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Kids at the Core is committed to improving the learning of all students through professional development and capacity building services and supports. Our services can be offered in a variety of combinations from full staff training, to train-the-trainer capacity building workshops, to administrator and instructional leader professional development. Because each district is in a unique place with unique goals and timelines, our service agreements are uniquely tailored to your needs and desired outcomes.

Kids At The Core: On Classroom Assessment

Popular KATC Training Modules

Assessment Literacy for Growth

Assessments are not only measures of student learning, but critical teacher tools for improving the learning process. Understanding quality assessment design understandable is an important skill for all teachers! Every time teachers give an assessment they sacrifice instructional time. Our modules are designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and tools to design assessments that maximize assessments and improve how we measure, monitor and respond to student learning.

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These trainings are designed for novice and veteran teachers looking to improve their understanding of assessment design, validity and implementation.  Our modules are designed to expose, explore and support teachers through writing quality assessments.

Assessment Literacy Level 1: Gain a comprehensive overview of assessment literacy exploring growth vs. attainment and assessment design choices.  Gain tools for making assessment choices about content, format and complexity, and examples of how to create comparable assessments to measure and monitors student growth.

Assessment Literacy Level 2: Transform assessment practices through more in depth understanding of quality assessment tools.  Explore different designs of an assessment system, and distinguish between content and skills.  Learn tricks for common assessment roadblocks, and gain insight into validity, reliability and rubric analysis.

Assessment Literacy Level 3:  Leverage quality assessment knowledge into action and turn data into pivot points for instructional improvement.  Analyze assessments and identify key points in quality tools and learn to set quality goals that are reasonable yet rigorous.

Assessment Workshops:  Build practitioner confidence and great tools.  Applicable to all levels, these workshops are great for small group facilitation through the assessment writing and assessment analysis phases.  Workshops are great ways to provide continued teacher support between large staff trainings.

Writing Growth Goals

We have pretest data…now what? How can teachers write ambitious yet attainable targets of student growth? The Student Learning Objective (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. Learn ways to maximize time spent in this process for exceptional goals, rigorous yet realistic growth targets and strategies for impacting student learning.

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These trainings are designed for novice and veteran teachers looking to improve their understanding of goal writing, data analysis, and SLO development. .  Our modules are designed to expose, explore and support teachers through the goal setting process.

SLO and Growth Level 1: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the SLO process including the importance of the right assessment tool as the foundation.  Learn how to

Standards Based Report Cards

Measuring and monitoring student learning is at the core of every classroom routine. Teachers are gathering data on student progress throughout the instructional interval. How can we communicate their skill level and progress in a reliable, succinct tool? Learn how to create grading systems that are fair, useful, informative and timely so results are accurate indications of what students know and can do and effectively communicate with student, parents, guardians and other stakeholders.

Standards Based Grading Modules KATC

NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)

Popular Trainings:

Though modules are customized for each district, typical elements include the following

Introduction to NGSS:

What are the NGSS standards and how does this look in a classroom (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12).  This includes demonstrations of activities and curriculum designed to bring NGSS rigor and application to life, hands on trials for the teachers to experience activities as the inquiry student and as the leader as well as curriculum samples to continue the momentum long after our trainers have left the district.

NGSS Meets ELA: 

Using the NGSS standards within ELA instructional blocks (preK-5).  Timing, funding and supplies are major roadblocks for preK-5 science education.  But they shouldn’t stop our progress!  Learn how to thread scientific reasoning, inquiry and science content into ELA reading and writing blocks and use science as an awesome “hook” for many students.  The training includes hands on practice for teachers as well as many activities and curriculum samples to continue the application in the classroom immediately after our workshops!

Capture The Rigor of NGSS:

This training digs into our skill articulation.  Teachers align what students should be doing in the science classroom from their curriculum to assessments to NGSS Skill Articulation Expectations (Appendix F).  For example, its  not just “analyzing and interpreting data” but rather  looking at the what does it mean to analyze data at the 3rd vs 6th s 8th grade level?

The Content and Skills in Science:

Teaching skills (scientific and engineering practices) within the science curriculum causes some teachers to feel pressure to teach less content.  Using the concept of question complexity (from Blooms to DOK) this training examines how skills and content are inseparable…two sides of the same coin.  The key is finding the balance to using the content as the arena for skill instruction, practice, and assessment.

NGSS: The Science of “Doing”

Inquiry based science teaching including level 1-4 experimentation (1: Cookbook labs, 2: experimental reproduction and analysis,  3:  Designing experiments to get to an expected result, 4: Designing an experiment (or series) with an unknown answer).  Trainings will dig into how teachers can design the framework to avoid frustration, and bridge success in experimental learning.

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Educational Services Manager: Nicole Hayes