2017 NCSM Annual Conference

Strand 5 Sessions

Session information last updated: 2-26-2017

Strand 5 Sessions, Monday, April 3
Strand 5: Exemplary Assessment Leadership

1108  9:30 AM to
10:30 AM
Travis C-DHigh School
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Helping Preservice and Novice Teachers Become Reflective, Continuous, Formative Assessments Users
Look at a successful yearlong program used to develop preservice and novice teachers’ use of timely formative information to make effective instructional decisions. Discuss a progression of activities that support teachers with setting instructional goals and then assessing student progression toward those goals. Various forms of lesson monitoring, flexible, dynamic, collaborative grouping practices, and differentiation will be discussed.


Lead Speaker: Allan Bellman

1308  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Travis C-DMiddle
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

District Leaders', Coaches' and Teachers' Use of Practical Measures to Improve the Quality of Mathematics Teaching
This session describes a collective effort between mathematics education researchers and district and school leaders across three districts to develop and use practical measures, or measures that provide frequent, rapid feedback, to improve the quality of instruction. Coaches and district leaders will describe how they worked with teachers to use quick student surveys to assess and improve the quality of small-group and whole-class discussion.


Lead Speaker: Kara Jackson
Co-Presenter: Emma Trevino
Co-Presenter: Angela Harris
Co-Presenter: Hannah Nieman
Co-Presenter: Nicholas Kochmanski
Co-Presenter: Harold Asturias
Co-Presenter: Jessica Slayton

1313  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Bonham DSecondary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Ten Strategies to Help Teachers Make Formative Assessment Integral to Their Teaching
Formative assessment has been identified as a strategy for improving student learning. However, formative assessment as implemented is often inconsistent with the literature. Participants will consider how to help teachers design classroom opportunities using tasks and questioning strategies, often involving interactive dynamic technology, that can support teachers in refocusing instruction based on what their students say and do.


Lead Speaker: Gail Burrill

1315  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
IndependenceGeneralTechnology ShowcaseExemplary Assessment Leadership

Mathematics Leadership to Impact Assessment Practices
Today’s assessment practices underscore the importance of innovation and problem-solving as indicators of college and career readiness. As mathematics leaders, we must provide professional learning that intentionally builds teacher capacity for effective use of technology. In this presentation, we will share work being done that develops instructional leadership qualities and effective practices that impact students' learning.


Lead Speaker: Matthew Owens

1507  12:30 PM to
1:30 PM
Travis A-BSecondary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Leading the Creation of District Cornerstone Mathematics Tasks
In this session, participants will learn about the journey of one school district's mathematics leadership team to write a cornerstone task for each secondary mathematics course. The leaders will share how they promoted teacher buy-in and increased teacher content knowledge while creating cornerstone mathematics tasks. The 10-step process, task examples and professional development led by the leadership team will be shared with participants.


Lead Speaker: April Bishop
Co-Presenter: Amy Seylar
Co-Presenter: Nicole Marshall

1519  12:30 PM to
1:30 PM
Bowie A-CSecondary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

(Re)Considering Assessment for Depths of Knowledge in Secondary Mathematics
In this session we will explore structures that have been used to support teachers in exploring and integrating thinking-based assessment tasks in the secondary mathematics classroom. Along with exploring the professional learning framework that was used with teachers, we will consider teacher-produced tasks that inspire deeper conceptual understanding, provoke discourse, and bump up the depth of knowledge in secondary school mathematics.


Lead Speaker: Mishaal Surti

1606  1:45 PM to
2:45 PM
Seguin A-BGeneralRegular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Student Work in Assessment: Opportunities to Assess Student Understanding of Mathematical Content and Practices
Student work provides a potentially new context for teachers to assess students’ abilities to compare, analyze, and critique the mathematical approaches and arguments of others. Participants will interact with examples of student work in assessment tasks and collaboratively discuss how assessment items could be adapted to include student work.


Lead Speaker: Amy Ray
Co-Presenter: Alden Edson
Co-Presenter: Yvonne Grant
Co-Presenter: Elizabeth Phillips

1607  1:45 PM to
2:45 PM
Travis A-BGeneralRegular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

An In-Formative Assessment Framework
This session will present a framework for making formative assessment practices in the classroom more in-formative for you, your teachers, and their students. The information presented will draw on psychometric principles, including validity and reliability, as a foundation. We will then offer insights around item construction, form building, and reflective data interpretation practices from a curriculum-based mastery measurement perspective.


