A few weeks ago, we hosted speakers and participants from around the world for the second annual Global Learning Alliance conference at Teachers College. This year’s conference focused on the central theme, “What in the world are schools doing to cultivate 21st century capacities, and why does this matter?” Over 200 people joined us to begin to answer how to effectively empower students with the knowledge, skills, and capacities to engage in our increasingly connected world. We’d like to thank all of our speakers and presenters from universities and K-12 schools from Finland, Canada, Australia, Singapore, China and the U.S. for their participation and look forward to future collaborations!
As we're nearing the end of the school year, negotiating the assessments are on everyone's mind. Adding the MOSL Assessments to the mix makes a busy time of year even more complicated.
CPET has been working behind the scenes with the NYC DOE to develop instructionally relevant and transparent scoring guides for the MOSL - New York City Performance Assessments in English, Social Studies and Science. Our MOSL team worked hard to identify anchor papers that not only show the spectrum of performance on the the NYC Performance Assessments, but explain in multiple ways how the NYC DOE rubrics can be interpreted.
Norming using the anchor papers and rubrics is an important task in any assessment system, but especially because these high stakes assessments have implications on teachers' ratings, it seems even more important for norming and scoring to be responsible, thoughtful, and aligned by shared interpretations.
Because we feel so strongly that teachers are able to use every tool available to navigate these new mandates, we're offering an opportunity for free professional development in norming the assessments with our experienced coaches. Teachers, coaches, and school leaders are welcome to join us as we facilitate norming sessions for NYC Performance Assessments in Social Studies, Science, and English Language Arts grades K-12.
Participants will work in grade/subject area groups to review the tasks, analyze the rubric, and use the anchor papers to norm their scoring practices. We welcome individual teachers, teacher teams, school/organizational coaches, and school leaders/administrators. Materials will be made available for turnkey PD at the school level.
To RSVP, click here. We hope to see you there!
The 2014 Global Learning Alliance conference is fast approaching, and we're excited to share our mobile app with you, which is hosted by Crowd Compass. The app is a great way to:
You can download the app starting today via the app store (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices). For detailed instructions on how to use the app for #GLA2014, see below!
If you're attending the AERA conference in Philadelphia today, make sure to catch two of CPET's own - Roberta Kang and Courtney Brown, as they present their work on promising practices in professional development, based on their experience with pilot assessments at the high school level, at 12:30pm. For more details, click through to the official schedule!