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Registration open for certification sessions
Posted June 14
Registration is available for two Direct Access to Achievement certification sessions this fall. A session in Southern Oregon will be held at Rogue Community College's Table Rock campus in White City on Oct. 12-13. A second session will be held in the Portland area, at the Airport Ramada Inn, on Oct. 24-25.
In order to participate in the certification training, participants must attend the statewide webinar study group sessions on Sept. 15 from 3-4:30 p.m. and on Sept. 29 from 3-4:30 p.m., complete required reading and view the data team video series, which will be posted on the DATA Project website in early August. Both certification sessions will be limited to 60 participants. Please register early, these sessions fill up quickly.
For a flier on the certification sessions, click HERE.
For a flier on the online study group, click HERE. To register for the study groups, click HERE.
To register for the Southern Oregon session, click HERE.
To register for Portland session, click HERE.
Summer Assessment Institute plans full slate of sessions
Updated June 28
An exceptionally full slate of activities is planned for ODE’s 2011 Oregon Summer Assessment Institute. The three-day conference, "Leading and Planning for Literacy," will be held Aug. 3-5 at the Eugene Hilton, with a pre-conference session for coaches on Aug. 2.
Featured speakers for the event include Dr. Rick Stiggins, founder of the Portland-based Assessment Training Institute, who will speak on assessment literacy–formative, intermediate and summative. Dr. Kevin Feldman, an authority on improving content area literacy and student engagement, will speak on reading/writing assessment and instruction, and Peter Pappas, of Designs for Learning, will talk about school and district team planning. Other speakers include literacy consultant Yolanda Westerberg; Krista Parent, superintendent of South Lane School District; and Colt Gill, superintendent of Bethel School District.
Click HERE for the flier.
Teachers tackle Common Core State Standards
Updated May 19
Nearly 200 teachers around Oregon rolled up their sleeves recently to better understand the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Writing. The Strand 4 training from Direct Access to Achievement, “Essential Skills in Writing: Impact on Teaching and Learning,” took place May 17-18. A third day, May 19, was reserved for school teams to polish up their implementation plan.
Participants are using the CCSS to look at standards that are already in place, as well as changes to standards that will affect their instruction. They will use this information to critically assess their approach to the essential skill of writing. Participants created one of two things: a curriculum map for at least one grade level, or a K-12 district assessment calendar.
The training was broadcast from Clackamas ESD, which hosted 55 participants, to seven ESDs and about 120 participants around the state. Malheur ESD in Ontario had more than 50 people attending, with about a dozen each at Douglas, Lane, Lake County, Harney County, High Desert and Umatilla Morrow ESDs.
The Oregon DATA Project training is one of the resources, services and support that ODE is providing to the field on the Common Core State Standards.
Teachers at Malheur ESD use the new Common Core State Standards to create a curriculum map where they will answer these three questions: what are my standards; how will I assess students on these standards; and what are the resources I need?
Lights, camera, action! DATA Project debuts video
Posted March 9
The Direct Access to Achievement (DATA) Project has just released a short informational video that captures the incredible partnerships created throughout the education enterprise, the amazing K-12 network built for staff and the significant impact this work is having on student learning. Please take 10 minutes--actually 9:41--to view the video. Please feel free to repost this link wherever you think it would be helpful.
"Training of trainers" webinars focused on Essential Skills
Updated March 31
District personnel responsible for delivering staff development on assessing the Essential Skills are invited to attend WebEx training sessions. Each session will provide participants with materials and strategies to deliver effective staff development on using state scoring guides to rate student work samples. Following the WebEx, participants will receive a PowerPoint presentation, facilitator materials, and a ready-to-print participant packet via secure file transfer.
Data quality – by chance or design?
Updated March 2
It is no longer a question of if a district will collect, share and use data, it is only a question of how much data is required. Budget cuts, changing technologies and staff changes can wreak havoc with a district's ability to maintain quality data, and if a coordinated and purposeful plan is not in place, data quality could be compromised. The Oregon DATA Project can provide your district with an adaptable framework that helps build a culture of data quality--one that produces quality data by design, not by chance. If you are interested in hearing more, please contact Ron Hoppes, the project's technical training director. Ron is available to deliver an hour-long presentation introducing the DATA Project model, and to help with implementation of the framework.
Remote option proves popular for training
Updated March 2
Educators around the state attended the Oregon DATA Project’s Essential Skills training in February—and they didn’t even have to leave their home ESD to participate. For the first time, the project offered a “remote sites” option. The Strand 4 training, “Essential Skills in Reading: Impact on Teaching and Learning” was delivered on Feb. 1-2 to 90 people onsite at Clackamas ESD, with seven sites and about 40 people joining the training remotely. A third day of training for team leaders on Feb. 3 was also available remotely. Facilitators who participated in Strand 4 training last fall helped guide the activity at the remote sites.
Above, DATA Project Training Director Mickey Garrison offers one-on-one coaching to a participant in Lake County.
Unwrapping standards is subject of Ashland workshop
Posted Dec. 21
Southern Oregon ESD is hosting a two-day session this spring on power standards and how to unwrap them. Larry Ainsworth of the Leadership and Learning Center will lead the group in the “Unwrapping the Standard™" process, which demystifies standards and helps identify the critical concepts and skills contained within them. The session is scheduled for March 16-17 at Southern Oregon University. Download the flier HERE.
New group of coaches trained
Posted Nov. 7
Trainer Elle Allison from Renewal Coaching, with support from Oregon’s cadre of certified performance coaches, trained 26 new coaches on Nov. 4. Coach trainees learned the differences between mentoring, consulting, supervision and coaching and practiced effective questioning and summarization skills. Trainees will work with certified performance coaches through June 2011, then will coach fellow teachers during the 2011-12 school year, with follow-up support from the certified coaches. “Many thanks! What a fantastic training,” said one participant. “Today was wonderful.... thank you for all you have done,” said another.
Oregon DATA Project meets TIPS
Posted Nov. 7
More than 60 educators from across the state gathered at Lane ESD on Nov. 5 for Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS) training, provided by Rob Horner and Anne Todd from the University of Oregon and Mickey Garrison from the Oregon Direct Access to Achievement (DATA) Project.
The Oregon DATA Project is working with the UO team to embed TIPS’ research-based strategies into the data team model. The goal is to provide linkages for getting the right people with the right data to make the right kinds of decisions that will directly affect instructional considerations and improve student outcomes. The training focused on the crucial meeting foundations needed for successful and efficient meetings, as well as the process for moving toward precision problem definition in order to better match solutions or strategies to student needs.
The group of educators had the opportunity to not only participate in the training but to assist the project in further developing the meeting foundation and problem-solving tools to meet the unique needs of their district- and school-level data