Friday, April 28, 2017

5DP Educator Showcase- Register Today!

The Five District Partnership is hosting its first-ever Educator Showcase on Thursday, May 25th from 5-7pm at the Winthrop High School. This free event will feature educators from all five districts (Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, Winthrop) sharing examples of their work -- how they're supporting students, collaborating and thinking creatively. Presentations at the Showcase will include:

"Gimme the Codes: Introducing Coding in the Classroom"
by Damian DeMarco,
Computer Science Teacher, SeaCoast High School, Revere Public Schools
 
"Increasing Mathematical Discourse"
by Chris Fitzpatrick, Elementary Math Coach,
Beebe/Forestdale Elementary School, Malden Public Schools
 
"Empowering ELL Students by Turning the Tables: ELL Students Teaching Teachers"
by Sarah Harrington, English Language Learner History and Social
Studies Teacher, Chelsea High School, Chelsea Public Schools
 
"Guided Math to Reach All Students"
by Ryan Heraty, Principal, Dawn Letterie, Math
Coach, Kristen Reynolds, Third Grade Teacher, and Courtney Pino, Special Education Teacher, Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School, Winthrop Public Schools
 
“Increasing Awareness Beyond the Classroom: The Genocide Research Project"
by
Amanda Judd, English Language Arts Teacher, Brandi Coffey, English Language
Arts
Teacher, Riley Dunn, English Language Arts Teacher, Michael Scarfo, English Language Arts Teacher, Everett High School, Everett Public Schools
 
"Transition in Action: Supporting Student Dreams"
by Karen Suttle, School Social
Worker, SeaCoast High School, Revere Public Schools
 
“Taking Risks, One Poem at a Time"
by Althea Terenzi, English Language Arts
Teacher, Revere High School, Revere Public Schools
 
To register for this event click here.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New Updates from Next Generation MCAS

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the revised descriptors for the new Next Generation MCAS assessment performance levels.  Scores will fall into the following four categories:
  • Exceeding Expectations
  • Meeting Expectations
  • Partially Meeting Expectations
  • Not Meeting Expectations.
 
The legacy grade 10 MCAS will continue to use the existing descriptors (Advanced, Proficient, Needs Improvement, Warning) until the Next Generation grade 10 MCAS is adopted. For more information on the descriptors, click on the following link: http://www.doe.mass.edu/boe/docs/FY2017/2017-03/item5.html#levels-descriptors
 
Additionally, ESE has confirmed the following data highlights for the 2016-2017 MCAS layout:
  • Item analysis will be back!
  • Students will receive a percentile ranking in the state for math and ELA separately.
  • Students will receive an SGP in ELA and math (with the exception in grade 3).