Hands-On Science Teaching in Missouri

Program evaluation is always interesting, some days more than others! Right now I’m in Columbia, MO, for the National Science Foundation-funded Quality Elementary Science Teaching (QuEST) Summer Institute 2015. My colleague, Tracy Bousselot, and I are in our second year in attendance at this hands-on gathering of Missouri elementary teachers working to enhance their understanding…

ODE Career and Technical Education Professional Development and Formative Performance Assessments Final Report

In the winter and spring of 2012-2013 the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) partnered with representatives from the Office of Secondary/Postsecondary Transitions at Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Department of Community Colleges Workforce Development (CCWD) to guide secondary and postsecondary instructors in the development and implementation of formative performance assessments. The instructors…

High Expectations for All

Robert J. Marzano quickly and succinctly addresses the differentiated treatment that stems from inherent biases and suggests ways that teachers can overcome them. He outlines a four step procedure: Identify students for whom you have low expectations. Identify similarities in students. Identify differential treatment of low-expectancy students. Treat low-expectancy and high-expectancy students the same. Author: Robert…

Wide World of Teaching – 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Educators

Two actors take on the roles of effective and ineffective teachers. Questions Can you see yourself or things you do in either or both of these teachers? What are the benefits of the way Harold took attendance compared to Mildred? How do you or teachers at your school creatively take attendance while keeping students engaged…