Educator Perspectives Webinar Series

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Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education offers free webinars for educators, school professionals, and community members that feature engaging and relevant topics ranging from tools and resources for educators to social justice issues facing our students, schools, and community. 

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with the University, faculty, staff, alumni, and current students and learn about our mission and commitment to our students and educators. Register for upcoming webinars and view previously recorded webinars below. 

Upcoming Webinars

Past Webinars

Effective Tools for Strong and Equitable Montessori Communities

Director Carrie Horwitz Lang in welcoming Kelley Flanders, Mike Flohr, and Francoise Leger to discuss the topic Effective Tools for Strong and Equitable School Communities. The webinar will dive deep into how panelists engage with educators, community members, and families in upholding the principles of Montessori Education in today’s fast paced and ever-changing educational landscape.

Panelist:

  • Mike Flohr M.Ed, Elementary Level Curriculum & Instructional Coordinator at City Garden Montessori Institute and the Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction for City Garden Montessori School
  • Francoise Deristel-Leger M.Ed., Primary guide at Brookside Montessori and International Education Consultant 
  • Kelley Flanders M.Ed., Previous head of School for Staunton Montessori School for 12 years

Moderator: Carrie Horwitz Lang, Director and Instructor, Center for Montessori Education

View Webinar Recording: Effective Tools for Strong and Equitable Montessori Communities

Transforming Schools with Internship 

Interns in schools don’t just learn skills for their future jobs; they synthesize their current and developing knowledge to support school communities, sometimes transforming those school communities. In this webinar, you will learn about some amazing things that Loyola interns in teaching, educational leadership, and educational technology have done to connect with students and teachers and make a difference in their communities. Our panelists of current and former interns will share what they did in their schools to make a difference, how they responded to COVID and other challenges, and tips for how you can learn to help make change in your current or future school as an intern, teacher, or leader.

Panelist:

  • Janna Gifford, Educational Leadership Intern
  • Gabi Salas, Educational Leadership Intern
  • Mia Ferri, Undergraduate Teacher Education Intern
  • Abby Ross, Undergraduate Teacher Education Intern
  • Rebecca Stephen, Educational Technology Intern

Moderator: Dr. David Marcovitz, Associate Dean of the School of Education 

View Webinar Recording: Transforming Schools with Internships

Putting Your Degree to Work After Graduation

Have you considered the different career paths available to you after graduating from Loyola? Join us for an exclusive virtual career night event where you can learn how to put your Loyola degree to work soon after graduation!

Hear from our alumni from the Educational Technology, Leadership, Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts (MAT), and School Counseling graduate programs as they share the career path they took after graduation and how their Loyola degree helped them achieve their professional goals. This will be a great opportunity to learn how you can advance your career, ask questions, and network

Panelist:

  • Brad Belin, Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice, MS Social Studies Teacher/Learning, Design Coach and Educational consultant
  • Ashley Clark, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, 5th & 6th grade Math Teacher, Baltimore City
  • Lauren Baylor, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Dean of Students, Baltimore Co. Public Schools
  • Autumn Smith, M.Ed. in Literacy Education- Reading Specialist, Reading Specialist, Howard Co. Public Schools
  • Megan Waller, Master of Arts in Teaching, 6th grade Math Educator, Baltimore City
  • Amanda Ward, M.Ed. in School Counseling, Math Educator, Baltimore Co. Public Schools

Moderator: Dr. Kelly Keane, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Educational Technology program

View Webinar Recording: Putting Your Degree to Work After Graduation

Thriving as Scholars, Serving as Educators

Loyola faculty and first-year graduate students break-down the challenges and benefits people face when returning to graduate school. Hear from our panelists as they discuss innovative approaches and available resources that helped them to thrive in graduate school while continuing to serve their local communities as educators. Our students will share some valuable strategies on how they have transitioned to graduate school during this transformative time, provide tips for balancing school and full-time teaching/service, and how they have been able to immediately apply what they've learned.

Panelists: 

  • Peace Ainerua, current Loyola graduate student pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership; kindergarten teacher for Prince George's County Public Schools
  • Kaela Goodwin, current Loyola graduate student pursuing a M.Ed. in Literacy Education - CLD; English/digital literacy teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Renee Richards, current Loyola graduate student pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Technology; English teacher Howard County Public Schools
  • Cathy Stoll, current Loyola graduate student pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Technology; library media specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Nicole Goheen, current Loyola graduate student pursuing a M.Ed. in Literacy Education - Reading Specialist; classroom teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools

Moderator: Dr. Leah K. Saal, co-director and associate professor of the literacy education 

View Webinar Recording: Thriving as Scholars, Serving as Educators

Reckoning with our Past in Schools

Loyola’s School of Education faculty will begin with a brief historical context of Critical Race Theory’s influence in K-12 education and why and how it has been a part of our schools. Panelists will dive deeper and continue with a discussion on what is needed at the school and district level from teachers, school leaders, students, parents, and community members. 

Panelists: 

  • Dr. Marie Heath, assistant professor of Educational Technology
  • Dr. Regina Young, affiliate professor at Loyola University Maryland

Moderator: Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Ph.D., professor and program director of Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice

View Webinar Recording: Reckoning with our Past in Schools

Teaching During a Pandemic

Current and former Loyola graduate students reflects on how they have adapted to the new classroom environment amid COVID-19. Panelists will share strategies, research opportunities, and resources as they discuss how to best collaborate and support students, staff, and communities.

Panelists: 

  • Clanci MacKenzie, current Loyola graduate student pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership; classroom teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Monica McPherson, M.Ed. ’16, affiliate faculty at Loyola University Maryland; reading specialist at Brooke Grove Elementary, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Blossom Ojukwu, current graduate student pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Technology; director of choral activities, Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • James Screven, earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from Loyola in 2017; assistant principal, Chesapeake Math and IT Academy, Prince George’s County Public Schools

Moderator: Afra Hersi, Ph.D., interim dean of School of Education

View Webinar Recording: Teaching During a Pandemic