Assessment Institute draws 550

Today’s elementary students will retire around the year 2065 — what will prepare them for a world we cannot imagine? The bottom line, says Dr. Rick Stiggins, is that all students must become lifelong learners. Stiggins, president of Assessment Training Institute in Portland, served as keynote speaker for the 2011 ODE/COSA Oregon Summer Assessment Institute in Eugene.

The Institute, which opened Wednesday, Aug. 3, drew about 550 educators from throughout the state for its three-day run. “We have districts here that came over in a bus so their entire administrative team could attend,” said ODE’s Mickey Garrison in her welcoming remarks. “They worked all the way up and they’ll work all the way home, too–that’s dedication!”

In addition to Dr. Stiggins, speakers included Dr. Kevin Feldman, an authority on improving content area literacy and student engagement, and Peter Pappas, of Designs for Learning, who talked about school and district team planning. Other speakers included literacy consultant Yolanda Westerberg; Krista Parent, superintendent of South Lane School District; and Colt Gill, superintendent of Bethel School District.

More than 20 breakout sessions were held on topics including EasyCBM; OAKS updates and results; SPED–Achievement Gap; Reading; Writing; Proficiency-Based Assessment; Data Teams; Secondary Literacy; Interim Assessment; and Closing the Achievement Gap. Kevin Feldman led a workshop focusing on secondary literacy, and Yolanda Westerberg led a session on elementary literacy that focused on reading and writing planning for the year.

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