Leadership Matters: A Virtual Webinar Series

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


  Live Virtual Programs
These real-time virtual programs are essential professional development opportunities for you and your school system's staff leaders. Additionally, they eliminate travel expenses and reduce time spent out of the office and the school system. All programs are priced per site so that multiple people from the same location can participate for one registration fee.

Virtual Seminar Partnerships
The AASA Leadership Development department is proud to offer AASA members the opportunity to participate in important and timely virtual seminars through partnerships with business leaders.


ChromaGen Lenses: Life Changing Lens Technology for Students with Reading Problems
Date and Time: Wednesday, June 10, 2015; 1:22 p.m.

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ChromaGen Lenses are a new and unique treatment option for students struggling with reading problems. The lenses (worn as eyeglasses and contacts) are patented and cleared by the FDA. In this webinar, you will learn about the science behind these lenses and how they will help students who are struggling to read. You will learn which segment of the student population will benefit from ChromaGen Lenses and the benefits students can expect in the area of reading speed, comprehension and a decrease in the nagging symptoms of headaches, nausea and fatigue that cause students to not want to read. You will see how you can pre-qualify those students with the ChromaGen survey that can be taken in three minutes.

For more information, go to www.HelpStudentsRead.com.


Dr. Jeanne Howes – Director of Education
Jeanne Howes, PhD, is a licensed school psychologist, specializing in the education needs of school-aged children. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Alabama and a doctoral degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Howes is the director of youth and family therapeutic services, a well-established private practice in Florida. For more than 25 years, she has worked with public and private schools providing comprehensive psychological services to hundreds of children and their families. She has traveled nationwide, providing extensive parent education through seminars and hosted a call in talk show focusing on “Positive Parenting.” Dr. Howes, in partnership with Dr. Edward Huggett, has formed Clear Solutions for Reading, a company offering innovative solutions for reading disorders in children and adults.

Edward J. Huggett, Jr. OD – Chief Optometric Advisor

Edward J. Huggett, Jr. OD, specializes in the practice of low vision and binocular vision dedicating his life to helping patients of all ages who suffer from severe vision loss and learning related vision problems. Dr. Huggett has an undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and a doctor of optometry from the University of Houston. Dr. Huggett is the founder and director of the Low Vision clinic at St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs and the Children’s Specialty Vision Clinic in Dunedin, Fla. His expertise also extends to binocular vision treatment of eye muscle imbalances and tracking problems in patients of all ages. He is dedicated to vision therapy—creating programs and prescribing prescriptions designed to enhance cognitive processing for those with vision-related processing disorders. Dr. Huggett is a co-presenter for the IMDSG, a monthly live internet support group for persons around the world who have interest in learning the latest in low vision science and vision rehabilitation developments. For IMDSG, he is the chief contributor to the “Ask the Doctor” column that provides custom answers to submitted questions online. Additionally, he is integrally involved with the Clearwater Free Clinic in Clearwater, Fla. and The Shepherd Center in Tarpon Springs, Fla. that serves the homeless, low income and victims of domestic abuse.


  Helping School Districts Communicate More Effectively With Email Marketing & Social Media Strategies
Date and Time: May 20, 2-3 p.m. ET
Playback Recording:   https://goo.gl/OzPDcP

We all know school leaders are strapped for time and resources. A school’s communication strategy often falls into this category. These days many school districts find themselves seeking the right strategies to make their email and social efforts as effective as possible.

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

Specifically you’ll learn: 

•   How to boil down your marketing efforts to the most productive, efficient methods
•   Ways to coordinate email marketing campaigns with social media posts for higher response rates
•   Simple tips for making sure all of your marketing looks good on a mobile device
•   Strategies to increase registration, attendance, and community engagement
•   Ways to track campus results in real-time, so you’ll know who’s sending what massage and what’s

Join us to learn how you can help your school district and campuses streamline email and social communications.


Julie Niehoff, Director of Education, Constant Contact
Julie Niehoff, Director of Education, is a speaker, author and marketing strategist with more than 20 years in small business and nonprofit education. As Director of Education for Constant Contact, Niehoff oversees curriculum development and presenter training for the company’s global education initiative that provides free, live, local seminars for 35,000 small businesses and nonprofits every month.

Niehoff has coached more than 100,000 small businesses and nonprofit professionals. She has been a featured speaker for many key organizations from Association of Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, American Marketing Association, the NFL’s Small Business Playbook Series, SXSW and more. She was named a top Small Business Influencer in 2011 by Small Business Trends Magazine and SmallBusinessTechnology.com.

Julie is a small business contributor for The Huffington Post and can be found on Twitter: @JulieNiehoff


Two-Part Webinar Series  

Part 1: Professional Development Redesign – Lessons From The Field
Presenters: Bridgeport Public Schools, Jefferson County Public Schools, Long Beach Unified School District, MDRC and AASA

Part 2: Professional Development Redesign – Lessons From The Field
Presenters: Fulton County Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Syracuse City School District and AASA

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

The webinar  featured the presentations from Tom Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Mickey Porter, Deputy Superintendent of the Sonoma County Office of Education; and Bart Rocco, Superintendent, Elizabeth Forward School District.

Playback:  https://goo.gl/voZ9wO   (60 min.)


