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Free just-in-time learning

We know that you’re busy. And we know that you are always looking for quick, efficient ways to learn about new strategies and resources that benefit your students. 

So you’re in the right place! 

We’ve posted 15+ just-in-time online video sessions specifically designed for you and your staff. These micro-lessons cover a wide variety of topics - from great PBL ideas to CGI math tips to civic engagement resources, from ELA tools to trauma informed strategies.

The best part? Starting at 6:00 am and lasting until midnight tonight, you and your staff can view any or all of the video sessions for free! 

Yup. Free.

All of the videos have been created by ESSDACK’s own curriculum consultants and include 15 - 20 minutes of guided instruction followed by a series of questions designed to jumpstart small or large group discussions and learning. Or feel free to view the videos specific to your interests and use the guiding questions for your own personalized professional learning.

Simply click or tap on one of the session titles below to open a page dedicated to that specific video. In addition to the video, you’ll find presenter contact information, guiding questions, links to professional learning opportunities related to the session topic, and ESSDACK products related to the topic.

If you haven’t registered yet and want access to the complete Culture of Change Just-in-Time Learning Guide aligned to the video sessions, click the registration button and let us know where we can send it!

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Energy, Engagement and Change
What and how are you contributing to the culture of your community? Join Tammy to look at five ways you can experience change and what might be keeping you from moving forward toward your bigger goals.
Tammy Fellers

Finding Solutions: PBL and CGI in Math 
In the elementary math classroom, we have the goal of developing basic skills as well as mathematical thinkers. Renee’ and Katie will explore how the elements of PBL and CGI intersect to support content and process for a redesigned learning environment. 
Renee’ Smith and Katie Perez

What’s My Role As a Teacher When Addressing Social Emotional Needs? 
Jodi explores a self-assessment tool that helps you reflect on what you are currently doing that impacts student Social & Emotional Learning. Use the assessment results to integrate 10 best teaching practices that promote social, emotional, and academic skills.
Jodi Grover

The Balance of Teaching Literacy in a PBL Environment 
We know that if students don’t leave second grade having a strong foundation of reading and math their chance of ever catching up to their peers is difficult. But a huge part of that strong foundation is also a deep love of learning. Jane and Katie share ways to find the balance between teaching for literacy development and supporting independent learning.
Jane Seward and Katie Perez

Your Kids Are Gonna Change the World: They Need Your Help 
Your students want to make the world a better place. Integrating Civic Engagement strategies and best practices into your instruction can give them the tools they need to do that. 
Glenn Wiebe

Understanding Student Success Measures
The accountability measure for schools in Kansas is changing to one based on student success after high school. But what does look like? Join Mike and Steve as they share why this is important, discuss ways students can be successful, and ways to determine how your school is doing.
Mike Cook and Steve Wyckoff

Supporting English Learners
Experience the difficulties of English learners in content classrooms and explore technology tools to help support the comprehension of these students.
Robi Alstrom

The Difference Between PBL and “Doing Projects” 
There are a lot of lists out in the world telling you what is and what’s not PBL and most of them are confusing! Come gain a clear understanding about how PBL and projects are similar and how they’re different so you always pick the right approach for the experiences your kids deserve! 
Ginger Lewman

Making Them ALL Beg for More! Learner Engagement and Project-Based Learning 
When we first start building a PBL environment, we see student engagement go through the roof. But after using PBL, the energy can start to wane and no matter what we do, the work continues toward blah. What can we do? 
Ginger Lewman

Shifting Projects to Project-Based Learning 
So many times we have or find wonderful projects that are terrific but just aren’t PBL. How can we shift them over without having to re-write the book? 
Ginger Lewman

So You’re Starting a Makerspace? It’s Time to Think Again 
You’ve embraced the power of innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking. And you’ve decided to build a Makerspace for your learning community. But hold up . . . if your first question is “what tools do we need?” you might be putting the maker-horse before the maker-cart. Join Ginger as she helps you think beyond the tool into a broader, more sustainable investment. 
Ginger Lewman



Moving Beyond Show and Tell in Math: A Student-Centered Approach 
How can teachers move from the giver of all knowledge in math to facilitators of student thinking and reflection? Learn about four important components of a student-centered elementary math classroom in this session.  
Renee’ Smith

Using 4DX to Create a Culture of Change
How can we keep moving forward during change? This session will explore how we might use the Four Disciplines of Execution to help you reach your goals.
Katie Perez and Tammy Fellers

Reading SOS: Supporting Older Students
Reading proficiency is a critical factor for postsecondary success. Without adequate reading skills, students are less likely to complete college or advance beyond entry-level positions in the workforce. So how can teachers help older students who are behind in reading?

Robi Alstrom

Revamping Grammar and Writing
Traditional grammar instruction has failed to improve student writing achievement so it’s time to revamp our grammar and writing lessons. Learn how student-friendly terminology, engaging activities and focusing on function can promote successful writing. Robi will give special focus to supporting English learners.
Robi Alstrom

Common Myths and Misconceptions Around Trauma-Responsive Schools
Often people think that trauma-informed means letting kids run all over us. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let's unpack the difference between punishment and discipline. 
Rebecca Lewis Pankratz

Impact of Trauma on Our Daily Culture
More and more students are in our classrooms presenting symptoms of toxic stress. How do we begin the conversation about the fight/flight/freeze brain versus the cause and effect brain? 
Rebecca Lewis Pankratz

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