Webinars

Our Rethink Ed Webinar Series empowers educators by bringing live professional development led by thought leaders in special education straight to the screen. Each webinar addresses important, trending topics like effective academic instruction, early childhood learning, family engagement, and addressing challenging behavior.
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CPR for Mental Well-Being: After COVID The Power of Courage, Presence, & Resilience
For more than a year all of our lives have been disrupted in one way or another. There has been uncertainty, frustration, heartache, loss, and loneliness, to name a few. Stress and anxiety levels have been on the rise and the consequential mental health vulnerabilities are considered a parallel, hidden pandemic. Yet, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. May is Mental Health Awareness month and we now have a chance to catch our breath and reflect on the experiences of the past year, including the grit and grace seen among family, friends and co-workers.

This presentation attends to key inner strengths needed for the new normal of post-pandemic life: Courage, Presence, and Resilience. This talk will offer select skills rooted in evidence-based practices: mindfulness, positive psychology, and self-compassion. Learn about the power of positive neuroplasticity to overcome the brain’s negativity bias and learn skills to hardwire happiness and grow lasting inner strengths.
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Returning to School & to Safety: What Every School Leader Must Have in Place for Student and Staff Safety
Dr. Joseph Erardi, presently an executive board member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), recently retired after 40 years of service to CT children. Dr. Erardi served as a school superintendent for 20 years and spent the last four years of his career leading the rebuild and recovery of the Newtown, CT school district. Dr. Erardi continues to make a difference in the lives of children by speaking across the country on school safety and consulting on best practice with security, social emotional learning, and positive climate and culture. Dr. Erardi has been named as the CT Supt of the Year (2017), the CT PTA Supt of the Year (2016), and the outstanding CT Administrator of the year by both the University of Hartford and Central CT State University. Dr. Erardi remains active in education as an adjunct professor in the CT State University System and by working with numerous Boards of Education as they look to hire their new superintendent.
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A Survivor’s Perspective: An In-Depth Look at Human Trafficking and Prevention
Ms. Frundt has been actively raising awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) since 2000. A high profile national advocate on the issue of domestic sex trafficking and a survivor of CSEC, Ms. Frundt is deeply committed to helping other children and women who are living through experiences similar to her own. She has been featured on numerous national shows and publications, including the OWN Network’s Our America with Lisa Ling: 3AM Girls, which featured an undercover look into sex trafficking in Washington, DC, the CNN Freedom Project, and in 2016 the Whitney Young Unsung Heroes award by the Urban Institute. In 2010, she became the first U.S. citizen to receive the Free the Slaves Freedom Awards-Frederick Douglas Award, which recognizes survivors of sex trafficking who use their life in freedom to help others. She is the founder and executive director of Courtney’s House, which provides direct services for domestic sex trafficked youth, ages 11 – 21 in Prince George’s County and the Washington, DC. metro area. Since its inception, Courtney’s House and Ms. Frundt have helped over 650 survivor’s transition out of their trafficking situation.
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Student Substance Abuse: How Schools Can Help
Travis Pantiel is a licensed mental health counselor and national board-certified counselor practicing in Tampa, Florida. Travis has experience working with a variety of populations and treatment approaches, with specialized training and expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders as well as complex trauma related disorders. Travis has experience providing professional training and development for large care organizations while working in administrative roles as well as providing community care in direct support roles. Travis has advanced certifications as a Master Level Certified Addiction Professional as well as Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Travis received his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University as well as actively pursuing his doctorate degree in Integrated Behavioral Health at Arizona State University.
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Trauma & Mental Health: How SEL Fit In
During this webinar we will hear from a district leader on how they responded to and supported their community through a traumatic event. We will also hear from a licensed psychologist on how we broaden our perspective about trauma, mental health, and SEL while targeting deficits and promoting resilience. At the end of the webinar you will be willing to ask the difficult questions that need asking, and know who to speak with about the answers.
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Internet Safety In the 21st Century Learning Environment
Jill Brown, Founder and President of Generation Text Online presents important information that every educator needs to know about internet safety for their students. In this webinar, participants will deepen their understanding of what students are exposed to each and every day through school provided technology. Participants will walk away with strategies on how to have discussions with students about uncensored information readily available, tools for helping students make sense of ideas they are being exposed to, and tips for helping them to avoid the dangers and pitfalls of internet use, social media, and gaming.
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The New Norm: Meeting the Needs of Children With Behavioral Challenges Virtually
Our panel for this webinar is comprised of national leaders and experts in the areas of special education, law, and service delivery models. Moderated by Author and Special Education Advocate Kurt Hulett, panelists will cover a variety of topics including:

