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Regional League Webinars

9.20.16 | LIS Learning Options for 2016-2017

This introductory webinar clarifies outcomes for several of this year’s LIS activities, and addresses the types of support offered to LIS members, both regionally and in-state.

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1.24.17 | School Culture and Approaches to Student Behavior: Leading and Learning for Equity

Title: School Culture and Approaches to Student Behavior: Leading and Learning for Equity
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

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Resources from Leslie Blatteau, Metropolitan Business Academy, Connecticut

Resources from Adam Bunting, Champlain Valley Union High School, Vermont

Description: As schools work to create student-centered programs and to implement more student-focused practices in their classrooms, they recognize the important connection between academics and school culture. Schools are working to develop comprehensive approaches that support student growth and positive decision-making in all aspects of school life while recognizing the very real challenges of supporting all students in developmentally appropriate and individualized ways.

In this webinar, leaders from Metropolitan Business Academy (New Haven, CT) and Champlain Valley Union High School (VT), will present beliefs, approaches and examples within their personalized learning environments that support students as individuals so they can achieve as learners. Participants will be encouraged to consider how the beliefs, approaches, and resources can apply to the unique context.

Adam Bunting, Principal, Champlain Valley Union High School, VT
Leslie Blatteau, Instructional Coach & Teacher, Metropolitan Business Academy, CT
Reed Dyer, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Courtney Jacobs, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

3.6.17 | New Tech Teams Grant Opportunity for LIS Members

New Tech Teams, with the Great Schools Partnership, presents a grant opportunity for LIS Members.

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3.15.17 | Detracking and Heterogeneous Grouping

TitleDetracking and Heterogeneous Grouping
Date: March 15, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 

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Kearsarge Regional High School

Noble High School

Research repeatedly has demonstrated that tracking students into perceived ability groups does not improve school outcomes. Furthermore, tracking is one of the primary ways in which existing racial and socioeconomic divides are tacitly encouraged and even enforced in schools. Despite this evidence, the practice remains popular among many teachers, parents, and students in schools.

In this webinar, we will review research related to tracking and clarify the difference between tracking and flexible ability grouping. Teachers and leaders from Maine’s Noble High School and New Hampshire’s Kearsarge Regional High School will share with us success stories about their long-standing use of heterogeneous grouping. They will demonstrate beliefs and practices that have improved learning for every student in their classrooms and discuss practical ways to engage parents and students in understanding and supporting this practice. Please join us for a deep dive into heterogeneous grouping.


  • Don Weafer, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
  • Angela Hardy, Director of Coaching, Great Schools Partnership
  • Laura Newman, Assistant Principal, Kearsarge Regional High School, NH
  • Curtis Roddy, Social Studies, Kearsarge Regional High School, NH
  • Kevin Lee, English, Kearsarge Regional High School, NH
  • Katherine McCandless, Science, Kearsarge Regional High School, NH
  • Alison Kearney, Noble High School, ME
  • Nancy Simard, Noble High School, ME

5.3.17 | 21st Century Skills

Title: 21st Century Skills
Date: May 3, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 

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21st Century Skills, Transferable Skills, Guiding Principles, Cross-curricular Competencies, and 21st Century Learning Expectations are five ways that describe the topic for this League of Innovative Schools webinar. 

These terms all point to a broad set of knowledge, skills, work habits, and character traits that are believed to be important to success in college, careers, and citizenship. Most of the 21st century skills can be applied in all of the academic subject areas, as well as in all educational, career, and civic settings throughout a student’s life. There is an increasing body of research that demonstrates the importance of both teaching and assessing these important skills.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the research that supports the inclusion of 21st century skills;
  • Make the connections among the different New England states’ approaches to these skills, including how they are connected with NEASC accreditation;
  • Learn about the Great Schools Partnership Transferable Skills Project as well as other relevant resources;
  • Hear from a team of educators from Montpelier (VT) Public Schools about their process for developing and implementing 21st century skills across all grades and all parts of the curriculum.

