In Case You Missed It—Summer PD Opportunities

Forget the summer reading list. Start making your summer “watch” list. The NASSP archives offer some insightful webinars for your professional development. Take advantage of the typically less stressful days of summer and consider these five webinars on pressing education topics.

Fresh on the heels of state-mandated testing of your students’ proficiency with state standards, you may wish to listen in on Rick Wormeli’s “Standards-Based Assessment and Grading.” An interactive webinar from March 25, 2014, Wormeli addresses what principals need to know and communicate to teachers in the new standards-based environment.

Common Core
For those struggling with developing and implementing a schoolwide literacy initiative, “Literacy Lessons Learned,” hosted by Mel Riddile, associate director of high school services for NASSP, offers insights from four practicing school leaders. They share how literacy initiatives in their schools led to documented increases in student engagement and decreases in disciplinary issues.

Principal LeadershipLinda Darling-Hammond
Are you wondering how you can work directly with teachers and staff to improve instruction and student achievement? In “The School Principal as Leader,” featuring renowned author and Stanford professor Linda Darling-Hammond, you will hear about crafting strategies to shape a vision for academic success, create a hospitable environment, cultivate leadership, and manage staff data and processes.

Student Rights
Social media offers both advantages and, at times, enormous challenges, particularly when students use it as a platform to make distasteful or defamatory remarks. In “Student Speech 2.0: Technology, Schools, and the First Amendment,” lawyer/educator Suzanne Eckes addresses several cases that have involved students’ off-campus Internet speech. The session also examines how much authority school officials have in monitoring this type of expression.

Student Health
The impact of suicide on a school community can be devastating. In “Teen Suicide and the School Leader’s Response,” presenter Janice Case discusses your role in helping the community through the tragedy, collaborating for prevention, and working toward targeting those students whose struggles could go unnoticed. Resources from the recently launched website are shared as well.

According to NASSP’s latest member survey, 70 percent of our members say they value NASSP for its professional development.

Wait! There’s more…
Throughout the year, NASSP offers a variety of webinars for your professional development, with notifications sent by email regularly. Look for these emails, and be sure to visit the Live Learning Events page on the NASSP website to watch archived webinars anytime.

But perhaps nothing beats the kind of professional development that NASSP offers in person at the acclaimed annual national conference, Ignite. Learn more about Ignite ’16 now, taking place in Orlando, FL, February 25-27, 2016. Register before June 30, 2015, and you’ll get a $100 discount. Take time today to make this an investment in yourself for your students’ future and your school’s growth.

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