Balanced Assessment Systems: Creating Systems to Measure What Matters Most - Part I
The balanced assessment system creates a body of evidence for each of our students on the most important knowledge and skills they must acquire to be college, career and citizenship ready for the 21st century. We created the accountability structures, processes and mechanisms that measure the most important outcomes from each part of our system. During this session participants will create a framework for their own Balanced Assessment System.
Balanced Assessment Systems: Creating Systems to Measure What Matters Most - Part II
During this session, participants will continue to add to their framework for their own Balanced Assessment System by completing an assessment inventory. Participants will also explore our systems for evaluating assessments and collecting assessment data for educator evaluations.
Collaboration with our Community to Secure our Schools: CU Boulder Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence; Safe and Sound: Building Safer Schools
Creating a World Class Education Learning Academy
How do you design a Professional Development System to support and sustain a WCE? How can a school expand resources to sustain the work long-term? During this session, participants will have an opportunity to create a draft of a professional development system that focuses on quality, personalization, and sustainability.
Defining a World Class Education: GVC / Curriculum - Part I
The DCSD Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) is a combination of World Class Outcomes based on standards, the 4 C's (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity), 21st Century Skills and content. The GVC tells each grade level teacher, student and parent the learning that is expected by the end of each school year or course. Participants will have an opportunity to extract the processes used in DCDS and consider the application for their own schools.
Defining and Implementing a World Class Education: GVC / Curriculum - Part II
Integrating 21st Century Tools to Support and Sustain a World Class Education
What tools and strategies are available for implementing high-quality professional development? During this session, participants will have an opportunity to explore and evaluate 21st learning tools that provide support in creating high quality units and assessments and provide the opportunity for meaningful feedback and allow for the customization of the professional learning experiences. InspirED, an innovative web-based tool that supports staff in the implementation of a WCE, and customized aspects of the DCSD Learning Academy will be featured. Participants will have an opportunity to draft ideas they can use to support the work in their own system.
What foundational pieces do you need to consider when thinking about implementing a World Class Education? What leadership structure is needed to support the implementation process? These are just two of the questions participants will have an opportunity to explore during this session as they consider strategies they can use in their own districts as they create the infrastructure needed to implement a World Class Education.
During this session, Dr. Liz Fagen, Superintendent for DCSD, will facilitate the collaborative process used by DCSD schools to develop building goals and implementation plans. Participants will have an opportunity to consider their current and desired state, create realistic goals and action steps (input, output and impact), and consider the data needed to monitor progress and the impact on their school.
Lessons Learned: Secret Service Bystander Study; FBI’s Role in School Safety
Options for World Class Learners: What “Choice” means in DCSD
DCSD believes that every student is unique - each has different interests, strengths and challenges. We are committed to partnering with parents to select the very best school and learning environment for every student. During this session, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the DSCD process regarding Choice.
Planning & Construction: Designing 21st Century Schools That are Evidence-Based, Safe & Secure
The Association for Learning Environments, the American Institute of Architects and architects will present findings on physical security from safety summits and various agencies and discuss methods to enhance physical security. Participants will be provided insights into how to analyze and conceptually retrofit existing schools as well as design new schools to enhance physical safety and security.
Revolutionizing Progress Monitoring of High Level Skills
This session will introduce you to innovative rubrics designed to measure what many districts refer to as standards. WCO Rubrics measure beyond the product, emphasize a student-owned process that can be integrated across all content areas, high level skills, and measure mastery of the DCSD WCOs. In addition, the WCO Rubrics allow for student/teacher collaboration, personalization and differentiation. We will also include a brief introduction of our design of a Content Complexity Calculator. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how rubrics designed to promote authentic and/or performance might be helpful in their own design.
Safe2Tell & FBI Cybercrime
Sandbox Session: An Opportunity to Work with the Different Tools in “InspirED Innovation”
DCSD's innovative, web-based tool provides teachers with an interactive space to build backward-designed units. From a single tool, teachers can define the outcomes they hope to achieve in class, design assessments to measure those outcomes, and coordinate the learning activities needed to reach their objectives. Participants will have an opportunity to “play in the sandbox” and use the tools to explore different applications.
During the classroom visits, participants will have the opportunity to see WCE strategies in practice. You will choose between visiting two elementary schools or two secondary schools.