Yesterday was the third and final day (for this year!) of Assessment for Learning high impact strategy training. Jeff Beaudry and Anita Stewart-McCafferty from USM, along with our district strategy coach, Kirsten Gould, held session #3 yesterday around this pivotal district work. In attendance were 54 of our teachers, instructional coaches, technology coaches, and administrators!
The design of the day was framed to meet everyone's individual needs, and it delivered!
It was one of the best professional days this Curriculum Coordinator had ever been a part of.
Opening remarks from Superintendent Penna
Discussion around mindframes with Jeff Beaudry.
Kirsten Gould leading a thinking & reflection activity.
An administrator session with Anita Stewart-McCafferty
The administrator / technology coach / instructional coach "think tank"
School-specific reflection and planning
There were small breakout sessions throughout the day around the most needed topics.
There was also PLENTY of collaborative work time and space.
This is a Wordle. All attendees were asked to submit 2-3 words that came to mind
regarding this work and this day. The larger the word, the more times it came up.
Notice our big stand out words...
Thanks to all of our administrators for the flexibility and efforts to get so many teachers there. Thanks to our teachers in attendance who shared so much energy and commitment.
Thanks to our teachers back at the schools for picking up whatever slack needed, and thanks in advance to them for embracing the knowledge that their peers will be bringing back to them.
And most of all thank you to Jeff, Anita, and Kirsten for planning such an outstanding day!
"The work we are doing in Assessment for Learning directly connects to our work with Carrie Thurston [data driven intervention work]. Our focus is on how to positively impact student learning to optimize growth. This idea isn't something new being added to our plates. It's expanding and deepening our understanding of the same work we've been focusing on since our Proficiency Based Symposiums."
--from a classroom teacher
"We should be moving from this being a THING we DO, to being the way we DO THINGS."
--from a building administrator