New Fall Workshop Added: Assessment Workshop Series for District Teams

Presenter: Steve Oertle, Roxana CUSD #1

Who: K-12 Educators (participants should attend as a district or school team)

When: September 23, October 21 and November 18, 2015

Where: Illinois Heartland Library System
6725 Goshen Road, Edwardsville, IL

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Cost: Madison Co. PD Co-op members – no charge (lunch is on your own)
All others – $150 (lunch is on your own)

PD Hours: 5 (per session)

September 23 – Understanding Background on Assessment and the “Big Picture” – This session will focus on the purpose of assessment and how it is the linking element between the standards and instruction. Formative assessment and effective feedback will be discussed, modeled and practiced in both large and small groups. Attendees will learn how the research assessment design demands a major paradigm shift in the classroom and how assessment is the foundation to that shift.

October 21 – Assessment 101 – This hands-on session will focus on methodologies used in creating and ensuring high quality formative and summative assessments. Attendees will learn how to use the research behind assessment designing and high-quality common assessments.

November 18 – Next Steps: Embedding Sound Assessment Practice into Daily Instruction – This hands-on session will build upon practices learned in the first two sessions in order to establish common procedures within the district, school or PLC. Attendees will discuss a framework and process for creating and evaluating assessments within their district or school.

Note: Please plan to attend all three dates of the series.

Register online HERE

Download the flyer HERE

Area 5 Trail Workshop: Sandoval’s Evaluation Model

Approved and Implemented Evaluation Model: The Complete Process
PERA 2010 mandates that all districts must implement teacher evaluation systems that are compliant with state rules. Sandoval District #501 will be presenting and sharing their complete teacher evaluation system developed in cooperation with the Consortium of Educational Changes (CEC) and Sandoval stakeholders through federal School Improvement Grant funds.

Teams attending should include district administrators, principals, teacher leaders, union representation, and school board members.

June 17, 2014
N.O. Nelson Campus
LeClaire Room
600 Troy Road
Edwardsville, IL
9:00am – 4:00pm

Register online HERE

PARCC Press Release: PARCC Releases New Sample Items

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 19-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments, today released additional sample items for both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The sample items show how PARCC is developing tasks to measure the critical content and skills found in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The sample items have undergone PARCC’s rigorous review process to ensure quality and demonstrate the content that will be on the assessments in 2014-2015.


KQED Mindshift: Why Kids Need Schools to Change

The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive.

Most of us know this, and yet making room for the huge shift in the system that’s necessary has been difficult, if not impossible because of fear of the unknown, says educator Madeline Levine, author of Teach Your Children Well.

“People don’t like change, especially in times of great uncertainty,” she said. “People naturally go conservative and buckle down and don’t want to try something new. There are schools that are trying to do things differently, and although on the one hand they’re heralded as having terrific vision, they’re still seen as experimental.”