Webinars

To view any past Apex Learning webinar, use the links below.

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Supporting Student Needs with Effective Digital Curriculum

Presenter: Holly Cervin, Director of Alternative Programs at Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, AK

Moderator: Jason Mitchell, Apex Learning

Digital curriculum can be instrumental in personalizing learning to serve students with varying levels of readiness and a wide range of needs. However, not all digital curriculum is created equal. This webinar will familiarize you with the benefits of digital curriculum to personalize learning and improve student outcomes, as well as key considerations when choosing a digital curriculum solution.

Topics include:

  • The steps Fairbanks followed to implement digital curriculum with extraordinary success
  • How digital curriculum enables teachers to focus on individual student needs
  • How to choose and implement effective digital curriculum that supports an active and engaged learning experience

 


Serving More Students with Expanded Summer School Programs

Presenter: Lisa Valdes, iSierra Online Academy Department Chair at La Sierra High School, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, CA

Moderator: Jason Mitchell, Apex Learning

Summer school programs now offer far more than credit recovery alone. Many districts are expanding summer learning opportunities to a wider range of students, both those who want to accelerate their learning and those who need to get back on track for graduation. This webinar examines the expanded summer school program implemented by Fullerton Joint Union High School District two years ago. We’ll look at the lessons learned and best practices developed, as well as the benefits of serving more students during the summer break.

Topics include:

  • How your district can use summer programs to serve a wider range of student needs despite limited resources
  • How to provide flexible opportunities for students to earn initial course credit
  • How summer school programs can increase college and career readiness

 


Closing Gaps, Not Doors: Supporting the Transition from Middle School to High School

Speakers:

  • Luke Francois, Superintendent, Mineral Point School District
  • Mike Chambers, Math Teacher, Mineral Point Middle School

Moderator: Jason Mitchell, Apex Learning

Ninth grade is the make-or-break year for high school students. Incoming ninth graders who are unprepared for high school coursework are more likely to drop out of high school, and this trajectory starts in middle school: Each course failed in eighth grade increases the odds of non-promotion from ninth to tenth grade by 16%. On the other hand, students who finish ninth grade on track are four times more likely to graduate from high school.

Are you ensuring high school readiness among your middle school students? Find out, with this webinar.

Topics include:

  • How to ensure your middle school students are on track and prepared for high school coursework
  • How to remediate learning gaps using digital curriculum
  • How to personalize learning to get—and keep—middle school students engaged

 


Preparing Students for Work and Life: College and Career Readiness

Speaker: Tom Vacanti, Site Coordinator, City School District of Albany, NY

Moderator: Celia Smith, Apex Learning

Are you preparing your students for what comes next? High school graduation rates are up. Yet many students are graduating ill-prepared for college, work, or life. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), less than 40% of high school students score at college- and career-ready levels.

Prepare your students for college, work, or life: Learn what it means to be Really Ready with this webinar.

Topics include:

  • The key characteristics of students who are Really Ready
  • How you can better prepare your students for life after graduation
  • Ways to promote self-directed learning, including tools and strategies for your classrooms

 


Think Outside the Box: Moving Beyond Credit Recovery

Speaker: Kim Loomis, Online & Blended Education Director, Clark County School District, Nevada

Moderator: Jason Mitchell, Strategic Initiatives, Apex Learning

Often, we think of digital courseware as a solution to a single problem; typically credit recovery or alternative education. But the reality is that having courseware opens numerous opportunities. Are you ready to move beyond credit recovery and find unique ways to engage students?

Nevada's Clark County School District (CCSD) is pushing their 40 plus high schools to think outside the box and move beyond credit recovery. Every high school has a recovery program, but Kim Loomis, the Director of Online and Blended Learning challenges schools to establish digital learning opportunities for all students. She will share some of the innovative learning environments that CCSD schools are adopting - from freshman year to college ready senior year.

Topics include:

  • How to think outside the box to move beyond credit recovery
  • How digital curriculum can be used to improve your credit recovery program
  • Best practices for small districts, to make the most of limited resources

Equity of Opportunity: Closing the Achievement Gap

Speaker: Lisa Williams, Executive Director, Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, Baltimore County Public Schools

Moderator: Jason Mitchell, Strategic Initiatives, Apex Learning

Districts are increasingly tasked with providing options for at-risk and underserved student populations to address persistent achievement gaps. While nationwide gains in closing achievement gaps have been made, research shows that underserved student populations still achieve at lower rates than their peers in many areas.

Attend our webinar to hear how Baltimore County Public Schools is raising the bar in education with a commitment to support equal opportunities for all students. From training and professional development to establishing consistent policies and using high quality digital curriculum to transform the classroom, this district is realizing its vision to create instructional environments that support academic rigor, cultural relevance and ignites the potential of each and every student.


