The Annenberg/CPB Channel Interactive Workshop Series _____________________________________________________________________ "Assessment in Math and Science: WHATÃÂ¹S THE POINT?" An Eight-Part Workshop Series for K-12 Math and Science Educators _____________________________________________________________________
ÃÂ³Will this be on the test?ÃÂ² ÃÂ³Is this going to count?ÃÂ² 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: WHATÃÂ¹S 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 ÃÂ 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 ÃÂ March 3 WHATÃÂ¹D I GET? Scoring Tools Well-designed performance tasks give teachers the information necessary to evaluate the depth of studentsÃÂ¹ understanding ÃÂ 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 ÃÂ 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 ÃÂ March 17 I DIDNÃÂ¹T KNOW THIS WAS AN ENGLISH CLASS! Connections Across the Disciplines One measure of studentsÃÂ¹ 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 ÃÂ 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 ÃÂ 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 ÃÂ 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 ÃÂ 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 ÃÂ General Instruments Digicypher II, Model 4200V (SCPC format) ÃÂ to receive the Annenberg/CPB Channel. Also, some public access cable stations and public television stations offer the ChannelÃÂ¹s 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 ÃÂ tuition for the course is $90. Certificates of participation are also available at no cost.
*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 www.learner.org/channel.
*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.)
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-- Gordon Lewis Project Officer The Annenberg/CPB Math & Science Project 901 E Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20004-2037