Archive for Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TMS instructor attends workshop

August 19, 2009

Getting what is taught in schools to be current with state and federal standards and objectives is like trying to hit a moving target. A recent workshop offered to educators took aim at the assessments and developing a plan to reach necessary levels of student achievement.

A handful of educators attended the workshop, “Hitting the Target: Unwrapping the Standards for Assessment,” June 23 at the Jones Institute for Educational Excellence.

Tonganoxie Middle School instructor Stacy Willis was one of those instructors.

The workshop focused on identifying the learning targets in district curricular objectives and/or state standards through a process called “unwrapping” and provided participants with the tools to create an assessment map for both formative and summative assessment.

The workshop’s presenter, Carol Hailey, has taught middle and high school English for more than 30 years. She served as the English department chair at Shawnee Mission North High School for 18 years and is currently the K-12 reading/language arts resource specialist for Shawnee Mission USD 512. Hailey conducts staff development for the district, assists schools in developing school improvement and AYP plans, and serves on school improvement teams. In addition, she is a consultant for the College Board and a Ruby Payne cadre trainer for A Framework for Understanding Poverty.

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