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2014-15 Common Core State Standards Regional Trainings

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March 10, 2015 - Holiday Inn, Wilsonville

(Previously scheduled regionals at Hood River and Albany will be attending Wilsonville.)

Assessing the Impact of CCSS in the Classroom

  Delivered by the Educational Excellence Group:
  MICKEY GARRISON, Founder, Educational Excellence
  AMY MCQUEEN, Math TOSA, David Douglas SD
  JANE OSBORNE, Math Coach, Hood River County SD
  ANDREA SHUNK, Grant Manager, David Douglas SD

“Assessing the Impact of CCSS in the Classroom,” scheduled for March 2015, will expand participants’ knowledge and skills around best assessment practices. The training is aimed at school teams, organized by grade level or academic subject, and designed to strengthen PLC practices.

It’s your chance to get support on administration considerations and instructional strategies that will help prepare students for SBAC assessment will be offered. It’s an opportunity to cement your knowledge of formative assessments – how to create them, implement them in the classroom and leverage them for student success in the new Common Core State Standards. And it’s a place to get practical examples of formative assessments you can use right away in the classroom.

Each training is divided into three areas of specialty: one for elementary school educators, with time split between ELA and math; one for secondary math and science teams; and one for secondary ELA and social studies teams.

The training will add to teachers’ ability to use classroom assessments to increase student learning while providing administrators with training in how to use evidence with teachers to measure student growth. Participants will learn the five keys to classroom assessment policy, and the importance of these keys to assessment accuracy and effective use of assessment information.  Increasing Assessment Quality for Teacher Evaluation

The session March 10 in Wilsonville will include specific application of the principles of sound assessment design; using assessment to guide instruction; and involving students in self-assessment and increased learning.

Register now to secure your place in what could be the most important training you do this year. For more information, including links to the materials used in a previous, complementary training, visit


Registration & Door Check In


Morning Session:


  • Activator: 5 Keys Quality Assessment
  • Review Big Ideas of Key 1: Clear Purpose, Key 2: Clear Targets, and Key 3: Sound Design
  • Examine Clear Targets and Sound Design through the lens of Depth of Knowledge




Afternoon Session:


  • Key 4: Effective Communication with a focus on Descriptive Feedback
  • Key 5: Student Involvement
  • Work time
  • Reflection


Sessions End

Learning Targets:

  • I can articulate the BIG IDEAS of each of the 5 Keys to Quality Assessment
  • I can implement strategies from the 5 Keys to Quality Assessment to create a more robust picture of student growth and achievement.
  • I can create classroom assessments through the lens of the 5 Keys to Quality Assessment.
  • I can create a classroom assessment and instructional plan that will prepare my students to be successful with the Common Core State Standards.


Trainers from the Educational Excellence Group include:
  • Mickey Garrison, Founder, Educational Support Services 
  • Penny Grotting, Assistant Superintendent, Columbia Gorge ESD
  • Amy McQueen, Math TOSA, David Douglas SD
  • Jane Osborne, K-8 Math Coach, Hood River County SD
  • Melissa  Thurman, Instructional Coach, Centennial SD
  • Andrea Shunk, Grant Manager, David Douglas SD

Look for additional information on the COSA website under “Professional Learning”or visit

“The assessment for learning process is not an add-on to instruction, but an integral part of instruction necessary to identify and close the learning gap for each student” - Dylan Wiliam

Separate sessions on each date for K-5 ELA & Math, 6-12 ELA, 6-12 Math





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