Webinar Archives

Collaborative Classroom Convening

Conferring Webinar with Jennifer Serravallo

Common Core Conversations

Being a Writer

Making Meaning

Making Meaning Vocabulary

SIPPS 2nd Edition

SIPPS 3rd Edition

Caring School Community

After School

The CCC Way


Collaborative Classroom Convening

Tim Shriver at Convening

Education leaders from across the country gathered for a Convening hosted by the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. This Convening put a spotlight on the critically important role integrating academic and social development plays in classrooms to more fully support student development and to help close the achievement gap. Speakers included: Virginia Edwards, Editor-in-Chief for Education Week; Barbara Chow, Program Director of Education with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director of the National Writing Project; Diane Kornegay, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the School District of Clay County, FL; Kent McGuire, President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation; Hugh Price, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute; and Tim Shriver, the Chairman of the Special Olympics, among others.

Collaborative Classroom Convening: Victor Young Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks by Victor Young, President and CEO, Center for the Collaborative Classroom.  Victor speaks about the significant impact social development has on critical thinking skills and student comprehension, and the need for innovative curriculum and professional learning to support the integration of social-emotional and academic development in classrooms.

Collaborative Classroom Convening: Panel Discussion

Panel discussion moderated by Virginia Edwards, Editor-in-Chief of Education Week. Panelists: Barbara Chow, Program Director of Education with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director of the National Writing Project; Diane Kornegay, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the School District of Clay County (FL); Kent McGuire, President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation.

Collaborative Classroom Convening: Response from Attendees

Reflections from attendees on the potential impact of the Convening: Julie Burnett, Director of Curriculum, Innovation, and Reform, Chicago Public Schools; Kate Fenton, Chief Instructional Officer, Springfield Massachusetts Public Schools; Hugh Price, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institute

Collaborative Classroom Convening: Closing Remarks from Tim Shriver

Tim Shriver, the Chairman of the Special Olympics, closed the event by reminding us that the head and the heart are connected. They both come into our classrooms needing to be nurtured. He charged the group with the mission to keep this work going. The time is now, he said. We need a national commission on the integration of academic and social development.


Conferring Webinar with Jennifer Serravallo

Conferring has been said to be the heart of the workshop, and many would agree that it is often among the most challenging parts of a workshop to do well. Those skilled at conferring are good listeners, responsive, able to make quick decisions, and equipped with strategies. What might surprise you is that although conferring seems off-the-cuff, it can actually be planned and deliberate. In in this webinar, Jen will address the following questions: How do I know what to teach? What’s a compliment conference and when might it be most effective? What’s a coaching conference and when would I use it? What’s a research-decide-teach conference, and What’s a strategy and where can I get them?

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Common Core Conversations

Introducing Reading Apprenticeship!

In this webinar, you will find out how Reading Apprenticeship, helps teachers build students’ literacy skills in a collaborative classroom context and support all students to engage with academically challenging texts, adopt problem-solver stances, and develop positive learner identities.

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Build Confident and Competent Writers with Being a Writer 2nd Edition

Learn how to support a Writer’s Workshop model to address the CCSS Writing Standards while building motivated and competent writers. This session features Diane Kornegay, Assistant Superintendent from Clay County, Florida, who will describe their district writing implementation. This session will also introduce you to DSC’s newest program, the second edition of Being a Writer. Authors of the program will discuss the research behind the revision and ways to support teacher shifts in practice.

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Increasing Engagement with Informational Text in the Age of the Common Core with Nell Duke

Learn strategies to authentically engage students in project-based units with informational text in Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts in the elementary grades. Discover how you can increase informational text reading and writing skill in a way that is highly motivating to students.

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The Missing Link in Writing: What the Common Core Forgot a conversation with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels

The Common Core presents great challenges for students—and for the educators who support students as they strive to achieve these new standards. Join us as Harvey Daniels blazes a path to build not only fluency, clarity, correctness, and audience awareness, but also a love of writing. Learn ways to provide students with the high-stakes writing assignments prescribed by the Core without diminishing their spirit and confidence.

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Building a Community of Writers: Three Essentials a conversation with Ann Marie Corgill

Launch a strong writing year for all your students by connecting them with their writing and each other. Ann Marie will share video footage, photographs, and student work to show you how to build a confident, successful, and engaged community of writers in your classroom.

