Several times per year, Pi Lambda Theta offers free webinars for its members through Educational Horizons magazine. These interactive webinars provide participants with high-quality, valuable information they can use. Join us from the comfort of your home, school, or office â€” all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and a phone.
Check back in early 2014 for details about a webinar series designed to take your career to the next level.
Past Webinar Recordings
The Teacher’s Toolkit Webinar Series
Get the tips and strategies you need to succeed in the classroom.
Your teaching style â€” your mix of method of delivery, classroom management, and overall relationship with students â€” is what will make you an outstanding teacher. Find out how you can develop your own distinct style in this interactive webinar, and bring your questions.
PRESENTER: Sheila Kohl is a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught 6th grade at West De Pere Middle School in De Pere, Wis., for 15 years. She has taught all subjects, but she currently teaches science and is the team leader for her grade. She was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Is your studentsâ€™ behavior threatening your passion for teaching? Learn practical strategies for bringing your classroom back under control in this interactive webinar. Bring your questions and get answers to your tricky classroom management challenges.
PRESENTER: Mary Jacques is a National Board Certified Teacher who has taught for 15 years in the Boston Public Schools. She has taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, literacy, and English as a second language. She is currently a K-5 resource room teacher. She also works with preservice teachers from Boston College.
Establishing a positive relationship with your studentsâ€™ families can be one of the most difficult, yet most powerful, aspects of teaching. Set yourself and your students up for success by learning how to connect with their families throughout the school year. Get actionable strategies and tips in this interactive webinar, and bring your questions.
PRESENTER: Jackie McNatt is a National Board Certified Teacher with 10 years of experience. She currently teaches 3rd grade at Goshen Elementary in Prospect, Ky., where in 2011, she was elected Teacher of the Year.
Rock the Job Hunt Webinar Series
Youâ€™re trying to land a teaching job? Lucky for you, we have insider knowledge on how you can set yourself up to get the job you want. In this webinar series, Pi Lambda Thetaâ€™s experts will give you tips on where can you find jobs to apply for and how you can shine.
Tips for Acing Your Interview: A Panel with PLTâ€™s Job Interview Coaches
Do you wish you knew what the hiring committee was thinking? How do you answer tricky questions? Whatâ€™s your body language saying about you, and is a portfolio a must-have or an optional element? Join this webinar, featuring a moderated panel of Pi Lambda Thetaâ€™s expert job interview coaches, as they answer questions submitted by PLT members and offer expert advice so you can ace your interview.
Debra Reeder is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and the University of Virginia, where she teaches undergraduate education and graduate human resources courses. She is a former teacher, school-based administrator, and school system human resources professional for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.
Terri Sackett has been a classroom teacher, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, principal, and superintendent in schools in Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New Zealand over the last 30 years.
Aviva Goelman Rice is a district-level professional learning coach with the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools System in Georgia, where she conducts trainings in standards-based education, development of common assessments, classroom management, and co-teaching; she also provides support to teachers and professional learning communities on all aspects of teaching and learning. She has 17 years of classroom experience in the Detroit Public Schools and Sumter County (Ga.) schools in grades K-8 and special education and is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Michele Jones is a positive behavior interventions and support coach within the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support in DeKalb County School District, where she mentors and coaches teachers of students with disabilities, specializing in behavior management. She is a former paraprofessional, K-12 special education teacher, and an instructional change coach.
Networking Tips for Educators
Have you ever thought about how networking can help advance your career and improve your practice? In this one-hour interactive webinar, learn how you can build your network of education professionals and how you can use your network to become a better teacher and get the job you want.
PRESENTER: Angela Jones is the director of human resources in the Spokane Public Schools in Spokane, Wash. She has 13 years of experience interviewing and hiring educators and building professional networks.
Read the related Educational Horizons article by Angela Jones, “Six Networking Tips to Advance Your Career Goals.”
Tips for Finding Teaching Jobs
Are you looking for a teaching job? Would you like some helpful tips to frame your job search? Learn the secrets of the best job search techniques and get your questions answered during this one-hour interactive webinar.
PRESENTER: Cathy Stephens is the director of Educational Certification and Career Services at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. She has more than eight years of experience in helping new teachers find and land their dream jobs.
Hot Topics Webinar Series
Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Requirements
What should you do if you suspect one of your students is the victim of abuse? What are your legal responsibilities? Get answers and tips on how to proceed in this one-hour interactive webinar presented by Shirley Woika, director of clinical and field training at Penn State University’s Graduate Program in School Psychology, and Carissa Bowersox, a doctoral candidate at Penn State University who is completing her predoctoral internship at Juniata County School District in Pennsylvania.
PRESENTERS: Shirley Woika is the director of clinical and field training at Penn State University’s Graduate Program in School Psychology. She is certified as a teacher, school psychologist, and special education supervisor, and she has attained her superintendent’s letter of eligibility. She is also licensed as a psychologist and has over 20 years experience working in schools.
Carissa Bowersox is a fifth-year doctoral candidate at Penn State University and is completing her predoctoral internship at Juniata County School District in Pennsylvania.
Teaching (The Next Step) Webinar Series
Teaching (English Language Learners)
Are you a new or seasoned teacher who is not sure how to teach the English language learners in your class? Would you like some practical tips that you can easily incorporate in your daily lessons? In this one-hour webinar, Amy Williamson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University, will provide you with some easy strategies for helping your ELL students improve their English proficiency while also becoming more engaged and successful in your classes.
PRESENTER: Amy Williamson is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Her research deals with diversity in the classroom, content literacy, and teacher quality. She earned her doctorate from Baylor University and is a member of the PDK 2011-12 Class of Emerging Leaders.
