Sessions

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Session 1: High-tech and High-touch, Blending for Success

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

Blended learning environments leverage digital curriculum to give students voice and choice. In this session, we'll explore some potential pitfalls of using digital curriculum and discuss how human interaction is still relevant and critical to the success of blended learning. Participants will explore moves they can make that lead to increased engagement and successful outcomes for students.

Jeff Plaman, Online and Digital Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Jeff Plaman, Online and Digital Learning Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 2: Test Development Life Cycle Part 1

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Assessment Innovation & Best Practices

This session with the first of a two part series that reviews the life cycle of an assessment. We will discuss the required assessments, the Achievement Level Descriptors, and the Test Specifications.

Kate Beattie, Data and Reporting Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson, Outreach and Training Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Kate Beattie, Data and Reporting Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson, Outreach and Training Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 3: Minnesota Student Survey and the Role of Nutrition and Wellness

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

This session will look at new Minnesota Student Survey data that show positive associations between health and academic outcomes for students. It will also give examples of how school programs and policies can positively influence educationally relevant health issues among young people.

Maira Rosas-Lee, Results Measurement Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Gail Anderson MPH, RDN, Team Nutrition Coordinator, Nutrition, Health, and Youth Development Division, Minnesota Department of Education

Maira Rosas-Lee, Results Measurement Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Gail Anderson MPH, RDN, Team Nutrition Coordinator, Nutrition, Health, and Youth Development Division, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 4: Measuring Executive Function: A Foundation for Learning and Adaptation

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Assessment Innovation & Best Practices

This session will review executive function measurement, how to measure EF in childhood and across the lifespan, and supporting its healthy development in the early childhood classroom.

Rebecca Distefano, Reflection Sciences

Rebecca Distefano, Reflection Sciences

Session 5: MN SLEDS: Obstacles and Opportunities from Education to Employment

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

The session is in two parts: 1. Introducing Minnesota's Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) system. SLEDS matches student data from pre-kindergarten through completion of postsecondary education and into the workforce. This session will provide an overview and instruction in available resources and reports. 2. A presentation of longitudinal data portraying student and worker longitudinal outcomes, with an emphasis on obstacles and opportunities as associated to predictors and outcomes in K-12 education (e.g., test scores, course-taking patterns, graduation), Higher Education (e.g., enrollment and completion), and Employment (e.g., employment and wages).

Greg Vinson Ph.D., Data and Research Analyst, Minnesota Department of Education
Megan Peterson MA, Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Technology Integration Coordinator
Lisa Gregorie, Senior Director of Teaching & Learning, SWWC Service

Greg Vinson Ph.D., Data and Research Analyst, Minnesota Department of Education
Megan Peterson MA, Lakes Country Service Cooperative, Technology Integration Coordinator
Lisa Gregorie, Senior Director of Teaching & Learning, SWWC Service

Session 6: Introducing the Proposed New MN PE K-12 Standards/Benchmarks

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

In this session, you will be introduced to the proposed new MN K-12 Physical Education Standards and Grade-Level Benchmarks to be implemented in MN Schools. The session will describe the development process and highlight standard and skill emphasis at the elementary, middle and high grade bands. You will have the opportunity to discuss the shift in philosophies from the "old" physical education to the "new" and be able to share this information with school staff.

Mary Thissen-Milder PhD, Physical Education Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Mary Thissen-Milder PhD, Physical Education Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 7: Transformative Learning Begins with Mindfulness

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

In this session, you'll learn to explore mindfulness as a practical application of transformative learning theory and conditions and processes necessary to become critically aware of how and why assumptions constrain the way we perceive, understand, and feel about our world. In contrast with the type of learning that takes place when we simply acquire new information that can easily fit into our pre-existing knowledge structures, "perspective transformation" is about changing these structures of habitual expectation to make possible a more inclusive, discriminating, and integrating perspective; and then, making choices or otherwise acting upon these new understandings (Mezirow).

David Alley EdD, CEO, Designs for Learning

David Alley EdD, CEO, Designs for Learning

Session 8: Comprehensive Needs Assessments: Identifying Root Causes

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Assessment Innovation & Best Practices

This workshop is designed to help districts better understand what root causes are interfering with student learning and attendance, such as their social, emotional or physical health, teaching and learning practices, discipline, and school climate issues. Student attendance is an important measure of student engagement and correlate to academic achievement and graduation. Specifically, it will outline the steps to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and how to make meaning of multiple data sets to identify needs, set priorities, and develop SMART goals.

