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The FIRST Educational Resources Conferences, Workshops, and Webinars are designed with the needs of educators and leaders in mind. Our presenters represent some of the premier thought leaders in education today.

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Featured Events


College Friends

FIRST Education Culturize Institute

Unlike other conferences that have people telling educators what to do, this conference focuses on providing perspectives on what educators can do through the framework of Culturize, by Jimmy Casas. Using these transformational pillars of behavior, each of the sessions will apply perspectives on how to meet the 4 Core Values of the Culturize framework and put them into action in your schools. 

In-Person Event!

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Culturize for Paraprofessionals

With the high volume of turnover, schools are looking for additional ways to best support the paraprofessionals and teacher assistants that are striving to meet diverse needs of the students in their schools, and districts. This virtual conference focuses on providing perspectives on what paraprofessionals can do through the framework of Culturize by Jimmy Casas.


Hiring for

Are you struggling with hiring and retaining the right people? Bring your team and join Jimmy Casas for a 1-day workshop that promises to get you excited again about the hiring process. His 12 Strategies for Hiring for Excellence framework is being utilized by districts all over the country with proven positive results.

In-Person Event!

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FREE Virtual Events



Reimagining the Clock: Strategies and Insights for School Schedule Reform

 If you are thinking of making changes to your school schedule, join us to learn more about scheduling!

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15 Fixes for Broken Grades

Based on Ken O’Connor revised edition of “A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades,” attendees will be guided through all 15 Fixes and provided with revised examples and iterations to ensure educators are able to move to the highest level when answering these questions.

In-Person Event!

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Leading Standards Based Grading Institute

Is your school making the jump to Standards-Based grading and as a school leader you’re nervous for the final implementation? Or maybe you are just starting the process? Join our team of former school leaders as they walk you through everything you need to know about the transition and how you can lead the efforts from your role.


Grading for Equitable Impact

Based on Ken O’Connor revised edition of “A Repair Kit for Grading: 15 Fixes for Broken Grades,” attendees will be guided through all 15 Fixes for Inequitable Grades and provided with practical examples and solutions to ensure educators are able to move to the highest level of equitable impact when answering these questions.

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STAGR Conference

Join us for an innovative one-day STAGR Virtual Conference where we delve into the transformative world of assessment and grading. This year, our theme, "Reimagining Assessment and Grading through 5 Perspectives," invites educators, administrators, school board members, instructional coaches, and technology experts to explore the multi-faceted nature of evaluation in education.

High School Tutor

Changing the Grading Conversation with Stakeholders: How to Align Systems to 21st Century Needs

Transform grading practices in your school with our essential sessions, where you'll learn innovative strategies to engage both students and parents in the shift towards a more effective, 21st-century grading system. Don't miss this opportunity to lead the change in education, ensuring student success and stronger parent-teacher partnerships in today's evolving academic landscape!

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Jenni Donohoo Center for Collective Efficacy Events


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Instructional Coaching Center


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Instructional Coaching Toolkit Series

Whether you are a brand new coach, or a coach looking to expand your skillset, the Instructional Coaching Toolkit Series is for you! Drawing upon a variety of coaching approaches and models, this series will support coaches in learning entry points for coaching relationships. Coaches will learn how to determine the best approach for any situation they might face. 

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Coaching Resistant Teachers

What we perceive as resistance is usually masking fear, sometimes confusion, sometimes sadness, sometimes anger.  It’s challenging for coaches to see resistance for what it really is because we often don’t know the whole context of a teacher’s development or understand a teacher’s previous experience with coaching. Coaching can carry a negative connotation if a district uses it largely when a teacher is struggling or being pushed out, for example. During this workshop, coaches will learn to reframe their perspective on resistance, transforming it from a roadblock into a pathway for growth and innovation.

School Teacher

Instructional Coaching Toolkit 2.0

Whether you participated in our original Instructional Coaching Toolkit series, or have several years of coaching experience under your belt, it’s time to take your desire to continually learn, develop, and refine your coaching practices and join us for the Instructional Coaching Toolkit 2.0, where you choose your learning pathway!

