In the Studio
Members of the Project 24 panel of experts will give insights into the surprises that they have encountered in their own journeys to better utilize data. Stephen Lazar, will talk about how data revealed some surprising facts—and how things are not always what they seem—in his New York high school. Jennifer Barnett will share some surprising facts about the tools she uses to integrate data into digital learning at her project-based school in Alabama. And Gail Pletnick will impart lessons she learned when her district developed its own integrated data system that includes assessment, teaching resources, and professional development. Gov. Bob Wise will moderate the discussion and panelists will address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.
The Alliance held a webinar on the second round of the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top–District (RTT-D) competition. This competitive grant program asks applicants to provide a model for reform focused on personalization and creation of a student-centered learning environment that strengthens deeper learning competencies—mastering core academic content, thinking critically, solving complex problems, and communicating effectively. For this webinar, the Alliance used Google “Hangout On Air” technology, showcasing one of the many innovative tools that are now available to educators.
In this webinar, leaders of the two consortia, Laura Slover and Joe Willhoft, discussed their progress and the issues they are addressing. Pascal Forgione discussed the implications of their work for the field, and Robert Rothman moderated the discussion.
The Alliance held a webinar to kick off a new school year with a look at some ways to energize district efforts around digital learning. For this webinar, the Alliance used, for the first time, Google Hangouts On Air technology, showcasing one of the many innovative tools that are now available to educators.
The Alliance held a webinar on the power of digital collaborations among educators across subject areas to improve student literacy. Technology has had a significant impact on many aspects of student learning, but in the area of literacy, there has been tremendous growth and innovation. Tune in to this webinar discussion with literacy experts who are putting these tools to use, and learn more about the results of these tools.
The Alliance, CCSSO, and CAEP held a webinar on the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers 1.0. These standards and progressions-which define what teachers should know and be able to do to ensure every graduate is ready for college and a career-have been integrated into CAEP's proposed accreditation standards for teacher preparation programs. Together, these revised standards set forth a new vision of teaching that empowers learners in attaining twenty-first-century knowledge and skills, values diversity, and leverages technology and changing learning environments.
The Alliance held a webinar on the results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) long-term trend assessments in reading and mathematics that compare students' performance in 2012 in reading and mathematics over the past forty years. The NAEP results provide a unique perspective on the progress of U.S. education for students ages nine, thirteen, and seventeen.
The Alliance held a Project 24 webinar dedicated to one of the great debates in digital learning today: What factors should school districts consider when evaluating decisions about bring-your-own-device/technology (also known as BYOD) or district-purchased devices?
Last month, along party lines, both the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce passed two very different bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. With each committee passing a partisan bill, two very different visions of the federal role in education were set forth.
What does a high-quality assessment system look like? States will have to make important decisions about assessments in the coming years, as the products developed by the two state consortia come on line. To help guide those decisions, nearly two dozen of the nation’s leading assessment experts developed a set of criteria. These criteria address what the assessments should measure, how they should measure these abilities, and how the assessments should be used.