Heather Hirsch MPH, School Climate Specialist, Minnesota Dept of Education
Craig Wethington MPH, Director, School Safety Technical Assistance Center, Minnesota Department of Education

Heather Hirsch MPH, School Climate Specialist, Minnesota Dept of Education
Craig Wethington MPH, Director, School Safety Technical Assistance Center, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 9: Leveraging Proven Practices for Increasing Student Achievement

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

In this session, you'll learn and begin to apply strategies that high performing and successful turnaround schools have employed to improve classroom instruction. Through a case study format, we will grapple with the choices a school leader faced as she helped students and teachers meet the demands of new, rigorous standards. In particular, we will analyze moves she made to create time and capacity for teachers to interpret and use formative and interim assessment data; set and pursue school-wide instructional priorities; and build and empower her leadership team.

Karn Engelsgjerd, Achievement Network

Karn Engelsgjerd, Achievement Network

Session 10: The Minnesota Standards Portal: Guidance and Resources

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

In this session, you'll learn about the exciting new resource being launched to support efforts to implement Minnesota's academic standards in all content areas. Staff from the Minnesota Department of Education will provide an overview of the structure and content of the Portal and invite participants to explore this new collection of guidance and resources.

Cory Stai, Reading Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Cory Stai, Reading Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 11: More Than a Score: A New Approach to Achievement Testing

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

During this time our discussion will focus on summative and formative classroom testing and the differences in aims and outcomes of the two types of tests. We will discuss the value of learning progressions and the practice of quantifying learning progression in a valid developmental sequence as well as a valid vertical growth scale can be paired with a learning progression to offer teachers not just a score, but a very concrete and determinate prescription into the learning progression. The presentation suggests that this new approach is gaining interest and traction among test providers and it suggests that Edmentum has had a measure of success with this method after a one year beta field test.

Mark Radcliffe, Implementation Coach, Edmentum
Dr. Irene McAffee, Senior Researcher, Edmentum

Mark Radcliffe, Implementation Coach, Edmentum
Dr. Irene McAffee, Senior Researcher, Edmentum

Session 13: Learning Beyond Expectation - Assessment at the Center of Learning

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Assessment Innovation & Best Practicies

Our jobs as educators is not to meet student needs! This is a low bar. Needs are defined by how educator and student perceive potential, a low learning ceiling. The educators job is to shatter this ceiling. At the center is a reflective classroom assessment practice. Our focus is an assessment practice creating learning spaces where "teachers become learners of their own teaching, and students become their own teachers."

Jim Smith, Independent Ed. Consultant - Assessment Associate, Solution Tree

Jim Smith, Independent Ed. Consultant - Assessment Associate, Solution Tree

Session 14: Minnesota Common Course Catalogue Data for State Reporting

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

In this session, you will learn about the data that is submitted to the Minnesota Common Course Catalogue. MCCC data is self reported data from the district across Minnesota. The collection was first reated as part of legislation to collect course taking patterns of students to be reported to the State Longitudinal Educational Data System. This session will present how this data is collected and how it is being used. Please bring a device to join the presentation online for the chat and polling options.

Karen Millette, MCCC Product Manager, Minnesota Department of Education

Karen Millette, MCCC Product Manager, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 15: Minnesota's Data Center and How to Use It

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

In this session, we will highlight some of the key reports generated through the Minnesota Department of Education's Data Center.

Kat Edwards, Minnesota Department of Education

Kat Edwards, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 16: Test Development Life Cycle Part 2

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Assessment Innovation & Best Practices

This session with the second of a two part series that reviews the life cycle of an assessment. We will discuss how items are developed, how tests are constructed, and the scoring and reporting for the Minnesota state assessments.

Holly Brunson, Outreach and Training Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Holly Brunson, Outreach and Training Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 17: The State of Reading Well by Third Grade

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

This session supports the 3rd Grade Reading component of World's Best Workforce and will provide: a summary of state reading data and local trends in early reading assessment, discussion of new district requirements from recent legislative sessions, access to information and promotion of online supports for development of effective Local Literacy Plans and implementation of the 2010 MN ELA standards, and an overview of the secure online Read Well Data and Plan Submission application and reports. This session will include opportunities for Q and A.

Cory Stai, Reading Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Cory Stai, Reading Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 18: Value of Self-Report Surveys in Assessing Social-Emotional Learning

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Assessment Innovation & Best Practices

This session will help attendees understand the power of youth voice in the form of self-report surveys, particularly in assessing social-emotional learning.

