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The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development(ASCD) will again feature experts on Differentiated Instruction (DI), What Works in Schools (WWIS) and Understanding by Design(UbD) at their summer conference in June.
They are bringing back Carol Ann Tomlinson, Jay McTighe, Grant Wiggins and Robert J Marzano.
The conference in Houston, Texas, will take place June 26-28, 2009.
- DI (Differentiated Instruction) offers a systematic approach to ensuring that every student is learning — regardless of interests, learning styles or readiness for school.
- UbD (Understanding by Design) is a framework for designing new curriculum based on achieving student understanding of content.
- WWIS (What Works in Schools) offers a research-based approach to focusing an entire school or district on the school-, teacher-, and student-level factors that influence achievement.
It is hoped that attendees will benefit from hearing the framework experts discuss how their strategies work to improve student learning.
Tomlinson’s session, “The Differentiated School: Making Revolutionary Changes in Teaching and Learning,” will explain how to focus on differentiation across the school building. She will address the role of the leader, fidelity to a model of differentiation, professional development, assessing results, and helping parents be part of the change process.
Wiggins presentation, “Improving Feedback to Students” will explain how to provide students with informative feedback, and how to use formative assessment in addition to interim tests and quizzes.
McTighe will explain how to engage student enquiry during his session, “Essential Questions: Doorway to Understanding.” He will also explore characteristics of essential questions, and examine ideas for generating them.
“Classroom Formative Assessment and Grading,” Marzano’s session, covers the framework described in Classroom Assessment and Grading that Work . He will introduce strategies for designing and scoring formative assessments, then using them as the basis for grading and reporting practices.
Education experts, researchers, practitioners and writers will be presenting. They include Robyn R Jackson, education consultant and author of the new book Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching, and Deborah Wortham, superintendent of Steelton-Highspire School District in Steelton, Pennsylvania.
Learn tips and techniques for using DI, UbD, and WWIS in the classroom. Explore topics ranging from educating the whole child to teaching thinking skills.
Experts from all areas of education will present six pre-conference institutes, and explore all three major frameworks.
To register, or for more information, go to www.ascd.org/summerconference.
source: ASCD brochure article by Willona M Sloan
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