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The Big Deal About Addictions: What Educators Need to Know

In this edWebinar, Dr. James J. Crist, author of What’s the Big Deal About Addictions?, addresses the prevalence of addictive disorders among teens, how to spot the signs of addiction, how addiction impacts online learning, and how educators can work with teens and help them improve their learning experience.

Finding Your Way Through Conflict: Getting Started

In this webinar, you will be introduced to basic strategies for conflict resolution in the workplace. 

Ready, Set, Grow! How to Teach Growth Mindset in Grades K–8

In this webinar, you'll learn how to change the way your students think about their challenges and help them set goals, overcome self-doubt, and build resilience.

Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Online and in the Classroom

Critical thinking is an essential tool in today’s highly complex and confusing world. In this webinar, learn how to construct challenges that develop critical thinking throughout any content area, especially in an online platform.

How Educators Can Respond to Students Experiencing Trauma

The word “trauma” used to apply to a relatively small sector of students. Not so anymore. All students faced multiple traumas in 2020 and will continue to face them in 2021. In this edWebinar, school counselor Stephanie Filio, M.Ed., author of Responding to Student Trauma, gives an overview of how students experience trauma at four levels: self/home, school, community, and country/world.

Inspiring Student Empowerment: Moving Beyond Engagement, Refining Differentiation

In this webinar, Patti Drapeau shares practical, evidence-based practices that focus instruction on empowerment.

How Mindfulness Fits into Education in the Pandemic Era

In this webinar, participants will learn strategies for incorporating mindfulness into a daily self-care routine and explore mindful inquiry in their efforts to make sure all students have equitable access to education.

Advances in PBIS: Contributions for Creating Equitable Systems

In this webinar, Char Ryan, Ph.D., describes the current recommended practice for data usage in PBIS and highlights the newer data tools. She also explains systemwide policies and practices that enhance the ability of a school or district to implement equitable instruction and discipline.

Engagement Strategies for Students with Attention Challenges: Lower Anxiety and Raise Confidence

In this webinar, Ezra Werb, M.Ed., shares his strategies for lowering students’ anxiety, raising confidence, and increasing engagement.

Understanding and Supporting Students with Mental Health and Learning Disorders

In this webinar, Dr. Myles Cooley describes various mental health and learning disorders, clarifies misunderstandings, and explains new or revised diagnoses. The session features important information about ADHD, dyslexia, autism, self-injury, trauma, and adverse childhood events. In addition, Dr. Cooley discusses the importance of social-emotional learning and culturally responsive classrooms.

How to Fill the World with Leaders: Creating School Cultures Where Student Leadership Thrives

Join award-winning student leadership specialist Mariam MacGregor, author of Leadership Is a Life Skill, to evaluate the current state of leadership development efforts in your school as you strive to prepare students for lifelong leadership regardless of career path.

Developing a Visual Learning and Teaching Toolbox

In this webinar, Dr. Susan Daniels, author of Visual Learning and Teaching, explores creative and practical strategies that enable educators to work with the foundational skills of visual learning in the classroom. Attendees build a “visual toolbox” for use in visual learning and teaching.

Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work

In this webinar, Dina Brulles, Ph.D., and Karen Brown, M.Ed., share practical strategies to successfully implement flexible grouping in order to build student collaboration and respond to students’ diverse learning needs and abilities.

What You Can Do Today to Lessen Challenging Behaviors Tomorrow

In this webinar, Michelle Salcedo, M.Ed., provides five concrete strategies early childhood teachers can implement immediately to make their classrooms more peaceful and more fun for all.

End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: Create Safe, Caring, Inclusive Learning Climates

In this webinar, a sought-after educational consultant offers proven, practical teaching practices that mobilize student empathy. Dr. Michele Borba shares proactive, no-cost strategies you can use the very next day in your classroom and can weave into existing lesson plans.

Cultivating Empathy: The Best Antidote to Bullying

Dr. Michele Borba’s empowering, informative presentation is brimming with real-life stories, the latest behavioral research, and simple tools to reduce bullying and inspire upstanders to speak up. Educators will leave the session ready to instill empathy in their classrooms, schools, organizations, and homes.

How to Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students

In this edWebinar, Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., and Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D., talk about what emotional intelligence is and why and how you can build valuable EQ skills in your students. They review and demonstrate sample lessons and activities related to assessing students' EQ strengths, improving emotion recognition and management, exercising self-control, using assertive communication skills, and implementing effective problem-solving.

Using Movement for Optimal Development and Early Learning: How Smart Steps Can Make Big Strides

In this webinar, the authors of Move, Play, and Learn with Smart Steps show how easy it is to leverage movement as a learning tool, providing proven solutions for the classroom, the playground, and at home for children, birth to 7 years.

Everyday Strategies to Build a Sustainable Culture of Kindness

In this edWebinar, Christa M. Tinari, M.A., identifies key social-emotional skills, such as emotional literacy, empathy, perspective taking, and upstander skills, that can help students (and staff) show kindness even when it’s hard to do.

Catching Happiness: How to Work Through Burnout and Be a Joy-Filled Teacher

In this webinar, award-winning teacher, motivational speaker, and author Justin Ashley addresses the whole teacher: You and your bank account. Your health. Your social network. How can you be a better teacher . . . and a better parent, spouse, and friend?
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