IMLEA Monday Minute

January 29, 2018

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I was able to attend the Indianapolis stop of the DOE roadshow (along with about 250 others). You can access the presentation that was shared here or on the DOE website. You can still register for the final stop, at Crawfordsville this Friday at 9 am. While part of the presentation dealt with graduation pathways and diplomas, there were several items that will impact the middle level, particularly testing and ESSA. Of course, there will be many followups, including webinars. Here, to me, were some of the big takeaways:

  • With Indiana's ESSA plan approved, plans to incorporate attendance and ELP as part of a school's "score" are being detailed.
  • Beginning in 2019, the plan is to have one testing window, sometime between mid-April and mid-May. The goal is to have scores by July 1.
  • There will be no more test tickets!
  • The content will not be cached, so there will be less pre-test stress on your technology department.
  • Teachers will be recruited for field testing this spring.
There are many, many more details in the presentation.

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The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando is one of the largest state tech events. This presentation from last week highlights hundreds of tools in numerous categories and was shared by Tom Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools. Feel free to make your own copy and edit.
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"A successful middle school teaching team is like a good hors d’oeuvres table; a blend of delicious components that are very different but work well together."


I had the privilege of being on some dynamite teaching teams in middle school. This article really resonated with me, and emphasized some of the strengths of having a mix of different personalities and teaching styles on a team.

This could be fun to share with your teachers and have them see which "course" they identify with.

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