Online Courses

Assessment & Grading in an Online Environment

Join Dr. Lee Ann Jung in this 8-week course. Participants will take their current knowledge of healthy assessment and grading practices and explore advanced application topics that will increase their capacity to lead continuous assessment and grading improvement in their schools, including in online environments. The course is designed for those with significant knowledge and experience with moving away from traditional assessment and grading practices to those centered on proficiencies, competencies, or standards. In particular, this course focuses on the multiple ways to improve the quality of assessments and ensure their validity.
Dates: June 16 - August 4, 2020. (*8 week course made up of 4 different modules)
More information and registration.

 

 

 

Online Governance Workshops Fall 2020

What:   
Three series of three interactive online workshops addressing critical issues in school governance.

Target Audience: 
Teams of Trustees and their Head of School (5-6 school-based teams*; minimum of 3+1 team members)
 
Outcomes:  
School-based teams will:

  • understand concepts and strategies related to essential responsibilities of the Board; 
  • reflect on how their own board practices align with these principles and develop/update action plans for their school related to the critical issues addressed; 
  • share innovative ideas for meeting the governance challenges ahead, in particular those related to the pandemic.
     

Topics

  • The Role of the Board
    • the Board’s key responsibilities; principles, practices, and accountability
    • Leading Together with the Head of School
  • Fiduciary Accountability
    • The Board as a Fiduciary
    • Risk Management/Crisis Preparation
    • Relationship with the Community
  • Being Strategic
    • Policy-based Governance
    • Strategic Thinking
       

When
The governance workshops are being offered at three different times, for the convenience of    
schools and board members .  Participating teams are invited to register for one of the following series of workshops:
  

  • Series A
    • August 20, 2020      10:30 am – 12:00 noon EDT        The Role of the Board
    • September 3, 2020    10:30 am – 12:00 noon EDT        Fiduciary Accountability
    • September 17, 2020    10:30 am – 12:00 noon EDT        Being Strategic 
  • Series B
    • August 20, 2020      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT        The Role of the Board
    • September 3, 2020    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT        Fiduciary Accountability
    • September 17, 2020    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT        Being Strategic   
  • Series C
    • September 1, 2020      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT        The Role of the Board
    • September 22, 2020    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT        Fiduciary Accountability
    • September 29, 2020    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm EDT        Being Strategic   

       

Model

  • Zoom utilization (participants connecting individually from their locations)
  • Proceedings conducted in English with accompanying Spanish language support via Chat function 
  • Process:
    • preparatory pre-reading/activity (requiring ~ 30 minutes sometime prior to workshop)
    • presentation of core concepts and strategies by consultant (interactive)
    • prompt by the consultant providing guidance/structure for action planning
    • review/update/develop concrete “to-do” strategies by each team (in break-out rooms)
    • reconvene and each team shares its plan (interactive)
  • Follow-up – consultant available for limited email consultation

Consultants:  Rick Detwiler and Jeff Keller

 

REGISTRATION LINK


Reference: Chojnacki, David and Richard Detwiler. The International Trustee Handbook: A Guide to Effective Governance for International Schools 2nd edition. National Association of Independent Schools. 2019.     https://my.nais.org/s/store#/store/browse/detail/a133m000008HymAAAS

For more information, contact:     rickdetwiler2@gmail.com   or   skeller@tri-association.org



Using Mathematics Critical Areas to Address Unfinished Learning and Deepen Student Mathematical Understanding   

AASSA
TRIASSOCIATION

In this session, we will focus on the question, “ What strategies support using the “math critical areas” to address “unfinished learning” and deepen student mathematical understanding?”

Focusing on critical areas does not mean deemphasizing some standards. To deemphasize standards that seem beyond these critical areas abandons parts of the curriculum that are essential for deep conceptual learning. Each standard is not a new event, but an extension of previous learning. Mathematics is not a list of disconnected topics, tricks, or mnemonics; it is a coherent body of knowledge made up of interconnected concepts. 

