February 2014 NTI: Thursday Evening Sessions | EngageNY

February 2014 NTI: Thursday Evening Sessions

Participants at NTI

Participants of the February 2014 Network Team Institute will have a choice of the following evening sessions on Tuesday or Thursday evening:

  1. Supporting all Students and Communicating with all Adults regarding the Common Core
    ​Intended Audience: Community of Practice Ambassadors; Any educator concerned with implementing the Common Core with Students who are struggling in school or are below grade level because of a disability, circumstance, or skill deficit
    Charged with the responsibility of positively influencing teacher practice, Ambassadors have embraced doing what it takes to improve student learning. This involves not only developing teachers’ skills and resources, but also professionally and publicly sharing the changes that are taking place and why they are so critical to student and teacher success. This session will provide you access to communication experts who have been working with leading educators across the nation. Drawing on best practices, they’ll help you communicate the positive changes happening in your classrooms — in your own words. They will help you identify opportunities for spreading the word with key audiences, from peers to the press. And they will help you create personal action plans so that you can work with your fellow Ambassadors to share the news about the exciting work underway in classrooms across the state. Good practice is contagious – help it spread and join a growing national network of fellow educators similarly committed to building understanding and support for high standards in their schools.
    Through a series of activities we will discuss and discover:
    • Where each of us believes the line is between supporting low performing students and students with disabilities –the line between support/advocacy and challenge/high expectations;
    • The essential differences between accommodation and modification for students who struggle to do Common Core grade level work;
    • The progressions within the Common Core that must be protected grade by grade regardless of a student's categorization;
    • Concrete strategies for modifying the NYS modules to meet the needs of struggling students and students with disabilities;
    • The role NYS early literacy program can play in meeting the needs of students with disabilities or students with skill deficits; and
    • The role that belief plays in drawing the line between support and challenge.
  2. DDI and Assessments in Mathematics: Designing Assessments that Provide Meaningful Data
    Intended audience: Teachers, Math Coaches, and Administrators who currently or have plans to lead or participate in data driven instruction activities
    By attending this session, participants will understand what exactly goes into an excellent Common Core-aligned Math assessment. You can expect to leave with a knowledge of how to use the many assessment resources on EngageNY for both assessment design and assessment analysis. Please bring a current interim assessment for analysis. 
    This is part one in a series of three sessions addressing technical aspects of Data Driven Instruction practices aligned to the Common Core (Assessment, Analysis, and Action.)
  3. DDI and Assessments in ELA: Designing Assessments that Provide Meaningful Data
    Intended audience: Teachers, ELA Coaches, and Administrators who currently or have plans to lead or participate in data driven instruction activities
    By attending this session, participants will understand what exactly goes into an excellent Common Core-aligned ELA assessment. You can expect to leave with a knowledge of how to use the many assessment resources on EngageNY for both assessment design and assessment analysis. Please bring a current interim assessment for analysis. 
    This is part one in a series of three sessions addressing technical aspects of Data Driven Instruction practices aligned to the Common Core (Assessment, Analysis, and Action.)
  4. Scaffolding Learning for English Language Learners
    Intended audience: General educators, ELA or Math teachers, and administrators as well as ELL specialists
    NYSED has contracted with national thought leaders to generate and add scaffolds to our ELA and math modules. For the first time, we’ll be able to share what we’ve learned, what comes next, and how educators across the state can immediately put these supports into action to drive their implementation of the Common Core with English Language Learners.