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Read the related Educational Horizons article by Amy Williamson, “My Students Don’t Speak English.”
Teaching (Substitute Your Way to a Real Job)
Looking to maximize your substitute teaching experience? Hoping to capitalize on that experience to land your first teaching contract in your own classroom? Wondering how substitute teaching can actually be a powerful, informative, and positive experience? Cathy Stephens, director of Educational Certification and Career Services at Whitworth University, will share her best tips on how you can make the most of substitute teaching, ENJOY the experience, and use it to your advantage as you move toward having your own classroom. She should know: She actually began her career in education as a substitute teacher â€” by choice!
PRESENTER: Cathy Stephens is the director of Educational Certification and Career Services at Whitworth University. She holds a current teaching certificate in the state of Washington with endorsements in elementary education and theater. She holds a masterâ€™s degree in education with an emphasis on administrative leadership from Whitworth University.
Read the related Educational Horizons article by Cathy Stephens, “Substitute Your Way to a Real Job.”
Teaching (Start Off Right)
Youâ€™ve worked hard completing your coursework and student teaching. Now you have your own classroom and must inspire your own students! If you are wondering what you should do on the first day to set the right tone for your classroom, join us for this one-hour interactive webinar. Patrick Ledesma, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and director of educator engagement at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Allyn Anderson-Sodowsky, an NBCT 6th-grade teacher, will discuss the key elements that should be in place before you welcome your first student. Bring your questions about creating a positive climate in your classroom!
PRESENTERS: Patrick Ledesma is the director of educator engagement with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Previously, he was the middle school technology specialist and special education department chair with Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. A National Board Certified Teacher, he taught the new teacher induction classes for the district for two years and has served as a new teacher mentor for eight years. He was a 2010 Teaching Ambassador Fellow for the U.S. Department of Education and is currently in the Ph.D. program at George Mason University, focusing on teacher education, data-driven decision making, and technology. He writes the blog â€śLeading from the Classroomâ€ť on Education Week Teacher and is on the Teacher Advisory Board for the Center for Teaching Quality.
Allyn Anderson-Sodowsky teaches middle school English in Loudon County Public Schools in Virginia. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has served as a mentor teacher in a Beginning Teacher Induction Program.
Read the related Educational Horizons article by Allyn Anderson-Sodowsky, “Setting the Right Tone for the School Year.”
Getting a Job in Education Webinar Series
Looking for an education job? Our three-part webinar series can help you navigate the job search process. Our experts provide tips for finding jobs, creating outstanding rĂ©sumĂ©s, acing your interview, and more.
How to Wow Employers with Your Interview and Portfolio
Youâ€™ve made it to the interview stage! Learn how to sell yourself by talking about your teaching skills and experience. Mary C. Clement, a professor of teacher education at Berry College and a national expert in behavior-based interviewing, will share sample interview questions and model answers. In behavior-based interviews, candidates discuss their background and experience with all aspects of teaching so that employers know that they can do the job when hired. This interactive 45-minute webinar will also cover how to use an interview portfolio as a visual aid, and youâ€™ll learn strategies for being confident and prepared. Bring your questions!
PRESENTER: Mary C. Clement is a professor of teacher education at Berry College, north of Atlanta, Ga. Her research focuses on the hiring of new teachers, and she has published 10 books and 100 articles on this topic. Before earning her doctorate at the University of Illinois, she was a high school teacher.
How to Find Teaching Jobs
Are you looking for your first or second teaching job? Would you like some helpful strategies to frame your job search? Have you wondered if you should be networking and what, exactly, that means? Cathy Stephens, director of Educational Certification and Career Services at Whitworth University, will share the secrets of the best job search and networking techniques and answer your questions during this 45-minute interactive webinar.
PRESENTER: Cathy Stephens is the director of Educational Certification and Career Services at Whitworth University.
How to Write the Best RĂ©sumĂ© and Cover Letter
Youâ€™ve found some jobs to apply for, so itâ€™s time to fill out the applications, polish your rĂ©sumĂ©, and write the cover letters. But how can you stand out from hundreds of other applicants? Learn the dos and donâ€™ts from Jean Wyer, career services program coordinator at The Ohio State University. During this 45-minute interactive webinar, sheâ€™ll provide tips to help you shine and answer your questions.
PRESENTER: Jean Wyer is the career services program coordinator at The Ohio State University.
In the Classroom Webinar Series
Tips for Reaching All Students
The students in your class have a variety of abilities and disabilities. How can you teach them all? What is the trick to creating an inclusive classroom community where all students feel accepted by their peers? Join presenter Lisa Harrod, an assistant superintendent and national education consultant on special education, and learn practical academic and behavioral strategies that you can use in your K-12 classroom. This interactive 30-minute webinar will focus on creating a classroom climate that encourages students to take risks, despite challenges they may encounter as learners.
PRESENTER: Lisa M. Harrod is a national education consultant on special education, leadership, curriculum, common core state standards and Response to Intervention. She is the assistant superintendent in Steger School District 194 in Steger, Ill., and a university instructor.
As a consultant and leader, Harrod focuses on providing educators with relevant and practical strategies that can be implemented immediately in the classroom. Her presentations are motivating and meaningful. She has created a leadership academy for staff members interested in pursing a career in administration.
She is a PDK International Emerging Leader and has recently received the Chicago State University PDK Educator of the Year award.
Classroom Management Makeover
Itâ€™s not too late to take control of your classroom! Managing your classroom is essential to helping students maximize their learning potential. What message does your classroom environment send? How is it hampering or helping your classroom management? This interactive 30-minute webinar will include tips to help you create a more structured environment even though the first days of school are gone.
PRESENTER: Qiahna G. Williams is a new teacher mentor with the School District of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Fla.