Virtual School Meanderings

March 25, 2013

RSVP for Webinars on Assessment Costs; Urban School Reform; & Digital Learning

And another item from the neo-liberals today…

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RSVP for Upcoming Alliance Webinars

A short description of upcoming Alliance for Excellent Education webinars is below, followed by additional information and RSVP details for each. Please note that you will need to register for each webinar in which you intend to participate, i.e., you will need to complete six registration forms if you intend to participate in all six webinars.

  • Wednesday, March 27: Assessments of Deeper Learning: The Costs and the Benefits: This webinar will explore findings from a new study from the Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) at Stanford University that provides data on what states and districts currently spend on tests, showing that education systems currently spend more than is commonly believed. It will also offer options for reducing costs for high-quality assessments.
  • Wednesday, April 3: Identifying Effective Strategies in Urban School Systems: Webinar panelists will discuss high-priority problems of practice—the need to develop and sustain a high-quality teaching force and improve the educational outcomes for low-performing and diverse students. They will also discuss practice-based studies on these issues that offer potential solutions and policy options to meet these common challenges.

NOTE: If you are unable to watch a webinar live, an archived version will be available at http://www.all4ed.org/webinars approximately one or two business days after the event airs.

Please direct questions concerning any of these webinars to alliance@all4ed.org.


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Assessments of Deeper Learning: The Costs and the Benefits

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Linda Darling-Hammond, EdD, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education,Stanford University; Director, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education
Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
Gene Wilhoit, Former Executive Director, Council of Chief State School Officers
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

The Common Core State Standards will require new assessments that measure students’ abilities to design and conduct investigations, analyze data, draw valid conclusions, and report findings—the kinds of deeper learning competencies necessary in the twenty-first century. But developing these new assessments poses challenges, particularly around funding. How can states and districts support the development and implementation of new assessments that might be more costly than current tests? What might make these assessments more affordable?

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education for a webinar on Wednesday, March 27, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET), to explore findings from a new study from the Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) at Stanford University that answers these questions. It provides data on what states and districts currently spend on tests, showing that education systems currently spend more than is commonly believed. And it offers options for reducing costs for high-quality assessments.

Linda Darling-Hammond, director of SCOPE and coauthor of the study, will explain the study and its findings. Gene Wilhoit, former executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, will discuss its implications for state policy. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will also address questions submitted by webinar viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-mar-27-2013 .

This webinar is made possible with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


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Identifying Effective Strategies in Urban School Systems

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Linda Darling-Hammond, EdD, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University
Michael DeBell, School Board President, Seattle Public Schools
Anthony Jackson, PhD, Vice President for Education, Asia Society
Ben Levin, PhD, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy,Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education on Wednesday, April 3, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET), for a webinar on the Asia Society’s Global Cities Education Network, which works to identify effective strategies in urban school systems in North America and Asia to transform learning and achieve equity.

The Global Cities Education Network benchmarks internationally informed practices that enable urban systems to provide the vast majority of students with the opportunity to attain high-level skills, regardless of their cultural or economic background. The panelists will discuss high-priority problems of practice—the need to develop and sustain a high-quality teaching force and improve the educational outcomes for low-performing and diverse students. They will discuss practice-based studies on these issues that offer potential solutions and policy options to meet these common challenges. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate the discussion. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the nation.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-apr-3-2013 .

This webinar is made possible with support from


Planning for Progress in Digital Learning:
Introduction to Data and Assessment

Thursday, April 11, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Erin Frew, Principal, New Tech West High School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (OH)
Stephen Lazar, Teacher, Harvest Collegiate High School, New York City Public Schools (NY)
Christine Johns, EdD, Superintendent, Utica Community Schools (MI)
Scott Smith, EdD, Chief Technology Officer, Mooresville Graded School District (NC)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education on Thursday, April 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), for the fourth in its series of webinars for Project 24. This webinar will provide an introduction to one of the gears in the Project 24 framework: data and assessment.

Assessment, data, and data analytics are critical aspects of digital learning. The Project 24 planning framework examines the extent to which a personalized, learner-centered environment uses technology to collect, analyze, and organize data to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of learning. Data is the building block of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments, all of which are key elements in a system where learning is personalized, individualized, and differentiated to ensure learner success.

The Project 24 panel of experts, an experienced group of nationally recognized leaders with demonstrated records of success, will provide insight into how they approach the use of data and assessment for digital learning from the perspectives of a superintendent, chief technology officer, principal, and educator. They will also discuss key areas of this gear, including a culture of evidence-based decision-making; online assessment and data systems to support the data culture; data- and assessment-literate staff; and adaptive learning and analytics. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate the discussion and panelists will address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-apr-11-2013 .


