2013 Breakout Session Descriptions

Sessions are Listed in Alphabetical Order by Primary Presenter’s Last Name

  • Shawanna Berry Arnold: Assessment Strategies for Everyday Use
  • Teacher and administrators will learn simple methods for collecting useful student learning data and discuss the practice of using this data to inform daily decisions in the classroom.

  • Dr. Michael Bunch: Coming Up Fast: Competing in the Global Three-Legged Race
  • This presentation will provide an overview of our current assessment environment, the challenges we face at both international and national levels, as well as, a common sense approach to implementing solutions. Recent international and national assessments show that the United States lags behind other countries, and that South Carolina lags behind other states in educational achievement. Moreover, other nations and other states are not standing still, waiting for South Carolina to catch up. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will raise the bar even higher in 2015: Will you be ready? Making sure all students are college and career ready requires not only an alignment of curriculum and instruction with college and career requirements but also an approach to monitoring student progress on a continual basis, with in-class formative assessments, frequent interim assessments, and focused summative assessments. Taken together, formative, interim, and summative assessments, aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), will support instructional decision making and enhance daily learning activities. Attendees will receive: 1) Illustration of how to use data from formative assessments to inform classroom instruction, 2) Demonstration of an online formative assessment tool (PEG), 3) Copies of Dr. Bunch’s articles that reinforce the link between assessments and classroom instruction

  • Leon Burgess: F.A.T.E.S. (Formative Assessments That Engage Students)
  • F.A.T.E.S. (Formative Assessments That Engage Students) is a gender-based presentation that explains how male and female brains function differently. The presenters will introduce strategies that both engage students and improve performance. Teachers will find the strategies easy to implement and less taxing than traditional strategies, while students will find the strategies innovative and engaging. Included will be a discussion on instructional strategies for boys and girls, and the impact of gender differences in the classroom. Participants will learn how to minimize drama, increase time-on-task, and develop strategies that actually lead to results.

  • Lavoy Carter: Data Disaggregation in a Snap
  • Turn the hundreds of columns and thousands of rows that is your assessment raw data into meaningful information in LESS THAN ONE MINUTE! You can do this with software you already have in your district. Come learn tips and shortcuts that will help you make sense of your data. Whether you are an administrator who wants to identify school trends or a classroom teacher who wants to make data-driven decisions to guide instruction, this session will help you get there.

  • Mike DiNicola: Formative Assessment of College and Career Readiness
  • As schools prepare to assess their implementation of Common Core, interest in ACT assessments is growing rapidly in SC. Come learn why growing numbers of districts in SC and around the county are turning to ACT Aspire and ACT QualityCore for evaluating their implementation of Common Core.

  • Denise Fredericks: Common Sense to Structure the Day for Results
  • We know what we need to teach and who we need to teach, but does our day and schedule maximize the time to achieve the best results? If “extra” time is needed, how can we get that? This session will describe ways in which an elementary school (Pre-K through 6th) has designed the day to provide students with instruction designed to meet them “where they are” and move them along the learning continuum. Maximizing the staff resources and the clock are key to this effort.

  • Amber Gordon: I Have the Data… NOW WHAT?
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the use of data notebooks for both students and teachers; how to use data and technology to personalize learning; and how to use data to address shifts in ELA Common Core and integrate content through performance tasks.

  • Andy Hegedus, Ed.D.: Growth Analysis Reporting Services – Enhance your insights
  • NWEA has released new services to help you have deeper insights from your MAP data. We can provide better reporting of your growth compared to national norms or to a matched group of schools and students to allow apples to apples comparisons. Soon we can analyze and report to you the patterns we see in your longitudinal MAP data in a statistically defensible way. Come learn about more about these new supports we offer.

  • Andy Hegedus, Ed.D.: Using Goal Setting to Make a Difference: Some Ideas to Improve the Effectiveness of SLOs
  • Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are becoming a wide-spread part of new policy requirements for Teacher Evaluation across the country. Although the specific state by state requirements differ, there often remains flexibility within the policy for their creation and implementation. We will share ideas to enhance the SLO process and create better student outcomes that are based on research about goal setting and its impact on performance in a variety of settings.

  • Gayle M. Hinton: It’s Not About Jeopardy Anymore!
    Its about knowing where to find information and knowing what to do with it! This session focuses on PBL (Problem/project Based Learning). Participants will see how PBL is a natural fit for the CCSS and why this type of instruction is necessary to prepare students for the rigor and demands of the new standards.

  • Christina Hunter: Building Capacity Together
  • How is supporting a school community as they make their way across the school year a lot like planning a family trip? You know where you want to go, but how do you get everyone there – TOGETHER? Come to this NWEA session and discover NWEA Coaching – a service that builds capacity through processes and tools you can use after we leave; a service that deepens all PD including but not limited to the MAP Foundation Series. We’ll show you how NWEA Coaching can support your school family with planning, moving forward and navigating the unforeseen detours with a unified vision to make it across the school year safe and sound!