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Reading Aloud to Develop Young Writers a conversation with Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth, Ed.D

You know that children love to hear stories read aloud to them, but have you considered utilizing this special time to stimulate ideas and provide strategies to help students learn to develop stories of their own? Learn how to build a writer’s workshop with carefully selected children’s literature.

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Motivation: An Essential Key to Developing Strong Student Writers a conversation with Peter Brunn

Want to motivate your students to write? Explore ways to integrate motivation to elicit powerful and purposeful writing from your students.

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A Conversation with P. David Pearson, Ph.D.: The Common Core and Comprehension

This interactive session considers the research foundations of the Common Core State Standards, especially as it pertains to comprehension.

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A Conversation with Esther Wojcicki, M.A.: The Common Core and Writing: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking

In this session, Esther Wojcicki, American journalist and teacher at Palo Alto High School, will share her experiences with what works in preparing students to become college and career ready.

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A Conversation with Paul Houston, Ed.D: Common Core: Collaboration and Transformation

In this conversation, Paul Houston will give an overview of current challenges and solutions facing America’s schools.

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Being a Writer

Getting Started with Being a Writer

This webinar will help users of Being a Writer, Second Edition, begin to plan instruction for the new school year. We will take a deeper look at Unit 1 to see how it helps set the stage for the work that students will do throughout the year. Be sure to have your Teacher’s Manuals to refer to during the session. Chat transcript is available here.

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Being a Writer: Planning & Learning Hub webinar

This webinar will navigate users of Being a Writer Second Edition, through some of the planning features that the program has to offer. Participants will have opportunities to think through their planning with other program users and will be able to familiarize themselves with the resources on the CCC Learning Hub that can be used to support their planning. You can access the chat transcript here.

Build Confident and Competent Writers with Being a Writer 2nd Edition

Learn how to support a Writer’s Workshop model to address the CCSS Writing Standards while building motivated and competent writers. This session features Diane Kornegay, Assistant Superintendent from Clay County, Florida, who will describe their district writing implementation. This session will also introduce you to DSC’s newest program, the second edition of Being a Writer. Authors of the program will discuss the research behind the revision and ways to support teacher shifts in practice.

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Getting Started with the Being a Writer Program

Explore ways to inspire students to love writing, to develop personal stamina, to have an appreciation of the craft and conventions of writing, and to build a strong social community.

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Developing the Skills of Young Writers

As you think ahead to next year, having a deeper understanding of how skills instruction is incorporated into Being a Writer will help you plan more effectively. Join us to explore the grammar and skills instruction in the program. How are grammar and skills addressed in the year-long program? How can you use the Skills Practice Teaching Guide to help you dig a little deeper into the grammar struggles your students face.

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Making Meaning

Making Meaning: Planning and Teaching the Lessons

This is the first in a series of seven webinars that will help deepen your understanding of the program and provide you with the opportunity to connect with other teachers who are using the Making Meaning program in their classrooms. Click here for the chat transcript.

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Making Meaning - IDR, Conferring, and IDR Mini-lessons

Together, with other Making Meaning,Third Edition users, we will discuss the purpose of Individualized Daily Reading (IDR) and the importance of conferring. We’ll explore how the program supports you with IDR by taking a look at the IDR Mini-lessons and the conferring resources in the Assessment Resource Book. Be sure to have your Teacher’s Manuals andyour Assessment Resource Book to refer to during the session. To access the chat, click here.

Making Meaning, 3rd Ed. Webinar

The Making Meaning program helps educators to create motivated, critical readers who discuss the big ideas in books.

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Making Meaning—What’s New?

The third edition of Making Meaning provides a full year of research-based instruction for grades K–6 that helps teachers deepen their understanding of best practices for teaching comprehension and vocabulary. Join us for a webinar to learn about the new edition, available this May.

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Getting Started with the Making Meaning Program

Understand how to teach students to read with comprehension using read-aloud books that have been carefully chosen to explicitly teach comprehension strategies and social development skills.

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Assessments in Making Meaning

Maximize the effectiveness of the Making Meaning program through better understanding of the assessment tools and resources.

