Weishaar Weekly

Week of Nov 11th-15th

Bright Stars

No nominations this week. I know we've got some people doing great things, please send them my way!

Technology Integration Mobile Learning

Verizon Foundation and its Thinkfinity Content Partners are pleased to present the professional development series Going Mobile EdChat. In this series of online PD events, learn from and interact with panel experts around the topic of mobile learning. Each week, watch presentations from our panel experts and then join us at 8:00 p.m. EST for a #MobileEdChat on Twitter. Ask questions or share your experiences with using mobile learning to engage students. After each week’s presentation, keep the conversation going with discussions on Thinkfinity Community.



On November 12, 2013 at 8pm ET, join us for our last event in the series – Going Mobile EdChat: Authentic Tasks. Authentic tasks require students to demonstrate proficiency by applying existing knowledge to solve a real-world problem. Engaging students in projects that allow them to construct their own knowledge and develop authentic products bridges what is learned in the classroom and what is important to the world outside of the classroom. Join Program Director for Technology and Learning at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Bob Hirshon and K-12 Instructional Technology Specialist Kyle Pace as they look at leveraging mobile technology to engage students in authentic tasks.

See videos and conversations at http://bit.ly/MobileEdChat

Smarter Balanced Information

Below is a summary of information I learned from the Smarter Balance conference I attended on October 30th.



  • Formative Tools


A digital library of tools and training is being created in multiple languages and will have information for teachers as well as videos for parents.


  • Interim Assessments
--Are capable of replacing MAP, however this decision will be made at a later time.


--Flexible and Open test--used at the building level when you've taught the unit.

--Correlates to summative test--can be used as often as you wish

--Teachers have ability to input the standards to check and see where kids are at ex)check to see how well the students mastered standards

--Computer adaptive--If kids get right goes to higher level, wrong it's presented at lower level

--2nd grade will have this available to them as well


  • Summative Test


--Computer adaptive-Higher question if right, lower level if wrong

--Success pushes up the level of questions (Blooms)

--Administered at end of the year, online, goal is 2 week turnaround on results

--Online and performance task will be aggregated together

--Performance ELA and math--Scored with teachers/principals/specialists after they've been trained

--Retake Option--Student performs well below there will be a process to go through and then they can retake


--ELA time 3rd-5th 1:30 + performance task 2:00 + In class activity :30 = Total 4:00

--Math time 3rd-5th 1:30 + performance task 1:30 + In class activity :30 = Total 3:30


--math--No calculators

--breaks built in

--website has list of accommodations


--Achievement Level descriptors--1 Below Basic 2 Basic 3 Proficient 4 Advanced


--Goal of CCR--Minimum of 4 research projects p/year K-8 grade


SE Movie Night

Friday, Nov. 8th 2013 at 7pm

35400 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Nov. 11th 2013 at 6pm

35400 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS

Scheduled out of building-Weishaar

Tuesday, Nov. 12th 2013 at 10am

35200 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS

Site Council Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 12th 2013 at 5pm

35400 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS

Picture Retakes

Thursday, Nov. 14th 2013 at 9am

35400 West 91st Street

De Soto, KS