A Focus on Instruction: Preparing Students for Rigorous Learning and Assessment

MISIC is excited to announce that we will be offering a workshop on April 3 in Storm Lake and we will be hosting a conference on April 7th in Johnston.

The topic of the workshop and conference will be A Focus on Instruction: Preparing Students for Rigorous Learning and Assessment.

The workshop on April 3 will mirror the two workshops we held in November and the one we held in January.

The conference on April 7 will delve more deeply into instruction that prepares students for rigorous assessments.


MISIC Members: $50/person
Non-MISIC Members: $175/person
***Note: Non-Member registration costs of $125 will be credited to districts that join MISIC within the fiscal year 2016-2017.

MISIC Workshop – April 3, 2017 – Storm Lake

A Focus on Instruction:  Preparing Students for Rigorous Assessments

While the legislature debates which test will become the new state assessment, we can take proactive action now to shift classroom practice to prepare for students for whatever new assessment is finally chosen.  In this workshop, districts will explore multiple documents and strategies related to implementation of new state tests that measure student achievement of the Iowa Standards.

  • Understand the principles of curriculum, instruction and assessment alignment
  • Identify accurate targets for instruction that are aligned to the standards and new state tests
  • Understand potential question item types on a new test and how to provide practice for students on new question types
  • Align classroom practice with appropriate DOK (Depth of Knowledge) levels.

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MISIC Conference – April 7, 2017 – Hilton Garden Inn – Johnston

A Focus on Instruction: Preparing Students for Rigorous Learning and Assessment

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Session Topics

  • Keynote Panel: Keeping the Focus on Instruction
  • Integrating the Standards of Mathematical Practice
  • Start with the Right Text: Text Complexity
  • College Talk: Helping Students Acquire a College and Career Ready Vocabulary
  • Next Generation Science Calls for Next Generation Assessments
  • Designing Instruction with DOK in Mind
  • Writing: It’s not just a five-paragraph essay
  • Alternatives to Multiple Choice: Technology-Enhanced Assessment Item
  • Setting Targets: Bundling Standards for Instruction
  • Performance Assessment Tasks: Using Your PLC’s
  • And More!

Please share any additional topics you would like addressed at the conference.

A Focus on Instruction – MISIC Workshop & Conference

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