Free Teacher Professional Development Courses Launching Soon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We are approaching the launch of our upcoming free online courses - the Language-Rich Assessment MOOCs – from Stanford University Understanding Language / SCALE (Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity) this October.  Please help us spread the word to educators around your state.

These courses provide professional learning opportunities focused on using assessment practices – instructionally-focused formative assessment and curriculum-embedded performance assessments for deeper learning. The MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) will focus on instructional improvement and student learning related to both the academic standards and English Language Proficiency standards.

Over the summer, we offered a series of three webinars to help prepare schools and districts make best use of them.  All the webinars have been recorded and archived on our website at (scroll down to the Webinar recording and resources section); you will find the slides and other resources available for download there too.

We already have educators from over 100 districts and 30 states who have been participating in our webinars preparing their teachers for the MOOCs - Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. It looks like we are going to have a FUN learning experience with so many people from all over the nation!

There is still time for you to view the webinars and plan for local support before the course launches. The Orientation session for the Strand A course - Constructive Classroom Conversations - will start on October 4, and the Orientation session for the Strand B course - Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Develop Performance Tasks - will begin on September 27.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our course manager Hsiaolin Hsieh ( Feel free to share this information with your colleagues!

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