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 •             http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10577048


 •             Startup Classroom/Maker Certificate Program:


 •             SCOE 21st Century Teaching & Learning Summer Institute:


 •             ieSonoma:


 •             Project Make, Analy High School:



 Unpacking International Assessments
Date and Time: May 6, 2-3 p.m. ET
Webinar Recording: https://goo.gl/K32FBr
International assessments are a hot topic, but they’re loaded with inappropriate comparisons. Educators must understand the context in which national school systems operate. Here's what's left out of these international assessments, with whom the United States should be compared, and how American schools perform in context.
This webinar looks at school performance in Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. You'll learn a lot, be surprised at what you hear, and leave the webinar able to discuss these issues like a pro.
Sponsored by the AASA Collaborative.
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James Harvey, Executive Director, National Superintendents Roundtable
James Harvey has helped shape national thinking about American schools for nearly four decades. The Roundtable, an association of 80 school superintendents from 30 states, explores the national and international pressures on American schools. In January 2015, he was the lead author of School Performance in Context: The Iceberg Effect (aks the Iceberg Effect), an examination led by the Horace Mann League and the Roundtable of school performance in the United States and eight comparable nations.

Charles Fowler, President, Horace Mann League
Charles Fowler, President of the Horace Mann Leagues, also heads School Leadership, LLC, a company dedicated to supporting the leadership needs of America's schools.
 He retired in 2004 after 35 years as a school or BOCES superintendent in four states (DeKalb, Illinois; Fairfield, Connecticut; Sarasota County, Florida; Nassau County, New York; and Hewlett-Woodmere, New York). The author of more than 55 books, articles, and monographs, Dr. Fowler has been honored by numerous local, state and national organizations for his expertise and leadership.

Gregory Hutchings, Jr., Superintendent, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. has served as Superintendent of the Shaker Heights schools in Ohio since August 2013. Hutchings has held leadership roles in Alexandria and Manassas Public schools (both in Virginia), and in Nashville, Tennessee. He was director of PreK-12 initiatives in Alexandria, where he implemented a Baccalaureate Middle Years program and launched new honors programs. In 2009, he was named Middle School Principal of the Year in Tennessee.
Moderator: Rhenda Meiser,
National Superintendents Roundtable
Rhenda Meiser is a writer and communications consultant who has helped brand and advance the National Superintendents Roundtable, the Group Health Foundation, and the Virginia Mason Health System. She has led market research for the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative and organizing the public release of The Iceberg Effect at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, resulting in major press coverage of the report throughout the United States and Europe. 

Habits of Mind: Essential Dispositions for Success in School, Work, and Life
Date and Time: April 28, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET
Webinar Recording: http://goo.gl/QVRcbD
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Many schools want students to graduate as effective problem solvers, communicators and ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. However, that vision is rarely observed in the teaching and assessing practices for organizations. Too often, we refer to these skills as “soft skills.” Art Costa and Bena Kallick believe there are no skills harder to learn than those that require empathy, flexible thinking and persistence. This webinar will focus on bringing a better balance to our communities by assessing what we value.

Arthur L. Costa, Emeritus Professor of Education, California State University, Co-Founder, Institute for Habits of Mind
Arthur L. Costa served as a teacher, curriculum consultant, assistant superintendent for instruction and director of educational programs for NASA. His writings include The School as a Home for the Mind, Cognitive Coaching: A Foundation for Renaissance Schools, Developing Minds, A Resource book for Teaching Thinking, and Assessment in the Learning Organization. He has made presentations around the world and served as president of ASCD from 1988 to 1989.

Bena Kallick, Co-Director, Institute for Habits of Mind, Program Director, Eduplanet21.
Bena Kallick is a well-known consultant who provides services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations and public agencies throughout the United States and abroad. Some of her written work includes: Assessment in the Learning Organization (ASCD, 1998), the Habits of Mind series (ASCD, 2000), Strategies for Self-Directed Learning (Corwin Press, 2004), Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind (ASCD, 2008) and Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum (ASCD, 2009). Her work has been translated into Dutch, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew and Arabic. Her work with Costa led to the development of the Institute for Habits of Mind (www.instituteforhabitsofmind.com), an international institute dedicated to transforming schools into places where thinking and habits of mind are taught, practiced, valued and have become infused into the culture of the school and community.

Realizing a Well-Rounded Education That Provides an Arts Education and Improves Student Achievement
Date and Time:
April 15, 2015; 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar Recording:  http://goo.gl/Rc1ZwZ

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

Participants will gain valuable knowledge and practical tips on how to:
• Use expanded-time schedules to integrate the arts throughout educational programs
 • Create a compelling case for devoting scarce resources to arts education
 •Build individual and organizational capacity
• Develop innovative approaches to attract and leverage fundingPresenters:
 •Myran Parker-Brass, Executive Director for the Arts, Boston Public Schools (MA)
 •Diana Wogan, Project Manager, Expanded Learning, Boston Public Schools (MA)
Megan Webb, Principal, Orchard Gardens K-8 School (MA)
Jennifer Siaca Curry, Chief of Staff, TASC (N.Y.) 
MODERATOR: Vera Turner, Project Manager, AASA (VA)

Wallace Foundation  

Creating a Clear District Vision for Your Tech Initiative
Date and Time: 
March 26, 2015; 2:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Webinar Recording:  http://goo.gl/ZO2Izk  

Learn how to redefine and rebuild your district’s vision and plan for integrating technology to shape and ensure a solid foundation for instruction and technology that is learner-centered.

