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I am available for keynote/conference presentations as well as school/district-based workshops and consulting. Among the topics I can facilitate discussion on are as follows:
Standards Based Learning: Creating Life-Long Learners
Autonomous, collaborative, differentiated environments are most conducive to learning – let’s make this happen! Participants will explore the standards based classroom and learn how to unpack standards, create engagement, and give ownership of learning to their students. As educators, we want to ensure that our students seek knowledge over points, scores, and grades.
Effectively Communicating Standards Based Grading
Standards based grading is a paradigm shift for our learning communities and it is imperative that we send clear messages to all stakeholders. Participants will gather ideas about how to explain standards based grading to students and parents. Plans for open house/curriculum night, conferences, and reporting options will be shared.
Meeting the needs of the diverse learners we encounter is of paramount importance. Differentiating by readiness, learning profile, and interest will help all students be successful. Participants will delve into the three areas of differentiation as well as the topics of pre-assessment, grouping strategies, and anchor activities.
Formative Practice and Summative Assessment: When Does Formative Become Summative?
Formative practice is essential to learning for our students. Standards based learning and grading provides students ample practice in a low stress environment to maximize growth. Participants will explore the roles of formative and summative assessment, as well as redo and retakes in the standards based classroom. We will discuss when learning and grading transition from formative to summative.
Creating a Student-Centered World Language Classroom
Learning matters to our students when they take ownership, persevere to find proficiency, and feel supported through the process. In the world language classroom, educators can build environments for learning that are student-centered, support risk taking, and engage students to become proficient in their language. Participants will see examples from thematic units build for student autonomy and language acquisition.
3.7.16 Windom, Springfield, Luverne, Redwood, and Sleepy Eye School Districts, Windom, MN, District Based Standards Based Grading Training
1.18.16 Windom, Springfield, Luverne, Redwood, and Sleepy Eye School Districts, Windom, MN, District Based Standards Based Grading Training
10.23.15: ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching) Conference, Chicago, IL – “Social Media to Amplify Teacher Voice”
10.17.15: What Great Educators Do Differently Conference, Chicago, IL
10.16.15: AMLE National Conference, Columbus, OH – Standards Based Grading Panel
9.23.15: Macon/Piatt Regional Office of Education, Decatur, IL – “Why Should I Change How I Grade?”
8.19.15: Ft. Stockton, TX – “Healthy Grading Practices in a Brick House Culture”
8.14.15: Minot, ND – “Healthy Grading Practices in a Brick House Culture”
7.30.15: Knox, IN – “Healthy Grading Practices in a Brick House Culture”
7.28.15: CESA 3, Fennimore, WI – “Practical Application of Standards Based Grading”
6.16.15: Assessment and Grading Summit, Mokena, IL – Keynote, “Why Should I Change How I Grade?”
3.9.15: Windom School District, Windom, MN – “Healthy Grading Practices within a Brick House Culture”
1.17.15: SAMRi Camp, Downers Grove, IL – “Standards Based Learning and Grading” and “Standards Based Grading Roundtable Discussion”
1.19.15: Springfield City Schools, Springfield, MN – “Standards Based Grading in a Brick House Culture”
1.5.15: Deerfield District 109 Teaching and Learning Conference, Deerfield, IL – Standards Based Grading Roundtable Discussion
12.12.14: Lake County Curriculum Resource Council, Grayslake, IL – “Standards Based Learning and Grading…and Twitter!”
10.29.14: Webinar for AudioSolutionz – “Standards Based Learning and Grading” for more information, click here
10.3.14: ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching) Conference, Chicago, IL – “Teacher Leaders as Change Agents”
7.28.2014: #COLchat to Action Conference, Swartz Creek, MI – “Standards Based Learning”
7.24.2014: John Early Museum Magnet Middle School, Nashville, TN – “Healthy Grading Practices in a Brick House Culture”
6.27.2014: Standards Based Learning and Grading Summit, Chicago, IL – “Let’s Grade FOR Learning”
2.18.2014: Deerfield District 109 Teaching and Learning Conference , Deerfield, IL – Four sessions on various facets of standards based grading
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