ISBE Approved Administrator Academy Options

These 6 hour presentations are designed to give a full, well rounded understanding of the key topics. All are ISBE approved courses for Administrator Academy Credit. A 30 day notice to the State Board of Education is required for registrants.

Quality Assessment Design:

(IL Admin Academy #1603) Assessment literacy is an important skill for evaluators and educators alike. This workshop looks at the major elements of assessment design. Participants will discuss the nuts and bolts of the decisions that go into creating high quality assessments, the blueprint of an assessment including the topics assessed and the complexity of the items, and the choices teachers make to better align the assessments to prepare students for the PARCC assessment and the Common Core Expectations. The workshop will examine performance assessments and quality rubrics as well as assessment reliability. Playing a role of determining student strengths and weaknesses for future lesson design as well as monitoring and documenting the growth of all students, quality assessments can be used to gather formative data about student learning, and help teachers pivot teaching to meet the needs of all students. Participants will look at ways to collect data, use data and apply quality assessment practices to the measurement of student growth for both teaching and evaluation purposes.

The SLO Toolkit: Making Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) Work
(IL Admin Academy #1736) Make the most out of the SLO Process! The Student Learning Objective Tool (SLO) is a great framework for educator and evaluator evidence based conversations of what works (and doesn’t work) for each unique group of students.  Lets look at what works in SLOs and the psychology of the evaluation conversation:  how to do this with a positive atmosphere!  This course will teach administrators about best practices in the SLO process, current research, quality assessment tools, using historical data to write ambitious yet realistic goals and strategies for enhancing the impact of the process through teacher feedback.  Through this course, participants will learn how to apply current research to improve their school/district SLO process and how to coach teacher through assessment selection and goal writing.  Participants will learn about ways to frame conversations around SLOs including: how to ask about key SLO elements, types of quality follow up questions, advice for revisions, and more.

Rigorous Growth Goals and Effective Data Use:

(IL Admin Academy #1611) Data literacy is a cornerstone of understanding student learning and growth. Good assessments provide good data about student learning and growth only if used properly to help teachers pivot instruction to meet the needs of all students. The workshop will break down how to look at data sets with a strategy, how to manage the collection and interpretation, and how to pull out information to inform instruction. Writing good growth goals doesn’t have to be complicated. This course looks at goals that “work” and those that don’t and why, as well as ways to develop shortcuts and tools to assist in a growth goal process in the district. This course will break down the process of developing and writing rigorous yet reasonable growth goals and how to increase inter-rater reliability in rating growth goals. The workshop will look at how to use historical data to support the goal writing process.

Effective Implementation of Student Growth Measures:

(IL Admin Academy #1515) This course will teach administrators how to manage the measurement of student growth in classrooms and on evaluations. Using student growth on evaluations doesn’t have to be so hard; it doesn’t have to meet so much resistance. This course will focus on leveraging current Common Core alignment work to meet upcoming state requirements, best practices for laying assessment development groundwork, and how to begin the important discussions necessary to comply with the new PERA law in a meaningful way. This overview covers the necessary assessment development process, preparing to look at growth data in the district, the SLO process and goal writing. The presentation simplifies the complicated topic of using student growth in evaluations and provides attendees knowledge, resources and tools that can be immediately implemented.

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Anne is an assessment and curriculum specialist best known for her work in assessment design, data analysis and instructional effectiveness. Anne is a sought after speaker in the area of assessment design, curriculum and instruction.
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