To provide the best possible teaching and learning environment, school leaders need to provide their teachers with professional learning opportunities that are personalized and engaging. This is not an easy task when there are so many areas to cover, very little time, and limited funds. edWeb.net is free and can help school leaders provide teachers with personalized PD that meets teachers’ needs and interests, and promotes collaborative learning with peers. Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal at Republic Middle School, MO, provides a guide for school leaders to demonstrate how edWeb.net can be used in any school or district.
Dr. Douglas Fisher, Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, presented in the webinar, “Rigorous Reading: Building Strength and Stamina,” sponsored by Achieve3000. The webinar explored building strength and stamina in students to improve reading at increased difficulty and complexity. Dr. Fisher began by defining the difference between difficulty and complexity, explaining that difficulty is the amount of effort a student must put into a given task, whereas complexity is the kind of thinking students must do for that task. It is fundamental that teachers maintain the balance between difficulty and complexity to foster an effective literacy program. They can do this by assigning their students many tasks that provide varied levels of each.
Learning Ally sponsors the free Professional Learning Community (PLC) on edWeb, Empowering Struggling Readers. This PLC provides webinars and resources that help support students with dyslexia and specific learning disabilities. Here, educators, administrators, special educators, curriculum leaders, and librarians can collaborate on how to make thriving students out of struggling readers. Empowering Struggling Readers also provides insight on assistive technology, accommodations, and overall solutions to foster academic success and a love of reading in students.
Since he began teaching in 1997, Holbrook has been interested in the use of technology to facilitate learning in the classroom. Unimpressed with the online platforms provided by the university, Holbrook found out about edWeb through a colleague and was immediately pleased with the wealth of opportunity for collaboration and discussion. edWeb makes collaboration outside the classroom simple for Holbrook’s busy doctoral students, many of whom also balance families and full time jobs.
Rachel Langenhorst, K-12 Technology Integrationist and Instructional Coach in Rock Valley, Iowa, presented an edWeb.net webinar on “Implementing a Personalized PD Program in Your District” where she provided a guide for how educators can use edWeb in school districts as a tool to implement relevant and collaborative PD.
Anna Wilmoth, Marketing Director at Gryphon House, recently presented in the webinar, “Integrating Social, Email, and Content Marketing with edWeb,” co-hosted by edWeb.net and MCH Strategic Data. Anna discussed how Gryphon House uses edWeb to their expand marketing outreach in order to build stronger relationships with educators and provide them with professional learning. She began her presentation discussing how webinars fit into a marketing plan. First, webinars expand reach by partnering with companies that already have an established audience and marketing network. Webinars also build stronger relationships with customers by providing additional value, giving companies a competitive advantage.
edWeb is kicking off back-to-school with two webinars and three surveys on professional learning and development! Callie Turk, founder of Intersections in Education Consulting, began the webinar on “Building Trust, Respect, and Empathy into Personalized PD” by discussing the fall 2015 Personalized Professional Learning Survey sponsored by Performance Matters. In the next webinar, Get the Survey Results: Online Professional Learning, Karen Billings, recently retired as Vice President and Managing Director of SIIA’s Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN), began by discussing the spring 2016 Vision K-20 Professional Learning Survey released by ETIN.