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CLAS Lunch & Learn

September 2020 Lunch and Learn

    September 3 - 3, 2020

Understanding the Brain to Understand Behavior

September 3, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presented by: Joy Winchester

When children display challenging behaviors, our first reaction is to tackle the behavior, but we forget to think about the “why” behind the actions.   Looking at the child through the lens of their connection to peers, family, teachers, school and looking at the skill that is missing creates solutions that will be long-term and build neural pathways in the brain.  Join Joy Winchester as she discusses the connection between the brain and behavior.

October 2020 Lunch & Learn

    October 1 - 1, 2020

What Resources are Available to Assist K-12 Math Teachers

October 1, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presented by: Catherine Jones

Now more than ever, it is important to continue supporting classroom teachers.  With the adoption of the new math standards, teachers must be engaged in meaningful professional learning of effective strategies and approaches to deliver impactful instruction.  Join Catherine Jones as she provides teachers and district leaders with opportunities networks that lead to effective math instruction.

January 2021 Lunch & Learn

    January 6 - 6, 2021

Technology Strategies for Effective Stakeholder Engagement

January 6, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presented by: Jennifer Butler and Krissy Edwards, Florence City Schools

Effective communication between administrators, teachers and stakeholders is key to improving school and district outcomes. Districts should be transparent, proactive, and timely in their communications to include all stakeholders in crucial conversations. While several platforms exist that can connect all key stakeholders, identifying how and when to use those platforms most effectively can be a challenge.  Join Jennifer Butler and Krissy Edwards  from Florence City Schools as they provide technology strategies for effective stakeholder engagement.  

February 2021 Lunch & Learn

    February 3 - 3, 2021

Lenses of Ethical Leadership

February 3, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presented by: Ed Nichols

A deliberate path to ethical leadership is evident at all levels – personal, interpersonal, economic, and societal. The best leadership inspires others to internalize the same. The ripple effect generated by assuming ethical responsibility creates a more meaningful work experience, engages employees, and builds confidence.  Join Dr. Ed Nichols as he discusses ways to transform your organization by utilizing ethical leadership. 


March 2021 Lunch & Learn

    March 2 - 2, 2021

Tried and True ELL Practices

March 2, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presented by: Russellville City Schools

Every EL student comes to school with unique academic needs, background experiences, and attitudes toward learning.  Effective teachers and administrators understand that these variables influence how students learn, and they adjust supports to match students’ needs.  Join this informative webinar and learn strategies to provide English Learners with opportunities to participate successfully in all school and classroom activities. 


April 2021 Lunch & Learn

    April 6 - 6, 2021

Using Data to Inform Decisions

April 6, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presented by: Daniel Boyd

Utilizing instructional rounds, as a data source can play a significant role in broadening educators’ instructional repertoire and improving teaching and learning.  Through the process of discussing information gathered from instructional rounds, coupled with assessment and demographic school data, instructional coaches and administrators can create an environment for deep dialogue with peers and teachers.  Join Dr. Daniel Boyd and learn strategies for conducting modified instructional rounds, organizing data meetings, and providing targeted feedback while nurturing teachers’ drive for self-improvement.  

May 2021 Lunch & Learn

    May 6 - 6, 2021

Updates from the SDE

May 6, 2021

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Presented by: Dr. Elisabeth Davis

Even though you are closing out the 2020-2021 school year, it is time to begin planning for next year. Join Dr. Elisabeth Davis, Assistant State Superintendent of Student Learning as she provides timely ALSDE updates related to courses of study, mathematics textbook adoption, upcoming professional development opportunities, legislative bills directly related to instruction. This webinar will also share updates regarding ARI, AMSTI, Professional Learning, Educational Technology, and Instructional Services.