Presenter: Sandra Alberti, Director, Field Impact Team, Student Achievement Partners
New Jersey is a member state in the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a consortia of states developing next generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards. These assessments will be implemented in the 2014–15 school year and field testing in New Jersey will begin this spring. Jeff Nellhaus will review the priorities and key advances of the new assessments, the test design, and development process; review sample assessment items; provide a national perspective on upcoming field testing; and discuss next steps for the consortia. He will also connect participants to resources to support implementation, technology readiness, and classroom teachers.Presenter: Jeff Nellhaus, Director of Policy, Research and Design for PARCC
This presentation will address the importance of integrating the Common Core State Standards throughout teacher preparation, evaluation, and ongoing professional development.Presenter: Peter Shulman, Chief Talent officer, New Jersey Department of Education
Building Individual and Collective Capacity through Collaborative Conversations that Support Common Core Implementations.Learn how professional learning community teams can support one another in creating and implementing units of study that align to the Common Core. The workshop will focus on specific essential collaborative conversations that will foster consistent implementation across grade levels and content areas with a focus on using student data to drive instructional decisions. Understand how PLCs can create the tools that teachers need to ensure student learning and principals’ need to be effective instructional leaders. Presenters: Pat Wright, Executive Director, NJPSA and Donna McInerney, Coordinator of Program Development and Design, FEA.
With the first PARCC administration approaching in the 2014–15 school year, it is time to prepare our schools, our teachers, and our students for the new rigors of this assessment. In this session, we will review PARCC performance-based tasks (research stimulation, literary analysis, and narrative) that will extend across all disciplines. Looking at these interactive literacy and writing tasks through the context of English language arts, social studies, science, and elective courses, we will demonstrate that while this is a challenging assessment, it is doable for our students, as long as the responsibility and effort are shared throughout all departments, are interwoven schoolwide, and are unified across an entire district.Presenter: Dennis Fare, Supervisor of English Language Arts, Mahwah Public Schools and Kristen Trabona, Supervisor of Science, Mahwah Public Schools
Social media and technology have transformed the way educators connect, collaborate, and learn on a daily basis. In today’s world, learning takes place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in many different forms. This presentation will discuss how students, teachers, and administrators can leverage the power of technology and social media tools in preparation for PARCC. Learn how technology and social media can be integrated into the learning process and address PARCC from the perspective of a teacher, vice principal, and a superintendent; understand how we connect and work with one another on a weekly basis to influence the education world on Twitter and beyond. Presenters: Scott Rocco, Superintendent, Spotswood Public Schools; Brad Currie, Assistant Principal/Supervisor of Instruction, Chester School District; Bill Krakower, Teacher, B. Gilmore School, Woodland Park School District.
Having an effective and dynamic curriculum is the foundation of a school/district’s instructional program. Ongoing assessment is the core component of evidence-based instructional success. The curriculum, instruction, assessment triad intricately drives and affects student achievement. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of standards-based curricula, exemplar curriculum units of study focused on the CCSS shifts, and assessment types and samples aligned with PARCC. Participants will consider the curricular implications offered in the PARCC Model Content Frameworks. Presenters: Adele Macula, Consultant and Former Associate Superintendent and Willa Spicer, former Deputy Commissioner of Education.