Atomic Learning  Billie McConnell


Dr. Billie McConnell
Dr. McConnell has been a leading educator for over 30 years. He has experience as an assistant professor in Abilene Christian University’s Teacher Education Program, several administrative and teaching positions in K12 schools, and the experience of implementing a one-to-one mobile learning program. Dr. McConnell has a doctorate in Educational Technology, a Masters in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems, and a BS.Ed. in Secondary Education. He regularly presents at conferences and facilitates workshops for teachers and administrators.

Atomic Learning is proud to bring Dr. McConnell’s expertise to this discussion. Founded by a group of technology educators, Atomic Learning understands the unique challenges educators face when integrating technology into the classroom, and is dedicated to helping schools and districts support educators in making meaningful use of technology to ensure it impacts student achievement. Learn more at atomiclearning.com/k12.


IQ Tests and Gifted Identification: 100 Years of Misconception
Date and Time:
March 18, 2015; 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Webinar Recording:http://goo.gl/4fi1rh

Presenter: Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., Research Professor at the University of Virginia

Jack Naglieri's expertise includes theoretical and applied issues about intelligence, cognitive processes, interventions, resilience and executive function and publications include more than 300 scholarly papers, books, and tests.

Although IQ tests have been widely used, few realize that these tests are fundamentally flawed because of their reliance on knowledge. IQ tests have used verbal and quantitative test questions since they were first conceived in 1917. This emphasis on knowledge has impacted our understanding of race and ethnic differences and has resulted in under-representation of students with limited knowledge due to cultural, linguistic, or socioeconomic factors. There are three important issues regarding this problem: First, many smart students are not being identified for gifted educational programs. Second, the failure to educate these smart students increases the achievement gap. Third, in McFadden v. Board of Education for Illinois School District U-46 the court ruled that the verbal and quantitative methods used for participation in gifted education and violated Hispanic and African-American students’ civil rights. In this session a solution to the problem was discussed, that is, using a nonverbal test of ability.

About Presenter:
Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., is Research Professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. During his 35 year career Dr. Naglieri has focused on practical and theoretical issues concerning intelligence, cognitive interventions, executive function and resilience. He has authored more than 300 scholarly papers, book chapters, books, and tests. He is the author of the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, which is widely used to identify gifted students especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse groups.


Building Effective Principal Supervisory Systems

Date and Time: 
February 5, 2015; 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
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Principal Supervisors play an important role in supporting principals in their work. With more emphasis being placed on instructional leadership and accountability for results, districts are rethinking the principal supervisor position and developing systems that will positively impact the work of supervisors and principals and improve student achievement. 

Webinar Participants will:

  • Gain insights into the organizational structures and the roles, staffing, professional development, and evaluation of principal supervisors. 
  • Learn best practices for building a more effective principal supervisory system that result in stronger school leaders and higher student achievement. 
  • Explore the steps taken by Tulsa Public Schools to reform its central office and create leadership roles to provide support to principals. 

    • Keith Ballard, Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools (OK)
    • Kim Dyce, Deputy Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools (OK)
    • Julio Contreras, Instructional Leadership Director, Tulsa Public Schools (OK)
    • Andy Cole, President, Cole & Associates, VA
    • MODERATOR: Vera Turner, Project Manager, AASA (VA)


GEMeeksPortrait2.jpgCreating a Culture of Learning – Moving Towards Student Centered Learning
Date and Time:
January 14, 2015; 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Glenn Meeks, President, Meeks Professional Services

The webinar will review of the operational plan process outlined in the referenced book enabling school districts to move from a teacher-centered to student-centered culture of learning. The webinar will describe the connections and conduits between seven organizational silos which impact student-centered learning (SCL) while addressing changes in district policies and processes. The planning process encompasses all District conversations and initiatives regarding revision of curriculum, annual assessments, and new teacher/principal evaluation systems which are driving a change towards SCL, gathering them into a coherent operational plan. Planning participants; consisting of policy, executive, building and classroom level representatives, create a SCL Roadmap specific to the organization. The SCL Roadmap contains tasks, goals, timelines, cost impact, and budget reconciliation addressing identified hindrances across a span of five years. Starting with where they are today and articulating where they should be in five years in order for the plan to be declared a success.

About Presenter:
Glenn Meeks, author of Creating a Culture of Learning co-published by AASA; has recently added facilitation of internal strategic plans to his professional services practice. The book and planning process focuses on enabling K-12 school districts to move toward student-centered learning culture. He is also known nationally for his demonstrated technical and practical expertise in educational technology systems through his work for various schools district clients plus presentations and workshops for ASBO, CEFPI, and NSBA. Mr. Meeks spent seventeen years as a systems engineer gaining hands-on field experience related to Audio systems, Data Networks, Video Networks and Systems, Voice Systems, Wide Area Networks and Security Systems. The past twenty years have been spent providing professional services in those areas of expertise to educational organizations. Those services include Technology Master Plans, Technology Integration Plans, Technology Standards and Guidelines, developing Technology Program requirements, generating, managing RFPs and contract administration. Mr. Meeks has serviced approximately 120 educational organizations and assisted with the implementation in excess of $1 billion of technology on more than 850 campuses.


Scaling Personalized Learning and Course Customization
December 11, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
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Many districts are beginning to implement some form of personalized learning in blended and online programs, but it is often a time-consuming and manual process that is difficult to duplicate across classrooms.

