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Leadership in the Age of Connectedness featuring Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson
October 20th: Register Here >>
As a leader and lead learner in an ever-evolving system of education, if one is merely standing still, he/she is ultimately falling behind. For school leaders today, being connected isn’t an option, its a requirement. Connected educators everywhere are sharing, learning and growing as professionals in ways not possible just a few years ago. And the effects they are having on their schools and districts are far reaching. Join the authors of the book The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning as they will discuss their own path to connectedness, why its necessary for school leaders to connect and some of the most effective ways to do it.
Redefining Literacy for Today’s Learner featuring Karen Beerer
December 9th: Register Here >>
Visual literacy, digital literacy, 21st century literacy, media literacy, whatever you call it, we know that for students to be literate in today’s world, they need a variety of skills that equate to much more than reading and writing.   In fact, even reading and writing skills look different.  As a leader, your role is integral in helping transform literacy instruction for today’s learners.  Join us to discuss these new literacies and learn practical leadership strategies to implement in your schools.
Pathways to the Digital Transition featuring Johnna Weller
January 9th: Register Here>>
You and your staff are on the technology integration journey! You know the "why" -- and you're working on the "what" and the "how." In this session, we will explore ways to chart your course and reflect on your progress in the journey. Using the SAMR framework, we will connect technology integration to instructional practice. Join in to hear from other principals who are also leading the journey!
Thinking Outside the Bubble: Upgrading Student Assessments featuring Kelly Pauling
February 10th: Register Here >>
Transform teaching and learning through assessment! Upgrading assessment practices empowers students to take ownership of their learning through relevant performance tasks. Changing how students are assessing organically leads to changes in instruction and creates opportunities for systemic change.
Indicators of Success- A Digital Administrators Walkthrough featuring Carol Wetzel
March 17th: Register Here >>
Do you know what to look for?  Do you know how to support your educators as they step out of their comfort zones to utilize digital content and devices with their students? In this session we will look at what effective integration of technology to engage students in reaching learning targets looks like, feels like, and sounds like and discuss how to lead your educators towards the promise of the digital revolution.
What’s Your Story? Sharing Your Site’s Success featuring Steve Dembo
April 15th: Register Here >>
Social media is redefining the relationship schools have with their students, in the classroom as well as outside of it.  We'll explore ways to leverage student evangelists as a powerful marketing force for your institution.  It's simpler than you think!
Building Teacher Leadership- Lessons Learned
May 13th: Register Here >>
It was once shared that “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” As educational leaders how do you turn these visions into realities and build teacher capacity through leadership?  Join us as we gather educational leaders from around the nation who have taken journey and learn what they did, what they wish they had known, and what they’ll be repeating.

Adaptive Leadership
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Ed Massey, Immediate Past President of National School Board Association

Ed Massey, Immediate Past President of National School Board Association (NSBA)

The challenges of leading a school or district are vast and ever changing. Within the past five years, the rise of Common Core State Standards, BYOD initiatives, digital textbooks, and a focus on STEM, add complexity and additional demands upon us. All the while, budgets and resources at our disposal continue to decrease.  As leaders, how do we adapt to the myriad of changes and still be an effective leader? Ed Massey will explore these challenges and many others as he engages us on what adaptive leadership means to him and how we can foster it within our schools.

Making the Digital Conversion
Monday, February 17th, 7:00PM ET

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Karen WoodwardDr. Greg Firn

Dr. Karen Woodward, Superintendent, Lexington School District 1, SC and a finalist for AASA's Women in School Leadership Award

Dr. Greg Firn, Deputy Superintendent of Academics, Grand Prairie ISD, TX

It is not about the technology! Rather, successful digital conversions start by charting a path to improve the underlying learning environment. An intentional, systematic approach ultimately drives success. Learn the first critical steps necessary to catalyze change and maintain the momentum of your initiative.
Preparing Your Staff and Students for the Common Core
Wednesday, March 12th, 7:00PM ET

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Sheila HydeDr. Karen Beerer

Sheila Hyde, Director of Professional Learning, Albuquerque Public Schools, NM

Dr. Karen Beerer, Vice President of Professional Development, Discovery Education, MD

Everyone knows what the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are, but few truly understand what it looks like instructionally. Sheila and Karen will provide you with practical tools you can bring back to your classroom teachers to help enhance instructional practices around CCSS.

Telling Your District Story
Wednesday, April 9th, 7:00PM

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Joe Mazza, Ed.D.Steve Dembo

Joe Mazza, Ed.D., Lead Learner at Knapp Elementary School in Lansdale, PA, and NAESP Conference Presenter

Steve Dembo, Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community, Discovery Education, MD

The media is great at telling a story they find compelling, but that story may not paint the complete picture. How do you frame and influence your district’s story so it impacts the way it is portrayed? Learn how to take control of your district’s story and share the positive events taking place every day in your schools.

Engaging Learners Through Inquiry and STEM
Thursday, May 15th, 7:00PM ET

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Tony SinanisDr. Cindy Moss

Tony Sinanis, Lead Learner of Cantiague Elementary School, NY, and NAESP Conference Presenter

Dr. Cindy Moss, Director of Global STEM Initiatives, Discovery Education, MD

Student exploration of concepts and discovery of answers for themselves have been the core of educational theory for centuries, but in today’s era of accountability and mandated testing how is that possible? Panelists will demonstrate that this concept is key to meeting accountability requirements. Learn practical teaching examples and how this model can be implemented across the curriculum to enhance student engagement and academic success.


About the Series

Leadership@Now hangouts provide an opportunity for you to interact with leaders who are thinking deeply about hot topics within education. Learn from their experiences. Explore:
  • Effective and adaptive leadership
  • Emerging technologies
  • Instructional techniques
  • Planning for change
  • Impactful communication
This monthly series will leverage exciting technologies including Google Hangouts and Edmodo’s social learning platform to provide you real-world experience with these services as you interact with leaders making a difference in their districts and schools.