Virtual Convening Recordings

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September 23, 2015


Title:

The Assessment Landscape: Where Do International Assessments Fit In?


Presenters:

-Dr. Dana Kelly, Branch Chief, Assessment Division: International Assessment Branch, NCES

-Dr. Stephen Provasnik, TIMSS National Research Coordinator and PIAAC Asst. National Program Manager, International Activities Branch, NCES


Summary:
"The Assessment Landscape: Where Do International Assessments Fit In?" was hosted in partnership with the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Global Learning Network to provide members with background on international assessments and their place amongst the many assessments present today. Dr. Dana Kelly and Dr. Stephen Provasnik from NCES provided a general overview of the assessment landscape in the US and discussed how assessments, such as PISA, that provide system-level results can be used in conjunction with assessments that produce student-level data. The virtual convening also featured a detailed comparison of PISA and NAEP to highlight the similarities and differences in skills assessed. In addition, NCES shared a useful resource: the International Data Explorer, which compares assessment results of US students with those of students from other nations.



August 11, 2015


Title:

Understanding Your Results: How School and District Leaders Can Use Their Results to Improve Student Outcomes


Presenters:

-Tue Halgreen, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

-Dr. Jack Dale, Retired Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia) and Chair of the Global Learning Network Leadership Council

-Heather Popielski, Hanover Research


Summary:

On Tuesday, August 11, the Global Learning Network kicked off its virtual convening series for the 2015-2016 school year with “Understanding Your OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA) Results: How School and District Leaders Can Use Their Results to Improve Student Outcomes”. Tue Halgreen from the OECD provided attendees with interpretations for the different graphs in the results report, while Jack Dale, Chair of the Global Learning Network Leadership Council, shared the practical implications of each chart, citing how he found the data to be useful during his time as superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Finally, a representative from Hanover Research shared key findings from a preliminary analysis of GLN performance using 2013-2014 and partial 2014-2015 OECD Test for Schools data.



July 30, 2015


Title:

Unpacking Your Science Results and Developing a Strong School Climate to Improve Science Performance: Lessons from High Performing U.S. Schools


Presenters:

- Jack Bierwirth, Retired Superintendent (Herricks Union Free School District)

- Berkmar High School, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia:

o Al Taylor (Principal)

o Keith Sargent (Assistant Principal)

o Cindy Moffett (Assistant Principal)

o Chet Fraley (Department Head)

o Eric Grunden, Chief School Officer and Founder, Research Triangle High School, North Carolina


Summary:

"Unpacking Your Science Results and Developing a Strong School Climate to Improve Science Performance" features representatives from Berkmar High School (Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia) and Research Triangle High School (North Carolina) to share the practices and strategies they feel have contributed to positive science performance at their respective schools. Dr. Jack Bierwirth also joins us to provide a thoughtful analysis of the OECD Test for Schools report and how that data applies to school climate and science performance.



July 15, 2015


Title:

Developing Students' Social-Emotional Skills: Preparing Our Youth for Success in College, Career, and Life


Presenters:

- Stephanie Terrell, Head of School, BASIS Chandler (BASIS Charter Schools, Arizona)

- Dave Paunesku, Executive Director, PERTS (Stanford University)

- Sara Krachman, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Transforming Education

- Noah Bookman, Chief Accountability Officer, CORE Districts

Summary:
The GLN, in partnership with Transforming Education, brings you a virtual convening focused on the role that social-emotional skills play in students’ success in college, career, and life. Representatives from CORE districts and BASIS Chandler share specific practices that encourage the development of students’ social-emotional skills and how the development of such skills has supported successful student outcomes within their respective schools and districts.


May 20, 2015

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Presenters:
- Susan Barrett, Manager of Curriculum and Assessment, Stapleton High School (DSST public Schools, Colorado)
- Bill Henkle, Principal, Whitefish Bay high School (School District of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin)
Summary:
Developing a Strong School Climate to Improve Reading Performance: Lessons From High-Performing U.S. Schools features an overview of the reading-related learning environment data within the OECD Test for Schools results report as well as remarks from representatives from Stapleton High School (Colorado) and Whitefish Bay High School (Wisconsin). These school leaders provide members with a set of best practices they implemented to spur ideas for concrete actions others can adopt in their own schools and districts.


April 13, 2015

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Presenters:
- Teresa Johnson, Principal, Chantilly High School (Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia)
- Paula Dillon, Assistant Superintendent, Barrington Public Schools, Rhode Island
- Joseph Hurley, Principal, Barrington High School (Barrington Public Schools, Rhode Island)
Summary:

This session focused on a review of the OECD Test for Schools reading data and featured remarks from Chantilly High School (VA) and Barrington High School (RI) on the practices that have contributed to strong performance in reading at their respective schools in addition to the steps that they are taking to continue improving student outcomes.



March 23, 2015

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Presenters:
- Christopher Brown, Principal, California Academy of Math and Science (Long Beach Unified School District, California)
- Tiffany Huitt, Principal, School of Science and Engineering (Dallas Independent School District, Texas)
Summary:
Developing a Strong School Climate to Improve Math Performance: Lessons from Leading U.S. Schools is a virtual convening focused on the school learning environment and its relation to math achievement. The session features an overview of the OECD Test for Schools learning environment data from Jack Dale as well as remarks from the California Academy of Math and Science (CA) and the School of Science and Engineering (TX) on the practices that they feel have contributed to the high achievement and strong school climate at their respective institutions.


February 17, 2015

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Presenters:
- Mark Dalton, Blue Valley High School (Blue ValleySchool District, Kansas)
- Pam Hubbert, Sharpstown International School (Houston Independent School District, Texas)
- Linda Plattner, Illustrative Mathematics
Summary:
The "Unpacking Your Math Results: Learning From High-Performing U.S. Schools" virtual convening focused on understanding the math-related data presented in the OECD Test for Schools report and featured remarks on practices that contribute to high achievement in math from Mark Dalton, Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, and Adam Wade, Math Department Chair, of Blue Valley High School (Blue Valley School District, Kansas) and Dr. Pam Hubbert, Dean of Students, of Sharpstown International School (Houston Independent School District, Texas).

Dr. Hubbert has graciously agreed to make the slides from her presentation available so that members of the GLN can review them in more detail. Her slides can be found here. If you would like more information about the practices at Sharpstown International School, please contact Dr. Hubbert at phubbert@houstonisd.org.


February 9, 2015

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Presenters:
- Tue Halgreen, Project Manager, PISA-Based Test for Schools, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
- Jack Dale, Retired Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia
Summary:
On February 9, the Global Learning Network hosted the “Lessons from Around the Globe: Maximizing the Impact of Your District Dollars” virtual convening. The session highlighted the relationship between effective resource allocation and strong outcomes for students. Tue Halgreen of the OECD highlighted best practices from around the globe, while Dr. Jack Dale shared effective resource allocation strategies that he employed during his tenure as the superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.


January 22, 2015

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Presenters:
- Nick Novak, Principal, River Hill High School (Howard County Public School System, Maryland)
- Tim Mills, Superintendent, Bellevue School District, Washington
Items Covered:
      • Overview of the proficiency level data for each of the three content areas covered in the OECD Test for Schools reports (Reading, Math, and Science)
      • Details on what the proficiency levels mean for a given content area.
      • Overview of the OECD definition of “statistically different” measures.
      • What it means for a student to be at Level 2 proficiency and below.