Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

SBAC Online Achievement Level Setting Opportunity

Update on Achievement Level Setting
Smarter Balanced member states will establish a common set of performance standards in English language arts (ELA/literacy) and mathematics across grades 3-8 and high school. This process, known as Achievement Level Setting has three phases.
The first phase of Achievement Level Setting is the Online Panel (October 6–17). The Online Panel is an unprecedented opportunity for educators, parents, community members, and other interested parties to help recommend performance standards. Educators received the first invitations to participate and have been the primary target of recruitment efforts. To date, 60% of registered panelists are teachers, and another 20% are non-teacher educators or school administrators. Registration for the Online Panel will close on September 19. To learn more about the Online Panel and register to participate, visit http://smarterbalanced.measinc.com/EventCode/100614.
Recommendations from the Online Panel will be shared with 500 participants during an In-Person workshop (October 13–19), the second phase of Achievement Level Setting. The information collected will be disaggregated by role so participants can take into consideration the recommendations made by teachers, higher education faculty, and others. Teachers will drive the in-person workshop, comprising 65% of its participants. Non-teacher educators, such as curriculum specialists and other K–12 administrators, will comprise another 18% of participants, followed by higher education faculty (12%) and members of the general public (5%).
The final phase of Achievement Level Setting is the Vertical Articulation Committee. A subset of the 500 panelists from the In-Person workshop - approximately 60 individuals - will examine all the recommended achievement levels in ELA/literacy and mathematics, to ensure that the system is aligned from grade to grade. Leadership from the Smarter Balanced Governing States will vote on the recommended achievement levels in fall 2014.
Collaboration in the development of Smarter Balanced assessments is key to ensuring that the assessments are fair, accurate, and reliable for all students. We encourage you to make your voice heard and register for the Online Panel today!

Friday, August 22, 2014

August 14th Retreat Minutes and Supplemental Documents Available Upon Request

Wow, what an exciting start to an important conversation! Thank you to those who were in attendance, and to those of you who continue to support our mission as a member of the VMLC.

If you would like a copy of the meeting minutes and supplemental documents, make a request at vermontmathleaders@gmail.com We now offer push notifications when there is news on the blog! Sign up in the right-hand column of the blog.

We are still looking for committee members for Conferences, Finance, and Elections. Let us know how you can serve.

Here’s to networking and support of each other as we foster a love of mathematics in everyone we work with this school year,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Special NCSM Webinar with Steve Leinwand. It’s TIME to Lead – A Call to Action for Mathematics Leaders

The webinar recording is now available in the archive section of the Carnegie Learning website. Also visit our website for additional materials, or to download a certificate of attendance. We invite you to share these links with your colleagues who were unable to attend the webinar.

 Thursday, August 28, 2014
3:00 PM ET
Now that It’s TIME-Themes and Imperatives for Mathematics Education: A Leadership Framework for Common Core Mathematics has been widely distributed and mathematics education leaders like you are launching their 2014-15 slate of activities, it’s the perfect time to turn to converting the ideas and suggestions of It’s TIME into specific actions.
This “call to action” webinar will provide focused and practical guidance to significantly improve the productivity of school and district mathematics education  systems. 
  • Suzanne Mitchell, Past-President, National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

  • Steve Leinwand, Principal Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Retreat-Who Are We As Math Leaders?

August Retreat-Who Are We As Math Leaders?

Who? All leaders of mathematics (coach, math specialist, math lead teacher, PL provider, IHE pre-service professor, etc…)
What? Discuss our roles, the challenges of being a math leader, and what the research shows to support our work.
Where? Agency of Education, Barre City Place, 219 North Main Street, Barre, VT, Room 423
When? Thursday, August 14, 2014, from 9:00-noon; pot-luck to follow.
Why? This initial conversation will help shape our future work for a day-long workshop being planned for October 18th, and beyond.
RSVP: Mary Fitzgerald mfitzgerald@fwsu.org, by August 11, so we can secure the appropriate-sized space for the number of educators planning to attend.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What does a Common Core-aligned lesson look like?

Achieve The Core
The Instructional Practice Guide tools support educators in planning and reflecting on lessons that capture students’ attention while helping them to meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards.
We’re excited to announce two new, free, interactive web applications created in response to your feedback:
Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching
The coaching tool facilitates instructional coaching conversations and builds understanding and experience with Common Core-aligned instruction. Also available in a print version.
Instructional Practice Guide: Lesson Planning (BETA)
The lesson planning tool helps teachers prepare Common Core-aligned lessons. It references the Core Actions and indicators found in the coaching tool to allow clear connections to be made between what a teacher is planning and what may be observed during classroom instruction. We’re releasing this tool now (in beta) so that you can try it out, share your feedback, and help us make improvements to better meet your back-to-school needs!
Please share with your colleagues and networks, and email us with any feedback!
Student Achievement Partners

Thursday, July 3, 2014

VCTM Seeking Proposals for Fall Conference

VCTM is accepting proposals through July 15th. The program will be created over the summer, after the July 15th proposal deadline, and speakers will be notified by August 15th of whether they have been accepted or not.

The application is fairly simple (in my opinion) and can be found here:
Thank you for helping to make this conference a success!

Contacts: Christine Latulippe Christine  Latulippe clatulip@norwich.edu and Sue Abrams sue.r.abrams@gmail.com