Lead Speaker: Drew Corley

1618  1:45 PM to
2:45 PM
Lone Star CGeneralRegular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Situating Formative Assessment in the TQE (Tasks, Questioning, and Evidence) Process
For teachers to best gauge student levels of mathematics understanding, they need to be able to continually assess where students are located along clearly defined learning progressions. Learn how carefully selected tasks, planned questioning, and guided evidence collection help teachers and students create supportive learning environments.


Lead Speaker: Edward Nolan

1714  3:00 PM to
4:00 PM
Bonham EGeneralRegular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Engaging Formative Assessment Techniques with Technology
This session will have teachers engaging in several formative assessment tasks using free technology from Desmos to Kahoot! to Nearpod. The tasks will demonstrate that we can engage students in their learning and assess their understanding in real time using such technology.


Lead Speaker: Eric Milou

1819  4:15 PM to
5:15 PM
Bowie A-CElementary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Assessment and Equity: Uniting Two Critical Issues to Help Children Learn Mathematics
Too often our assessment practices primarily help us notice where potential inequities exist within our school systems instead of helping us address these inequities. Explore how elementary teachers and coaches are working together to use interview-based assessments, shared instructional practices, and common mathematical tools to close holes in students' learning so that they have increased access to mathematics.


Lead Speaker: Dana Gosen
Co-Presenter: Denise Brady
Co-Presenter: Jason Gauthier

Strand 5 Sessions, Tuesday, April 4
Strand 5: Exemplary Assessment Leadership

2105  8:15 AM to
9:15 AM
Republic A-CElementary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Assessing to Inform and Transform: Using the Show Me and Hinge Question Formative Assessment Techniques EVERYDAY
Participants will be engaged in use of classroom-based formative assessment techniques. The Formative 5: observations, interviews, show me, hinge questions, and exit tasks, inform teacher planning and instruction everyday and make a difference. The session will focus on a professional learning plan for use of the show me and hinge question techniques, and consider ways to integrate these techniques with observations, interviews, and exit tasks.


Lead Speaker: Francis (Skip) Fennell
Co-Presenter: Beth Kobett
Co-Presenter: Jon Wray

2203  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Crockett A-BSecondary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Assessing Proficiency Without Percentages: Creating Grading Systems That Cause Reflection Instead of "Point Grubbing"
When students engage in "point-grubbing" or computing the score they need on the next test to "keep their grade," it's clear that percentage-based assessment systems and the averages in grade books are preventing students from focusing on what matters most: the mathematics outcomes in our curriculum. Learn how to improve achievement and student reflection in any course by hearing how Algebra 1 teachers created innovative assessment practices.


Lead Speaker: Tim Hudson

2213  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Bonham DElementary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Assessing Process for Reflective Teaching Practices in Mathematics
A primary purpose of assessment is to inform and guide instruction. Most assessments focus on the product of student learning. What if assessments focused on how students learn? During our session, we will share how our district is assessing students’ metacognitive processes with the goal of igniting teacher reflection on best instructional practices conducive to learning by understanding and not only by procedures.


Lead Speaker: Kathy Riley
Co-Presenter: Lara Hirschmann

2514  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
Bonham EMiddle
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Formative Assessment: Helping Teachers and Students Become Partners in the Support of Student Learning
To increase student learning, we must understand how students learn mathematics. As we teach, we assess, and as we assess, we teach. Formative assessment and instruction are interwoven together in complimentary ways to increase student learning. Mathematics leaders and coaches will learn how to support teachers toward incorporating formative assessment naturally into their planning and delivery of instruction.


Lead Speaker: Gloria Weinberg
Co-Presenter: Nikki LaLonde

Strand 5 Sessions, Wednesday, April 5
Strand 5: Exemplary Assessment Leadership

3105  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Republic A-CIntermediate
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Changing Instructional Practice—Permission Isn't Enough—Teachers Need Adaptive Pedagogy to Support Student Learning
Adaptive Pedagogy (AdPED) empowers teachers to use student assessment results to transform mathematics instruction. While administrators and mathematics leaders give teachers permission to change their instructional practice, without knowing what to change, what is comfortable continues. AdPED helps teachers to use formative assessment practices, focused on students' mathematical thinking, to build students’ mathematical understanding.


