Teaching & Learning - CLIU 21
February 2023 Newsletter
PVAAS & Local Assessment Data
These available reports can support:
- Triangulating data
- Showing student assessment history in one place
- Expanding reporting capabilities to K-3 or additional HS grades/courses
Learn more about the available reports by clicking this link.
The PVAAS team is providing live learning opportunties with testimonials from PA school leaders to help explain why these reports are so valuable?
Why Participate? Your District’s/School’s Locally Administered Assessment Data and PVAAS Together
Audience: LEA/District Leaders, School Leaders
Your LEA/district/school may have local assessment data in a web-based system with a range of reporting. Your LEA/district/school may also have a data warehouse with many different screens and reports. If these data resources already exist, why would your LEA/district want to take the time to upload our locally administered assessment data into PIMS to receive PVAAS reporting based on our locally administered assessments? Answers to these questions will be the focus of this session. A Pennsylvania district administrator will describe how this information, along with their local assessment data and data warehouse, added to their range of their data sources to enhance their local decision-making.
- Thurs, Feb 16, 2023 - 3:15pm-4:00pm
Can't make it? Access recordings of PVAAS professional learning sessions here.
Supporting Math Achievement & Growth in Elementary Grades
CDT and the Desmos Calculator
The online calculator for CDT, PSSA, and Keystone Exams has moved from the Insight calculator to the Desmos calculator. The Desmos testing calculator is slightly different than the standard Desmos calculator. This link outlines the differences: Desmos Calculator. Students enrolled in grades 4 and 5 will have access to the basic four-function calculator, students enrolled in grades 6 through 8 will have access to the scientific calculator, and those taking the Algebra I Keystone Exam will have access to the graphing calculator.
To prepare students to use the testing calculator, download Desmos test mode applications to Chromebooks, iPads, and iPhones. Students using laptops can select the test mode calculator through the Desmos website.
The CDTs are an excellent way to help students prepare – the CDTs use the test mode Desmos calculator and provide an opportunity for students to practice using the online tool bars.
SAS PD Center: Explore new opportunities for FREE professional learning
The SAS PD Center has several new offerings to support your professional growth. Courses are self-paced, are no cost, and provide Act 48 hours. Some sample course titles:
· Using PBS Learning Media in the Classroom
· Introduction to Structured Literacy
· Addressing Implicit and Explicit Bias in the Classroom
· Comprehensive Mental Health for Teachers
· Pathways to Graduation: Guiding Students in Decision Making
· Self-Awareness and Reflective Practices for Equitable Classrooms
· Trauma-Informed Programs
Eyes on Discovery Education Experience!
It’s hard to believe it’s almost March! With your eyes on Spring Break and Summer, we’ve got a collection of resources and activities to support keeping students engaged! Forward this note as-is or copy sections into your weekly updates, social media, or LMS groups.
Timely Content for March
Save teachers time with the March Newsletter for a curated list of resources that support timely events like Women’s History Month, Read Across America Day, World Wildlife Day, First Day of Spring, and more!
Eyes on Edge Community Activation
Can you feel the excitement rising? 100 stories up, way above the bustling streets of New York City, people are converging on Edge at Hudson Yards, a mind-blowing engineering design marvel that allows visitors to walk out into the skyline and float above the city.
Watch the video of Haley Ward, VP of Sales at Edge, to learn how creativity and collaboration were used to build buzz for Edge, then step into the shoes of a marketing mastermind and create your own Eyes On Edge viral video! Learn more!
Creatively Engage Students During Testing Review
SOS Instructional Strategies are the perfect way to keep students engaged while reviewing key content from the school year. With categories in summarizing, identifying key ideas and details, sequencing, and more, combining these strategies with DE resources adds some fun to learning and review. Educators can also find our recommended strategies for a variety of subjects and skills if they need help getting started.
Keep the Learning Momentum Going Over Spring Break and This Summer
Whether you're looking for curriculum support, at-home activities for students, or professional learning resources, we’ll help you make this summer one to remember! Check out our revamped Summer of Learning Channel and be sure to share the Learning at Home Channel with families.