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The Great Schools Partnership is pleased to offer a series of free webinars on critical school-improvement topics for educational leaders and teachers.

To view past Great Schools Partnership webinars, click here

What You Need to Know
→ There is no cost to participate and webinars are open to anyone.
→ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the information you will need to participate.
→ Contact-hour certificates are available for participants. Contact Gwen Merrick.
Visit the archive to download presentation slides and video recordings of past webinars.

Upcoming Webinar Topics


Rather than being a stand-alone specific school intervention, we believe Proficiency-Based Learning (PBL) is actually the sum of a series of well-known and research-supported practices. When combined and implemented in a thoughtful manner, PBL practices like assessing and reporting learning by standards, providing just-in-time interventions and supports, and disaggregating Habits of Work from content-specific knowledge and skills are supported by the literature.

During this webinar, we will share the Great Schools Partnership’s approach and principles for proficiency-based learning and align these with support from current studies. We will also share strategies for engaging in conversations around these principles to help build a shared understanding and inform the implementation of proficiency-based learning in your schools.

Presenters
Kate Gardoqui, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Mark Kostin, Associate Director, Great Schools Partnership

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

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Once educators in districts have completed the important task of identifying graduation standards and performance indicators, the next step in our Proficiency-Based Simplified model is to establish scoring criteria. Informing and supporting the clear articulation of what student work looks like at each of the four distinct performance levels on each performance indicator is a vital component to the eventual design of assessment tasks and unit design.

During this webinar, we will share the Great Schools Partnership’s approach to writing performance indicator levels – the backbone of the rubrics that are necessary in the implementation of proficiency-based learning. We will share guidelines and protocols designed to help educators create their own scoring criteria as well as provide a handful of examples.

Presenters
Mark Kostin, Associate Director, Great Schools Partnership
Katie Thompson, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

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As educators have begun to implement proficiency-based learning systems, they have realized the need to develop assessments that accurately measure student learning, promote personalization, and deliver trustworthy data—not an easy set of deliverables.

Building upon the previous GSP webinar, this webinar will present a model for teachers to first identify evidence that  demonstrates learning in alignment with identified scoring criteria, and then create assessment tasks through which students can deliver this evidence. We will show how this model can be applied to different content areas and  formulated to promote personalization for student interest. This approach will provide a design model that can be applied to any kind of assessment task.

Presenters
Reed Dyer, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
David Ruff, Executive Director, Great Schools Partnership
Becky Wilusz, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

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In this webinar, we will present protocols and processes to create a system that supports teachers in the process of making consistent judgments on the quality of students’ work. This outcome requires collaboration with colleagues to calibrate scoring, refine assessment tasks and scoring criteria, and collectively reflect on the results. This process ensures that there is a constant practice of evaluation and refining scoring criteria and assessment tasks and the instruction practices leading up to this. Ultimately, having more trustworthy judgments enables teachers to better align instructional strategies to student needs, provide more consistent feedback to students, and create opportunities  for deeper learning.

Presenters
Jon Ingram, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
David Ruff, Executive Director, Great Schools Partnership
Becky Wilusz, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m. EST

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