The GSP Monthly Dispatch – July 2021

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July 2021

Welcome to the latest issue of the GSP Monthly Dispatch. This month, we bring you:

  • Our fourth and final virtual summer institute—on racial equity in our schools, communities, and organizations
  • Three insightful blogs: on the surprising power of crayons; how the pandemic changed one teacher’s view of assessments; and a student interview about the importance of portfolios in the college application process
  • Our latest toolkit on summative assessment, which includes design guides, tuning protocols, an overview and examples of scoring criteria, and more
  • The next installment of our monthly Data Dialogue
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Visit our event calendar for a full list of upcoming events.

Join us for our fourth and final summer institute—The Role of Anti-Racism: Learning, Leaning, and Leading for Racial Equity.

Together, let’s identify opportunities for anti-racist leadership and allyship within our schools, communities, and organizations. It’s time to ensure just outcomes for all students, raise marginalized voices, and challenge the imbalance of power and privilege.

Date: August 3-5, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM ET
Where: Virtual, via Zoom
Cost: $425/person

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The Surprising Power of Crayons

By Lynn Newell

“[Aveaha] picked up a pen and carefully drew herself and her mom, dad, uncle, aunt, and one cousin. Then Aveaha opened the crayon box. The same box that I originally felt offered endless possibilities was suddenly inadequate and severely limiting.”

Did My Students Really Learn It: One Teacher’s Journey of Change

By Ashley Clark

“These students had unknowingly given me the best gift. They had shown me the value in allowing students to be in charge of their learning.”

Off to College: A Student Interview With Jay Gardoqui

By Jay Gardoqui

“By looking at a portfolio of different kinds of work, the college can learn about the energy the student puts into learning things on their own, the standard of quality they hold themselves to, and the vision they have for their own creations.”

Summative Assessment: A Toolkit for Educators

Reimagine your summative assessments with our free summative assessment toolkit. These tools are intended for educators to use as they design, critique, and refine summative assessments (and the scoring criteria used to evaluate student performance) aligned to a proficiency-based learning system.

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More than ever, many career paths require a high school diploma as a basic necessity, with an
increasing number of jobs also requiring at least some postsecondary credentials. According to a 2018 report from the Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, two out of three entry-level jobs in today’s economy require at least some education, credential, or training beyond high school. A 2019 report from the Lumina Foundation also projects that two-thirds of working-age adults in New England will require education beyond high school by 2025.

In New England, college enrollment rates across the region have been on the rise over the last decade, increasing by five percentage points between 2009 and 2019. Expanding access to college is an essential step in ensuring students have both the skills and credentials necessary to succeed in the workforce.

Unfortunately, once students enroll in college, not all go on to complete a degree or credential. Despite increasing college enrollment rates, rates of persistence into the second year of college have been declining. While many factors can impact a student’s success in college, the declining persistence rate raises questions about the degree to which students are prepared to meet the demands of college.

These data are part of the Common Data Project 2020 Annual Report.

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