During the webinar, attendees learned about the benefits of personalized learning, as well as the common challenges when it comes to implementation, and the keys to creating an effective district strategy. And, attendees learned how a new personalized learning platform from Fuel Education enables schools to integrate content from many different sources to personalize each student’s learning experience, and provides administrative tools to track and manage student progress, helping to inform a district’s personalized learning strategy.

Topics included:
• The definition and benefits of personalized learning
• Common challenges when implementing personalized learning
• How personalized learning fits into blended and online learning
• Examples of districts personalizing learning today

Matt Camacho, Senior Product Manager, Fuel Education, Herndon, VA
Jeff Rings, District Virtual Learning Coordinator, Johnstown-Monroe Local School District, Johnstown, OH


Matt Camacho Jeff Rings
Matt Camacho Jeff Rings


Fuel Education partners with schools and districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. We provide innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement and grow successful online and blended learning programs. PEAK—our open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform— simplifies administration and enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd content, third-party partner content, as well as open educational resources. We offer the industry's largest catalog of flexible digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services tailored to district and student needs. FuelEd has helped more than 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes, better serve diverse student populations, and expand educational opportunities by leveraging the new power of technology-enabled learning.


AASA kicked off a FREE Two-Part Webinar Series on Professional Development Assessment and Redesign
Attendees learned how six trailblazing Innovative Professional Development (iPD) districts are assessing and redesigning their professional development systems to empower educators and increase student achievement. District leaders shared their success stories, PD redesign strategies, best practices and lessons learned.

Part 1: Professional Development Assessment and Re-Design – Lessons From The Field
December 10, 2014; 2:00-3:00pm ET 
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• Frances Rabinowitz, Interim Superintendent, Bridgeport Public Schools (CT)
• Teresa Carroll, Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Bridgeport Public Schools (CT)
• Mary Beth Bazzanella, Director, Educational Technology, Research and Design, Jefferson County Public Schools (CO)
• Pamela Seki, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development, Long Beach Unified School District (CA)
• Nader Imad Twal, Program Administrator, myPD, Long Beach Unified School District (CA)
• Leigh Parise, Research Associate, MDRC (NY)
• Moderator: Vera Turner, Project Manager, AASA, The School Superintendents Association (VA)


Webinar: Governing at the Top: Building a Board-Superintendent Strategic Governing Team
November 5, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. EST
Speaker: Doug Eadie, founder and president of Doug Eadie & Company

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Webinar: E-rate 2.0: Understanding the New Category 2 Services
October 29, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. EDT

The renewed focus of the E-rate program on broadband within buildings (in addition to connectivity to buildings) presents a new opportunity for schools to modernize aging network infrastructure. In addition to discussing the new Category 2 eligible services, this webinar presented an overview of the new “managed internal broadband services” and explained how districts can benefit from aggregating purchases of these services.

Aleck Johnson, Vice President, EdTech Strategies, LLC
Tim Laubach, Program Director, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13

BlackboardThis webinar is sponsored by Blackboard.
Blackboard is a global leader in education technology that transforms the experience of millions of students and teachers every day. Blackboard works with states, K-12 districts, and virtual schools to expand educational opportunities, create collaborative learning communities, and increase engagement for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. With Blackboard’s website, online learning, mobile, and mass communication solutions, educators are closing the gap between the way students live and the way they learn through personalized, connected learning experiences that meet the needs of the K-12 classroom and the 21st century.

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Webinar: E-rate 2.0: Understanding the New Category 1 Services  
Date: October 22, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. EDT

The changes in eligible services in the E-rate program will have significant budget implications for most school districts participating in the E-rate program. This webinar provided an in-depth review of the eligible services in the new “Category 1,” with an emphasis on helping districts understand the immediate and long term budget implications of the changes in eligible services. In addition, Blackboard discussed its new service offerings for schools.

Presenter: Aleck Johnson, Vice President, EdTech Strategies, LLC

BlackboardThis webinar is sponsored by Blackboard.
Blackboard is a global leader in education technology that transforms the experience of millions of students and teachers every day. Blackboard works with states, K-12 districts, and virtual schools to expand educational opportunities, create collaborative learning communities, and increase engagement for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. With Blackboard’s website, online learning, mobile, and mass communication solutions, educators are closing the gap between the way students live and the way they learn through personalized, connected learning experiences that meet the needs of the K-12 classroom and the 21st century.

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AASA Webinar on Significant Title VI Guidance from U.S. Department of Education
October 21, 2014
Time: 3-4 p.m. EDT
AASA Members: $0.00 | Non-Members: $75.00

On October 1st the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act explaining how OCR will investigate districts for noncompliance to determine whether they are providing equal access to educational resources for all students. Under Title VI, school districts must not intentionally treat students differently based on race, color, or national origin in providing educational resources. The new guidance issued by ED details how the Department will be comparing resources allocated across schools and school districts to measure the relative allocation of “equal educational opportunities for students.” Among the factors they will consider are equal access to: courses, academic programs, and extracurricular opportunities; effective teachers and leaders and other school personnel; school facilities and instructional technology and materials. The new guidance is complex and may require districts to reconsider their current allocation of resources across the district.

AASA hosted a free webinar on the new guidance for all AASA members and urged our district leaders to take advantage of the unique opportunity to learn more about the guidance and right away. The webinar featured Maree Sneed and Michelle Tellock at Hogan Lovells, LLP who discussed the guidance in great detail. For decades, Maree Sneed has provided extensive counsel to AASA and its members advising them on a wide range of state and federal legal issues, including those involving the U.S. Constitution, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Title IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She is a partner at Hogan Lovells, LLP.


