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7/31/2013 9:38:00 AM
Smarter Balanced State Leadership Team and State Network of Educators Update

Smarter Balanced is committed to providing formative resources, tools, and professional learning opportunities for educators to tailor instruction based on student needs. The Digital Library, which is scheduled for release in 2014, is a critical component of the Smarter Balanced system of assessments that will include a variety of resources to improve teaching and learning. It is interactive and allows educators from member states to use and rate resources and collaborate.

State Leadership Team (SLT)

Oregon's SLT will mentor and provide professional development to Oregon's State Network of Educators as they develop and evaluate resources for the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. Oregon's SLT members consist of four English Language Arts content experts and four Mathematics content experts:
  • Carol Larson, English Language Arts (Willamette ESD)
  • Dr. Cornelia Paraskevas, English Language Arts (Western Oregon University)
  • Dr. Dev Sinha, Mathematics (University of Oregon)
  • Jill Summerlin, Mathematics (Oregon Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
  • Marta Turner, English Language Arts (Northwest Regional ESD)
  • Molly Hammans, Mathematics (Oregon Department of Education)
  • Rebecca Blocher, English Language Arts (Oregon Department of Education)
  • Rachel Aazzerah, Mathematics (Oregon Department of Education)

State Network of Educators (SNE)

Oregon's SNE team consists of 85 K-12 educators that will work with Oregon's State Leadership Team to develop and evaluate professional learning resources for inclusion in the Smarter Balanced Digital Library. Between September 2013 and September 2014, members of the SNE will:
  • Participate in five web-based trainings
  • Propose and review content for the Digital Library
  • Have early access to the resources and collaboration tools and use them for their professional learning
  • Provide feedback on the resources and the functionality of the Digital Library

Applicants that were selected to participate on Oregon's SNE, will receive email confirmation from Smarter Balanced by August 1, 2013. For additional information about Oregon's State Leadership Team or State Network of Educators, please contact Oregon's State Leadership Team Lead, Rachel Aazzerah at rachel.aazzerah@state.or.us eMail.

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