Leadership

Assessment and Item Writing Seminar for Classroom Teachers

This seminar, co-sponsored by Clear Lake Community School District, is appropriate for K-12 teachers who want to create quality assessments and items in order to get meaningful and actionable results from their classroom assessment practice. The agenda includes a brief introduction to assessment theory and best practices, item writing guidelines, activities to identify and create “good” and “bad” items, and the opportunity to interact with teachers from a range of grades and subject areas. The seminar is intended to benefit all teachers desiring to improve their assessment and item writing; … Read More


A Significant and Very Positive Impact on Learning and Teaching

9ine Consulting (www.9ine.uk.com) and Naace ((http://www.naace.co.uk) recently shared The iPad as a Tool For Education – a case study that looks at the use of iPads at the Longfield Academy, where the UK’s largest 1 to 1 iPad program was implemented last year. The study report concluded that the use of iPads produced a “significant and very positive impact on learning and teaching.” The study notes that both pedagogical changes and new ways of learning engendered by the ‘any time anywhere’ access to information and learning tools” are expected to … Read More


Balanced assessment isn’t sexy

In the era of 1:1, assessment is the often overlooked stepchild Growth of 1:1 The renewed wave of interest and implementation of 1:1 projects in schools recently has been obvious – all over schools are evaluating iPads and other tablets, netbooks, and, given the continued price point decline, laptops. BYOD, once a quickly dismissed subject in the K12 community not that many years ago, is a deservedly hot topic of interest among educators. With the growing proliferation of smartphones – and tablets – among teens today BYOD is an acceptable … Read More


Naiku – The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

This is a special guest article from one of our Naiku Star teachers. Len Beard is mathematics teacher at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. NAIKU- The Missing Piece of the Puzzle I’ve been ‘flipping’ my classroom for nearly a decade. I pre-test and post-test each chapter and use the pretests as a formative assessment to guide my instruction. The data tells me the strengths and weakness of each of my students. This allows me to give students more individual attention. To make this curriculum approach really effective … Read More


Co-Active Leadership

The Essential Ingredient for Creating a Balanced Assessment System The creation of a district- and schoolwide balanced assessment system requires change.  And here, I’m not really talking about tinkering around the edges, making incremental adjustments. I’m talking about changing relationships—significantly changing the way superintendents, principals, lead teachers, teachers, staff, students, parents, and the community relate and work together. To create and successfully enact a balanced assessment system, to pull it off, everyone will need to transform the way they think about schooling, their respective roles in schools, and the notion … Read More


Students Using Naiku

We took a trip out to Dr. Todd Beach’s classroom to check-in and see how it is going using Naiku.  Adisack does a nice job with the voice-over, don’t you think? The student feedback was fantastic – we’ve already planned to add a few features to the product based on their requests. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/20383163 w=398&h=224&frameborder=0&color=98C93C]  


Journey’s End

My journey to join Naiku started many years ago. Both my parents were teachers when I was very young. As I entered the school system my mother remained very involved in my education by volunteering in the classroom. I continued this tradition when I was elected to the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school board. That was nearly 18 years ago, and I still enjoy serving the community even after seeing my three daughters graduate. I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to complete a degree in Political Science. I was involved … Read More



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