Webinar: E-rate 2.0: What Superintendents Need to Know
October 15, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. EDT


This summer, the FCC released an order marking the most significant changes in the E-rate program’s history. This webinar provided an overview of E-rate 2.0, ranging from eligible services to discount calculations and the application process, based on the latest available information.

Presenter: Aleck Johnson, Vice President, EdTech Strategies, LLC

This webinar is sponsored by Blackboard.
Blackboard is a global leader in education technology that transforms the experience of millions of students and teachers every day. Blackboard works with states, K-12 districts, and virtual schools to expand educational opportunities, create collaborative learning communities, and increase engagement for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. With Blackboard’s website, online learning, mobile, and mass communication solutions, educators are closing the gap between the way students live and the way they learn through personalized, connected learning experiences that meet the needs of the K-12 classroom and the 21st century.

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How to Avoid the Summer Slide and Jump Start the New School Year: Lessons From the Field
October 8, 2-3 p.m. EST

Summer vacation takes a toll on students' knowledge and skills. When they report to school in the fall, they perform, on average, one month behind where they left off in the spring. And low-income students suffer disproportionate learning loss. In this webinar, attendees learned from district and school leaders with successful summer learning programs how to stem the loss and start the new school year ahead of the curve.

Presenters shared:
• Best practices for planning and delivering engaging summer learning programs
• How to secure high-quality instructors, as well as funders and partners
• How to get the greatest value for your investments
• How to maximize the benefits of partnerships

Whether you are launching a new summer learning program or fine-tuning an existing one, you'll gain valuable knowledge and walk away with practical solutions and tips that will help you take your program to the next level by listening to this webinar.


Catherine H. Augustine, Ph.D., senior policy researcher, RAND Corporation, Pa. Mike Miles, superintendent, Dallas Independent School District, Texas Bolgen Vargas, superintendent, Rochester City School District, N.Y.
Caterina Leone-Mannino, executive director, Office of School Innovation, Rochester City School District, N.Y. Moderator: Vera Turner, project manager, The School Superintendents Association, Va.

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AASA Webinar on School Discipline in the Eyes of School Superintendents
AASA hosted a webinar on improving school discipline policy and practice. AASA shared findings from our ground breaking survey of 500 local school leaders that investigated the state of district-wide school discipline, how and why districts use exclusionary discipline, the revision and parameters of district’s discipline policies and the efforts being made to create more positive school climates to reduce discipline disparities.

AASA and our partner, the Children's Defense Fund, are working to find solutions for the challenges of school discipline policy.

This webinar featured Richard Carranza, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, who will share the school discipline reforms San Francisco is implementing that improve school climate and academic achievement for students. 


Bryan Joffe, AASA Project Director
Sasha Pudelski, AASA Assistant Director of Policy & Advocacy
Richard Carranza, Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District 

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AASA Webinar on Important New U.S. Department of Education Guidance
The U.S. Department of Education recently released three important guidance documents that school superintendents and their staff should know and understand. The first describes a district’s responsibility under Title XI in preventing, responding to and reporting sexual harassment. The second focuses on the rights of undocumented students to enroll in school and what documentation districts can and cannot use for enrollment purposes. The third guidance document amends FERPA to allow districts to share more comprehensive educational records with local child welfare agencies.

The webinar was hosted by Maree Sneed and Michelle Tellock of Hogan Lovells, LLP who discussed the two guidance documents and relevant case-law on these topics.

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Cultivating Talent in a Principal Pipeline
May 29, 2014
How can school districts reshape leader preparation and support, so that they improve the chances that the new principals they hire in the future will bring the right skills to the job? This webinar described practical steps being taken in the six districts participating in the Principal Pipeline Initiative with support from The Wallace Foundation. The initiative’s evaluator, Brenda Turnbull Ed.D., summarized findings about strategies like selective district-run preparation programs for assistant principals, partnerships with universities and nonprofits, and skilled mentoring for new school leaders.

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AASA and BloomBoard Webinar: Stronger Schools and Increased Savings: A New Approach to Teacher Effectiveness
May 22, 2014, 12 p.m. ET

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Jason Lange, CEO and Co-Founder of BloomBoard, discussed how school administrators can uniquely approach educator professional development and teacher effectiveness while strengthening their schools.


          AASA Webinar on Significant New USED Guidance Regarding District Online Data-Sharing Policies
          Date and Time: April 1, 2014, 1-2 p.m. EST

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On February 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released significant new guidance on protecting student privacy and the use of technology in the classroom that could require alterations to your district's student data policies and your practices for contracting with service providers. Specifically, the new guidance counsels that superintendents should examine whether their district’s use of computer software, mobile applications, and web-based tools comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (“PPRA”), and other applicable student privacy law and regulations. During this webinar, AASA, with the help of K-12 legal expert Maree Sneed of Hogan Lovells and her colleagues, shared information about how to protect student privacy when using online educational services, best practices for written agreements with service providers, and guidance on how to communicate with parents about issues related to student privacy online. The webinar provided you practical examples for how your district could ensure that its use of online technologies comply with the Department’s guidance and student privacy laws.

