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Curriculum Topic Study: Understanding What Standards Really Mean


Developing a balanced assessment system is a key component of Senate Bill One. An integral piece of this involves deconstructing standards into learning targets, identifying the curricular implications, and effectively designing instruction in order to maximize learning.

DAY 1: Participants will use a set of coordinated science materials to help deepen understanding of topics that they teach; a Curriculum Topic Study. A better understanding of state and national standards and research on student ideas in science in ways that will help teachers improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Additionally, we will examine the tenacity of science misconceptions and the implications for instruction and assessment.

DAY 2: After completing a science curriculum topic study on day 1, participants will learn how to deconstruct or “unpack” the standards. The deconstruction process will show teachers how to break our state standards down into their constituent parts and view those parts as stepping stones to demonstrating competency of the standard. The process outlined in Classroom Assessment for Student Learning from the Assessment Training Institute will be utilized.

Target Audience

Regular or special education Science teachers grades 4-12, curriculum coaches, district science supervisors

Available Sessions

July 12-13, 2010
Ken Mattingly (Rockcastle County Schools)
Susan Mayo (Pikeville Independent Schools)

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Includes morning refreshments and lunch, meeting space, facilitator fees, administrative support, and all training materials.

For More Information

For more information on the program, please contact:
Kim Zeidler-Watters, Director

For more information regarding registration and payments, please contact:
Jessica Dutzy, Conference Coordinator

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