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Gordon Lewis

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Assessment Workshops
Posted: Dec 22, 1997 6:26 AM
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The Annenberg/CPB Channel Interactive Workshop Series
"Assessment in Math and Science: WHAT¹S THE POINT?"
An Eight-Part Workshop Series for K-12 Math and Science Educators

³Will this be on the test?² ³Is this going to count?² How many times a
day do students ask you these questions? Join K-12 teachers from across
the country in this eight-part series of live, interactive workshops on
math and science assessment, broadcast free of charge on the
Annenberg/CPB Channel.

Using video clips from the Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Collection,
participants will examine current assessment issues and explore
strategies for assessment reform in their classrooms. Telephone, fax,
email, and the Internet will enable live communication between in-studio
guides and guests, and workshop participants nationwide. Graduate
course credit and certificates of participation will be available.

"Assessment in Math and Science: WHAT¹S THE POINT?" will air LIVE on
Tuesdays from February 24 - April 14, 1997 at 3:15 - 5:15 PM and 6:15 -
8:15 PM EST.

The Annenberg/CPB Channel is produced by Harvard University and the
Smithsonian Institution in partnership with the Massachusetts
Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET), and funded by the
Annenberg/CPB Math and Science Project.

* Workshop 1 ‹ February 24
WILL THIS BE ON THE TEST? Knowing vs. Understanding
Understanding is more than simply knowing. This workshop will set the
stage for the entire series by examining what it means to understand,
and will explore how teachers can design a set of performance tasks to
fairly and accurately assess the levels of understanding that their
students have, or have not achieved.

* Workshop 2 ‹ March 3
WHAT¹D I GET? Scoring Tools
Well-designed performance tasks give teachers the information necessary
to evaluate the depth of students¹ understanding ‹ but how can teachers
determine quality work? This workshop will demonstrate how teachers can
construct assessment tools to use as benchmarks against which to measure
student understanding. The role of students in the construction of
scoring tools and the process of assessment will be a primary focus.

* Workshop 3 ‹ March 10
IS THIS GOING TO COUNT? Embedded Assessment
Assessment does not compete for valuable teaching time, it is teaching
time. This workshop will show how embedding assessment into everyday
curriculum turns performance tasks into learning activities, and allows
teachers to shape subsequent instruction according to what their
students have and have not understood.

* Workshop 4 ‹ March 17
One measure of students¹ depth of understanding is the connections they
can make across disciplines. This workshop will explore ways in which
teachers can encourage these connections by designing performance tasks
which build on other disciplines.

* Workshop 5 ‹ March 24
YOU WILL BE TESTED ON THIS! Standardized Testing
Most teachers are under pressure to get their students to perform well
on state and national tests, but sometimes it seems that too much
attention is paid to these tests. This workshop will consider how
teachers can use standardized tests to focus their teaching so that
student performance improves in the classroom as well as on these
external measures of success.

* Workshop 6 ‹ March 31
THAT WOULD NEVER WORK HERE! Seeing Assessment Reform in Action, Part 1
What does assessment reform actually look like? This workshop will
follow the stories of Barbara, a math teacher in Whittier, California,
and Scott, a science teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, as they share how
they are incorporating assessment into their teaching practice.
Emphasis will be placed on the colleague support structure -- teachers
sharing ideas with, and getting help from other teachers.

* Workshop 7 ‹ April 7
THAT WOULD NEVER WORK HERE EITHER! Seeing Assessment Reform in Action,
Part 2
Involving students in assessment is often the key to engaging them in
learning. This workshop will continue to follow Barbara and Scott as
they use assessment to encourage their students to improve their
performance. Providing opportunities for students to assess their own
work and that of their peers will be the focus of this workshop.

* Workshop 8 ‹ April 14
WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL . . . Implementing Assessment Reform
Changing old ways is not easy. Communication is the first step toward
encouraging support for new assessment strategies. This workshop will
focus on the importance of collaboration among teachers, administrators,
and especially parents, when implementing assessment reform in a school
or district.


*Viewing the Workshops:
These workshops are FREE. Consult the media specialist in your school,
district, college, or university to find out if you have the equipment ‹
General Instruments Digicypher II, Model 4200V (SCPC format) ‹ to
receive the Annenberg/CPB Channel. Also, some public access cable
stations and public television stations offer the Channel¹s programs to
their communities, so if your school does not have the digital
equipment, check with your local stations.

*Receiving Graduate Credit:
Teachers who participate in the entire workshop series are eligible for
two GRADUATE CREDITS from Colorado State University ‹ tuition for the
course is $90. Certificates of participation are also available at no

*Hosting a Site
We are looking for SITE LEADERS to host viewing sites for this upcoming
workshop series. If you are interested in organizing a workshop site in
your school or district, or if you would like to participate in the
series, please call Nicole Stark, Outreach Coordinator, at 800-556-4376
x753. Or, visit our Web site at

*Receiving the Channel's satellite signal
The Channel's satellite coordinates are Galaxy K4, 99 degrees West
Longitude, Transponder 12 - Horizontal Polarity, Downlink Frequency:
1189.375 MHZ. To receive this signal, you must have a General
Instruments Digicypher II, Model 4200V (SCPC format), Channel 901; this
is the only satellite receiver system that will support the reception of
the Annenberg/CPB Channel.

First time users will have to register this equipment in advance with
MCET, the Channel's broadcast network (800-556-4376x790). You will not
be able to receive this series unless you contact MCET. (NOTE: The KU
Band 11939.375 MHz frequency is no longer operative for MCET or the
Annenberg/CPB Channel.)

The Annenberg/CPB Channel
c/o MCET, One Kendall Square
Bldg. 1500
Cambridge, MA 02139
phone: 800-556-4376 ext. 753
fax: 617-252-5709
Technical help: 1-800-528-7749
"Assessment in Math and Science: WHAT¹S THE POINT?"

Gordon Lewis
Project Officer
The Annenberg/CPB Math & Science Project
901 E Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-2037

Voice: 202-879-9650
Fax: 202-783-1036

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