Maree Sneed, partner Hogan Lovells
Harriet Pearson, partner Hogan Lovells
Bret Cohen, associate Hogan Lovells
Michelle Tellock, associate Hogan Lovells


Smart Snacks in Schools
Date and Time: March 20, 2014, 1-2 p.m. EST 
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        by Nancy Lyons [ppt]

AASA and USDA are partnering to inform school system leaders about the Smart Snacks in Schools guidelines. These guidelines affect competitive foods in schools such as foods sold in vending machines, school stores and a la carte items. Schools must meet all guideline requirements by the start of the 2014-2015 school year. As the deadline is fast approaching, this webinar will go into detail about the specifics of the guidelines, including certain calorie, fat, sugar and sodium limits, as well as other food and beverage requirements.

The panel will highlight the resources USDA provides for schools, as well as AASA’s competitive foods policy initiative. This initiative pairs school districts together in a mentor/mentee relationship in order create a collaboration between districts that have strong competitive foods policy with districts that are in need of adopting these new guidelines. AASA is seeking districts to join this initiative and take advantage of the mentor/mentee aspect, as it is a powerful tool for districts to learn from one another and come up with innovative solutions to improve school wellness policy.

Summer Kriegshauser, Project Manager, AASA
Nancy Lyons, Policy Analyst, USDA

NEW School Discipline Guidance
Date and Time:January 24, 2014, 1-2 p.m. EST

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On January 8th, the U.S. Department of Education released significant new guidance on Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that could radically alter your district’s school discipline policies and practices. The guidance increases the burden on districts to demonstrate they are not disproportionately disciplining students of color and students with disabilities. AASA, with the help of esteemed legal expert Maree Sneed of Hogan Lovells, will walk you through the necessary steps to comply with the new guidance. Sneed will provide examples of how your district can comply and outline specific remedies districts should enact to be compliant with the guidance.

For decades, Maree Sneed has provided extensive counsel to AASA and its members advising them on a wide range of state and federal legal issues, including those involving the U.S. Constitution, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Title IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She is a partner at Hogan Lovells, LLP.

Sasha Pudelski, AASA’s Assistant Director of Policy and Advocacy, will highlight the compendium of resources on school discipline released by ED along with the Title IV guidance. She will also detail legislative efforts at the federal level to modify local school discipline policies and practices. 

December 11, 2013 1:30-1:45 p.m. ESTwallaceFoundation_logo

Featured: Tom Boasberg, Superintendent, Denver Public Schools
Leading Student Success: Principal Talent Management in Denver Public Schools

As part of Denver Public School’s commitment to Empower Excellent Educators, Lead in Denver supports school leader development. We have defined what it means to be a great leader in our School Leadership Framework, and we use it as the driving force to recruit, develop, recognize and reward our leaders. In Denver Public Schools, we understand that having a pool of high-quality candidates for school leadership moves us one step closer to closing achievement gaps and creating a world where Every Child Succeeds.

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November 20, 2013 3:00 p.m. EST

wallaceFoundation_logoAASA Free Podcast on the Principal Pipeline Initiative (Part II)
Shael Polakow-Suransky, Chief Academic Officer, New York City Public Schools, NY
Leadership in Motion: Addressing the Principal Pipeline in NYC

New York City Schools estimates that every year they need 150-200 new principals and 350-400 new assistant principals to fill vacancies in the district. (PSA, 2012) Shael Polakow-Suransky, chief academic officer, NYC discussed what is being done to address this issue and how the leadership of NYC is developing leadership standards and forging leadership development partnerships in creating a new model of district leadership hiring and placement.

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October 22, 2013  2 p.m. EST

AASA Free Podcast on the Principal Pipeline Initiative (Part I) 


Featured: Brenda J. Turnbull, Policy Studies Associates

AASA’s first Podcast of the Principal Pipeline Initiative featured Brenda J. Turnbull who spoke to the research being done on the emerging leaders issue. This research is being supported by The Wallace Foundation.

A new independent evaluation details how six urban school districts are beginning to build larger pools of strong principal candidates at a time when the job has become more demanding and, in some places, less attractive to some aspiring leaders.

The report, Building a Stronger Principalship: Six Districts Begin the Principal Pipeline Initiative, is the first of several reports that are part of a multi-year evaluation conducted by Policy Studies Associates and the RAND Corporation. Over time, the researchers will measure the effects on schools and student achievement of principals who have emerged from these pipelines.

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June 13th, 2013 1 p.m. EST

Leading For Effective Teaching: Leadership Tools To Support Principal Success

Moderator: Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA
Presenter: Stephen Fink, executive director/affiliate professor, Center for Educational Leadership, University of Washington

This podcast was designed for superintendents and school district leaders who have responsibility for providing principal evaluation and support and featured several of the most popular tools that have been created to support district leaders in the work of developing principal instructional leadership.

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October 1, 2013 1:30 p.m. EST
Webinar: School Risk…Too Risky to Ignore

In this day and age, proactive loss prevention and mitigation training is a necessity, not just another training session to obtain continuing education credit. Because of tight budgets, risk management is a function spread throughout school administration in various departments. It has never more been important to be on the same page. Does your school district have a good handle on the daily risks and threats to safety? How can you make a difference? Attend this web seminar to learn the steps all school administrators must take to ensure schools are safe and operational.

Presenters: John Chino, CSRM, ARM-PE and Cheryl Johnson, CSRM, ARM

This event is sponsored by The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research.


Learning How To Take Fundraising Into the Digital Age

Recording date:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:43 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (Indiana, GMT-04:00)

AASA and EdBacker are joining forces to bring educators a better way to fundraise. By taking the process online with Edbacker, schools can increase funds and maximize efforts.

