Fall Professional Development Webinars at USC Rossier

Fall Professional Development
In the education field, it is important for teachers to stay current about new teaching methods and perspectives. In order to improve students’ learning experiences and advance their own skill set, teachers can use free and easily accessible resources, such as Twitter chats, guides, online toolkits and webinars.
To help teachers get started, here’s a look at three upcoming professional development webinars hosted by USC Rossier School of Education faculty members.


Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction Using Inquiry Learning

Tuesday, October 14, 2014; 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET


Every class has students that perform at different levels (advanced, average, below average), which means teachers must understand how to address everyone’s learning level. Problem-based instruction is an ideal way to personalize how and what you teach. In this webinar, the how and why of inquiry learning will be discussed, as well as what this would look like in a real classroom. Understanding the differences each student brings to the table, whether cultural, academic or socio-economic, is the first step toward creating an effective classroom environment for all.

Presenter: Sandra Kaplan, EdD, Professor of Clinical Education
Bio: An expert in gifted education and differentiated curriculum, Dr. Kaplan teaches the methods courses for the Multiple Subjects Teaching credential and acts as a consultant for several state departments and school districts nationwide.

Using Student Data to Inform Classroom Practice

Thursday, November 20, 2014; 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET
This webinar focuses on making the most of testing and helping educators understand what to do with the data. Participants will learn what to do with each type of assessment to target skills and improve instruction in the classroom.

Presenter: Julie Slayton, JD, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Education
Bio: Dr. Slayton is committed to improving child and adult learning opportunities in urban schools. Her research and teaching career spans her time as the director of research and planning for the Los Angeles Unified School District to serving as associate professor of clinical education at USC Rossier.

The Experience of a Special Education Student

Wednesday, December 10, 2014; 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET
This webinar will provide background on schools, special needs students, role-playing, and discussion of specific strategies for success in the classroom. Whether you have students with autism, unique physical needs or another challenge, all teachers should be prepared to make school a positive and productive place for all students. This webinar will also offer teachers ways in which they can improve the learning experiences of special education students in their classroom.

Presenter: Eric Bernstein, JD, EdD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Education
Bio: Dr. Bernstein’s research and writing focuses on the education experiences of students from historically marginalized groups, qualitative methods of research in education and contemporary legal issues in education.
These webinars are offered to anyone who is interested. Simply sign up on the event page and join the conversation on Twitter by using this hashtag: #techpd14 and tweeting @USCTeacher.

Check out our past webinars on topics like ‘Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction using Inquiry Learning’, ‘Meeting the Needs of Bilingual Students’, ‘New Media Literacies’ or ‘Creating Productive Learning Environments’.