Teacher time is precious: spend it wisely. Teachers need great resources and tools that are practically and efficiently designed. This is why all trainings through KATC are focused and packed with concrete examples and resources for implementation. One thing all educators have in common: we are short on time.
Empower teaching with assessment literacy: We believe all teachers should understand how to create or identify appropriate assessment tools to measure and monitor student learning and growth. This may include training on assessment alignment, question complexity, performance assessments and rubrics, developing valid assessments, and even grading assessments. Quality assessments will lead to better information about student needs and therefore instruction more efficiently targeted to student needs.
Empower teaching with data literacy: We believe all teachers should confidently interpret their own assessment data and use that information to pivot instruction to meet the unique needs of students in the classroom. The goal setting process (SLO or other) has the evidence based practice of using data embedded in its core. Thus, teachers need strategies and tools to become comfortable with not only interpretation of data and setting goals, but also the determining the actions they need to take to achieve goals. This may include training on the assessment tool, data interpretation, writing goals and instructional responsiveness to data to achieve goals.
Empower teaching with layers of cognitive demand: We believe all teachers should analyze skills for the level of thinking required of students in order to successfully engage with and solve a task. Identification of low level cognitive demand tasks versus high level cognitive demand tasks is only a first step to creating a balanced instructional plan as well as a balanced assessment system. Teachers need not only training in types of task and question complexity but also strategies and tools to improve the balance of tasks in a classroom and assure the assessment is reflective of the complexity in the classroom.
Our Teacher PD is most often through: Graduate Courses, In-District PD, Toolkits, Articles or through large multi district workshops.