PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS, & TOOLS
The Region 5 GBPC staff welcomes the opportunity to
visit schools to introduce ourselves and acquaint faculties with the goals of the Center
and the services available. In particular, we will be willing to assist with training and
in-service in the following:
- Improving instructional focus using test information.
- Interpreting standards through the process of unpacking.
- Integrating taught curriculum with SOL.
- Making a timeline for instruction.
- Sharing promising practices from the field.
- Writing valid assessments.
- Teaching and incorporating test-taking stragies.
- Matching instruction to assessment.
Administrators and teachers are encouraged to review
district and school goals. We will tailor services to meet identified needs. We are also
available to assist in facilitating the school improvement process, developing mentorship
programs for new teachers, securing materials and locating resources, and conducting
We will also custom-design a presentation to meet the
needs of a school division or school. At this time, we have several presentations and
workshops that have already been designed and are ready to go. Give us a call to schedule
a presentation or workshop!
Introducing the Governors Best Practice
This presentation is designed to be incorporated into a
schools faculty meeting. Within a time-frame of approximately 30 minutes, this
presentation highlights the functions of the Region 5 Governors Best Practice Center
and introduces the Centers staff.
Creating a Pacing Guide and a Management Tool
This presentation is designed to increase the awareness
of a school faculty about the what, why, and how of a
pacing guide, as well as the relationship between a pacing guide and the SOL Blueprints. A
step-by-step process is laid out for the creation of a pacing guide, and a tool for pacing
guide record keeping is explored.
The SOL Organizer - a Tool for
Unpacking the Standards of Learning
This presentation focuses on the use of a series of
EXCEL-based templates developed to encourage teams of teachers in the task of
unpacking the Standards of Learning to ensure deep alignment with the
taught curriculum. This presentation/workshop guides teachers through the
unpacking process for one or more Standards by using the template tools
to help the teachers identify essential questions, essential
knowledge, and skills and actions that will be used to create a series
of enabling objectives. Sample assessment and instructional activities will be created in
tandem for covering and measuring these objectives. Finally, a pacing record is
incorporated into the process to ensure time is set aside for covering the
The SOL Data Disaggregator: Examining Your SOL
Test Results with Technology
The presentation takes administrators through the
process of disaggregating SOL test results with the use of a series of EXCEL templates.
The templates are designed to be used with data available in electronic format from
Harcourt-Brace. Examples of information and data analysis (including graphs) are
demonstrated using simulated test results based on the Spring 2000 or Fall 2001 testing
cycles. The importance of data disaggregation and the uses of the resulting data are
discussed as part of the presentation.
Improving Student Achievement - What
Principals Need to Know!
This presentation takes principals through the process
of deep alignment by providing a comparison of the way things used to be
before SOL and the issues of accountability that have arisen from SOL testing.
The importance of centering the taught curriculum on the objectives that are
unpacked from the Standards is emphasized from the perspective of
creating assessments and then matching instruction to the assessments. A
Standards-Based model for assessment and instruction design is incorporated
into the presentation.