Superintendent edWebinar when AASA former president, Chris Gaines, is joined by superintendents Jeanne Barker and Randy Ziegenfuss in a lively interactive conversation. All three superintendents share their strategies for technology planning and sustainability and update webinar participants on how they are leading learning in their school districts during the current COVID-19 health crisis. Their stories and expertise have great value for all school leaders.

    CASEL CARES: Leadership In Virtual Times: Superintendents Share Their Experience
    Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
    How can you learn from your colleagues' efforts across the country? Join CASEL and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, to hear from four district superintendents who are supporting the social and emotional needs of the adults and students in their communities. Our Superintendent panelists will be Sheldon Berman (Andover, MA), Eric Gallien (Racine, WI), Kyla Johnson-Trammell (Oakland, CA), and Jorge A. Aguilar (Sacramento, CA).

    Differentiating and Personalizing Learning for ALL Kids (AASA/ICLE)
    Thursday, May 7, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    The need to differentiate and personalize instruction is more important than ever. In this session, Rob will share best practices, tips, and ideas for virtual instruction, differentiation, and student engagement. Presenters: Rob Zywicki, Superintendent Mt.; Oliver Townships Schools, NJ

    AASA What Works: Communication in Crisis
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    Kenny Rodrequez recently earned the National School Public Relations Communication Technology award. Both Superintendents Kenny Rodrequez and Marlon Styles are known for their excellent engagement of community and staff as they have built a culture of trust. When the COVID-19 crisis occurred, they were able to rely on their established Communications plans to move their districts forward. Join this webinar to learn how these two Superintendents intentionally built community support for their school districts.

    Addressing the Social and Emotional Needs of Students During and After COVID-19 (AASA/ICLE)
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    As we all adjust to our new normal one thing has become clear, our highest priority needs to focus on the social and emotional needs of students. Students are experiencing a wide range of emotions and will continue to as they head back to school. During this session, Venola and Tawana will share powerful strategies to help students explore and express emotion and build relationships during this challenging time. Presenters: Venola Mason, Senior Fellow, ICLE; Tawana Grover, Superintendent, Grand Island Public Schools, NE

    Tuesdays @ 5:00 pm EDT
    For principals and superintendents who have questions about leading learning during COVID-19
    Every school and district leader is challenged to develop immediate and longer term strategic solutions to serve children in these remarkable times. Our goal is to support you in determining what is working, what the next set of effective practices may be and to connect you with colleagues from across the country. NAESP and AASA are here to help! Please join us each Tuesday, with moderators Eric Cardwell and Gail Pletnick, along with representatives from NAESP and AASA when we go Live at 5 ET to help get your questions answered.

    Mastery Matters: Today's Struggle Yields Tomorrow's Success (AASA/ICLE)
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 3:00-4:00 pm EDT
    As remote learning continues, educators must continue to focus on what truly matters- mastery over seat time. During this session, Weston and Jason will share strategies and tips for refocusing on instruction through the lens of rigor, relevance and relationships.

    Blending and Braiding Funds to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 on the Most Vulnerable Students
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 2-3 pm EDT
    The students most likely to experience academic slide due to COVID-19 school closures are students who are eligible for services under multiple programs including federal Title and IDEA funds, and state funds set aside for vulnerable populations. Blending and braiding these and other funding streams is a strategy to more effectively leverage multiple funding streams toward a common goal to supporting students with the greatest need. The webinar will: define and provide parameters for allowable uses of blending and braiding strategies for multiple federal, state, and local funding streams to support programs or initiatives aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and highlight key opportunities for blending and braiding recovery funding provided under the CARES Act to optimize the use of these funds to support students and close gaps created by COVID-19 school closures. Presenters: Weston Kieschnick, Associate Partner, ICLE; Jason Glass, Superintendent, Jeffco Public Schools, CO

    Mini Conference for Early Childhood Educators
    Learn How School Districts and Government-Funded Developers are Supporting the Youngest Learners During COVID-19
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
    Join us for a timely discussion about successes [and failures] encountered by early childhood educators, schools and companies funded by the SBIR programs at the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation, as well as other programs, as they have responded to the Covid-19 crisis. Our panelists include PreK-12 Superintendents who will share their approach to remote instruction and enrichment for their early childhood education program.

    Understanding Student Privacy in Remote Learning Environments
    Monday, May 4, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
    Presented by Dan Domenech, AASA Executive Director; Linnette Attai, President, Playwell, LLC; Jack Smith, Superintendent of Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD; and Tom Luna, Former State Superintendent, Idaho
    Hosted by Ann McMullan, Education Leadership Consultant
    ETS is providing complimentary webinars to support educators with the unique challenges of remote learning.