• Creative ways to provide previously in-person services virtually.
• Best practice recommendations for navigating IDEA requirements.
• Strategies for educators and parents on navigating behavioral challenges in new environments.
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Addressing Disproportionality: Shifting PBIS Systems and Promoting SEL
The webinar will provide an overview of how to use student voice, data, language, and identity to shift how we think about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Further discussion on how to integrate social emotional learning (SEL) and alignment of school-wide expectations to SEL competencies will be provided as a means to increase objectivity through explicit teaching of concrete language. Integrated SEL PBIS matrices, will be provided as an example of how to leverage systems to increase adult self-reflection and decrease disproportionate referrals for often marginalized student populations.
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Autism, Adversity & Adapting to Change: Insights from our Expert Panel
Dr. Hulett is a leading special education advocate and educational consultant based in Central Texas. He works extensively on behalf of children and families engaged in the IEP and Section 504 process. He is well-known for his ability to navigate difficult situations and secure the educational services, goals and desired outcomes for the parents and students he serves. In addition, he trains principals and administrators in the utilization of both best practices and legal approaches to special education management. Dr. Hulett is the author of the best-selling text “Legal Aspects of Special Education.” He is committed to helping all stakeholders meet the needs of students with disabilities.

He has extensive experience in many aspects of school administration including over ten years as a school principal, work in assessment as vice president for Triumph Learning in New York, head of research and development for Pearson Assessment in San Antonio, legal issues and compliance specialist for Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia, and grants and budget analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Education in Virginia.

Dr. Hulett has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from James Madison University, a master’s in special education from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in education administration and supervision also from the University of Virginia. Dr. Hulett is the proud of father of two children currently attending South Bosque Elementary School and the spouse of a Baylor University professor.
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Selecting and Leading Social Emotional Learning Though the Lens of the Administrator
Dr. Joseph Erardi, recently retired superintendent of schools from Newtown, CT spent the final four years of his career before retirement examining multiple platforms for K-12 SEL learning. This focus area was a critical step in the recovery process for the district as the school community rebuilt from the Sandy Hook School tragedy. In this webinar, Dr. Erardi will share with the listening audience measurements that he used in the SEL selection process and how school leaders can play forward the effectiveness of their selected program to all stakeholders.

This webinar is a part of Rethink Ed’s Social and Emotional Learning Expert Webinar Series.
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Rethink Expert Webinar Series: Expanding Employability Opportunities for Students with Neurodiverse Conditions
Students with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, ADHD and social anxiety have tremendous strengths that could benefit any employer. As educators, our end goal for ALL students includes having them learn, practice, and model employability skills. We also want employers and coworkers to see our students who are neurodiverse as capable young adults with their own unique strengths first and as individuals who may benefit from accommodation and support second. This webinar will cover recommendations for school districts on how to work with potential employers to accomplish this. Furthermore, this webinar will provide school districts with recommendations for how to help students with neurodiverse conditions model and practice employability skills during the school day.
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Rethink SEL Expert Webinar Series: David Adams, M.Ed
This webinar is a part of Rethink Ed’s Social and Emotional Learning Expert Webinar Series.

Participants in this webinar session will learn how to organize their schools and districts around social, emotional, and academic development. By engaging in an interactive guided implementation model, participants will gain insight into the importance of explicitly teaching, assessing, integrating and sustaining SEL concepts in their schools and districts.
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SEL & Mental Health: An Integrated Power of Prevention
At the very least I can distinguish fear from worry and anxiety, often confusing people and preventing important remedies. Fear and worry are both instinctive, not requiring any active thinking while anxiety, both ruminative (past-oriented) and anticipatory (future-oriented) involve a composition of brain/body imbalance, trapped energy, avoidance, pessimistic world view schema, and much more…
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What’s Love Got To Do With It
Cultivating a loving culture can contribute to the development of Social Emotional skills in both students and adults. Love can also positively impact all other organizational improvement efforts. Join us on November 25th to learn how Love can be defined and implemented in schools and amplify the impact of Social and Emotional Learning.
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Writing for Resilience: SEL, Social Action, Civility and Youth Purpose
Resilience is more than a set of SEL skills—it is sustained by a sense of positive purpose, a belief in something beyond oneself, and an appreciation of the role of others in one’s life. This webinar will show how to bring these additional dimensions to SEL work in your classroom, focusing on helping students articulate their Laws of Life and sense of purpose and learning how to use their SEL skills to take action around issues, problems, and causes they care about.
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Addressing Disproportionality: Shifting PBIS Systems and Promoting SEL
The webinar will provide an overview of how to use student voice, data, language, and identity to shift how we think about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Further discussion on how to integrate social emotional learning (SEL) and alignment of school-wide expectations to SEL competencies will be provided as a means to increase objectivity through explicit teaching of concrete language. Integrated SEL PBIS matrices, will be provided as an example of how to leverage systems to increase adult self-reflection and decrease disproportionate referrals for often marginalized student populations..
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Lost then Found: Shifting the Narrative of “Troubled Youth” by Fostering SEL Skills Through Intervention
In the U.S., 46% of the nation’s children report having experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. These same students have a high chance to be labeled “High-Risk” or “Troubled Students” and often end up in in-school suspension or restorative practice centers when their emotions get the best of them. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the patterns involving children with behavioral challenges, proactive interventions to best support students needs and innovative solutions that are culturally-responsive and researched based. Participants will walk away with both profound compassion and solutions to shift the narrative of your most challenging students to amazing resilience stories through the lens of Social and Emotional Learning.