Speakers: Gary Hensley, CEO and Co-Founder, Alaethea Hensley,
Director of Marketing and Community Outreach

This webinar is designed to provide educators with an introduction to Edbacker, a basic understanding of how crowdfunding works and a chance to meet the founders and ask questions. A basic outline of the webinar is as follows:

•  Introduction to team and Edbacker fundraising tool
•  Demo of website
•  FAQ time with Founders

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School Emergency Management: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment

                April 11, 2013
               2-3 p.m. EDT

This one-hour webinar, "School Emergency Management: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment," will provide you with the necessary information to help build capacity and learn more about how comprehensive, all-hazards plans are developed, implemented, and enhanced as it relates to vulnerability and risk assessment. Immediately following the 45-minute presentation will be a 15-minute question and answer session, along with information on how to access more information and resources.

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Implementing a School Emergency Management Plan at the School and District Level

April 25, 2013
2-3 p.m. EDT

This one-hour webinar, "Implementing a School Emergency Management Plan at the School and District Level," will provide an overview of the four-phases of school emergency management (Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery) as well as the critical components and processes of school emergency management. The webinar will provide you with necessary information to help build capacity and learn more about how comprehensive, all-hazards plans are developed, implemented, and enhanced at the school building and the District level. Immediately following the 45-minute presentation will be a 15-minute question and answer session, along with information on how to access more information and resources.

Effective Principals in Our Schools Take Commitment and Focus

April 9, 2013
2-3 p.m. EDT
Webex Recording [1hour 3min]

Too often, training for principals fails to prepare them for the difficult task of guiding schools to better teaching and learning. This webinar will focus on the Wallace Foundation research and work in school leadership to identify five lessons for better training, including: more selective admission to training programs, a focus on instructional leadership and mentoring for new principals. Two urban school districts, Charlotte-Mecklenberg Public Schools, N.C. and Hillsborough County Public Schools, FL will share their stories as they set out to create a Principal Pipeline in their school districts to attract strong educational leaders into the position.

AASA WEBINAR: The Rise of Vouchers—and What You Can Do
About It
September 26, 2012
Private school vouchers in your district? NIMBY you may say—but think again! School choice advocates are using effective tactics to build and expand private school choice programs at both the state and district level. More than $800 million in dedicated funding was available for school voucher and scholarship tax credit programs nationwide in 2011-12.


  • Sasha Pudelski, AASA government affairs manager
  • Joe Bard, spokesman for Pennsylvanians opposed to voucher coalition
  • Ryan Owens, general counsel and director of Legislative Services for the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administrators
  • Liz Harris, attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP

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AASA Sequestration Webinar
August 7, 2012
AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech is joined by Advocacy Team Members Bruce Hunter and Noelle Ellerson. Together, AASA will provide an overview of sequestration, including the latest updates from USED and what school districts can do in August to raise awareness and understanding in Congress for the important work of avoiding sequestration.






Name of panelists:

  • Dan Domenech, AASA Executive Director
  • Bruce Hunter, Associate Executive Director, Advocacy, Policy and Communications
  • Noelle Ellerson, Assistant Director, Policy Analysis and Advocacy

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Worth The Fight: Effective Approaches to Seclusion and Restraint Legislation
July 10, 2012
In the past two years, nine states have adopted new legislation, guidelines or regulations limiting the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. There is considerable variation in the prescriptive nature of these new laws, but there are common problems that advocates must be knowledgeable about and ready to fight.

AASA has had success in fending off federal legislation despite tremendous pressure by the disability rights' community. Sasha Pudelski, Government Affairs Manager for AASA, shared the latest research produced by AASA on the use of seclusion and restraint interventions as well as comment on the recent release of the U.S. Department of Education's resource document of best seclusion and restraint practices.

Name of panelists:

  • Sasha Pudelski, Government Affairs Manager, AASA
  • John D. Forester, Director of Government Relations, School Administrators Alliance (SAA) of Wisconsin
  • Sandra J. MacArthur, Deputy Executive Director, Maine School Management Association
  • Merrill Winston, Director of Program Development for the Professional Crisis Management System

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For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want From K-12 Assessments
May 17, 2012
This webinar focus on the For Every Child, Multiple Measures: What Parents and Educators Want From K-12 Assessments study which gauges the assessment needs of parents, teachers and district administrators – those with the most practical and personal experience with the day-to-day impact of assessments and accountability. The study comes at a pivotal time, as policymakers are considering a new blueprint for education improvement and significant education reform initiatives are currently underway. 

Charles Merritt
, vice president of Policy and Advocacy, Northwest Evaluation Association
Peter Grunwald, president and founder, Grunwald Associates, LLC.
Patrick Murphy, superintendent, Arlington Public School System, Va.
Krista N. Vega, teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, Md.

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>> Download Full Study and Read More at NWEA Website.






The Principal as Leader
May 9, 2012
Outstanding school leadership doesn't just happen. Based on ten years of research from The Wallace Foundation, effective principals employ five key practices. The School Principal as Leader gleans lessons from Wallace-supported scholarship by leading researchers (at institutions including the RAND Corporation, Stanford, Vanderbilt, the University of Washington, and the Universities of Minnesota and Toronto) as well as Wallace-funded projects in 24 states and numerous districts. It concludes that these five practices are central to effective principal leadership: shaping a vision of academic success for all students, creating a climate hospitable to education, and cultivating leadership in others, improving instruction and managing people, data and processes to foster school improvement. This webinar will feature Wendy Robinson and Robert Bender who will share their experiences from the field and Jody Spiro, Wallace’s education director, to share the research perspective.

