These virtual events are designed so you can learn about topics related to running your districts under quarantine, staying connected to staff and students, implementing and ensuring quality distance learning and more. The AASA Leadership Network is here for you during these challenging times. We also thank our network of leaders and partners for their assistance creating these important and timely virtual events. In order to support as many leaders as we can while navigating this challenging time, AASA's Leadership Network cohorts and thought partners are providing FREE webinars where you'll gain advice and strategies on the most critical issues leaders are facing.


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.

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 Kelly, Superintendent, Oak Park Elementary School District 97.

Education Leadership for a Digital World
Throughout July, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EDT
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.

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.

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.

Live at 5 ET: You Ask, We Answer!
Next Meeting:
Tuesday, June 30 | 5 p.m. ET

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 Dr. Gail Pletnick, along with representatives from NAESP and AASA when we go Live at 5 ET to help get your questions answered. Attendees are encouraged to use this form to submit questions in advance. #NextBestTogether

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.

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.

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.

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 Dr. David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley School District, CA, Dr. Steven Webb, Superintendent, Vancouver Public Schools, WA, and Dr. 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; Dr. Kyle Health, Superintendent and Dr. 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: Dr. 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: Dr. Linda Jordan, Senior Professional Learning Consultant, ICLE; Dr. 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: Dr. 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: Dr. 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; Dr. 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: Dr. 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; Dr. 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, Dr. Chris Gaines, is joined by superintendents Dr. Jeanne Barker and Dr. 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 The School Superintendents Association (AASA) 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 Dr. Sheldon Berman (Andover, MA), Dr. Eric Gallien (Racine, WI), Dr. 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: Dr. 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; Dr. 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 Dr. 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 Dr. Dan Domenech, AASA Executive Director; Linnette Attai, President, Playwell, LLC; Dr. 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 Dr. Janet Robinson, Stratford Public Schools (CT), and Dr. 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
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 Dr. 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

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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.

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

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

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Ensure Your Online Teaching is a Success!
March 30, 2020
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Distance Learning in Today’s World – What Do I Do Now?
March 27, 2020
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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
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Voices from the Field: Offering Our eLearning to You
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Personalized Learning Cohort and Leadership Network

March 26, 2020
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Breakthrough Mindset: Virtual Collaboration and Learning Continuity
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March 25, 2020
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