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Making Meaning Vocabulary

Building Vocabulary in a Caring Environment

Explores ways to support Tier II high-utility and high-concept vocabulary instruction in a model grounded in read-alouds.

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SIPPS 3rd Edition

SIPPS Technology webinar

In this first session, we will explore the CCC Learning Hub, the SIPPS Digital Teacher's Manual, the SIPPS Assessment App, the SIPPS Admin App, the SIPPS Card Deck App, and consider ways to strategically use these resources to support your planning, teaching, and decision-making. Link to the chat is available here.

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Getting Started with SIPPS 3rd Edition, Part 1 of 2

Learn how to teach a systematic decoding curriculum that helps struggling readers develop word- recognition skills and reading fluency.

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Getting Started with SIPPS 3rd Edition, Part 2 of 2

Learn how to teach Instructional Routines and Corrective Procedures.

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SIPPS 2nd Edition

Getting Started with SIPPS 2nd Edition

Learn how to teach a systematic decoding curriculum that helps struggling readers develop word- recognition skills and reading fluency.

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Making Instructional Decisions and Progress Monitoring

This is an important time of year to consider the instructional decision making and student progress with SIPPS. Engage in this interactive webinar conversation about the decisions that can support both teaching and learning with the SIPPS 2nd edition program. We will also consider the implications to student progress as we strive to meet end-of-the-year goals.

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Caring School Community

Caring School Community: A Grant Opportunity

Learn more about the Caring School Community Initiative and requirements for participation in this grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to build community and connectedness and to create a culture for learning.

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After School

A New Resource for Educators, Community and Afterschool Leaders and Funders: Expanding Minds and Opportunities

Join us as we delve deeper into the new landmark compendium Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success. Learn how to use this resource—filled with data points, research highlights, and examples—to improve your practice, develop new partners, and make the case for after‑school and summer learning programs.

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More Than Just Another "To-do" on the List: The Benefits of Strong School, Principal, and Afterschool/Community Relationships

Student learning is no longer the sole province of schools. It is imperative that in-school and after‑school leaders strive to build strong ties of mutual support for enriching the experiences of children in every learning community throughout our nation. Learn how after-school leaders and school administrators are working together to “build a new day for learning” aimed at achieving innovative reform within schools and through quality after‑school and summer learning programs.

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Introducing AfterSchool KidzScience

This session focuses on our newest DSC program for after school for Grades 3–5: AfterSchool KidzScience! The AfterSchool KidzScience program is an inquiry-based science curriculum designed specifically for out-of-school settings. The activities are engaging and easy to lead, excite children about science, build science knowledge and inquiry abilities, and help children learn important cooperation and teamwork skills.

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Science Enrichment for Out-of-School Time

Learn about AfterSchool KidzScience for grades 3-5 and the Science Explorer for grades K–6.

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STEM Programming for Out-of-School Time

Learn how easy it is to offer engaging and hands-on math and science during your out of school time program.

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Introduction to AfterSchool KidzMath

Learn about the mathematics enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings.

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Math Enrichment for Out-of-School Time

Learn how easy it is to do hands-on fun math with children.

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Introduction to AfterSchool KidzLit

Learn about the reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings.

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Literacy Enrichment for Out-of-School Time

Learn how to offer both read alouds and independent reading opportunities to your children.

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Independent Reading AfterSchool

Learn how to begin an Independent Reading Time Program at your site.

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New York Life After-School Initiative Informational

Many children need educational enrichment to become confident learners. After school is a great time for kids to build and extend what they have learned during the school day. The New York Life Foundation and DSC are partnering to make the AfterSchool KidzLit and AfterSchool KidzMath programs more accessible to a broad range of after-school programs. These enrichment programs are designed specifically for out-of-school time.

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New York Life Employees: After-School Initiative Information

Learn about the Initiative and how you can be a part of it.

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The CCC Way

Introducing the Work of Center for the Collaborative Classroom

Eric Schaps, DSC’s founder and president (now retired), describes the principles of learning and development that have shaped all of DSC’s programs and our approach to working with educators.

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Who’s Doing the Talking and Thinking in Your Classroom?

This webinar offers an instructional framework that helps teachers scaffold comprehension, content, and language learning for ELLs through read-alouds and purposeful talk.

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