First Friday Leaders Lunch Webinar Series 

May 5th: School Fit

RECORDED WEBINAR  As you begin to think about planning for the next school year, it will be important to think about your overall school climate. How engaged are your students? Do they feel a sense of belonging? How well are you meeting your students' needs? Each year it is important to evaluate your school's instructional strategies, approach to discipline, and social environment. These things connect to the overall fit for each child. During this webinar, we will discuss the Panorama Ed survey results and identify strategies that you can use to improve school fit.

April 21: Teacher-Student Relationships

RECORDED WEBINAR  Although our primary objective is to educate students on an academic level, one major barrier to academic success can be poor relationships. It is extremely important for teachers to develop positive relationships with their students. On the Panorama Ed student surveys, students were asked to evaluate their perceptions of their relationships with their teachers. During this webinar, we will discuss the survey results for 3rd - 12th grade students. Whether you are a teacher or a school leader, you will learn strategies that promote positive student-teacher relationship building.

March 3rd: Understanding Grit

RECORDED WEBINAR  Grit or resilience is the ability to persevere through setbacks to achieve important long-term goals. Many people regard grit as an important characteristic of successful students. Moreover, we often evaluate students on their ability to show grit. The question is however, are we teaching grit in school? Based on the Panorama Ed surveys from the cohort of Alliance member schools, parents, teachers, and students have significantly different perceptions of students' grit. During this webinar, we will discuss the survey results for each sub group. You will also learn about ways in which you can intentionally encourage grit.

February 10th: Improving Family Engagement

RECORDED WEBINAR  Student families were asked to respond to a series of questions inquiring about the degree to which families become involved with and interact with their child's school. 20% of the families responded favorably. Thus, 80% of the families that took this survey have limited engagement within their child's school. During this webinar we will analyze the specific questions asked and discuss ways in which school leaders can improve upon family engagement. You will have an opportunity to discuss what has worked within your school and hear about other strategies you can use to increase family engagement. This webinar is open to all those interested in improving family engagement within schools.

December 2, 2016: 7 Ways Students Create the Culture

RECORDED WEBINAR  Students have the ability to either positively or negatively impact your schools' culture. In this webinar, participants will gain a deeper understanding of 7 ways students create school culture. You will learn effective techniques used to ensure students are making a positive impact. This webinar will emphasize the importance of offering real choices and meaningful participation to youth, and nurturing youth leadership.

November 4, 2016: Deep and Lasting Change

RECORDED WEBINAR  We will hone in on the difference between attempts to "engineer" change and the more effective approach of "collective learning." This webinar is specifically designed for school leaders; however, all can benefit.

October 2, 2016: Effective Classroom Differentiation

RECORDED WEBINAR  In this webinar, you will learn key components of a differentiated classroom and things you can do to ensure your classroom meets all of your student's needs.

May 17, 2016: Measure, Understand, and Act on Perception Data and Social-Emotional Learning


MAY 6, 2016: Using Active Learning as Formative Assessment

RECORDED WEBINAR  In this webinar, participants will explore ways in which active learning activities can be used as formative assessments. We will discuss the four ingredients of active learning and the role active learning plays in the experiential learning cycle and how it facilitates more powerful learning experiences.

APRIL 1, 2016: Creating Your Creative Development Plan for the Upcoming School Year

RECORDED WEBINAR  During this webinar, we will discuss how to use data from the previous year to construct a strategic professional development plan for the upcoming school year. You will learn about building community, embracing change, and the professional development process of creating a plan that will address the various needs of your school.

MARCH 4, 2016: Designing Instruction for 21st Century Skills

RECORDED WEBINAR  In this session, participants will discuss the following 21st Century skills: interdisciplinary themes, life and career skills; learning and innovation skills; and information, media, and technology skills. These are skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life.

FEBRUARY 5, 2016: Student Voice and Choice

RECORDED WEBINAR  During this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to explore the ways they offer students voice and choice in their classrooms. You will learn about some key voice and choice strategies. You will also gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of giving youth voice and choice.

DECEMBER 11, 2016: Future Focus

RECORDED WEBINAR  Career and college preparation is more than just a few college visits, taking the SAT and attending a few college fairs. Having intentional Future Focus activities is important, especially for high schools. In this session, you will learn about current research on Future Focus services and you will leave with practical ideas and tangible materials that will get you started or deepen your Future Focus services.

NOVEMBER 6, 2016: Cooperative Learning - Tools for Soliciting Reflective Dialog in Your Classroom


In this webinar, participants will learn about classroom activities that can aid in getting your students to engage in effective discussion. During this session, we will discuss optimal classroom configurations for each tool and the intended outcome for each tool.  STUDENT FEEDBACK FORM

OCTOBER 9, 2016: Continuum of Self Reflection

In this webinar, participants will learn about the 4 stages of self-reflection as described by Pete Hall and Alisa Simeral. These stages are: Unaware, Conscious, Action, and Refinement. Further understanding these stages will help you become a reflective practitioner - thus making you an effective practitioner. The continuum of self-reflection is a tool that helps you identify how you think about the work you do.  Reflective Self-Assessment Questionnaire
September 4, 2015 - Engaging Parents
Webinar discusses multiple ways to effectively engage parents in their schools. Charter parents are in a position to provide effective support to our schools. With the right guidance and engagement, you can build a strong support system with your parents.
May 1, 2015 - Understanding Youth Development
As charter schools, we are in a unique and privileged position to provide the necessary developmental services to the students we serve. In fact, you may find that we cannot effectively educate our students if we don't address some of their developmental needs first. Since charter schools are not just places for academic development, we must ensure we are well versed in how to support youth in all areas. This webinar will provide an introduction to youth development research.
April 10, 2015 - Methods for Improving Program Quality
Once you have developed a cohesive team, and they are eager to learn from one another with the purpose of improving youth program quality, developing the type of environment that can foster useful exchanges can be difficult.
March 6, 2015 - Gathering with Purpose: best practices for conducting meetings, trainings, workshops, and presentations.
Often times a schools mission statement, strategies, and other operation methods are decided by leaders without the input of those who are expected to follow through with the services. Thus, school leaders are tasked with transferring this information to the school team in a way that results in buy-in and actions. This webinar will provide tools for engaging the entire school team.
February 6, 2015 - Developing Your Results Framework: A Strategic Planning Tool
Mission statements should be more than words on paper. Your mission statement should be at the heart of your schools Results Framework. The purpose of having a well thought out Results Framework is to ensure your school is using strategies (inputs) that have outcomes (output) that directly impact your overarching desired results (components of your mission). When these things are aligned, your school will make improvements that will lead to student success.