Free webinar Thursday, September 20: Academic success for English learners

They’re the fastest growing K-12 student population in the US, and chances are you’ll have at least one in your classroom this year. Join presenter Lise Ragan, CEO of Course Crafters, for a webinar dedicated to this diverse group of students: English learners.

Learn more about who they are, what unique challenges they face, and, most importantly, how you can help them succeed this school year. Click here for more information, and then reserve a spot today.

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. MDT (4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT / 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PDT)

Presenter: Lise Ragan, CEO, Course Crafters, Inc.



You Might Be Surprised How These Districts Found Additional Dollars

I’ve got good news and bad news for you—and then some more good news.

The good news is that tax revenues for state and local governments have been going up for eight consecutive quarters. That is great for school funding.

The bad news is that it could be years before those revenues reach pre-recession levels. In the meantime, your school or district needs additional funds, because your students can’t wait. Read more »


Free webinar this Tuesday, February 14: Helping long-term English learners

Do you know what long-term English learners need? Listen in as presenter Lily Wong Fillmore addresses key questions related to this growing group of students who rarely receive the support they need to attain true proficiency and succeed in secondary grades.

In this webinar, you’ll learn why so many English learners appear to stall in their efforts to learn English as a second language. You’ll also learn how to use academic English instruction and the right kind of instructional support to help long-term English learners overcome obstacles and reach proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking. Don’t miss your chance to find out what you can do to help your long-term English learners find success–register today.

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. MST

Presenter: Lily Wong Fillmore, Professor of Education Emerita at University of California, Berkeley




About the presenter:

Lily Wong Fillmore, Jerome A. Hutto Professor of Education Emerita at University of California, Berkeley, is a linguist and educator whose scholarship focuses on the education of language minority students. Dr. Fillmore has studied social and cognitive processes in language learning, cultural differences in language learning behavior, and primary language retention and loss. Her present research efforts focus on how academic English instruction can help teachers support students’ literacy development.



2 ways to learn how to close the English learner achievement gap

Are you ready to level the playing field for your English learners? Join us for a free webinar on closing the English learner achievement gap this afternoon, hosted by Imagine Learning chief academic officer Marc Liebman and curriculum specialist Mia A. Allen. Take advantage of one of two ways to learn about actionable, technology-based strategies you can start implementing right away to improve achievement for your English learners:

  1. Join us live by clicking here to register and participate in the webinar today. The presentation begins at 2 p.m. MST.
  2. Check in on our webinars page later this week to watch the archived version of the presentation.

As Michael Scott would say, this is pretty much a win-win-win.



6 free professional development webinars

Have you ever received an email about a great webinar but didn’t have the time to attend? In the midst of busy work schedules, it’s often hard to find time for professional development — even when you know you’ll gain useful insights from top-notch experts.

That’s what makes our on-demand access to free Ahead of the Class webinars such a lifesaver: the presentations are available for you to view whenever it’s most convenient! So take a first look or revisit six of our favorite webinars from the Ahead of the Class series: Read more »