Through a generous grant from MAISA, a 24 module series has been created for Michigan educators. Seven MAC curriculum and assessment specialists from ISD/RESAs and a university have developed a professional development series designed to show local educators how to build and use common assessments. The 24 modules explain each major step in the common assessment development process. Each module has a PPT, script, user’s guide, and companion documents. The series was piloted during the 2010-11 school year, and revised by the development team. Educators who wish to develop common assessments are encouraged to use the materials as is, or adapt them for local use.
Month: March 2015
Argument: Room For Debate
Who Should Pay for Workers’ Training?
A recent article about the demand for welders in Texas and the Gulf Coast region highlighted a growing partnership between the energy industry and community colleges. As the economy still struggles, and a so-called skills gap persists, who should pay for workers’ training?
11 Elements of Effective Writing Instruction
This report identifies 11 elements of current writing instruction found to be effective for helping adolescent students learn to write well and to use writing as a tool for learning. It is important to note that all of the elements are supported by rigorous research, but that even when used together, they do not constitute a full writing curriculum.
- Writing Strategies, which involves teaching students strategies for planning, revising, and
editing their compositions
- Summarization, which involves explicitly and systematically teaching students how to
- Collaborative Writing, which uses instructional arrangements in which adolescents work
together to plan, draft, revise, and edit their compositions
- Specific Product Goals, which assigns students specific, reachable goals for the writing they
are to complete
- Word Processing, which uses computers and word processors as instructional supports for
- Sentence Combining, which involves teaching students to construct more complex,
- Prewriting, which engages students in activities designed to help them generate or organize
ideas for their composition
- Inquiry Activities, which engages students in analyzing immediate, concrete data to help
them develop ideas and content for a particular writing task
- Process Writing Approach, which interweaves a number of writing instructional activities in
a workshop environment that stresses extended writing opportunities, writing for authentic
audiences, personalized instruction, and cycles of writing
- Study of Models, which provides students with opportunities to read, analyze, and emulate
models of good writing
- Writing for Content Learning, which uses writing as a tool for learning content material