    STOP School Violence Grants
    Thursday, April 30 at 2-3 pm EDT
    After the tragedy at Parkland, Congress acted quickly to create a new funding stream to support state and local efforts to deter school violence. The passage of the STOP School Violence Act authorizes $125 million in funding for schools to improve school safety in 2020. AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is co-hosting a webinar with Sandy Hook Promise to explain this grant opportunity for districts, how to apply for the funding and how the dollars can further school safety efforts and mental health programs in your district. Hear from Merv Daugherty, superintendent, Chesterfield County Schools, Va., who received a STOP grant in 2019, as he shares his experience applying for the grant and how his district will be using this funding to improve the mental health of his students.

    Leading During Times of Trauma
    Wednesday, April 29 at 2-3 pm EDT
    When Trauma is evident, the role of education leaders becomes even more complex. AASA's SEL cohort invited leading trauma experts to discuss the implications for the trauma children are experiencing during the COVID19 health crisis on schools and how schools should respond. Facilitated by Superintendents Janet Robinson, Stratford Public Schools (CT), and Sheldon Berman, Andover Public Schools (MA), the panelists will include: Melissa Brymer, Director of Terrorism and Disaster programs, UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress; Isaiah Pickens, Asst. Director Services Systems Program, UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress; and Marleen Wong, Sr. Vice-Dean, David Lawrence Stein/Violet Goldberg Sacks Endowed Professor of Mental Health at the University of Southern California.

    Distance Learning Today, Next Month AND in September

    Download this webinar and explore the realities of Distance Learning
    Brought to you by Jason Learning:
    Today – Equity, Engagement, Flexibility, Teacher Preparedness, Parental Support, Next Month - Best Practices, Closing Gaps, Assessments, Personalization, Project Based Learning at Home, Community Engagement, AND in September – Incorporating best remote learning practices into the classrooms, sustainability, long-term assessments, Industry Engagement, plus budgetary impacts.

    Resource Planning for Students with Disabilities through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Balancing Legal Obligations and Available Resources to Maintain Student Progress
    Tuesday, April 28 at 2-3 pm EDT
    Maintaining the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) through the COVID-19 pandemic and related school closures has challenged many school systems. In addition, districts are faced with complex fiscal requirements attached to federal and state funding for special education including maintenance of effort and excess cost requirements. This webinar will: provide guidance on how to manage resource identification and allocation to ensure the needs of students with disabilities are appropriately addressed while balancing the need to meet legal requirements and highlight opportunities to maximize resources to improve outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities.

    Federal Grants for Schools Begin Recovery from COVID-19 Impacts
    Wednesday, April 22 at 2-3 pm EDT
    Many school districts are seeking information and clarity regarding how the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery funding opportunities will affect their schools. Noelle Ellerson Ng of AASA, The School Superintendents Association will give an overview of how the U.S. Federal response to the pandemic affects schools and what resources are available to help schools recover.

    Managing Resources Effectively in Response to COVID-19
    Tue, Apr 21, 2-3 PM EDT
    The webinar will provide an overview of the economic and fiscal impact of COVID-19 on education budgets and of the allowable uses of CARES Act funding and highlight key fiscal considerations for education resources, including ensuring continuity of service and directing funds to those students with the greatest need.

    Financial Turmoil for Public Education: Projections, Stimulus, and What Superintendents and Principals Can Expect
    Tue, Apr 21, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
    As the economy tumbles, and shortfalls are projected for state budgets, the financial outlook for public education is changing rapidly. In response to numerous inquiries on how districts and schools will be affected, Georgetown's Edunomics Lab is partnering with the National Association of Elementary School Principals and AASA, The School Superintendents Association to offer a 1 hour webinar on what the financial turmoil will mean for public education and what superintendents and principals should expect. In this session, Marguerite Roza will share what the Edunomics Lab is learning about the financial outlook, CARES Act, other stimulus efforts and what states and districts and schools might consider as they make financial plans for the coming weeks and year.

    Innovation Strategies from VR During COVID-19 Pandemic
    Monday, April 20, 2020 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM EDT
    Please join Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Mark Schultz, five state vocational rehabilitation agency directors, and the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center as they present on innovative strategies to deliver services to individuals with disabilities by distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Calm and Reassuring – Two Important Words in These Challenging Times
    Theme: Connecting and Staying Connected in a Virtual World
    April 17, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    Randy Fillpot, Superintendent, Newman-Crows Landing USD, Newman, California

    Meeting the social/emotional needs of our students during these challenging times is as high a priority as meeting their academic needs.  Learn strategies that will assist you in this effort. More info.

