This free institute will provide teachers, coaches, and administrators an opportunity to examine and analyze sample student work from both the composition and the open response portions of the 2010 ELA MCAS test, with a focus on high-scoring student work. Ways to support students in everyday instruction will be embedded in the analysis of the authentic student work, emphasizing different approaches for students with varying strengths and weaknesses. Participants will also learn how teachers can be involved in the process of developing MCAS tests and how teachers can support all students in their understanding of the different purposes for writing. A comparison will be drawn between the composition and open response portions of the test, highlighting some common misconceptions about each one.
Participants will receive materials from the 2010 ELA MCAS test that can be taken back to the classroom to use with students as well as with colleagues for further professional development. Participants register for one of the following grade-span groups for the duration of the two-day workshop: grades 3-4, grades 5-7, or grades 8-12.
Please note that this workshop is designed to raise student achievement and we especially encourage teachers to apply from high-need districts (http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/cinstitute/09/highneed.html) as well as teachers of English learners and/or students with disabilities, and teachers teaching out of field or on waiver.
Please be advised that due to the current state fiscal climate and the need to preserve core programs and services, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is no longer permitted to provide food and beverages at events. We have made arrangements with the cafeteria on campus to offer food and beverages for purchase at a reasonable cost for people who are interested.
Park in the Alunmni Parking Lot on Seelye St off Route 9 near the center of Amherst. Walk across Rt 9 and enter the campus next to Valentine Hall. Look for Fayerweather Hall and meet in Pruyne Lecture Hall.
*If you find that you cannot attend this institute after registering, you must contact Janet Furey at: firstname.lastname@example.org so that you can be removed from registration, so that others can be accommodated.
When & Where
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