In-Person, On-Site Professional Development Workshops
In order for students to be successful, it is critical that they understand what is expected of them and, specifically, how to achieve it. A rubric can provide students with a blueprint for success as it can be used as a guide to learning. Additionally, it can provide meaningful feedback for student. For teachers, a rubric acts as the bridge between student learning objectives and authentic assessment. This workshop will provide participants with the steps to creating high quality, objective scoring tools for a variety of tasks, such as presentations, group work, projects, and more.
This workshop is chock full of fun and engaging tools, activities, and experiences to enhance instructors’ repertoires of authentic assessment practices. A variety of authentic assessment practices will be explored including project-based learning, digital storytelling, and digital portfolios to name a few.Instructors will also consider how to connect to students’ real-world experiences to continually hone their abilities to construct truly authentic experiences and assessments.
This workshop provides an overview of authentic assessment practices. Participants will consider the what, why, and how of authentic assessment. Next, the presenter will explain what it means to conduct assessment FOR learning and how to use authentic formative assessment tools in order to provide multiple and varied assessments throughout any lesson and unit. Several authentic assessment tools will be presented including projects, performances, portfolios, self and peer evaluations, writing, and rubrics. The workshop will end with a description of the process of constructing authentic assessments and where they might want to begin.
Formative and performance-based assessments both hold crucial roles 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 make 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.
This workshop will focus on specific concepts that instructors will consider to hone their abilities to use data to assist them in improving 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 ongoing evaluative techniques that provide “just in time” learning.
How do we know what students know and are able to do on every grade level? This workshop offers 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 led through a process that results in the creation of grade-level assessments for selected responses, extended responses, and performance tasks.
Effective teachers know that formative assessment is as much a tool for reflection on teacher practices as it is a measure of student progress. This interactive workshop will help teachers explore four critical components of formative assessment: clarifying learning, eliciting evidence, providing feedback, and activating learners. These practices will guide teacher decisions on a daily basis as they address the questions: Where is the learner going? Where is the learner now? How will the learner get to where they need to go? Participants will use "Look Fors" to evaluate video vignettes for the effective use of formative assessments to drive teacher practices. Additionally, they will engage in hands-on activities that can be immediately implemented in their classroom.
Formative and summative assessments are integral parts 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.