Using assessment criteria to drive instruction requires the use of reliable data. Teachers that are actively and systematically use this data can understand student performance and thus leverage it best for effective progress monitoring. Participants will be introduced to multiple assessments that include feedback models and other formative methods that feed instructional decisions. Participants will learn to find and use this data effectively to make informed instructional decisions with.

Course Outcomes:

  • Use and practice with evaluating and monitoring work against assessment criteria.
  • Plan with, and practice using, assessment criteria aligned with performance standards.
  • Use assessment and performance standards to reflect and improve upon practices with.
  • Practice with effective strategies to communicate learning and instructional goals to students, while demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness to student needs.

Acclimating learners into effective vocabulary understanding and use is one challenge of the Common Core. Using the FSS, participants will analyze the vocabulary components of the lessons in units of instruction. In order to review aligned instructional and experiential practices, participants will discuss and practice with the vocabulary instructional components housed within them. Sound, research-based vocabulary practices will serve as catalysts to effective implementation of vocabulary module components to improve teaching and learning.

Course Outcomes:

  • Develop understanding and working knowledge of the vocabulary instructional challenges within the Common Core, and the application to the FSS. 
  • Plan and implement with vocabulary instructional components applied to sample instructional units. 
  • Develop working knowledge of, and practice with, sound, research-based vocabulary practices to effectively implement modules while supporting relevant vocabulary components. 
  • Analyze the assessment features of curriculum that support vocabulary in order to effectively support expectations of the Common Core.

Meeting old challenges with new ideas can be fraught with mind-boggling confusion if design principles aren't organized around cognition-friendly curriculum and pedagogy. Participants in this e-course will explore and experiment with learning theory that that embraces new design and cross curricular strategy that engages brain plasticity. Wrapping learner minds around new knowledge through engaging lessons and strategy that builds capacity are some of the goals of this e-course.

Course Outcomes:

  • Develop working knowledge of the elements that make cognitive-friendly instructional design.
  • Experiment with learning theory that invokes hands-on, cross-curricular strategy for teaching and learning.
  • Apply methods that capitalize on brain plasticity for higher retention and increased literacy skills.