Justin Roskopf MPP, Research Associate, Search Institute

Justin Roskopf MPP, Research Associate, Search Institute

Session 19: Ask, Analyze and Act: Disciplinary Inquiry in Social Studies

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

In this session, you will learn how to engage K-12 students with disciplinary inquiry in social studies. Participate in hands-on activities to ask questions, analyze sources and act on conclusions to address a social studies problem or topic. Learn about resources for teachers and students to support social studies inquiry.

Jessica Winkelaar Ph.D., Social Studies Specialist, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Department of Education
Kate Stower, Teacher Education Specialist, IUM Grant Director, Minnesota Historical Society
Jesscia Ellison, Teacher Education Specialist, President of the Minnesota Council for Social Studies Education, Minnesota Historical Society

Jessica Winkelaar Ph.D., Social Studies Specialist, Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Department of Education
Kate Stower, Teacher Education Specialist, IUM Grant Director, Minnesota Historical Society
Jesscia Ellison, Teacher Education Specialist, President of the Minnesota Council for Social Studies Education, Minnesota Historical Society

Session 20: Preparing for the Next Minnesota Science Standards

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

The Minnesota Science Standards will be reviewed in 2018-19. This session will explore the implementation of the current science standards and the plans for the next review. We will explore the research about science learning, instruction, standards, and assessments, which will likely inform the next standards.

John Olson, Science Content Specialist, Minnesota Dept. of Education
Doug Paulson, MDE STEM Specialist

John Olson, Science Content Specialist, Minnesota Dept. of Education
Doug Paulson, MDE STEM Specialist

Session 21: Minnesota's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan: An Overview

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

In this session, you'll learn about key points from Minnesota's draft state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and will be able to ask questions of Minnesota Department of Education staff.

Michael Diedrich, ESEA Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Stephanie Graff, Chief Accountability Officer, Minnesota Department of Education

Michael Diedrich, ESEA Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Stephanie Graff, Chief Accountability Officer, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 22: What's The BUZZ about Co-Teaching?

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

The Co-Teaching model is recognized as an effective and innovated strategy that can be used to meet a variety of student needs. Built on the work of Special Educators Lynne Cook and Marilyn Friend (1995), who introduced a variety of co-teaching strategies for use in general/special education partnerships, this presentation will discuss the key elements that are recommended for districts considering or using a co-teaching program. We'll share how the St. Cloud Public Schools have implemented co-teaching, and you'll hear what's worked for middle school ELL, SPED and content co-teachers.

Teresa Heck Ed.D Professor, Professor, Director Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration, TWH Co-Teaching/SCSU

Teresa Heck Ed.D Professor, Professor, Director Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration, TWH Co-Teaching/SCSU

Session 23: Boost Writing and ELA Skills for All Learners

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

Students have diverse abilities and instructional needs. Teachers must use multiple strategies and practice with diverse writing tasks to improve students' writing. Learning to write requires frequent, supportive practice, but it doesn't have to require hours of teacher evaluation. In this session, you'll learn ways to assess, assign writing across the curriculum, and provide daily writing practice that is connected to classroom instruction to improve reading comprehension and writing skills for learners at varying proficiency levels while saving time and using data to focus instruction. Featuring WriteToLearn - Complimentary to all Minnesota 8th and 10th grade students and teachers.

Kathy New, Resource Consultant, Pearson

Kathy New, Resource Consultant, Pearson

Session 25: State of the State Assessment System

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Assessment Innovation & Best Practices

In this session, you'll learn any updates for the state's Assessment System. We'll discuss the current legislation, statewide testing policies, and workgroups' recommendations.

Jennifer Dugan, Director, Statewide Testing Minnesota Department of Education

Jennifer Dugan, Director, Statewide Testing Minnesota Department of Education

Session 26: Assessing Student Engagement

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Assessment Innovation & Best Practices

In this session, you'll learn how Intermediate District 287 is using the Student Engagement Instrument (SEI), a research-based, student survey assessment of cognitive and affective engagement that is freely available in the public domain. We'll explore research on student engagement & discuss examples of using the SEI for individual and systems-level decision making. Explore how the SEI might be used in your own setting.

