Free Webinar Series


Workplace Stability, Employer Resource Networks, and Small Dollar Loans Provide Needed Supports for Business

James Vander Hulst and Ruth Weirich

September 7, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Instability is another measure of diversity in your workforce. Low-income environments are a major contributor, and low-wage employees often experience the “tyranny of the moment” brought on by problems with resources like transportation, healthcare, childcare, eldercare, housing, language/communication, and managing financial and legal matters.

Employee instability creates business instability and eats away at the bottom line. Learn simple, inexpensive solutions you can implement to help stabilize your employees’ lives—and boost your profitability and competitive advantage. Employee Resource Networks and small dollar loans are two of the best ways to stabilize employers and employees. Join James Vander Hulst and Ruth Weirich to discuss effective strategies for the workplace that improve retention, productivity, and the bottom line.

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Developing Student Expertise

Ruby Payne

September 21, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

This webinar will provide tools and processes to use at the secondary level for greater student achievement. Dr. Payne will focus on content comprehension, expertise models that move away from fragmented content, getting students involved in their own self-assessment, relational learning, calibrated student work, and integrating grades, assignments, state assessment, and standards into a seamless approach.

Additionally, the webinar will provide a simple process to work through emotional issues with the staff and parents on campus. Approaches and tools to work more effectively with adolescent males on campus will also be addressed. Finally, the webinar will cover research on habit formation and habit change.

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When You Are Trying to Get out of Poverty, Where You Live Matters!

Phil DeVol and John Begala

October 5, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

This is the first of a two-part webinar for Bridges sites that are reaching the next level in the use research and data to enhance their work. In this session John Begala will talk about his reports “Big City Problems in Ohio’s Small Towns” and “The Troubled Prospects of Ohio’s 88 Capital Cities and Villages.”  In Bridges we talk about community conditions’ as one of the four clusters of research on the causes of poverty.  The understanding that “where you live matters” comes home in a new way that will have people in and outside of Ohio thinking about their communities differently. This two-part series will generate new thinking and explore new tools for the Bridges learning community. John Begala is a lecturer in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University; he is also the former executive director of The Center for Community Solutions in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Bridges Communities Can Take Their Use of Data up by Three Notches 

Phil DeVol and Dan Quigg

October 17, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Phil DeVol will be joined by Dan Quigg, CEO of data-analysis firm Public Insight, in the second part of this two-part series. They will look at complimentary and fee-based data that helps you tell your story and with key data elements. Every story needs equal parts data and emotion. Learn how to find free and cost-effective data in this platform for education, community, and healthcare professionals to conduct fast and meaningful analysis. Public Insight uniquely blends disparate public and licensed private databases and utilizes proven analysis software tools to transform data into dynamic reports, visualizations, and valuable decision-making insights. These can inform grant needs, advocating for public policy changes, comparative analysis, and benchmarking. Looking for another tool for your toolbox? Join this webinar to find that tool.

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Phil DeVol

November 2, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Are you trying to build a sustainable Bridges initiative? If so, you should know about silos. What are they? How are they helpful? How are they harmful?

This webinar is based on Gillian Tett’s book The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. She says, “Above all, we need to leave ourselves open to collisions with people and ideas outside whatever silo we inhabit.”

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Research-Based Strategies – The Achievement Gap Can Be Closed

Bethanie Tucker, Ed.D.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Under-resourced students can achieve equally with their more affluent peers with approaches that address their unique needs and build on their strengths. Strategies included in Ruby Payne’s Research-Based Strategies were selected for this very purpose—to meet the needs of under-resourced and all students without requiring extra classroom time.

In this webinar, Bethanie Tucker, Ed.D. will cover strategies that reflect the upcoming revised edition of Research-Based Strategies. This revised edition will retain the features that teachers love—a menu of strategies to address specific student behaviors, plus statements about how effective the research has proven each strategy to be. Effect size data comes from the work of John Hattie and helps answer the question, “Where do we start?” In addition, Payne has added her own analysis of the added effect of poverty on each influence and strategy.

Join us in this webinar to reduce planning time, improve effectiveness, raise achievement, and develop more immediate and reliable interventions.

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Removing the Mask: Identifying and Serving Gifted Students from Poverty

Ellen Williams

December 7, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Is there equity in your school’s gifted program? Do the demographics reflect the demographics of your campus as a whole? Gifted programs often serve wealthy and middle class students and exclude students from poverty. This webinar will outline a complete process for identifying gifted students from poverty using easy-to-implement instruments and detailed procedures.

Dr. Williams will share strategies and supports to retain students and foster success in gifted programs, suggestions for behavioral interventions in gifted programs, and techniques for working with parents of gifted students. Williams will discuss briefly how to use the Teacher Perception Inventory and Environmental Opportunities Profile instruments.

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