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  • Writing Matters | Teaching Matters | Teaching Matters
    intellect will be judged in school in work and in the community Original content and interactive technology help students develop their writing skills as they generate ideas organize compose revise and publish their work online Teaching Matters literacy coaches support teachers in implementing process based writing aligned to the expectations of the Common Core Teachers learn how to execute research based writing strategies critically analyze student writing track writing progress over time and collaborate to continuously improve their practice Measurable Outcomes Implementation of Common Core aligned writing curriculum QR 1 1 Common writing assessments that inform instruction QR 2 2 Research based effective writing instruction QR 1 2 Improved student writing as measured by Common Core aligned Writing Matters rubrics Principals Get Seven units of study for meeting the requirements of the CCLS in writing that can be shared across your school An assessment tracker for monitoring student writing progress Mentoring in how to support effective writing instruction Final impact report Teachers Get Unit and lesson plans that include differentiated strategies common assessments and rubrics An online classroom Institutes on genre specific writing and leading teacher teams Job embedded coaching from a Literacy Coach Learn More Demo the Writing Matters

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/writingmatters (2016-02-13)
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  • Teaching Matters Awards First Annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize to Jeanne Rotunda, Principal of West Side Collaborative | Teaching Matters
    Rotunda plans to use the award to build teacher effectiveness through the expansion of the school s online system The goal of the Rohatyn Prize is to recognize a school leader who has launched innovative practices in his or her school and to provide funding to support efforts to expand those practices Before presenting the prize Elizabeth Rohatyn addressed the crowd of over 100 principals and school leaders When we started Teaching Matters 17 years ago we did so with a vision of today in mind A today defined by all of you hard working imaginative and committed school leaders who creatively promote good instruction and student success by applying the innovations made possible by technology Rohatyn said During her acceptance speech Ms Rotunda thanked her fellow nominees This is a terrific recognition for our school community We are so thankful for this award and we learned a lot in this process There are so many schools doing thoughtful innovative work It is nice to be a part of such a significant network of schools Thank you for letting us learn from all of you Rotunda said Elizabeth Rohatyn is a champion of innovation and education Driven by the belief that technology could be used to engage urban students struggling to read and write Mrs Rohatyn joined forces with former teachers principals and technology experts and founded Teaching Matters in 1994 Funding for the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation is made available by contributors to the Elizabeth Rohatyn Innovation Fund The Rohatyn Prize trophy is a perpetual award that will be passed on from year to year Each year the new recipient s name will be engraved onto the award West Side Collaborative was one of five finalists including Academy Street Elementary in Bayport Long Island Bell Academy Q294

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  • Teaching Matters Presents Fourth Annual Summer Forum for Principals with a Focus on the Common Core State Standards | Teaching Matters
    the Common Core State Standards on curriculum and assessment Bena Kallick co author of Assessment Strategies for Self Directed Learning will facilitate an interactive conversation entitled Learner at the Core How Common Core Reshapes our Thinking about Assessment The forum will take place on Monday July 11 2011 at 475 Riverside Drive at 1 30PM Following the talk the first annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation will be awarded to one of the five finalist schools chosen from a field of over 100 nominations Elizabeth Rohatyn a champion of public education in New York City will be on hand to present the Prize to the principal of the winning school The recipient of the Rohatyn Prize will receive a one time award of 15 000 to support sustain or further an innovative school learning environment program or practice that promotes academic rigor and has the potential to be replicated by other schools The Summer Forum for Principals is one component of Teaching Matters Innovative Principal Program The Innovative Principal is a unique series of leadership institutes and forums designed for and led by principals and leading practitioners At sessions offered throughout the year school leaders have the opportunity to interact with other educators who share both the common and emerging challenges related to creating a 21st century school Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation Finalists Academy Street Elementary Bayport Long Island Project Using tablets with developmentally delayed students across the curriculum Bell Academy Q294 Queens NY Project Expanding video conferencing to support the school s project based learning philosophy make classroom walls become invisible Chester Park PS 62 Queens NY Project Using Google Apps for sharing practices in and out of school impacting instruction for both teachers and students Peekskill Middle School Peekskill NY Project Implementing a wide range

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  • Why Norm? It’s Good Form! | Teaching Matters
    make the best use of these assessments Whether or not they are rigorous about norming can make a very big difference Many years ago I was an open ended response scorer for the New Jersey State High School Proficiency Exam a test students had to pass in order to graduate My fellow scorers and I were trained on and given a qualifying exam for each question we scored The exam consisted of twenty sample responses to that question If we gave nineteen of them the correct score we were cleared to work on that question Once on the job responses would show up on a computer screen with no names so it would be blind to gender and ethnicity and we would type the numerical score on our keypads Each response was graded by two scorers independently If the two disagreed it would get bumped up to a supervisor We were evaluated by volume and by how few times we were overturned It was an incredibly efficient and reliable system Compare this process to the way the writing sections are currently scored on the New York State English Language Arts ELA Exam Different sections of the state have different norming procedures which means the state as a whole has none I ve talked with many New York City teachers who have scored the exam and they report that there was very little effort to norm Different scorers had wildly different standards for interpreting the rubric and even the same scorer could become more lenient as the days went on The final scores then were as much of a function of geography timing and luck as they were of student performance How can we possibly make use of this data to reliably identify student learning problems let alone make high stakes

