In-person, On-site Professional Development Workshops

  • Formative and summative assessments are an integral part of educational success. As the rigor and expectations increase in our classrooms, it is essential for teachers to hone their techniques to assess student growth and learning. In this hands-on workshop, participants explore the many forms assessment can take and consider how best to enhance current practice. Finally, participants examine how to use data from assessments to focus instruction.
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  • How do we know what students know and are able to do on every grade level? This workshop displays specific methods that schools and districts can employ to create common assessments that reflect the content and skills of the Standards. An emphasis will be placed on creating balanced assessments that are valid and reliable. Participants will be lead through a process that results in the creation of grade level assessments for selected responses, extended responses, and performance tasks.
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  • This workshop will focus on specific concepts that instructors will consider to hone their ability to use data to assist them to improve student learning. The workshop will begin with a discussion of what forms of evidence instructors will use to evaluate student progress. Next, the participants will carefully analyze student results in order to come to consensus about what the evidence means and to begin exploring methods to provide corrective instruction that results in new learning. Lastly, the group will discuss frequency and forms of on-going evaluative techniques that provide just in time learning.
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  • Formative and performance-based assessments both hold a crucial role in the assessment practices of a classroom. This workshop begins with participants considering their current assessment practices, including the importance of validity and reliability in assessments. Next, they will examine various types of formative and performance-based assessment and makes plans for how to incorporate each in the classroom. Participants will also explore the relationship between assessments and a backwards design approach to lesson planning. Finally, they will create effective rubrics that can be used to score performance-based assessments.
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