    Pivot to eLearning at Scale: K-12 Leadership Test
    April 17, 2020, 2-3 p.m. EDT
    The ability of educational leaders to pivot in times of crisis has been impressive and at no time more than now. The move to eLearning at scale has been a herculean task. Download the flyer for more information. Join AASA as we feature lessons from three highly experienced superintendents who have taken bold, decisive action in recent weeks:
    Gustavo Balderas of Eugene, Ore., AASA 2020 National Superintendent of the Year
    Lynn Moody of Rowan-Salisbury, N.C., whose work has been featured in https://www.transcendeducation.org/playlist-blog/pandemic-prepared-one-districts-response
    Eric Williams of Loudoun County, Va., who has been recognized for his bold and timely response in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic
    Moderated by Dave Schuler of Arlington Heights, Il., AASA 2018 National Superintendent of the Year and AASA past president

    Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!
    Theme: Connecting and Staying Connected in a Virtual World
    April 16, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    Eric Sheninger, ICLE Associate Partner

    Communicating during times of crisis is the “X” Factor in preventing panic and mitigating fears.  Eric can help you define specific strategies to build communication and help everyone stay connected. More info.

    COVID-19 Response: Child Nutrition Programs
    April 16, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    Eric Sheninger, ICLE Associate Partner

    AASA participants learned about USDA's latest round of federal school meal waivers available to districts closed because of COVID-19, as well as any of the department's other efforts to provide local education agencies with increased administrative flexibilities for serving lunch and breakfast during this ongoing pandemic.

    Mentoring Changes Lives
    Theme: Connecting and Staying Connected in a Virtual World
    April 15, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    Robert Kravitz, Superintendent, Englewood Public Schools, Englewood, New Jersey

    What are the best practices for mentoring students in their homes?  Who can mentor these students?  How do I get started?  Learn the answers to these questions and more for mentoring students in their homes. More info.

    Breakthrough Mindset: Scaling Digital Immersion Learning
    April 15, 2020, 2-3 p.m. EDT
    Digital transformation has always been inevitable, but Arizona State University has found creative ways to accelerate the art of the possible. As schools make their own digital shifts, there is a need to understand everything from fostering high-quality online learning experiences to cultivating vibrant communities to devising scalable and sustainable digital strategies. Catering to >40,000 online students, ASU recently transitioned 75,000 on-campus students and 14,000 on-campus courses online, and integrated a completely digital K-12 curriculum into 12 ASU Preparatory Academy sites in the face of the global pandemic. Join AASA's Valerie Truesdale and CoSN's Keith Krueger as they moderate a panel of ASU leaders who will share lessons learned from their digital immersion. Share actionable ideas for bolstering your own remote resilience from ASU's Dean Phil Regier, CEO of EdPlus at Arizona State University, Julie Young, VP of Education Outreach and Student Services and CEO of ASU Prep Digital High School; and Samantha Becker, Executive Director, Creative Communications at the University Technology Office.

    Digital Day Countdown Tips
    Theme: Connecting and Staying Connected in a Virtual World
    April 14, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    Joy Silk, Supervisor, Digital Learning, Cherokee County School District, Canton, Georgia

    Thinking ahead, how do you prepare your staff and students to be ready the NEXT time we have a need to go online with all of our teaching and learning.  Joy will share practical strategies for creating digital days to prepare for more comprehensive online delivery. More info.

    Anticipating and Planning for Budgets, Stimulus Funding, & Contracts
    Theme: Connecting and Staying Connected in a Virtual World
    April 13, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT

    It's a New World!  Budgets, Stimulus Funding, contracts and more will be top of mind for our district and school leaders.  Join us to collaborate on how to address these emerging issues.

    America's Rural Schools and Communities Can Be Successful in Online Instruction
    Theme: Connecting and Staying Connected in a Virtual World
    April 10, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    Jeff Dillon, Superintendent, Wilder School District, Wilder, Idaho

    The unique opportunities and challenges of our rural schools and communities will impact how we meet the needs of our students in an online environment.  Others have had success already!  Learn the successful practices that are proven for online instruction in rural settings. More info.

    Avoiding the Negatives of Online Learning
    Theme: Anticipating and Planning for Our Next Set of Challenges
    April 9, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    Ray McNulty, President Successful Practices Network

    Don't let this online experience turn teachers, parents, and students off to online learning!  Hear how to make this time engaging and positive. More info.

    What's Happening, What's Next: COVID-19 Lessons and What School Leaders Need Now
    April 9, 2020, 1-2 p.m. EDT
    Over the last several weeks, many school districts and charter school networks have successfully shifted to digital learning platforms while responding to an uncertain end-of-year calendar. At the same time, some students are experiencing little to no learning at all as schools struggle to provide adequate support.

