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CREST Conference — Spring 2017
Sun, Apr 9, 2017, 12:00 PM – Mon, Apr 10, 2017, 3:30 PM CDT
The Coalition of Reading and English Supervisors of Texas hosts a biannual conference where participants receive curriculum, legislative, and assessment updates along with opportunities to participate in exciting round table discussions.
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Guest Speaker: Alexander Parker
Alexander Parker is an educational technologist who has spent the last 20 years at the intersection of technology and education.
After graduating from Yale University, he worked at the Center for Naval Analyses, a Virginia-based Federally Funded Research and Development Center, where he worked on historical offensive force level analysis and experimental force lift platform deployment.
Moving to Tokyo, Japan in 1989 he worked on the development of experimental English language computer instruction systems, before returning to the US and attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he earned a degree in the Technology In Education (TIE) program. He subsequently joined the Instructional Computing Group (ICG) at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, where he led the development of three of the largest (by enrollment) course websites in the early days of web-based instruction at Harvard - The Concept of the Hero in Greek Civilization; The Rome of Augustus, and First Nights. He also worked on the earliest instances of large scale web based video streaming of these courses, including the assessment of how such systems changed student study patterns.
In 1999 he moved to New York, to work on early distance education and training projects at McKinsey & Company, before joining startup Global Education Network, first as VP of Curriculum, and then as the CEO. At GEN he led the development of online rich media liberal arts courses for use by public and private universities in subjects including US History, Chemistry, Calculus, and The Conquests of Alexander the Great.
After returning once again to Harvard in 2008, he worked in the Harvard FAS with humanities faculty on developing research-based computing initiatives (including digital image collections, large corpus analyses investigations, and broader efforts to improve faculty use of computation in their research agendas). In 2011 he returned to New York City to found The New Book Press, a company dedicated to developing next generation multimedia books, and to exploring new publishing paradigms.
At the center of what Alexander does, is the question of how educators can intelligently incorporate new technologies into classrooms — a seemingly simple process that has historically proven very hard to perform effectively.
On Monday, there will be curriculum, assessment, and legislative updates along with opportunities to participate in round table discussions.
TEA will roll out a new rubric training used by ETS raters at CREST. We are working on hands on breakouts with TEA assessment and ELAR staff as well. Be sure to register to be the first to have this information.
Coffee Talk with ELAR Leaders: We have carved out specific networking time for you to discuss important district level issues with your peers. As we begin to consider our processes for developing curriculum, scope and sequence documents, and staff development, let’s bring our expertise together to serve our students and districts. We will discuss questions such as: What systems and processes are you planning to develop your curriculum documents? How are you developing key teacher leaders and writers? What systems and platforms are working well to deliver the curriculum?
Round Table Session For ELAR Leaders: How will we plan for the new TEKS implementation? Sit at tables by topic to learn from your peers: YAG, Model Lessons, Professional Development, Digital Resources, etc. Bring any documents or processes that you feel would benefit the group.