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Upcoming Events

This October 16, come meet, network, and share ideas with administrators throughout the state of New Jersey as you consider how to build teacher capacity in your school/district!

Hear proven methods for:

  • Increasing the level of rigor in the classroom

  • Analyzing PARCC results to target instruction for math and ELA

  • Fostering positive habits of mind and school culture

  • and much more!

Get a jump on this year’s high-stakes assessments at a conference specially designed with modern educational leaders and positive student outcomes in mind.

Hosted at Kean University’s brand new North Avenue Academic Building, the conference will feature four pertinent and engaging workshops designed to prepare your students and teachers for the 21st century learning environment.

Morning: Analyzing PARCC Evidence Statements and Performance Level Summaries – ELA

Administrators will find value in analyzing PARCC’s Evidence Statements coupled with their District Performance Level Summaries. During this workshop, administrative teams are lead through an evaluation of their own district reports to conduct an item analysis of outliers, to consider each grade’s performance in relationship to state results by identifying the lowest performing cohorts, and, most importantly, to create a plan to address their findings. Attendees should bring their school’s relevant PARCC ELA results data to this workshop. At the conclusion of this workshop, administrators will have a thorough understanding of the documents, along with a plan to address curriculum holes and individual and cohort needs.

Afternoon: An Administrator’s Guide to Rigor in the Classroom

There is much talk and rhetoric about classroom rigor. This workshop begins with a discussion and presentation of major theorists’ definitions of rigor in the classroom. Following the introduction, the workshop presents Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge. Next, the three areas that Barbara Blackburn identifies with rigor – environment, supporting instruction, and demonstrated learning – will be addressed in detail. For each of Blackburn’s areas, the presenter will lead participants through explorations of how to achieve each along with methods that administrators can employ to support rigorous instruction in their schools.

Morning: Habits of Mind – Cultivating Real Life Behaviors and Skills

Habits of Mind are the critical life skills that students needs to be successful in school and life. Participants with learn practical strategies to help students at all grade levels to learn how to face challenges in school and at home. This workshop focuses on learning the 16 characteristics for success in school and life. These tools will support social and emotional development (communicating effectively, self-regulation, listening with empathy) as well as academic skills (persistence, independent thinking, taking academic risks). Participants will engage in interactive activities that support the integration of these techniques into their existing curriculum. Video vignettes will be viewed to identify best practices, and teams will walk away with a plan for setting up a classroom environment that supports the Habits of Mind.

Afternoon: Analyzing PARCC Evidence Statements and Performance Level Summaries – Math

Administrators will find value in analyzing PARCC’s Evidence Statements coupled with their District Performance Level Summaries. During this workshop, administrative teams are lead through an evaluation of their own district reports to conduct an item analysis of outliers, to consider each grade’s performance in relationship to state results by identifying the lowest performing cohorts, and, most importantly, to create a plan to address their findings. Attendees should bring their school’s relevant PARCC Math results data to this workshop. At the conclusion of this workshop, administrators will have a thorough understanding of the documents, along with a plan to address curriculum holes and individual and cohort needs.

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Day’s Schedule:

Registration: 8:30-9am

AM Session: 9am-11:30am

Catered Lunch: 11:30am-12:15pm

PM Session: 12:15pm-2:45pm

Registrants reserve the right to cancel their registration and receive a full refund up to two (2) weeks prior to their chosen event and half-refund up to one (1) week before. Cancellations within a week of the event are non-refundable.

All payments must be received no later than one (1) day before the event. Purchase orders, checks, and PayPal/credit cards are all accepted.