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Title: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Division of Mathematics, Science and Advanced Academic Programs Science Department Chairperson’s Dialogue Ramping-up Teaching and Learning 4


1
Miami-Dade County Public SchoolsDivision of
Mathematics, Science and Advanced Academic
ProgramsScience Department Chairpersons
DialogueRamping-up Teaching and Learning4
  • Presented by
  • Ava D. Rosales, Ph. D.
  • Instructional Supervisor
  • May 18, 2011
  • Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus

2
Welcome and Introductions
  • Agenda Overview
  • District Updates
  • Instructional Strategies and Next Generation
    Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) Resources
  • Miami Dade College
  • Sharing Activity
  • On the Chart Paper, make three columns
  • NGSSS Awareness
  • NGSSS Support
  • NGSSS Needs
  • Complete the Chart
  • Share-out in auditorium main session

3
Norms
  • Participate Actively
  • Ask questions
  • Learn by doing
  • Set your own learning into action
  • ______________________________
  • Bathroom and Electronic Devices

4
Agenda
5
Goals for the Session
  • Reflect on professional development provided to
    support NGSSS transition and teaching and
    learning
  • Examine the use of data with an
    explicit-reflective approach
  • Share issues/concerns and solutions/strategies
    regarding student achievement with the NGSSS
  • Explore available resources District, Institutes
    of Higher Education, and State

6
Mapping the NGSSS Benchmarks
  • Using the FCAT 2.0 Test Item Specifications,
    identify the implications for the following
    clusters
  • Nature of Science
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Life Science

7
District UpdatesThe Year in Review and Whats
new for 2011 - 2012
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Work in progress
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12
Mapping the Benchmarks
  • Grade 6
  • Curriculum has foundational benchmarks
  • L hierarchy of life, cells, body systems
  • Not repeated beyond grade-level
  • E weather, climate and atmosphere
  • P forces and change in motion, speed
  • Grade 7
  • Curriculum has foundational benchmarks
  • E Earths evolution, plate tectonics, layers
    of Earth
  • P Radiant Energy
  • Not repeated beyond grade-level
  • E Earth structures
  • P energy transfer, transformations,
  • L evolution, heredity, interdependence of
    living things

13
Comments from Classroom Teachers
  • Moving from hands-on to minds-on
  • Addressing the explain in the 5Es
  • Sixth and seventh grade crunched for time at end
    of year with all the field trips
  • Administrative support in implementing NGSSS
    (i.e., grade level placement)
  • Assessments administered and not scanned
  • Real-world connections for content retention
  • Everyone on same track
  • Change and change for teachers thinking

14
Available District Assessments
  • Grade 8 Interim Assessments (2011 2012 under
    design)
  • Grades 6 and 7 Resource Tests (found in Edusoft
    Benchmark Exams

15
FCAT 2.0 Assessed Benchmarks
16
Historical Benchmark Analysis http//curriculum.d
adeschools.net/schoolperformancereports.asp
17
Average Percent Correct
18
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19
Pacing Guides by Quarter in Learning Village
20
General Science Strategies Shared with Principals
  • Encourage teachers to actively improve their
    science content knowledge to become proficient in
    their grade-level NGSSS.
  • Monitor the implementation of inquiry based,
    hands-on activities/labs addressing the necessary
    benchmarks.
  • Monitor the use of scientific writing (e.g.,
    Power Writing/Lab Reports, Conclusion writing,
    Current Events, etc.)
  • Monitor the implementation of HOTS and
    questioning strategies.
  • After each assessment (monthly or interim),
    conduct data disaggregation of test results to
    identify benchmarks with unsatisfactory and
    satisfactory performance. Identify students
    performance within those categories and develop
    differentiated instruction activities to address
    the different needs through remediation and
    enrichment activities. Also conduct
    mini-assessments and utilize results to drive
    instruction.
  • Encourage students to participate in science fair
    activities, SECME, and other types of science
    competitions.

