Curriculum and Assessment Updates
Educator Spotlight - Heather Oliver (aka Ms. Frizzle) does PBAs
The corresponding Science and Engineering Practices for this standard are "Developing and Using Models" which are described further via National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2012. A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
"Scientists construct mental and conceptual models of phenomena. Mental models are internal, personal, idiosyncratic, incomplete, unstable, and essentially functional. They serve the purpose of being a tool for thinking with, making predictions, and making sense of experience. Conceptual models, the focus of this section, are, in contrast, explicit representations that are in some ways analogous to the phenomena they represent. Conceptual models allow scientists and engineers to better visualize and understand a phenomenon under investigation or develop a possible solution to a design problem."
The students in Ms. Oliver's class were also given choice in the format their model would take, a practice which deepens the DOK Level of the task required as they must apply, analyze, and create. The Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrix scores demonstrates how these types of tasks can extend student thinking and learning.
Teacher Evaluation System Review
Alma - Student Information System
Ease of use
Communication with families
Report card format
21-22 research, SIS selection
Fall ‘22 - IT builds the Mascoma Alma site & migrates data
Fall ‘22 - introduction to staff
Winter ‘22/23 - Guidance, secretaires, administrative assistants, administration trainings
Early ‘23 - HS schedule build in Alma for 23-24
Spring/summer ‘23 - elementary report card committee
Summer ‘23 - Staff Alma mentors selected & trained
August ‘23 PD Days - All staff trained; full implementation 23-24
Performance Based Assessments
Resources to explore:
Let's Teach for Mastery - Sal Khan
NHLI PBA Resources (email Angel Burke for the password)
The NH Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) tasks are available through the NHED Canvas site. These tasks were designed as an innovative assessment to ensure meaningful opportunities to achieve critical knowledge and skills in supporting deeper learning for students. The link to access these tasks is here.
Many organizations have a rich history in the granite state working on innovative assessment systems including NHLI and the CCE through the Assessment for Learning Project (AFL).
The Center for Innovation in Education has continued to develop resources for educators as well as the research to support the shift in educational practice. Their presentation, "How Performance Assessment Supports Deeper Learning and Equity" highlights this research with partner states, including New Hampshire (see the map below).
The Center for Innovation in Education - Mapping Shifts in Teaching and Learning Supported by Performance Assessments
National Endowment for the Humanities’ Landmarks Summer Institute, From the Fragments: Places and People in Colonized New England, at the University of New Hampshire
We invite K-12 educators from all disciplines and learning communities to apply for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Landmarks Summer Institute, From the Fragments: Places and People in Colonized New England, at the University of New Hampshire. This institute is inspired by the Great Bay Archaeological Survey (GBAS), a research project revealing new dynamic histories of early colonialism (ca. AD 1600 – 1750). Spend a week immersed in place-based learning through cultural and archaeological site visits along the Great Bay Estuary/P8bagok Bay (pronounced P-ohn-ba-gock, this ecosystem’s traditional Abenaki name).
Expert guest lectures will augment field visits, and over the week we will create space for educators to reflect and infuse their own expertise and local contexts with inspiration from these histories to design educational experiences that center new insights about our shared pasts for the next generation of learners.
Ready to join us?
Visit our website (fromthefragments.com) for details on eligibility and to submit your application! Space is limited. Participants will receive $1,300 stipend and 30 Contact Hours (certificate from UNH).
Your From the Fragments NEH Landmarks Team
Math Pilots, K-8
Brave educators in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 started piloting new math programs after extensive discussion last school year. During the summer Math Retreat, a review of eight different math programs. We researched each, using EdReports for additional information and ratings. We settled on two programs to pilot:
The Mascoma CIA is using a Math Program Review Rubric , (thank you to the Massachusetts DOE for this resource as part of their Curate Program - Curriculum Ratings by Teachers), to assess the validity of the pilot programs as well as our current math programs (Everyday Math and SAVVAS).
We will report out results of the pilots and rubric scores at a January faculty meeting.
Frontline for Professional Growth
Check with your building P.D. Representatives for individual questions.
Virtual Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment meetings
22-23 Faculty In-Service Calendar
January 13 - ED
March 30 - ED
March 31 - Teacher Workshop Day
April 19 - ED (elementary & IRS Parent-Teacher Conference)
May 3 - ED