    Supporting, Coaching and Supervising Principals in a Shelter in Place World
    April 8, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    The Principal Supervisor Professional Standards Wallace Foundation research highlight the importance of effective principal supervision, and call for a coaching-based approach. In this webinar, we will explore the relationship between coaching and accountability and how principal supervisors balance these roles. In this time of uncertainty, connections with principals is essential. Author Gary Bloom will discuss the application of Blended Coaching to principal supervision. From Utah, Granite School District principal supervisors Shauna Jensen and Danny Stirland will share experiences applying the research and Karen Hendricks will share her team's work in Palo Alto, CA.

    When Re-Entry Happens – What Does it Look Like?
    Theme: Anticipating and Planning for Our Next Set of Challenges
    April 8, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    Michael Conner, Superintendent, Middletown Public Schools, Middletown, Connecticut

    Upon re-entry things will not look the same as they did before the COVID-19 hiatus. Developing a plan for re-entry will be a vital role of the leadership team in your district.  Learn from superintendent Michael Conner, some important considerations and suggestions. More info.

    Don't Forget Your Staff! Supporting Their Mental Health
    Theme: Managing Trauma and Stress
    April 7, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    with Todd White, Superintendent, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kansas

    Helping teachers and your staff manage the weight of the trauma being experienced in today's environment is an area of concern for all leaders.  These strategies will help you identify and manage teacher and staff trauma in today's environment. More info.

    Creating New Approaches to Student Trauma in Today's Environment
    Theme: Managing Trauma and Stress
    with John Gailer, Associate Director, National Dropout Prevention Center
    April 6, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT

    Prepare! Practice! Prevent!  How do you prepare to identify and manage student trauma in today's environment? What practices or strategies are most effective?  How can you prevent trauma from having effects?  Explore how to identify and managing student trauma in today's environment.

    How to Keep Potential Dropout Students on Track to Graduate
    Theme: Meeting Needs of Our Most Challenged Students in Out-of-School Settings
    April 3, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    with Sandy Addis, Executive Director, National Dropout Preventer Center

    COVID-19 cannot become a factor that accelerates student dropout rates.  Sandy will share critical strategies for addressing the needs of existing and emerging potential dropout students.

    Meeting the Needs of ALL Students During COVID-19
    Theme: Meeting Needs of Our Most Challenged Students in Out-of-School Settings
    April 2, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT
    with Robert Zywicki, Superintendent, Mount Olive Township School District, Flanders, New Jersey

    Creating equity for ALL of our students, including our special education students is a priority during online learning.  Learn specific strategies for meeting their needs.

    Leading with Ethics
    April 2, 2020, 3-4 p.m. EDT

    This session will explore how district leaders can positively impact their districts' decision making practices to develop a network of support and collaborative communication that will reduce ethical risks. The panel will include Lazaro Ramirez from Texas, a former assistant superintendent of Human Resources, as well as the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of New Brunswick Public Schools in NJ. The registration link is below, and by registering, the attendee will also receive a link to the recorded version afterwards, which may be shared with others.

    HELP! I'm Teaching my K-3 Students Out-of-School
    Wednesday, April 1, 3-4 p.m. EDT

    Download the recording here

    AASA Partners With National Association For Pupil Transportation (NAPT) For COVID Webinar
    April 1, noon ET
    Join us and our friends at NAPT for an advocacy update on what the latest COVID emergency supplemental means for education. Many are saying the $2+ Trillion stimulus package the president signed into law last Friday is a game-changer for a national economy decimated by the novel coronavirus. But, how does it affect education? Join us on Wednesday (4/1/20) at 12Noon ET for a special one-hour webinar and learn what the CARES Act includes for education, how these provisions and their related appropriations will impact school systems across the country, and when you can expect to see and feel the impact at the local level.

    Download the recording here

    Create an AWESOME At-Home Learning Environment
    Tuesday, March 31, 3-4 p.m. EDT

    Download the recording here

    Breakthrough Mindset: A How-To-Guide for Scaling Virtual Collaboration
    Tuesday, March 31, 2-3 p.m. EDT

    Download the recording here

    Ensure Your Online Teaching is a Success!
    March 30, 2020
    Download the recording here

    Distance Learning in Today's World – What Do I Do Now?
    March 27, 2020
    Download the recording here

    Transformation, Core Values, and COVID-19 – How Do They Mix?
    Brought to you by CoSN, AASA's Leadership Network and Digital Promise

    March 26, 2020
    Download the recording here

    Voices from the Field: Offering Our eLearning to You
    Brought to you by AASA's
    Personalized Learning Cohort and Leadership Network

    March 26, 2020
    Download the recording here
    Download the PowerPoint here

    Breakthrough Mindset: Virtual Collaboration and Learning Continuity
    Brought to you by CoSN, AASA's Leadership Network and Digital Promise

    March 25, 2020
    Download the recording here
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