21
Building Teacher Content Knowledge
  • Annenberg Media - Learner.org
  • Discovery
  • Science podcasts
  • JASON Science
  • NSTA library and professional development ( -
    membership)
  • College courses (, some free)

22
Middle School Science Strategies
  • Schedule grade 8 students taking Earth/Space
    Science Honors and/or Biology Honors into the
    same homerooms /advisement periods for review of
    the FCAT 2.0 Annually Assessed benchmarks.
  • Incorporate advisement period activities to help
    students develop appropriate social and academic
    coping skills.
  • Monitor the implementation of reading
    informational text and writing in science.
  • Monitor the implementation of Formative
    Assessment Probes and higher-order
    questioning/discussions.
  • Monitor teacher collaboration for vertical and
    horizontal alignment of instruction.
  • Fair Game Principle in FCAT 2.0 (6-8)

23
Interim Assessments Pending2011 2012
  • Grades 5, 8 and Biology
  • Baseline, Fall and Winter
  • Parallel test format all benchmarks assessed
    each test

24
FCAT 2.0 Updates
  • Baseline 2011 2012
  • Test Item Specifications available
  • All FCAT 2.0 items written to the 2008 Standards
  • Comprehensive assessment based on benchmarks from
    grades 6 8
  • Benchmarks of similar content grouped together
  • All benchmark groupings are annually assessed
    (AA)
  • All items will be multiple choice

25
FCAT 2.0 Updates (contd)
  • Reference Sheets
  • Items requiring an equation will have the
    equation included with the item a reference
    sheet is not needed and will not be provided
  • A periodic table and a calculator will be
    provided.

26
FCAT 2.0 Updates (contd)
  • Sample test materials will be written to the 2008
    Standards
  • FCAT Explorer and Florida Achieves will be
    revised and aligned to the 2008 Standards
  • Reporting Categories
  • Nature of Science 19
  • Earth and Space Science 27
  • Physical Science 27
  • Life Science 27

27
FCAT 2.0 Updates (contd)
  • Length of test 60 66 questions
  • Administration time, achievement levels, and cut
    scores have not been finalized
  • Achievement Level Descriptions will be written in
    August 2011
  • Standard setting to determine cut scores for
    achievement levels will be held in Fall 2012

28
Senate Bill 4 Implementationhttp//www.fldoe.org/
BII/sb4i.asp
  • Technical Assistance Paper http//www.fldoe.org/B
    II/pdf/SB4-Final2.pdf
  • Sample content
  • A. MIDDLE GRADES PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS
  • QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

29
  • New Success Measures Websitehttp//www.fldoe.org
    /successmeasures/
  • Success Measures Pathway Tool is a good resource
    for parents, teachers and students
  • Provides a clear understanding of the materials
    students are expected to learn and the new state
    assessments designed to measure that learning.

30
Resources
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • http//curriculum.dadeschools.net/
  • Instructional Technology (Examview Item Bank)
  • http//it.dadeschools.net
  • Florida Department of Education
    http//www.fldoe.org/
  • FCAT Resources - http//fcat.fldoe.org/
  • Florida Standards and Course Descriptions
    http//www.floridastandards.org/
  • Florida PROMiSE
  • http//flpromise.org/
  • Gizmos http//www.explorelearning.com

31
Follow-up
  • Completion of the Action Plan document
    accompanied with sign-in sheet andagenda from
    science department meeting indicating that the
    information was sharedback at the school site
  • School Mail Code 9628
  • Attn. Dr. Ava D. Rosales

32
Where the Next Generation Sunshine State
Standards Can Take Our Students
  •  
  • Broadcom Masters
  • http//attachmentManagerFiles.dadeschools.net/getF
    ile.ashx?idN2IucsbyYp7FvRL!uphRRXPKKgTNxRmXYoX9N
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  • Dr. Ava D. Rosales, Instructional Supervisor
  • SECME Coordinator
  • arosales_at_dadeschools.net
  • 305-995-4537
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