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6/22/2011 4:53:00 PM
Summer Assessment Institute Plans Gather Steam

An exceptionally full slate of activities is planned for ODE’s 2011 Oregon Summer Assessment Institute. The three-day conference, "Leading and Planning for Literacy," will be held August 3-5 at the Eugene Hilton, with a pre-conference session for coaches on August 2.

Featured speakers for the event include Dr. Rick Stiggins, founder of the Portland-based Assessment Training Institute, who will speak on assessment literacy–formative, intermediate and summative. Dr. Kevin Feldman, an authority on improving content area literacy and student engagement, will speak on reading/writing assessment and instruction, and Peter Pappas, of Designs for Learning, will talk about school and district team planning. Other speakers include literacy consultant Yolanda Westerberg; Krista Parent, superintendent of South Lane School District; and Colt Gill, superintendent of Bethel School District.

More than 20 breakout sessions are planned, on topics including EasyCBM; OAKS updates and results; SPED–Achievement Gap; Reading; Writing; Proficiency-Based; Data Teams; Secondary Literacy; Interim Assessment; and Closing the Achievement Gap. Kevin Feldman will lead a workshop focusing on secondary literacy, and Yolanda Westerberg will lead a session on elementary literacy that focuses on reading and writing planning for the year.

A morning pre-conference session on August 2, “Working to Stop What Stops the Work,” is designed to support the work of coaches trained through the Oregon DATA Project. If space allows, others can register for the training as well. Registration is open HERE.

Interested educators and school teams are urged to register now, as a special room rate at the Hilton is available only until July 12 or the room block is sold out.

Click HERE for more information on the conference. Click HERE to register, and click HERE to reserve lodging at the Eugene Hilton.

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