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Critical Areas for each grade level brings focus and coherence to the curriculum and guide instruction of ALL standards. This session will focus on using these critical areas to address unfinished learning and deepen mathematical understanding of foundational learnings.

While planning for the diverse needs of students is not new, the complexity and uncertainty of the current educational landscape requires action. Develop an intentional plan now, and make a world of difference to student mathematical learning for the next school year and beyond.

Participants will: 

  • Examine the critical areas and major clusters across grade levels to discover both the connection and progression of related standards. 
  • Explore how a focus on the critical areas allows depth in learning, which is carried out through the Standards for Mathematical Practice. 
  • Identify resources to assist with assessing student progression toward mastery within the Critical Areas of Focus.


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No hay mejor momento para ser un(a) educador(a)    

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ph.D.
Directora, Conexiones
Profesora, Universidad de Harvard, Extension School

 Audiencia: Curso en Español sobre el aprendizaje/enseñanza virtual  para docentes de escuela primaria, media y secundaria.

Título: "No hay mejor momento para ser un(a) educador(a)"

Descripción: El objetivo de este cursillo es celebrar las oportunidades que tenemos para mejorar la práctica docente, gracias a la tecnología y al nuevo conocimiento sobre las ciencias del aprendizaje. 

Preguntas esenciales: 

  • ¿Cómo podemos tomar buenas decisiones sobre el diseño instruccional en línea? 
  • ¿Cómo y por qué las ciencias del aprendizaje son complementarias al aprendizaje en línea? 
  • ¿Cómo podemos personalizar y diferenciar el aprendizaje?

Resultados de aprendizaje: 

  • Al final de este curso, los participantes…
    • Tendrán la oportunidad de aplicar la planificación inversa (diseño inverso) (Wiggins & McTighe, 1998, 2005) al diseño de cursos en línea
    • Aprenderán sobre el Diseño Universal del Aprendizaje en aulas virtuales
    • Aprenderán sobre los principios y postulados básicos de la Ciencia de la mente, el cerebro y la educación, y su uso en aulas virtuales.

Fechas de los cursos:

Grupo 1.  Docentes de escuela primaria: los miércoles 26 de agosto, 2 de septiembre, 9 de septiembre, 16 de septiembre y 23 de septiembre de 2020
Grupo 2. Docentes de escuela media: los jueves 27 de agosto, 3 de septiembre, 10 de septiembre, 17 de septiembre y 24 de septiembre de 2020
Grupo 3.  Docentes de escuela secundaria: los viernes 28 de agosto, 4 de septiembre, 11 de septiembre, 18 de septiembre y 25 de septiembre de 2020

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Teaching Science Remotely - Elementary (grades K-5) NGSS

OVERVIEW:
This online workshop will focus on the best practices of remote and face-to-face science instruction including; modeling instruction, argument-driven inquiry, phenomenon-based instruction, and the science and engineering practices contained in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Elementary teachers will engage in scientific inquiry that is guided by authentic assessments and best practices.  Phenomena and inquiry will target specific K-5 Performance Expectations.  Come and experience this form of 3-dimensional instruction with Paul Andersen as your online guide. Explore the wonders of science as you rediscover the curiosity that guided your childhood. Teachers should come prepared to do science!

  • Cost for Invitational Schools: $75 USD
  • Cost for Non-Members: $150 USD

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Teaching Science Remotely - Secondary NGSS (grades 6-12)

OVERVIEW:
This online workshop will focus on the best practices of remote science instruction including: modeling instruction, argument-driven inquiry, phenomenon-based instruction, and the science and engineering practices contained in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Special consideration will be given to the cross-cutting concepts as both thematic and practical lenses that drive scientific inquiry. Participants will engage in scientific inquiry that is guided by authentic assessments and best practices.  Inquiry will target specific 6-12 performance expectations in the NGSS.

  • Cost for Invitational Schools: $75 USD
  • Cost for Non-Members: $150 USD

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