Lead Speaker: John Sutton
Co-Presenter: Heather Johnson

3110  8:45 AM to
9:45 AM
Presidio B-CMiddle
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Implementing High Quality Assessment Practices with Teacher Teams
Participants will engage in a process used to support the growth of collaborative teacher teams in developing high quality common assessment items and changing teachers’ ideas on assessment practices. Including the use of an assessment evaluation tool, used to evaluate the quality of the assessment, as well as, evaluating the potential of the assessment in supporting the development of mathematical content and mathematical practices.


Lead Speaker: AnnMarie Varlotta
Co-Presenter: Greta Richard

3215  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
IndependenceHigh School
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Rubric Strategies to Support Fair and Appropriate Modeling Assessment
Develop students' abilities in mathematical modeling and conceptual understanding by integrating a variety of modeling tasks assessed with fair rubric practices. Analyze how student growth in modeling ability can be evaluated with the modeling cycle. Explore a spectrum of tasks to analyze the validity and support offered by rubric scoring options. Discuss assessment strategies using rubric support.


Lead Speaker: Peg Hartwig

3220  10:00 AM to
11:00 AM
Mission BGeneralRegular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

With Online Teacher Driven Homework Students Track Their Performance and Teachers Use Data to Inform Instruction
Improve student learning! A $3.5 million IES study has shown that students learn more when they receive immediate feedback on their assignments using ASSISTments, a free university project. Teachers still use their current curriculum and gain the benefit of students receiving immediate feedback and turning in their work electronically by typing or uploading an image. Teachers view that work and the data from the reports to help drive instruction.


Lead Speaker: Cristina Heffernan

3312  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Bonham CElementary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Who's Learning? Lessons We're Learning About Ourselves with K–5 Interview-Based Number Sense Screener Assessments
We wanted to learn about the kids! When Boulder, CO set out to annually assess our 12,000 elementary school students using interview-based Screeners it was all about number sense. Six years later and we’ve learned as much, maybe more, about ourselves and our program, as we have about the students. Come watch videos, peruse data, hear about the big lessons learned, and discuss possible next steps. The Screeners are free, open-source assessments.


Lead Speaker: David Woodward

3319  11:15 AM to
12:15 PM
Bowie A-CHigh School
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Creating Meaningful Assessments with Technology-Enhanced Items
Technology is impacting high stakes assessment of students across our country. Educators need access to a variety of technology-enhanced items for student assessment at the classroom level to ensure student success. How do these items allow students to be more engaged with the mathematics and teachers to better assess conceptual understanding?


Lead Speaker: Susan May
Co-Presenter: Nick Romagnolo
Co-Presenter: Kathi Cook

3501  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
Texas E-FGeneralMajor PresentationExemplary Assessment Leadership

Leadership for Teacher Learning: Transforming Mathematics Instruction with Embedded Formative Assessment
Increasing teachers’ use of formative assessment has a substantial impact on student achievement. As a result, many districts have adopted formative assessment as a priority, but, too often, implementation has focused on "long-cycle" formative assessment—the use of regular testing to monitor student progress. Such a focus is understandable—it is relatively easy to get teachers to generate and examine data—but the impact on student achievement is modest; the data usually arrive too late to impact instruction. Formative assessment has its greatest impact when it is used minute-to-minute and day-by-day, but this requires changes in teachers’ regular classroom practice. In particular, supporting teachers in implementing "short-cycle" formative assessment is less a process of knowledge acquisition and more a process of habit change, which requires different kinds of learning, and different kinds of support structures.


Lead Speaker: Dylan Wiliam

3516  2:15 PM to
3:15 PM
Lone Star AIntermediate
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Formative Assessment: What It Is, What It Is Not!
Formative assessment, is it just the latest trend? How can we be sure that our assessments are relevant, immediate, and impactful? Research, including that of Dylan Wiliam, has shown that the most effective strategy to use during instruction is formative assessment. In this session, teacher leaders will dive into learning about what formative assessment is and is not, and how effective it is when used appropriately.


Lead Speaker: Nita Walker
Co-Presenter: Barbara Post

3606  3:30 PM to
4:30 PM
Seguin A-BSecondary
Regular Presentation (60 minutes)Exemplary Assessment Leadership

Changing the Game: Redefining and Repurposing District Assessments
If you asked every teacher in your district for the purpose of district assessments, would you get the answer you are hoping for? Would teachers give the same answer as each other? What do you do with a broken assessment system? Come discuss how we break down a system that isn’t working and build a new one in its place. Be ready to change the rules of the game and learn from each other to create district assessments that inform instruction.


Lead Speaker: Audrey Mendivil

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