Planning for Progress in Digital Learning:
Introduction to Academic Supports

Thursday, April 25, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Jimmy Casas, Principal, Bettendorf High School, Bettendorf Community School District (IA)
Rebecca McLelland-Crawley, Science Supervisor, West Windsor–Plainsboro Regional School District (NJ)
Pam Moran, EdD, Superintendent, Albemarle County Public Schools (VA)
Lenny Schad, Chief Information Technology Officer, Houston Independent School District (TX)
Terri Schwartzbeck, Senior Policy Associate, Alliance for Excellent Education

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education on Thursday, April 25, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), for the fifth in its series of webinars for Project 24. This webinar will provide an introduction to one of the gears in the Project 24 framework: data and assessment.

The Project 24 planning framework examines the extent to which academic supports include the context, culture, and learning environments that are provided with the intent of advancing and deepening student learning. These supports include both the formal structures within the school day, and the informal structures that may extend learning beyond the typical school day on school grounds or beyond into the home and community. Digital communications, online communities, and digital learning environments often serve as connectors across these structures.

The Project 24 panel of experts, an experienced group of nationally recognized leaders with demonstrated records of success, will provide insight into how they approach the role of academic support in digital learning from the perspectives of a superintendent, chief information technology officer, principal, and educator. They will also discuss key areas of this gear, including expectations for learner-centered environments; community engagement and outreach; the digital learning environment; parental communication and engagement; and the role of collaboration and teamwork. Terri Schwartzbeck of the Alliance will moderate the discussion and panelists will address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-apr-25-2013 .


Show Me the Money:
Making the Leap to Digital Learning Without Going Broke

Thursday, May 9, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Jennifer Barnett, Technology Integration Specialist, Childersburg High School (Talladega, AL)
Michael King, Principal, Dodge City Middle School (KS)
Scott Smith, EdD, Chief Technology Officer, Mooresville Graded School District (NC)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education on Thursday, May 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), for the sixth in its series of webinars for Project 24. This webinar will give insight into the number one question associated with digital learning: how in the world do I pay for this?

Every school district faces a challenging budget landscape, and school leaders are no strangers to making hard choices. At the heart of Project 24 is the belief that the transition to personalized, learner-centered environments that successfully prepare all students for college and a career through digital learning is possible for every school district in America. This webinar will provide lessons from the field on how to maximize available resources to provide the best possible education to all students.

The Project 24 panel of experts will share their stories. Scott Smith will provide insights onto how Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina became one of the most widely recognized examples digital learning while keeping per-pupil spending among the lowest in the state. Michael King will describe how he utilized open resources and found cost-effective ways to implement his digital learning goals, and Jennifer Barnett will share experiences from the classroom and as a teacher leader.

The panel will also discuss how to align budgets to strategic plans; how to move from unstable to more predictable funding streams; and how to measure return on investment. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate the discussion and panelists will address questions submitted by viewers from across the country.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-may-9-2013 .


Build Your People:
Professional Learning That Creates a Teacher Workforce for the Digital Age

Thursday, May 23, 2013
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Panelists
Peg Cagle, Teacher, Lawrence Gifted/Highly Gifted Magnet (Los Angeles, CA)
Erin Frew, Principal, New Tech West High School (Cleveland, OH)
Gail Pletnick, EdD, Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District 89 (AZ)
Lenny Schad, Chief Information Technology Officer, Houston Independent School District (TX)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education on Thursday, May 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), for the seventh in its series of webinars for Project 24. This webinar will look at the role of ongoing professional learning for staff that can build the capacity to implement powerful personalized learning environments that prepare all students for college and a career.

Every school leader knows about the district that bought the expensive devices, which then sat unwrapped on shelves because of a failure to invest in quality professional development. In this webinar, the Project 24 panel of experts will share their lessons learned on how to integrate and embed powerful professional learning experiences for all teachers and staff. Gail Pletnick will describe how the Innovation Ambassadors program has made a difference in her school district, while Erin Frew will explain how quality professional development plays a role in her school. Lenny Schad will share lessons learned from a large-scale technology deployment, and Peg Cagle will share her perspective on what it takes to create an environment where teachers are empowered, collaborative learners.

The experts will also discuss the importance of having a wide range of opportunities for professional learning, as well as how to incorporate research-based strategies; make the most of peer-to-peer learning; and make professional development more goal oriented. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate the discussion and panelists will address questions submitted by viewers from across the countr

Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-may-23-2013 .

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