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  • VOTE NOW for Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize Finalists | Teaching Matters
    News Press Contact VOTE NOW for Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize Finalists Submitted by Lynette Guastaferro on Wed 06 15 2011 12 17pm There are only three days left to cast your vote for one of the eleven semi finalists for the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation Click here to see the list of semi finalists and participate in the voting via Facebook Voting is open from June 10th to June 17th The top five schools will move on to the final round We encourage you and your school community to support your candidate by casting your votes online The first recipient of the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize will be announced at the Teaching Matters Annual Principals Forum on July 11th 2011 About the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation The first annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation a 15 000 award will go to a New York metropolitan area public school principal whose leadership results in an academically rigorous and technologically innovative learning environment The award can be applied to any of the following Equipment Materials Human resources including staffing consultants release and or common planning time View the discussion thread Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize Lynette Guastaferro s blog Tweets by

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  • Teaching Matters | Great teachers. Bright futures.
    Literacy Matters Assessment Matters Early Reading Matters Math Matters Our Cause Our Impact Publications Blog Teacher Portal Events Voting is now closed Thank you to all who voted for their favorites Your votes are being tallied Home About Our Team Blog Donate In the News Press Rohatyn Prize Services Teacher Leadership Matters Writing Matters Literacy Matters Math Matters Early Reading Matters Assessment Matters Our Cause Donate Today About Us Our

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  • Teaching Matters Announces Eleven Semi-Finalists for First Annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize | Teaching Matters
    recipient of the Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize will be announced on July 11 2011 at the annual Teaching Matters Principals Forum Funding is made available by contributors to the Elizabeth Rohatyn Innovation Fund The semi finalists were chosen by an esteemed selection committee including Marilyn Reznick Executive Director Educational Leadership AT T Public Affairs Lisa Belzberg Founder and Executive Chairperson of PENCIL Bill Tally Senior Researcher and Designer Center for Children and Technolog y Ron Thorpe Vice President and Director Education WNET Thirteen and Gideon Boateng former NYC student and current college student at Rochester Institute of Technology To learn more about each semi finalist and cast a vote for your favorite please visit http teachingmatters org rohatyn entries Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation Semi Finalists in alphabetical order Academy Street Elementary Bayport Long Island Project Using tablets with developmentally delayed students across the curriculum Baruch College Campus High School Manhattan NY Project Placing learning in the hands of students through the development of individualized learning plans incorporating 21st century skills Bell Academy Q294 Queens NY Project Expanding video conferencing to support the school s project based learning philosophy make classroom walls become invisible Brownsville Academy High School Brooklyn NY Project Supporting over aged under credited students in preparing for college and careers through online self paced instruction Chester Park PS 62 Queens NY Project Using Google Apps for sharing practices in and out of school impacting instruction for both teachers and students John J Pershing IS 220 Brooklyn NY Project Using Google Apps for parents and students to access student work and homework from school and home as part of the NYC Connected Learning grant David A Boody IS 228 Brooklyn NY Project Using iPads and Google Apps for data analysis and collaborative inquiry in the English Language Arts

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  • Measure What You Treasure: Soccer Goals, Factory Lighting, and Monitoring Plans | Teaching Matters
    successfully defend Grenada s goal The game went into overtime and Barbados won 4 2 You would think that it would have taken a great deal to get these players to go against years of training and experience to want to score on their own goals but all it really took was a momentary change in their accountability system We ve seen a similar effect this year in New York City middle schools Due to budget constraints there was no 8th grade social studies exam this year Predictably as the statewide math and ELA tests drew closer social studies teachers found themselves facing more and more disruptions to their schedule Nobody made a conscious decision to abandon social studies instruction It s just that as the clock ticked down schools didn t mind scoring on their own goal in social studies if it meant buying more time to score a Golden Goal in the areas where they would be held accountable Sometimes even just the perception of accountability is enough A study conducted in the 1920 s and 30 s attempted to determine whether changing the lighting in the Hawthorne Works factory near Chicago would affect worker productivity Researchers were surprised to see that productivity increased regardless of how they changed the lighting After the study was over productivity went right back down As it turned out the presence of the researchers measuring productivity motivated the workers more than any lighting change could Today we call this the Hawthorne Effect and it has wide ranging implications You can see it in practice almost anywhere you look and sometimes you can see it precisely because you ve looked How can we who use data formatively take advantage of this effect As a part of the TERC Using Data process teams create

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