26th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference

Seattle, Washington
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
The 26th Annual Washington State Assessment Conference

 December 7- 9, 2011

The Pre-Conference program offers ten half-day workshops.  You can choose one half-day workshop in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch is provided. Pre-registration for specific sessions is required.  

WEDNESDAY, December 7

7:30-8:30 A.M. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 A.M.  Pre-Conference Workshops
12:00 P.M. Lunch
1:00 P.M.  Pre-Conference Workshops
4:30 P.M.  Workshops Conclude  

Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions  

(A.M.)#1  Assessing Habits of Mind: Rubrics and Checklists
(Bena Kallick, Director, Institute for Habits of Mind) 
This session will focus on introducing the habits of mind and discovering how the habits might describe what we value for our students.  We will move from this awareness to exploring how we might use check lists and rubrics as a way to assess whether students are improving in their use of the habits.  

(A.M.)#2  The Superintendent’s Challenge: Leading for Learning During Interesting Times
(Linda Quinn, Superintendent, Ferndale School District)
This session will focus on the role of the superintendent as leader of learning and also as lead learner. Participants will consider strategies for maintaining a learning focus amidst all of the other demands on a school district CEO.  Quinn will propose a district improvement planning model based on democratic leadership. She will explore the various tensions inherent in a democratic approach. Guiding questions will include: how can a superintendent be a democratic leader without reducing his/her role to counting votes?; how can a leader respond to the will of the majority while respecting the opinions of the minority?; and, most importantly, how can a leader provide conditions for both excellence and equity for every individual student?  A veteran educator but a relatively new superintendent, Quinn will also share lessons learned through the process of transitioning to the superintendent’s role, where her experiences during the first two years have included major reductions in force at all levels, a facilities crisis, and a teachers’ strike.   This will be an interactive session with facilitated conversations aimed at providing opportunities to learn from other participants as well as the presenter. 

(A.M.)#3  Generating Data That Motivates Instructional Change: Lessons from Leaders
(Margery Ginsberg, Associate Professor, University of Washington, and UW Doctoral Students:  Kimberlee Armstrong, Susie Askew, Amy Baeder, Ailene Baxter, Anthony Craig, Shari Farris, Tim Fries and Tasha Lewis) 
This session explores how to use data to influence the improvement of instruction - what kind, how much, where to collect and communicate it, and when to do so.  Come learn from doctoral students who, as educational leaders, have developed ways to use data to motivate instructional change.  Examples include tracking the progress of students with failing grades, shadowing students in special programs, and designing a cycle of inquiry to suport English Language Learners.  The session provides handouts for clear-minded implementation in your own setting.    

(A.M.)#4  K-12 Data and Reports: Washington's New K-12 Longitudinal Data System
(Deb Came, Director Student Information; Sheri Dunster, Student Information Coordinator; and, Gil Dean, Project Manager, OSPI) 
OSPI will be launching its longitudinal data warehouse and reporting system this winter.  Student, educator, and financial data are integrated for more robust analyses and reports than ever before.  Come find out what's being stored and what reports and data queries are available. 

(A.M.)#5  Using Formative Assessment to Increase Students’ Mathematical Understanding
(Virginia C. (Gini) Stimpson, Math Education Researcher/Resource, University of Washington) 
We will examine evidence that formative assessment can increase student learning; detail what keeps teachers from using formative assessment; experience an approach that addresses some teachers’ reluctance to use formative assessment; and share what the participants have found to be other effective approaches to formative assessment.  

(P.M..)#6  Assessing Habits of Mind:  Goal setting, Conferences, and Journals 
(Bena Kallick, Director, Institute for Habits of Mind) 
This session will focus on a brief introduction to the habits of mind.  We will explore how to use goal setting with our students so that they take greater responsibility for keeping track of their attitudes and behaviors as learners.  There will be many examples of how teachers use these practices in their classrooms.  

(P.M.) #7  Excel Dashboards for Educators
(Tara Richerson, Technology Standards Program Manager, OSPI) 
Educators are asked to collect, organize, and respond to a variety of student data.  New ideas which enable us to move beyond the numbers and basic charts to other meaningful data displays will be shared in the interactive session.  Bring your laptop and learn to build dashboards that integrate data from a variety of sources.

(P.M.)#8  Learning and Leading:  A Multi-Level District/School Approach to Implementing Minute-by-Minute Formative Assessment at the Secondary Level (on a Shoestring)
(Nancy Katims, Director of Assessment, Research, & Evaluation, Edmonds School District; Kimberlee Armstrong, Assistant Principal, Lynnwood High School; Christine Avery, Principal, Meadowdale Middle School; Dana Marsden, K12 Science Coordinator; and Kim Verver, Secondary Math Coordinator, Edmonds School District ) 
Here’s the task – Create and deliver professional development across a large district to help all secondary teachers answer the question “How will we know if students have learned it?”  Oh, and you have no project budget.   

The Edmonds School District is in the second year of accomplishing this task.  This highly interactive presentation will describe the approaches used, from the perspective of (1) the district office and (2) a participating middle school and high school.  The presenters will share activities that address both the content of formative assessment (based on Dylan Wiliam’s work) and district and school leadership strategies.  Topics will include sharing and clarifying learning targets, using effective questioning techniques, giving effective feedback, helping students take ownership of their own learning, and students being resources for each other. The presenters will also share findings of a study of the impact of the professional development on both administrators and teachers.  Participants need to bring a laptop.  Each participant will receive an electronic toolkit of materials.  

(P.M.)#9 Two Pathways—One Destination: A Systemic Approach to Powerful Teaching and Learning
(Nancy Young, Northshore School District and Jodi Bongard, Issaquah School District and teams to be determined from both districts engaged in this essential work.)
Issaquah and Northshore School District Leadership Teams share their different paths toward a systemic effort to create common understandings of high quality teaching and learning. While their final destination is the same, Northshore pursued the Instructional Rounds model using STAR Protocol and the Five Dimensions of Teaching and Learning, and Issaquah chose Powerful Teaching and Learning, implementing Learning Walks and the STAR Protocol.  Wherever you may be in your journey toward high quality teaching and learning, you’ll have an opportunity to learn from the experiences of teams of central office administrators, principals, and teachers who have been engaged in this essential work.  

(P.M.)#10 Elements of Effective Science Instruction: A Short Course
(Washington State Regional Science Coordinators: Adrienne Somera, ESD 189; Jeff Ryan, Olympic ESD; and Wendy Whitmer, NEWESD 101) 
Join the Regional Science Coordinators as we explore the Elements of Effective Science Instruction (EESI); a synthesis of research on characteristics of effective science instruction. We will actively engage with the four elements of EESI and explore how they can improve the teaching, learning and assessment of rigorous science instruction.

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