Ted Hall, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Michael Martin, Director of Curriculum & Technology, Montpelier Public Schools
Kassandra Reid, Math Teacher, Montpelier High School
Joshua Parker, Math Teacher, Montpelier High School

6.14.17 | LIS Moving Forward: What's Next?

Date: June 14, 2017, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. 

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Connecticut State Webinars

1.5.16 | School in the Spotlight: Windsor Locks Middle School

January 5, 2016
School in the Spotlight: Windsor Locks Middle Schools

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Maine State Webinars

12.9.15 | School in the Spotlight: Noble High School

During this webinar, educators from Noble High School shared their work around the comprehensive system of supports and interventions they refer to as ‘KnightTime.’

  1. Webinar Recording
  2. Noble High School KnightTime Website
  3. Presentation Slides

2.8.16 | School in the Spotlight: RSU 2

February 8, 2016

During this webinar, educators from RSU 2 share aspects of their highly collaborative work that serves to build overall assessment literacy and creates shared understanding and consensus about what proficiency looks like and how to assess student work in ways that are increasingly consistent.

Courtney Belolan (Instructional Coach) and Matthew Shea (Coordinator of Student Achievement) set the context for their work by describing a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration that led to their initial development and implementation of proficiency-based learning. Their district-wide content area K-12 curriculum teams are central to their work. This year, each of these content area teams is focusing on the design and/or refinement of summative assessments. Using protocols and processes aligned with the School Reform Initiative’s principles for effective educator collaboration, teachers engage in conversations that lead to increased understanding of effective assessment design principles. The result is stronger, better aligned assessments (the cornerstone of proficiency-based learning) throughout the district which benefit students.

The following includes links to the webinar recording, slides used, and resources referenced.


New Hampshire State Webinars

2.16.16 | School in the Spotlight: Winnacunnet High School

February 16, 2016

Peer Leadership in a Personalized Learning System
Winnacunnet High School developed Freshman Seminar as a one-trimester, introductory high school curriculum. Aimed at fostering academic success, collaborative learning experiences and student empowerment, the class features a peer leadership system where upperclassmen serve as role models and co-facilitators of the class. Winnacunnet has used this model to benefit the physical, social, and emotional well-being of each student.  

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  2. Presentation Slides


Rhode Island State Webinars

1.11.16 | School in the Spotlight: Cumberland High School

January 11, 2016 | 4:00pm

During this webinar, educators from Cumberland High School share how technology and the recent deployment of 1:1 devices for all students supports their personalized and proficiency-based graduation system.

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2.25.16 | School in the Spotlight: Feinstein Middle School

February 25, 2016 | 4:00pm
Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School of Coventry

Student Voice + Choice in a Personalized Learning System

During the webinar, teachers and leaders from the school will describe their efforts to build greater opportunities for student voice and choice in the classroom. As part of their comprehensive work to personalize learning, educators from Feinstein have deliberately and collaboratively been planning for and supporting more opportunities for students to have a voice in their learning and access to greater choice. We learn more about the planning, staging, and supports in place as well as have an opportunity to hear from teachers about the specific shifts in teaching and learning that result from this work.

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video was shown during the live webinar that unfortunately was not captured in the recording. Please use the links included here to view separately. At approximately minute 27:00 Feinstein shared this video of what the classroom looks like. At minute 32:00, on the title slide “What do the kids think?” two student interview videos were shared which you can view here and here.

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Vermont State Webinars

2.29.16 | School in the Spotlight: Harwood Union High School

February 29, 2016 | 3:00 PM

As part of their work to personalize learning, Harwood Union High School has shifted their leadership, professional learning, and engagement strategies to lay a solid foundation for continuous school improvement and, ultimately, a student-centered learning environment.  This webinar specifically highlights the work of HUHS in developing shared leadership, refining administrative leadership, and building learning communities in order to shift their school-wide practices and realize their mission and vision.

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