It was a pleasure to spend Friday morning with the Crescent Valley High School Staff during their professional development session. In preparation for the day, we read a portion of Ken O’Connor’s book A Repair Kit For Grading, 15 Fixes for Broken Grades. As we organized into small groups, the dialogue around our own experiences, good and bad, with grades that we received as students was powerful.
The conversation continued to deepen as we challenged ourselves to define what grades mean and should reveal about a student and how judgment plays into grading. I was very impressed with the honest and healthy debate the staff engaged in during the morning. This journey will be very interesting and as I shared with CVHS, there is no right or wrong end point. It is the process and the common understanding and agreements we establish that will prove to be most meaningful.
The Middle School student iPad checkout is back on schedule for November. In fact, today the Linus Pauling 8th graders received their iPads. Cheldelin is scheduled for Nov. 14 – 15th to receive their student iPads.
I was able to attend one of the student bootcamps on Oct. 28th at Linus Pauling. I enjoyed watching the engagement and excitement of the students as they learned responsibility and care of the technology, along with some basic skills. Students were eager to help each other and even had fun teaching me a thing or two.
We have posted a more complete update on the front of our website describing our infrastructure upgrades, as well as professional development opportunities for teachers. I am happy to share that some of our Board members, along with faculty from Oregon State University, will also be joining our teachers as we learn new ways to use technology in our teaching.
Oregon Summit on the Future of Learning:
Last week I spent a day in Portland with many of our state’s school superintendents, our Chief Education Officer and Deputy Superintendent, as well as CEOs and Directors from policy and business agencies around the topic of the Future of Learning. This summit was facilitated by Moderator Joseph Scherer of the Superintendent’s National Dialogue and was facilitated through KnowledgeWorks. We discussed five major disrupters in our society today that will impact change in education and examined promising practices in cities and districts around our country that are leveraging partnerships to enhance learning. Next steps will include educational leaders and business community designing an action plan that will help inform the OEIB and legislators around key shifts needed in order to meet 40/40/20.
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