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Show Me What to Do: Using Visuals to Teach Social Skills and Emotional Literacy in Early Childhood

In this free webinar, you will learn to shift your teaching of social skills and emotional literacy from incidental to intentional instruction; use easy-to-make visual supports to plan robust instruction of key skills for understanding oneself and others; and practice the steps of planning and note modifications for the children you serve.

Redefining Talent: Strategies for Equitably Developing Talent in Kids

In this free webinar, you’ll learn how to create learning environments rich in opportunities for all students to boost their confidence and to develop talents in multiple areas.

Big Conversations with Young Children: Discussing Questions, Worries, and Fears

In this free webinar, Lauren Starnes, Ed.D., will help you prepare to answer difficult questions respectfully and in ways that are developmentally appropriate with even the youngest children.

Neurodivergent and Gifted: Supporting Twice-Exceptional Students

During this free webinar recording, author Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, discusses the attributes of 2e learners; considerations for assessments and identification; and how to identify and provide appropriate accommodations in gifted, general, and special education classrooms.

Achieving Equity Through Student Self-Advocacy

This free webinar, based on the research and lived experiences of gifted education experts, is designed to help allies better support underrepresented gifted learners as they break through the barriers to self-advocacy and follow their dreams.

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.

Consent Is a Social-Emotional Skill: Building a Culture of Consent in Your School

Using hands-on activities that can be adapted for school and home, you’ll discover how to support children’s understanding of empathy and consent. You’ll learn considerations for your own modeling and teaching consent in a classroom setting, and you’ll discuss the gray areas when an adult needs to be in charge.

Creative Ways to Help Students Manage Their Emotions

Using hands-on, personalized projects with tools every student already has, discover how to direct students to independently shift from a dark, challenging emotion to a light, empowering emotion. Find a variety of creative approaches to self-expression that encourage students to find their talents, build stronger peer connections, and set and achieve personal goals.

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.
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