Ensuring Equity of Opportunity in the Baltimore County Public Schools

Speaker: Lisa Williams, Executive Director, Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, Baltimore County Public Schools

Moderator: Jason Mitchell, Strategic Initiatives, Apex Learning

Districts are increasingly tasked with providing options for at-risk and underserved student populations to address persistent achievement gaps. While nationwide gains in closing achievement gaps have been made, research shows that underserved student populations still achieve at lower rates than their peers in many areas.

Attend this web seminar to hear how the Baltimore County Public Schools is fulfilling its commitment to support equal opportunities for all students, and seeing results in closing achievement gaps. From training and professional development, to establishing consistent policies and using high quality digital curriculum to transform the classroom, BCPS is realizing its vision to create instructional environments that support academic rigor and cultural relevance, while igniting the potential of each and every student.

Topics include:

  • Understanding the difference between equity and equality
  • Embedding equity in education reform
  • Using digital curriculum to create equitable access
  • Evaluating the impact of digital curriculum on equity
  • Best practices for supporting equity in your district

The Next Generation Blended Classroom: Increasing Achievement in Middle and High Schools

Moderator: Kurt Eisele-Dyrli

Speakers: Tom VanderArk, CEO, Getting Smart; Kim Loomis, Director of Innovation, Clark County (NV) School District

Blended learning is having a positive impact in schools and districts across the country, but there are a number of key strategies that can advance blended learning to its next generation of even greater effectiveness and improved achievement.

Watch this webinar to learn from Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, the latest trends and best practices in blended learning, and Kim Clark, Director of Innovation for the Clark County School District in Nevada, who will share her experience successfully launching blended learning in her district.

Topics include:

  • The important role of the educator in school design to ensure successful implementation of blended learning
  • The elements of product design that ensure the technology allows for a personalized learning approach
  • The key components of instructional design that focus on active learning to empower all learners to succeed

Choosing Curriculum for Your Blended Learning Environment

Moderator: Victoria Spillman

Speaker: Michael Bitton

Magen David Yeshiva School is committed to ensuring that each of their students receives a comprehensive education emphasizing academic excellence, creativity, and intellectual curiosity.

Part of that commitment is creating a personalized learning environment for each student. Last fall, after meticulously reviewing digital curriculum providers, they successfully implemented a blended learning program using Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses at their school.

If you’re considering implementing blended learning in your classroom, join Michael Bitton,  Director of Instructional Technology for Magen David Yeshiva, and learn:

  • What to consider when choosing a quality digital curriculum.
  • How to implement a successful blended learning program.
  • What role the teacher plays in fostering an effective blended learning environment.

Catoosa Online Academy: Retain and Regain Students

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Speaker: Kyra Rhyne, Catoosa Online Academy, Catoosa County Schools

Learning...Anywhere...Anytime

The Catoosa Online Academy opened in 2013 to expand offerings to students who were seeking alternatives to the traditional high school setting or who needed a flexible schedule to stay in school.

After one year, students experienced a passing rate of 75 percent on state end-of-course exams. Based on that success, student enrollment doubled from the first semester to the second semester. Join Virtual Learning Coordinator, Dr. Kyra Rhyne, and learn how to:

  • Retain struggling students or engage those that have withdrawn or fallen behind.
  • Choose the right digital curriculum for your online academy.
  • Blend online learning with face-to-face teacher support to improve academic performance and graduation rates.

Middle School Curriculum: Core Instruction, Concept Recovery, and Blended Learning

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Speaker: Jason Mitchell, Apex Learning; Jeff Allen, Apex Learning

Join Jason Mitchell of Apex Learning for Middle School Curriculum: Core Instruction, Concept Recovery, and Blended Learning. Attend this webinar to learn about:

  • Flexible technology available at your fingertips for use in your middle school classroom
  • Actionable data and reporting tools teachers can easily use for real-time differentiation
  •  We conclude the webinar with a brief Q&A with Jeff Allen, former Instructional Technologist for Dorchester School District 2 in South Carolina. Jeff currently works to identify best practices in the classroom to share with our user base and is an expert in Middle School Tutorials implementations.

Moderator: Cheryl Vedoe, Apex Learning

Speakers: Michael Horn, Clayton Christensen Institute

Join Michael Horn as he highlights his new book's findings on blended learning and disruptive innovation. Michael will discuss how school leaders and teachers can design learning environments to harness innovation toward personalization, access, and equity at scale to unleash student engagement and dramatically improve student achievement.


