Designing and Using Performance Tasks
This seminar is based on my book of the same title. It is a two-day seminar that takes you through the process to design a performance task (identifying the unit and standards, determine the learning progression for each standard, determine the learning intentions and success criteria for the unit, design the performance task(s) and the accompanying scoring guides). In addition the attributes of a quality performance task will be shared and implementation considerations.
Building the Base to an Instructional Unit
This is a one day seminar and it is also based on my book titled Designing and Using Performance Tasks: Enhancing Student Learning and Assessment. The difference is that this seminar focuses on the first portion of the book in which the base to a unit of instruction is developed. Once the base is built, then planning of formative and summative assessments (traditional and performance based) can occur, instruction can be more targeted, and feedback can be more accurate.
Reading to Learn
This is a one day seminar that focuses on instructional strategies to help students read to learn. The shift from learning to read to reading to learn occurs between second and third grade for most students. At that time students need to be taught metacognitive strategies so that they can approach different reading texts and purposes, monitor their comprehension as they read, and reflect on the reading. Once students know the text they are reading, if they have not been provided the purpose for reading the student must determine the purpose for the reading of this particular text, then he/she must determine the pre-reading strategies they will employ, the during reading strategies and the post reading strategies so they will gain the most from the text they are reading. Direct teaching of the these strategies is necessary from an early age for students to thrive independently as they read. Eighty-five percent of what adults read is non-fiction. This is a topic that will help students succeed in upper elementary, middle, high school, college and life.