Writing and Assessing with Digital Media: Engage, Challenge, Achieve

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:00pm to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 6:30pm

Course Description: Teachers and school districts in Massachusetts bear many responsibilities in accountability: not only to engage and challenge all students, but also to show that they have a strong effect on what their students know and can do. If teachers could measure the effect of their curriculum on what students know and can do, then they could meet three requirements at one stroke: promote individual student growth, determine teacher effectiveness, and provide data to drive revisions to pedagogy. Developing such measures is challenging: How can districts and teachers create and administer manageable assessments that are valid indicators of growth? This course is designed to help teams of educators develop common, authentic assessments that engage and challenge students and produce a measurable improvement on their composition skills. Participants will leverage the Google Apps for Education* platform to create performance assessments and develop the infrastructure for administering and analyzing them. The course will begin with the construction of digital portfolios in Google Sites then employ digitally supported strategies to establish scoring rubrics, provide feedback mechanisms, encourage growth in metacognition, build research skills, and, finally, collect and analyze performance data. In the final session, educator teams will present evidence of impact from their own practice, explain what they have learned, and share their goals for ongoing improvement. *Teachers from districts without Google can participate. Contact Tom Fanning to make arrangements.

Sessions: The class will meet six times (every other week) for 2½ hours after school

Dates: September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9 & 30, 2017

Location: TBD – based on enrollment

Credit: 22.5 PDPs (1 graduate credit from UMass Amherst optional @ $145)

Audience: The course is designed for teachers, department heads, coaches, curriculum leaders, or supervisors.

Instructor: Tom Fanning, Technology Support, Amherst Regional Middle School & Pelham Elementary School (WMWP Co-Director for Technology)

Cost: Per person, $200; team of 2 from a district, $375; team of 3 or more, $175 each

Course Registration:

To register: Please contact Jane Baer-Leighton, WMWP PD Coordinator, wmwppd@english.umass.edu. Registration is limited to the first 20 respondents. Others will be waitlisted and notified if there is availability.

Questions? Please contact Tom Fanning, richtfanning@gmail.com

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