Planning Successful Summer School Programs

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Speakers: Michelle Rutherford, Director of Implementation Design, Apex Learning; Kathie Bach, Head of School, Apex Learning Virtual School

Join Michelle Rutherford and Kathie Bach and learn best practices behind implementing a successful blended, hybrid, and virtual summer school program using digital curriculum.


Ensuring Student Success Through the NCAA Process

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Speaker: Dr. Todd Reed, Administrator on Special Assignment, Instructional Technology and Virtual Learning of Temecula Valley Unified School District (CA)

Join Dr. Todd Reed as he shares how to ensure student success through the NCAA Process. Attend this webinar and learn how to:

  • Confirm NCAA course approval.
  • Provide virtual options for student athletes.
  • Ensure students are Clearinghouse-ready.

Building and Sustaining a Successful Virtual School

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Presenter: Janet Leistner, Director of EVSC Virtual Academy at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (IN)

Join Janet Leistner as she shares how to build and sustain a successful virtual school. Attend this webinar and learn best practices toward implementing your own virtual academy. Director Leistner will discuss how to:

  • Effectively market to your surrounding community.
  • Build a superior staff.
  • Mitigate concerns about academic integrity.
  • Ensure NCAA accreditation.

Credit Recovery: How to Engage and Motivate Students for Success

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Presenter: Kip Pygman, RtI Coordinator, Leyden High Schools (IL)

Learn how Apex Learning digital curriculum combined with credit recovery program principles has helped guide struggling students back on the path to graduation.


Tips for Successful Communication with Online Students

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Presenter: Dr. Christine Kasitz, Online Program Supervisor, Opportunities for Learning Public Charter Schools

During this webinar you will learn simple tips and strategies to make communication with students more successful and productive in an online learning environment.


Introducing Middle School Tutorials

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Presenter: Jason Mitchell, Apex Learning

Apex Learning Tutorials are expanding to include middle school classrooms. Designed to be a key component of effective blended learning, Tutorials are enabling teachers to effectively prepare students for high-stakes assessments, deliver targeted remediation and intervention, and enhance classroom instruction.

With an interactive app-like design Tutorials create an innovative approach to instruction, practice, review, and assessment that engages today's tech-savvy students.


From Grade Maintenance to Classroom Reform

Moderator: Victoria Spillman, Apex Learning

Presenter: Steve Ford, Principal Highland High School, Antelope Valley School District, CA

During this webinar, we will look at best practices for recovering credits for students that have fallen behind and strategies for preventing student failure in the first place.


Education Week Webinar — Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day: The Flipped Classroom

Moderator: Michelle Rutherford, Director of Implementation Design, Apex Learning

Presenter: Jon Bergmann, Teacher, Author, and Flipped-class Pioneer

Implementing the flipped class using digital curriculum provides teachers with more face-to-face time with students, allows for true differentiation, compels students to take responsibility for their own learning, and enables students to master rigorous course concepts. Join flipped-class pioneer Jon Bergmann as he walks through his transformation from a 20-year lecturer to a flipped-class pioneer. Bergmann will demonstrate how blended learning can transform today's educational climate, increase student learning outcomes, and the key considerations for administrators who want to begin implementing flipped learning in their schools.


From Stakeholder Buy-in to Student Success — How Digital Learning Moved the Needle

Presenter: Elizabeth Brown, Program Administrator, Simi Valley Unifed School District

Learn how Simi Valley Unified School District engaged its teachers' union in the decision to use digital curriculum as a method for increasing teacher effectiveness, increasing the graduation rate, and to implement successful summer school and virtual school digital curriculum programs.


Boston Public Schools

Host: Carol Rickert, Director, Apex Learning Northeast Sales

Presenter: Jan Manfredi, Program Director, Boston Public Schools

Program Director Jan Manfredi discusses how Boston Public Schools increased its graduation rate using online learning, successfully accelerated implementation across the district, and consolidated and streamlined its online learning program.


Michael Horn: How Digital Curriculum is Transforming Learning

Host: Cheryl Vedoe, Apex Learning CEO

Presenter: Michael Horn, Innosight Executive Director

Innosight Institute Executive Director Michael Horn discusses how digital curriculum is transforming learning as a disruptive innovation in education, and the impact it will have on the future.


Ignite High School Success: The Role of Digital Learning

Presenter: Cheryl Vedoe, Apex Learning CEO

The presence and power of digital curriculum is rapidly increasing. Every day, online learning is successfully implemented in schools across the U.S. In this webinar, Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning, discussed the costeffective impact of digital curriculum on improving student outcomes and teacher effectiveness. 


Advancing Student Literacy through Digital Curriculum

Presenter: Kathie Bach, Director of Curriculum

This webinar discusses the challenges facing students and educators, and highlights the ability of rigorous, standards-based digital curriculum to help students improve their reading comprehension while earning credit toward graduation.