Pre-Conference Sessions

July 22, 2013


Understanding and Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards
Brett Moulding, Director, Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning

Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with fidelity to the vision of science education described in the NRC Framework will require science educators to develop deep understanding of the nature of instruction that leads students to science performances at the intersection of the three dimensions of Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. This session will provide models for understanding the nature of instruction that engages students in performances at the intersection of the three dimensions of science. The session will engage participants in these performances and provide examples of this type of instruction in the classroom.

Adapting Math Tasks to Individual Needs
THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION
Marian Small, Professor Emerita, University of New Brunswick

The focus of this session will be the creation of mathematically rich math tasks that link to common core standards for content and practice and the use of those tasks as springboards for adapted tasks to suit different mathematical levels of students in the classroom. Discussion will include what makes a task mathematically rich and how to adapt tasks without losing the integrity of the mathematical richness.

The content will be pertinent for K-12 participants, with examples at all levels.


The Power of Formative Assessment: Raising Standards and Promoting Life-Long Learning
THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION
Shirley Clarke, Associate of the Institute of Education, University of London

Join Shirley Clarke as she provides a clear outline of formative assessment in action, focusing on:

  • establishing a learning culture, using learning muscles and a growth mindset;
  • involving students in planning, including initial immersion;
  • capturing interest before revealing learning objectives;
  • student-generated success criteria via quick and simple strategies;
  • effective questioning and how to use talk partners;
  • effective feedback where students engage in constant review of success and improvement needs.

Participants will experience input, video of teachers in action, tasks, discussion and opportunities for reflection. Learn about research principles, discuss key issues, and how practical strategies evolved when tried and tested by teachers in action research learning teams (120 teachers per year from elementary schools, high schools and special schools).

Materials Fee: $35 for Active Learning through Formative Assessment by Shirley Clarke

Leading Grading Reform
THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION
Jeffrey Erickson, Principal at Mounds View Schools, Arden Hills, MN

We all want students and parents to know that the grades on the report card authentically reflect what a student knows. The principal's role is crucial to leading a successful grading reform. Learn in this interactive session how a district changed assessment, attendance systems, academic honors, grading, and academic integrity policies all in one year! Find out about both the process and plan while beginning to imagine new ways to lead your own secondary school through the same critical changes. Leave with a copy of the plan and information to go back and lead fundamental change in your own district.


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