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Free Resources: ASCD's 2012 Summer Boot Camp Webinar Series

Posted Jun 14, 2012
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ASCD has announced the 2012 Summer Boot Camp webinar series. Assisting educators at all levels around the globe prepare for the 2012-13 school year, ASCD's free summer boot camp comprises nine informative webinars on a variety of topics that shape classrooms worldwide.

The summer boot camp webinars are presented by internationally recognized experts and run from June to September. ASCD members and nonmembers can sign up for one or all of these webinars online at The webinars offered include:


Beyond Differentiation, presented Robyn Jackson on June 20, 2012. If you are bogged down trying to plan differentiated lessons to meet the diverse needs of your students, this webinar can't be missed. During her presentation, Jackson will show participants how to efficiently create a customizable lesson plan that allows for differentiation. She will also share strategies educators can apply to tailor one lesson to meet the diverse learning needs of all the students in any classroom.


Creating a Culture of Achievement, presented by Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher on July 10, 2012. Most school improvement efforts focus on academic goals, but what makes or breaks learning communities are the intangibles-the relationships and connections that make up its culture. In this webinar, ASCD authors Nancy Frey and Doug Fisher share their experiences with leading schools that support good teaching and learning by building a culture of achievement.

Reading for Meaning: How to Build Students' Comprehension, Reasoning, and Problem-Solving Skills, presented by Harvey Silver on July 12, 2012. With the higher expectations from the Common Core State Standards, students need to do more than answer comprehension questions; they need to read for meaning, restate important ideas, draw conclusions, and defend their conclusions with evidence. In this webinar, participants will explore Reading for Meaning, a research-based strategy that motivates students to read critically and builds the reasoning and inference skills found in the best readers.

Learning Targets: Helping Students Aim for Understanding in Today's Lesson, presented by Connie M. Moss, on July 17, 2012. Based on the ASCD book by the same title, this webinar shows how learning targets help teachers create daily lessons and learning experiences that amount to something enduring and meaningful over time. Connie Moss will share examples from her extensive work in the classroom that will help participants put these game-changing elements to work for them and their students in today's lesson and every lesson.

Virtual Summer Camp: The Newest Tools on the Web to Explore for Instruction, presented by Mike Fisher on July 24, 2012. Educators looking for new web tools to engage their students should attend this presentation. During his webinar, Fisher will explore some of the exciting web tools of the moment and explain how educators can use them for instruction. In addition, he will discuss specific tasks and appropriate tool choices, as well as share helpful examples that have been implemented in real classrooms.


Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, presented by Howard Pitler on August 7, 2012. This webinar will focus on how to use technology effectively to enhance quality instruction. Based on the popular book Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, this webinar will give participants ideas about how technology can invigorate lessons and increase student motivation and interaction. As an added bonus, those joining this webinar will hear a preview of what's new in the second edition of the book, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2012.

Ask Dr. Judy: How Can Resisting Immediate Gratification and Long-Term Goal Development Be Developed in Students?, presented by Judy Willis on August 14, 2012. The ability to delay immediate gratification has been correlated with students' academic performance in secondary school and has been found to be a greater predictor of academic performance than IQ. This ability varies among students, and interventions can change low-resisters into delayers. This webinar will describe ways educators can incorporate guided opportunities into existing units of instruction to strengthen the neural networks that resist immediate gratification and promote goal-directed habits in students at all grade levels.

Flipped-Mastery Learning Model: Students in Charge of Learning, Part II, presented by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams on September 12, 2012. Join the co-authors of Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day as they walk through their transformation from classroom lecturers to flipped-mastery learning pioneers. During this presentation, participants will learn how a flipped class can transform today's educational climate. Bergmann and Sams will examine appropriate formative assessment systems and share specific objectives on how to use assessments to help students determine their own level of mastery. Using their own experiences, the presenters will cover the ups-and-downs of implementation, using summative assessments within school guidelines, and more.

The Teacher Evaluation Conundrum: Value-Added or Devalued Teaching?, presented by Heidi Hayes Jacobs on September 25, 2012. The controversy is raging around the role of testing in determining the quality of teaching and what it reveals about learning. Heidi Hayes Jacobs contends that the current focus on the narrowness of old style testing is actually working against the needs of 21st century learners. In this interactive session, Jacobs will raise concerns about the narrow focus of specific isolated tests in providing useful feedback for teachers and administrators. This webinar is based on Jacobs's wildly popular ASCD EDge blog post.

To learn more about the 2012 Summer Boot Camp webinar series, ASCD membership, or ASCD's other programs, products, and services, visit

Source: ASCD,

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