In this Issue
Dear Colleague,

In this issue, we are sharing information about a complimentary webinar regarding serving English language learners occurring this Wednesday. There are still "seats" available. See the link below to register.

Though March 1 was the beginning of the meteorological spring, it sure doesn't feel that way to many in our country.  Why not think summer and professional development opportunities?  Our Quality Performance Assessment team will lead a Summer intensive for individual and team members from schools and districts in July. More information is provided below. 

As always, we appreciate the chance to share with our colleagues in the field.  We endeavor to provide PD in which educators receive valuable tools to use in their practice to make positive differences in student learning and outcomes.  

Enjoy your March.  The real spring is almost here!



Lisa Giuffre, Sr. Director, Operations
Webinar: Serving English Language Learners
You are invited to a complimentary webinar, Serving English Language Learners: Moving beyond Compliance towards Equity, on Wednesday, March 4th at 3:30 pm EST. This one-hour webinar, facilitated by CCE's English Language Learner program staff, will share teacher successes and highlight effective practices in serving ELLs, the nation's fastest growing student subgroup. 

This webinar will emphasize the importance of student-centered, asset-based and culturally responsive teaching in the effort to move beyond compliance measures towards equitable education for all learners. 

Related Resources: CCE offers professional development on the WIDA� integrated system of language proficiency standards and assessments and standards-based program evaluation and development. For more information, please contact Sarah at

Quality Performance Assessment Summer Institute 

We invite you to take advantage of the Quality Performance Assessment Summer Institute from July 13-16, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. 


For educators new to the Summer Institute, the following topics will be shared:

  • An introduction to quality performance assessments
  • Task, rubric development, and validation process
  • Field testing, scoring calibration and identifying anchor papers to ensure reliability
  • Data analysis to improve instructional practice and student learning
  • Quality administration and implementation of performance assessments
More rigorous material will be offered to past Summer Institute attendees.

 Note from the Field 

Gary Chapin, Senior Associate of Quality Performance Assessment, an initiative of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE), shared his thoughts an a recent trip to Iowa.  




At the end of January, I traveled to Des Moines, Iowa with Laurie Gagnon, Director of CCE's Quality Performance Assessment initiative, to work with the Iowa Competency Based Education (CBE) Collaborative. The event took place in the aptly named Adventureland Inn.


The Iowa CBE Collaborative, shepherded by Sandra Dop of the Iowa Department of Education (DOE), is made up of a number of school districts - fourteen were present for this event. Laurie and I worked in conjunction with the Innovative Lab Network's Performance Assessment Pilot, in which Iowa school districts are participating. CCE is a partner in the assessment pilot along with the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE)


While secondary schools received the pilot orientation from Katie Wilczak of SCALE, Laurie and I worked with the dozens of elementary and middle school teachers in attendance. We provided professional development in the principles of Quality Performance Assessment, and worked with school teams during the "Genius Hour."


Before heading to the airport the following day, we participated in a gathering of math educators at the Iowa DOE facilitated by Sandra Dop.  We enjoyed being part of an extraordinary conversation as these educators entered into the work of writing their state math competencies. This was an energetic, smart, and committed group of educators.


We feel good about the work we did in Iowa and learned a tremendous amount. We look forward to the chance to return!


Related Resource: How Can I Tell if a School is Using Performance Assessments? Posted by CompetencyWorks on February 23, 2015 by Laurie Gagnon and Chris Sturgis

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