  • Sally I’Anson: Measuring Student Performance in Two Dimensions: Achievement and Growth
  • Learn more about how Interactive Achievement’s web-based assessment management system, onTRAC, provides a process and structure for every teacher in your district to create and deliver high quality, standards-aligned assessments to every student they teach. View how onTRAC reports on both student and teacher performance in two dimensions: Achievement and Growth

  • Roy Ann Jolley: Going B.A.S.I.C
  • Going B.A.S.I.C (Building Academic Success in Children) is a program that takes strategic aim at three specific components that build success in students: data driven decision making, positive and productive parental involvement, and rigorous and relevant academic instruction. The program provides an in-depth look at how a successful school can collect and analyze school based data and apply it to everyday instruction (pretesting, post testing, goal setting), build ongoing and purposeful relationships with families to support academic rigor (parent academies), and implement practical research based strategies for the classroom (notebooking, small group instruction, relevance).

  • Neely Kelly: Common Core iPad/iPod Apps For Classroom Teachers and Students
  • During this session, apps used with iPads and iPods that work well for integrating technology with Common Core State Standards will be shared. Examples of student work using the apps will be viewed along with a wealth of ideas for using them across various subject areas.

  • Ms. Hayley Leland: Field Trips and Formative Assessments: A Success Story
  • Learn how a first year teacher took a a very ordinary and typical group of fourth grade students to extraordinary achievement levels using inquiry-based teaching, experiential learning and paying close attention to formative assessment data.

  • JoAnn Lense: Using Formative Assessment to Guide Reading Instruction
  • This presentation will outline the basics of formative assessment and how it can be used to assist both the teacher and the student, making informal assessment an integral part of the instructional process.

  • Michelle Mathis: Data Driven Instruction: A Teacher’s Guide
  • This workshop will discuss how teachers can use a variety of data sources effectively in their classrooms to make sound instructional decisions.

  • Cary Nadzak: I’m Not Sharing My Popcorn!
  • Leave this session with ideas for incorporating video clips into any lesson! Grab students’ attention, introduce content, and engage students in writing using short, humorous clips! Implement this fun strategy in your classroom tomorrow!

  • Anila Patel: We all Flip for Technology. How to Integrate Technology into Learning
  • What is the best use of the face time you have with your students? Integrating the Flipped Classroom Model makes it easier for teachers to design student centered activities in the classroom that allow students to work together in groups to problem solve, research and think critically. These skills are necessary to prepare them for the communication and collaboration skills needed in the real world. These are skills that are the backbone of college and career readiness standards and CCSS. Through this presentation, educators will learn about the Flipped Classroom Model and how to implement one. Educators will also be introduced to various programs, APPs and forms of technology that enhance student collaboration and learning during the instructional day.

  • Laura Riley: Linking MAP to College Readiness ACT Benchmarks
  • NWEA’s researchers have created a linking study that correlates the RIT scale to the benchmarks for the Plan, Explore and ACT tests for students.

  • Scott Thur: Using Action Research to Implement a Check-In Check-Out Secondary (i.e. Tier 2) Intervention in a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Model
  • This session will describe how to use the research-based instructional method of action research to implement a secondary (i.e. Tier 2) intervention in a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) model. The purpose, steps, implementation, and description of action research will be summarized through this Tier 2 PBIS intervention. PBIS is a scientifically-based, research-validated behavior and social intervention paradigm that is comprised of a broad range of systemic and individualized strategies for helping students achieve important social and behavioral outcomes. However, while it requires establishing school-wide expectations through a whole-school primary (i.e. Tier 1) intervention, this general intervention will not meet the specific social and behavioral needs for approximately 15-20% of the student population. As such, in this action research presentation, a Tier 2 Check-In Check-Out (CICO) program is examined to determine whether it is effective at mediating the social and behavioral difficulties these students continue to experience. A practical example of its implementation in a middle school will be highlighted. There will be a review of the assessments that were used, the results obtained, and the data-driven decisions made. Fidelity of implementation is emphasized, and overall implications are summarized. Sample assessment data sheets will be shared.

  • Kendra Timberlake, M.Ed.: Teaching and Assessing Common Core Writing in the Classroom
  • The upcoming implementation of the Common Core Writing Standards will require many changes in the way that writing instruction takes place in the classroom. This presentation will explore innovative strategies for improving student writing skills while also aligning to these new expectations. A demonstration of PEG Writing, an online formative writing assessment tool for teachers and students, will be provided so that participants can see how automated essay scoring technologies can be used to score student writing and provide feedback for improvement. This demonstration will include real-time scoring of an essay, formative feedback tools, interactive writing tutorials, and progress reports.

  • Dr. Lee Westberry: Whose Data? What Data? How Do We Use It?
  • This presentation will share the different data sets that are used to improve student achievement and school culture as well as prepare for CCSS.

  • Felecia Young: Teaching and Assessing Common Core Writing in the Classroom
  • Come learn fun and creative Formative Assessment Tools to guide instruction. Participants will learn how to use paint chips, post it notes, digital learning tools, and more to quickly assess student’s understanding.

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