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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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.
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The Power of Educators and Families: Joining Forces for Children’s Social and Emotional Learning
Though we know that children are far more likely to achieve in school when parents are involved, how can educators and families build a healthy, collaborative partnership? In this webinar, we’ll talk about families’ roles in children’s Social and Emotional development. What are the practical possibilities? Drawing upon the latest research and translating findings into the practical, everyday realities of school life, we’ll discuss how educators can use current structures and supports for social and emotional learning in school to allow parents a voice, choice, and significant role in contributing to their child’s learning.
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Educator Social-Emotional Well-Being: Integrating SEL Practices into the School Day and Beyond
Tia Navelene Barnes, Ph.D., is a social emotional learning researcher and one of Rethink Ed’s SEL Experts. In this session, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the importance of being intentional in addressing their social-emotional wellness, reflect on their ,social-emotional well-being practices, and create a plan to incorporate practices to support their own social-emotional well-being. As a former educator of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), Dr. Barnes’ research interests focus on creating environments where students with emotional and behavioral challenges can thrive. In this session, Dr. Barnes will introduce strategies that teachers can use to support their own social-emotional well-being during their school day and beyond.
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SEL FOR EVERYONE: Promoting Essential Social and Emotional Skills in Special Education
Individuals with a social emotional learning difference such as autism benefit greatly from supports to enhance social emotional engagement. By creating a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) that supports all learners, we can create a place where all learners actively engage in their learning experiences. In this webinar we will explore practical tools for how to identify what works to enhance learner engagement. We will also examine resources from the Social Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) framework that provide educators with a focus on ensuring learning strategies to promote access, engagement and expression of learning across various stages of development.
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Supporting Students in Rural Settings
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Beyond Compliance: Ensuring Individual Success in Special Education
In this webinar, Dr. Hulett will discuss current issues and barriers facing special education with relation to true individualization. Participants will explore best practices and what educators can do to ensure every child is receiving a well-crafted, appropriately ambitious, and reasonably implemented educational program. In particular, this webinar will explore the unique IEP needs of children with behavioral disorders and challenges.
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Beginning the Conversation: Criminal Justice and Autism Spectrum Disorder
This webinar will provide an overview of the intersection between autism and the Juvenile and Criminal Justice System., how characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are sometimes implicated in people engaging in behaviors that reach the level of criminal offense and the vulnerabilities of people on the spectrum once inside the system. The webinar will finish with resources and strategies to prevent contact with the legal system.