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Driving School Improvement through a College Access and Success Agenda
April 30, 2012
Research demonstrates that when school leaders emphasize post-secondary preparation and matriculation over high school graduation as an end goal, drop-out rates decrease and academic performance increases. In a school with a college-going culture, students understand the relevancy of high school to their future. They are able to “connect the dots” between their high school studies and their hopes, dreams and aspirations. High Schools dedicated to launching all of their students to career and college success – what some call “Launchpad High Schools” - measure their success on post-secondary attainment, enjoy structures that provide the kind of meaningful connection all adolescents need to set goals and persevere through obstacles. AASA and College Summit have held regional meetings across the country, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on building a college-going culture and using college-going data to drive reform. This webinar will share lessons learned from the field and best practices for driving K-12 improvement through a college access and success agenda.

Bryan Joffe, AASA
Keith Frome, College Summit
Robert McCord, AASA Research Professor in Residence

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Stopping the Summer Slide and Closing the Achievement Gap
April 27, 2012
Sponsored by the Wallace Foundation
The conventional six-hour, 180-day school year may not be enough to adequately educate many low-income students in the nation’s urban schools. This session will focus on summer learning loss and what quality programs can do to remedy it. The Wallace Foundation is engaged in a major, multi-year summer learning initiative to help improve summer learning programs for those who need it most in urban areas. This panel will include discussion of a recent RAND study Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning. Participants will hear from a senior policy researcher at RAND and summer programming providers participating in the Wallace initiative.

Kathryn M. LeRoy, Chief Academic Officer, Duval County Public Schools, Fl.
Khalilah Harrington, Summer Learning Specialist , Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Julie Doppler, Community Learning Center Coordinator, Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
Jennifer Sloan-McCombs, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND, Va.

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Building a Strong Principal Pipeline: Improving Student Achievement through Leadership
April 23, 2012
Sponsored by the Wallace Foundation

This webinar will feature district officials from Prince George’s County and the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) the PG County training provider, discussing the importance of selective hiring and training for urban school districts.

William R. Hite, Superintendent, Prince George's Public School System
Pamela Shetley, Instructional Supervisor, Prince George's Public Schools
Bob Hughes, President, National Institute for School Leadership

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ESEA Re-Authorization: Hot Button Issues Up for Grabs
March 29, 2012

This webinar will address the attempts to incorporate hot button policy issues into the re-authorization of ESEA in the House and Senate. From bullying to seclusion and restraint, to vouchers and transportation for children in foster care, webinar participants will learn what they can do to block efforts of special-interest groups to insert their social policy agendas into critical education legislation.


  • Sasha Pudelski, the AASA Government Affairs Manager

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Webinar: Building a College-Going Culture: Lessons from School Leaders
March 28, 2012


  • Superitendent Heath Morrison, Washoe County, Nev.
  • Principal Mark Lenoir, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Corona-Norco Unified, Calif.
  • Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator April Moore, Corona-Norco Unified, Calif.

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Helping Teachers Become More Effective While Measuring Teaching Effectiveness
September 12, 2011 


    • Allan Odden, Professor, School of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin - Madison
    • Damian Betebenner, Associate, National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment
    • Alphonso Mance, Executive Director, Tennessee Education Association

Moderator: Dan Domenech, executive director, AASA 

The September 12, 2011 AASA Webinar: Helping Teachers Become More Effective While Measuring Teacher Effectiveness examines promising practices for educator evaluations and system-wide improvement based on short-cycle interim assessment data. National experts shared perspectives on the utility of such data to help make system-wide improvements using both summative and interim assessment data. Topics include ways summative data can be displayed to identify learning gaps, allocate resources, and make mid course corrections, as well as how short-cycle interim assessments are key support for ongoing school improvement. We also discussed how evaluation systems can encourage professional learning to help sustain system-wide effectiveness. The webinar was sponsored by Renaissance Learning.


Improving Postsecondary Outcomes
August 25, 2011

    Keith W. Frome, Ed.D., co-founder, College Summit
    Robert S. McCord, Ed. D., AASA professor in residence


What Every Leader Should Know about Coaching
May 11, 2011
Karla ReissCoaching is more than a buzzword. It is a process of fostering transformational change that requires a depth of understanding about coaching, developing a mindset and specific skill set that skilled coaches use to help others achieve goals from the classroom to the boardroom. Whether you are leading a coaching initiative in your district and want it to be more successful or curious about what it means to adopt a coaching style of leadership, please join us for this informative session.
Presenter:  Karla Reiss, the founder of The Change Place, LLC.


Developing Effective District-University Partnerships for Leadership Preparation
April 26, 2011
AASA hosted a webinar supported by The Wallace Foundation. The presenters provided an overview of current research and share practical strategies on steps to take within one's district and in collaborating productively with local universities to reflect district needs and priorities. Presenters shared program examples on content and internships, reviewed resource contributions, and explored governance models.
Presenters: Margaret Terry Orr, Bank Street College of Education; Lynne Wheat, Jefferson County Public Schools; Sheila Smith-Anderson, St. Louis Public Schools.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Jobe at mjobe@aasa.org or 703-875-0734703-875-0734.

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