Benjamin Silberglitt, Measurement & Evaluation Specialist, Intermediate District 287

Benjamin Silberglitt, Measurement & Evaluation Specialist, Intermediate District 287

Session 27: Math, Science and Social Studies Standards: Prioritization & Vertical Alignment (P-12)

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

In this session you'll learn how to prioritize standards using a practical process. We prioritize standards to focus instruction and assess the standards appropriately. Additionally, you will learn how and why to align standards vertically (P-12) using a visual map to guide a practical process that allows a school system to evaluate their standards sequentially and comprehensively. We will focus on Minnesota math standards and then connect to science and social studies standards.

Tami Bennett, Education Consultant, NJPA

Tami Bennett, Education Consultant, NJPA

Session 28: Student Designed Rubric: A Tool for Self Advocacy

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

In this session you will explore how student designed rubrics enhance learning that education might become transformative. As a participant you will evaluate examples of student-designed rubrics and (as a student) you will create a rubric to demonstrate the value and purpose for the students.

Few question the purpose and value of rubrics but are there other ways that the implementation of a rubric can enhance learning opportunities while promoting self-advocacy for the student?

Doug Knick EdD, Advisor, DREAM Technical Academy

Doug Knick EdD, Advisor, DREAM Technical Academy

Session 29: Student Mobility and Education Outcomes

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

We will explore how mobility, as measured by the number of schools students attends within a school year, has an impact on the education-related outcomes for students. We will also investigate how mobility is concentrated within certain student special populations (special education, English language learners, low-income, and homeless) and demographics (grade, ethnicity) and the intersectionality of student characteristics, mobility, and outcomes.

Joseph Curiel M.A., Results Measurement Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Gayra Ostgaard, Research Analyst, Minnesota Department of Education

Joseph Curiel M.A., Results Measurement Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Gayra Ostgaard, Research Analyst, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 30: Data Visualizations: Moving from Excel's Defaults to Best Practices

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

In this hands-on sessions participants will learn how to convert graphs from Excel's default settings to graphs that utilize data visualization best practices.

Kirsten Rewey Ph.D., Quantitative Analyst, Minnesota Dept of Education

Kirsten Rewey Ph.D., Quantitative Analyst, Minnesota Dept of Education

Session 31: Web Based: Evidence Supported Family Engagement Tools

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

Research and lived experience tell us that families play a vital role in child outcomes. Thus, it is not surprising that family engagement has been shown to be an effective strategy for improving child outcomes. The challenge is that designing and implementing authentic, systemic family engagement is difficult. Participants in this session will explore the newly created Family Engagement Professional Learning modules. Designed to capitalize on job-embedded, ongoing professional development, these modules were created to be used by professional learning communities as schools and districts build and enhance their family engagement work and system.

Mike Brown, MN Dept. of Education
Debra Landvik, Educational Specialist II, Minnesota Department of Education

Mike Brown, MN Dept. of Education
Debra Landvik, Educational Specialist II, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 32: Accountability and School Support in Minnesota's ESSA State Plan

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

In this session, you'll learn information specific to the accountability and school support systems in Minnesota's state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and will be able to ask questions of Minnesota Department of Education staff. This will help you and your organization anticipate and prepare for ESSA, with particular attention to the types of data that will be used and the state's approach to school support.

Stephanie Graff, Chief Accountability Officer, Minnesota Department of Education
Michael Diedrich, ESEA Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Stephanie Graff, Chief Accountability Officer, Minnesota Department of Education
Michael Diedrich, ESEA Policy Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 33: MN Reports and Resources

Reports generated, such as Benchmark Reports, and available resources
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Interpreting & Using Data

In this session, you'll learn about the reports that the Minnesota Department of Education distributes. We will discuss the Benchmark Reports and Individual Student Reports along with the resources available to supplement these reports.

Yu-Feng Chang, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson, Outreach and Training Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Yu-Feng Chang, Minnesota Department of Education
Holly Brunson, Outreach and Training Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education

Session 34: Boost Writing and ELA Skills for All Learners

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Topic Area: Curriculum & Instructional Strategies

Students have diverse abilities and instructional needs. Teachers must use multiple strategies and practice with diverse writing tasks to improve students' writing. Learning to write requires frequent, supportive practice, but it doesn't have to require hours of teacher evaluation. In this session, you'll learn ways to assess, assign writing across the curriculum, and provide daily writing practice that is connected to classroom instruction to improve reading comprehension and writing skills for learners at varying proficiency levels while saving time and using data to focus instruction. Featuring WriteToLearn - Complimentary to all Minnesota 8th and 10th grade students and teachers.

Kathy New, Resource Consultant, Pearson

Kathy New, Resource Consultant, Pearson