Fall Conference 2019
Instruction and Assessment That Counts!
October 29-30, 2019
Tan-Tar-A Convention Center

Tuesday, October 29th

Morning Keynote Sessions: 

Session A:  Math Instruction That Counts! Number Sense and Reasoning: Grades 5-8

Presenter:  Dr. John SanGiovanni, Supervisor of Mathematics, Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. Author of Mine the Gap for Mathematical Understanding and more!

Do your students struggle with reasoning about numbers and operations? Are they unsure when their answers are reasonable? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? In this session, participants learn about dynamic, doable activities to engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in any 5-8 mathematics class. Classroom clips of colleagues leveraging these strategies will also be shared.

Targeted Audience:  Administrators, Curriculum Leaders and Teachers Grades 5-8

Session B:  The Art of Assessment Design

 Presenter: Jana Loge, Agency for Teaching and Learning, Missouri State University

Teachers are constantly seeking evidence of student learning.  The process begins by asking, what does mastery of the stand look like? How do I artfully craft items that will efficiently and effectively provide evidence of student learning?  In this session, participants will explore the essentials for developing quality assessment items including, unwrapping standard, alignment of skill and item type, levels of questioning, determining item complexity, and how to audit existing assessment items.

Targeted Audience:  Administrators, Curriculum Leaders and Teachers of Grades K- 4

Afternoon Keynote Sessions:

Session C:  Math Instruction That Counts! Number Sense and Reasoning: Grades K -4

Presenter:  Dr. John SanGiovanni, Supervisor of Mathematics, Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. Author of Mine the Gap for Mathematical Understanding and more!

Do your students struggle with reasoning about numbers and operations? Are they unsure when their answers are reasonable? Are you looking for practical, high-quality tasks to engage students and ignite discussion? In this session, participants learn about dynamic, doable activities to engage students in meaningful ways. A collection of ready-for-use resources will be provided and explored so that pursuit of number sense becomes a daily routine. These resources naturally complement each and every lesson in any 5-8 mathematics class. Classroom clips of colleagues leveraging these strategies will also be shared.

Targeted Audience:  Administrators, Curriculum Leaders and Teachers of Grades K-4

Session D:  The Art of Assessment Design:

 Presenter: Jana Loge, Agency for Teaching and Learning, Missouri State University

Teachers are constantly seeking evidence of student learning.  The process begins by asking, what does mastery of the stand look like? How do I artfully craft items that will efficiently and effectively provide evidence of student learning?  In this session, participants will explore the essentials for developing quality assessment items including, unwrapping standard, alignment of skill and item type, levels of questioning, determining item complexity, and how to audit existing assessment items.

Targeted Audience:  Administrators, Curriculum Leaders and Teachers Grades 5-8

 

Wednesday, October 30th

Breakout Sessions:

A:  Instructional Academy: Cultivating research-based instructional practices within your own district

Presenter: Curt Graves, Assistant Superintendent, Crawford County R-2

High-impact instructional practices are the daily strategies that, applied to an aligned curriculum, can take learning and student achievement to another level of success.  Crawford County R-2 Schools is changing culture and mindset through empowerment and equipping of teachers improving instructional practices to raise student achievement.  During 2018-19, the first cohort of teachers participated in an Instructional Academy to develop and hone teachers' instructional practices.  Hear qualitative comments from the first participants, how CCR2 designed the program, and adjustments they are making for future cohorts.

 B: “It’s the Task…”

Presenter: Declan FitzPatrick, Executive Director of C and I, Fox C-6

How do we ensure that when students engage in inquiry and project-based learning that they are actually getting better at something important? How do we make sure that the task students work on this year will benefit them next year and for years to come? How do we embed what parents, students, and teachers care about most in our common assessments? In this session participants will experience engaging complex tasks from across grade-levels and subject areas. They will provide success and growth feedback for students at all levels, and practice aligning tasks with core content.

C.  Write in the Right Direction

Presenter:  Ellen Tucker, Grade Four Teacher, and Teacher Team, Booneville R-1

Through the last few years, grades three through five teachers did not have a secure curriculum for writing.  With each grade level pulling from multiple sources, we lacked consistency across vertical teams.  Once this writing curriculum was created and practices, we saw significant growth in student writing.  Join us to review the creation and implementation of this very successful writing curriculum, share writing samples, anchor charts, writer’s notebooks and much more!

D.  Math Lesson Plans by Design

Presenters: Shea Thomas, Curriculum Coordinator, Raytown C-2; Deborah Sanchez, Faculty, WGU; Sarah Morales, Curriculum Coordinator, Raytown C-2

Join SMCAA Foundational Mathematics Curriculum writers and your colleagues to review quality mathematics lesson plans for all grade levels.  Lesson plans that contain the best teaching practices and strategies are what you need to meet the expectations of the Missouri Math Learning Standards You will review exemplar plans, get samples and get some great ideas on how to find good sample lesson plans online.