ASCD California

Upcoming Professional Development Events

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    • 05/25/2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Chino Valley Unified School District Location: 5130 Riverside Dr., Chino, CA 91710

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    California ASCD and Chino Valley Unified School District present:  

    Grading Smarter, Not Harder
    with Presenter Myron Dueck

    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    Hosted by Chino Valley Unified School District
    Location: 5130 Riverside Dr., Chino, CA 91710
    8:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.
    Registration includes Breakfast and Lunch

    Workshop Description: 

    Join us for an introductory look at what standards-based assessment and grading is and is not.  We'll explore what it means to be truly evidence-based in assessing and reporting achievements regarding standards and learner outcomes. The day will start with a conversation on the true purpose of the educator and why we grade and report.  We will then address some important assessment topics such as formative versus summative, assessment strategies and student self-reporting.  Related to assessment, we'll also address the biggest concerns in grading today:  averaging, zeroes on the 100-point scale, marking homework, percentages, deductions for late work and reporting things such as behavior or effort elements.  Don't miss this chance to confront misconceptions and make the most of student's learning!


    Myron Dueck has gained experience over the past 22 years, in both Canada and New Zealand in subjects ranging from grades 4 to 12.  Beginning in 2006, Myron developed a number of assessments and grading systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to the feedback they receive and play a significant role in the reporting of that learning.  Myron has been a part of district groups, school committees and governmental bodies that have further broadened his access to innovative steps taken by others.  Myron has shared his stories, tools and first-hand experiences with public, charter and international school educators from around the world.  In recent years Myron’s presentations have diverged to include human nature, global trends and social realities. Myron has twice been published in EL Magazine. His best-selling book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder – Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014 and in 2015 ASCD released a video project from in his own school district entitled ‘Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom’.

    • 09/30/2017
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Dr., Redwood City, CA 94065

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    California ASCD and San Mateo County Office of Education in Partnership with California Reading & Literature Project present:  

    Essential Instructional Routines within Designated and Integrated ELD
    with Presenter Kate Kinsella, Ed.D.

    Saturday September 30, 2017
    Hosted by: San Mateo County Office of Education
    Location: 101 Twin Dolphin Dr., Redwood City, CA 94065
    8:30 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.

    Workshop Description: 

    The California English Language Development Standards are anchored on three foundational premises: 1) Using English Purposefully (The Why); 2) Interacting in Meaningful Ways (The How); and 3) Understanding how English Works (The What). Although classroom teachers and instructional coaches may have studied the new ELD standards and perused charts and vignettes within the appendices, many remain significantly challenged to design and implement effective lessons within either a designated or integrated ELD course of study. One unfortunate consequence is that ELD instructional decisions often amount to who should be teaching what and when, rather than the consistency and integrity of the instructional practices used to advance language and learning throughout the school day. Another outcome is that English learners are constantly adjusting to new classroom activities and strategies that prevent them from reaping the purported academic benefits.

    Drawing from research and extensive classroom practice, Dr. Kinsella will focus on a core set of instructional routines appropriate for any ELD curriculum or context. Participants, ideally in site-based teams, will leave with extensive practical print and digital resources to support lesson delivery, professional development, co-teaching and coaching initiatives.


    Kate Kinsella, Ed.D. is an adjunct teacher educator at San Francisco State University and a highly-sought after speaker and consultant to school districts and state departments throughout the US regarding development of academic language and literacy across the K-12 subject areas. Her 25 year teaching career focus has been equipping youths from diverse backgrounds with the communication, reading and writing skills to be career and college ready. A consummate “teacher’s teacher”, Dr. Kinsella maintains active K-12 classroom involvement by writing and implementing curriculum, co-teaching lessons, and providing practical mentoring for teachers and instructional coaches. Her extensive publishing record includes articles, chapters, English learners’ dictionaries, English Language development curriculum, and reading intervention programs. She is particularly proud of the research validated and extensively implemented programs she has written to support English learners in making academic strides: READ 180, English 3D, and the Academic Vocabulary Toolkit.

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Mailing: PO Box 1841
Oroville, CA 95965

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