What You Will Learn
- Learn about Smarter Balanced assessment performance tasks, how they can be used formatively in the classroom to assess college and career readiness, and where they fit into the curriculum, instruction, and assessment cycle
- Use Smarter Balanced scoring tools and processes to analyze student work and develop a deeper understanding of the performance tasks, the instructional shifts required by college and career-ready standards, and the implications for instruction
- Acquire effective teaching strategies so all students learn the skills and content necessary to gain mastery of college and career-ready standards and to demonstrate that mastery on classroom work as well as the Smarter Balanced performance tasks
Educators who participate in an additional training-of-trainers event will be supported as they prepare to deliver the training to educators in their own districts and schools.
Who Will Benefit
- K-12 Classroom Teachers
- Teacher Trainers and Instructional Coaches
- District-Level Curriculum, Professional Development, and Assessment Coordinators
- State-Level Curriculum, Professional Development, and Assessment Leaders
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WestEd and our partner, the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE), have designed face-to-face workshops for educators in Smarter Balanced states. This two-day workshop, or two-and-a-half-day train-the-trainer workshop, provides opportunities for participants to learn about Smarter Balanced assessments and how they align with the college and career-ready standards.
We offer BEAL professional learning in three workshop formats to suit your needs:
- Two-Day Workshop on-site
- Two-and-a-Half-Day Workshop on-site, for those who will be training other educators
- Customized Workshop to meet the needs of a state or district
- Customized Workshop, addressing the standards and assessments in non–Smarter Balanced member states
During a BEAL workshop, you will:
- Work with released performance tasks and rubrics from the Smarter Balanced assessments
- Review authentic student responses to score and discuss
- Learn about and experience the importance of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- Participate in breakout groups for English language arts/literacy and mathematics at elementary and secondary school grade bands
- Receive materials in print and electronic formats
Workshop participants who will be training others will also receive full presenter materials including PowerPoint slides, handout books, and detailed facilitators’ guides.