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Planning Professional Learning That Transforms Practice

This session is designed to inspire coaches to rethink their approaches to designing professional learning, equipping them with the tools and strategies needed to help teacher teams shift from a focus on teaching to a focus on learning, ultimately transforming their practice and enhancing student outcomes. There will be an emphasis on the importance of collaboration among educators and how Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) can foster a culture of continuous improvement. This will support coaches as they reflect on progress made this year and plan ahead for fall professional learning with staff.


FIRST Education Instructional Coaching Summit

Are you an instructional coach wondering, "How can I improve teaching and learning in my school?" Whether you are new to coaching, or have been coaching for many years, you are likely asking this question each day. Maybe you have found some effective strategies, but are looking to expand your impact. Or, maybe you aren't even quite sure what it would look like to impact teaching and learning from your coaching role. No matter what, the Spring Coaching Summit will provide you with fresh ideas and inspiration!




Learning to read

What Do We Do About Readers Who Are Disengaged, Unmotivated, or Struggling?

What do we do when students are disengaged, unmotivated and/or struggle to write about what they are reading? 

Leah Mermelstein suggests that teachers need to linger longer in the ‘We-Do’ portion of the gradual release model and give students who need it more precise and collaborative practice. Participants will leave with a newfound understanding of how to ensure that all students can leverage writing about reading to deepen their comprehension and to write with greater clarity.

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Mathematics Center


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“Help! They Don’t Know Their Facts!”
Moving Beyond Memorization by  
Developing Fact Fluency

Have you ever wondered why students don’t know their basic facts?  In this 90 minute virtual session, we will explore the difference between fluency and memorization, barriers, and how to build fact fluency through conceptual understanding and developing students’ number sense.

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Unlocking Potential: Mastering Mathematics Through Small Group Instruction in an Elementary Classroom

 In this virtual  session, we'll explore the transformative power of small group instruction in the realm of mathematics education. By embracing this approach, teachers gain valuable insights into their students' instructional strengths and areas of need, forming a solid foundation to tailor lessons accordingly.


Bridging the Gaps: 
A Small-Group Approach to Empower Secondary Math Students

As secondary math educators, our goal is to guide students towards realizing their maximum potential in mathematics, opening doors to higher levels of understanding. However, the diverse array of learners in our classrooms presents unique challenges that often surpass the capabilities of a conventional lesson structure. This session advocates for the integration of small groups and student teams into daily routines, providing a dynamic platform to address the varied needs of students.

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The PLC Center


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Science Class

Teaching Science Phenomenally

Want to increase engagement in your science classroom? Explore how to during this session!

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Standards-Based Grading in the Science Classroom

What does standards based grading look like for science? Learn the process with the presenter, a science teacher in the classroom, who uses standards based grading and has found success.

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Academics, Environment, Social Emotional Learning Center


School Kids

Best Practices in Behavior Interventions

This full-day workshop for educators offers a dual focus, with the morning session dedicated to Tier 1 behavior strategies and supports, laying the groundwork for a positive classroom culture. Transitioning into the afternoon, participants will delve into Tier 2 and Tier 3 behavior interventions, acquiring personalized tools and strategies to effectively address the diverse needs of students, fostering a more inclusive and supportive learning environment.

Event Registration Policies

By agreeing to the registration terms, you understand and acknowledge that this is a legal binding agreement and payment will be due in full whether you attend the event or not. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at no extra cost, provided that you notify us of the change at least 5 business days prior to the Event. Substitutions must be communicated by email to FIRST Educational Resources (


By agreeing to the registration terms,  you understand and acknowledge you can cancel your registration to this Event as long as it’s 15 business days prior to the Event, and will be refunded in full for the cost of payment received, minus a $10.00 administration fee and 3.49% of the total registration cost if you paid by Credit Card. 


By agreeing to the registration terms, you understand and acknowledge if you cancel less than 14 business days prior to the Event or non-attendance, you will be liable for the full cost of the registration. No reimbursements will be made for travel, accommodation or any other costs incurred by you in connection with the Event which you do not attend or cancel.

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