Opportunity for science, math, English teachers

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The Montana Office of Public Instruction is bringing together 30 teachers (10 math, 10 English Language Arts, and 10 science) to work with the OPI instructional coordinators to align high quality assessment items to Montana’s Common Core Standards (MCCS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

 

This item-analysis will illustrate the interconnected nature of the career- and college-ready standards specifically giving teachers hands-on experience with the focus, rigor and coherence of these new standards. This item-to-standards alignment will ultimately provide a deeper understanding of the standards. This study will take place July 14-16, 2014 in Helena, Montana. This work gives teachers an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the cognitive demands of the MCCS and the NGSS. The work performed in this study will serve the needs of schools/districts as they transition to career- and college-ready standards.
 
Teacher Application:  http://www.keysurvey.com/votingmodule/s180/f/598191/5b39/
 
Deadline to apply:  March 31, 2014

 

Ahead of the Curve and Riding the Wave
Engaging in Career- and College-Ready Standards

The Workshop:
30 teachers (10 math, 10 English Language Arts, and 10 science) will work with the OPI instructional coordinators in Helena, Montana. This study will take place in July 2014 over the course of three days.  During the workshop educators will align high quality released items to the MCCS and the NGSS.  The Item Classification Study provides teachers with a unique opportunity for item-to-standards alignment. This work gives teachers an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the cognitive demands of the MCCS and the NGSS. The work performed in this study will serve the needs of schools/districts as they transition to career- and college-ready standards.

What to Expect:
Successful applicants will participate in a 3-day workshop. On day 1, applicants will receive the purpose of the study, and the breadth and depth of the standards for their specified content area. On day 2 and 3 of the workshop, teachers will review rich item sets with rigor and complexity similar to the MCCS and the NGSS. The Item Classification Study will take place on Monday, July 14th through Wednesday, July 16th, 2014, at the Helena College.  Selected applicants will work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 14th, 8:00-5:15 on July 15th and 8:00-5:15 on July 16th.  The work requires reviewing individual items for their alignment to the standards, degree of alignment to the standards, their level of difficulty, grade-level relevancy, their appropriateness for Montana, and the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Requirements & Stipend:
Teachers will align math, English Language Arts, and science items to the MCCS and NGSS. All participants will be compensated with a $500 stipend, and reimbursed by the state for their meals and travel expenses.

The application will be open from March 17 to March 31. Application screening begins April 1 & selections will be made by April 18th.

For further information contact: Colet Bartow (cbartow@mt.gov) or Ashley McGrath (amcgrath@mt.gov).

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