NATIONAL LEARNERS CONFERENCE

B RESORT AND SPA LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL | 7-9 FEBRUARY 2017

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About the Conference


Looking to harness the power of data in your school district? Want to brush up on your skills? Or maybe you just want to network with like-minded educators embracing innovation in their practice? If so, join your colleagues from school districts and states across the country to see how they are empowering their educators and students with the support of Performance Matters’ solutions.

30+

Hours

Collaboration, community, expert insights, innovations, and cocktails

35+

Speakers

Industry leaders, solution gurus, technology wizards, Performance Matters insiders

40+

Sessions

Analytics, student assessment, professional development, and more!

Agenda


Join colleagues from across the country for three days of learning, innovation, and networking!

February 7, 2017
7:30 – 8:45 am
Registration and Pre-Conference Breakfast
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9:00 am – 12:00 pm
A Year in the Life of a Data-Driven PLC
Janet Sankar - Performance Matters
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Being part of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) calls you to be a data-driven educator. Unify is a powerful platform giving PLCs the data they need to inform instruction. In this session we will explore how to use Unify to help teams enhance their conversations so they lead to greater levels of student achievement. You will be better equipped to prepare your students to answer these questions: Where am I going? How am I going? Where to next?

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Leverage Items Statistics to Build Better Assessments
Dave Nelson, Ph.D. - Performance Matters and adjunct faculty at George Mason University
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Can you confidently state that your assessment items are performing as expected and measuring the desired construct? Do your scoring practices support the test’s reliability and provide answers about performance on several levels including students, teachers, parents and district leaders? This pre-conference session will show you how to leverage the item statistics generated in Unify to answer these and other questions. You will leave better informed about the development of assessments, items and rubrics for measuring student achievement and progress using the Unify platform.

9:00 am – 10:15 am
How to Look at Data Critically – PD Reporting
Sean Vair - Performance Matters
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Courses have been created and participants have received credit for them. Now what? What can we learn from the data that was collected from course creation through the credit being awarded onto the transcript? In this session we will use ad-hoc reporting and dashboards to dive into Professional Development and learn how to use data from past courses to plan for future Professional Development and PD Plans.

10:30 am – 11:45 am
How to Look at Data Critically – Evaluation Reporting
Sean Vair - Performance Matters
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How many of our teachers are satisfactory in Element 1? Do principals from different schools rate Domain 2 differently? What areas do teachers need Professional Development? This session will dig into ad-hoc reporting for evaluations and look at how to create queries that answer the questions that drive the work of your staff.

February 7, 2017
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
All Conference Lunch
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1:00 - 2:00 PM
General Session - Conference Kickoff
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2:00 - 2:15 PM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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2:15 - 3:00 PM
Focus Sessions 1
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Bottling the Secret Sauce for Effective Instruction: Developing and Sharing Teacher Metacognition - Nicole Tucker-Smith and Khalid Smith, Lessoncast
Day in the Life of the New Observation Tool - Anna Howie, Regina Teat and Jerome Stover - Dorchester
Celebration of Calibration: Recognizing Observers and Inter-Rater Reliability - Cindy Helmers - Bloomington
Tips and Tricks for Beginning Unify Administrators - Mel Scholtens - Performance Matters
10 Things Even Advanced Users Didn't Know About Unify - Ericka Waterman - Performance Matters
Using Data to offer Feedback in Formative Assessment Practice - Marshal Kawecki - Calvert
Creating a Data-Driven Culture in Your School - Pam Bruening Ed.D., DeeperDive Learning and Dr. Patricia Ordonez-Feliciano, West Gate Elementary School, Palm Beach

3:00 - 3:15 PM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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3:15 - 4:30 PM
General Session -
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4:30 - 6:00 PM
Evening Break
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6:00 - 8:00 PM
Welcome Reception
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February 8, 2017
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Registration
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7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Learning Lounge
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7:30 -8:45 AM
Breakfast
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9:00 - 10:00 AM
General Session
Talithia Williams - Big Data Expert & Professor of Mathematics
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10:00 - 10:15 AM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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10:15 - 11:00 AM
Focus Sessions 2
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Give Educators the Ability to Reach their Goals with Microbadging - Dr. Brent Raby, West Aurora
Bringing Educator and Student Data Together - Ryan Poland and Chris Cirillo, Performance Matters
Observer Calibration as a PD Tool: Walkthrough a Sample Calibration Event and How to Use the Data - Carlene Kirkpatrick, Performance Matters
Roundtable: High-Stakes vs. Formative Assessments in Small Sized Districts - Angela Mansour, Performance Matters
Roundtable: High-Stakes vs. Formative Assessments in Mid-Large Sized Districts - Michelle Winchester, Performance Matters
MyReports: Accessing the Data that's Important to Me - Brenda Zimmer, Performance Matters
The Complete Picture of Student Learning Objectives: Meaningful Development, Continuous Improvement and Insight into Teacher Effectiveness - Anna Howie, Regina Teat and Jerome Stover, Dorchester

11:00 - 11:15 AM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Focus Sessions 3
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Best Practices of Online PD using Moodle - Beth Schultheis, Marion
How to Boost Relevance While Keeping PD Aligned to Strategic Goals - Glenda Horner, Marion Hogan, and Tonya Dixon, Cypress-Fairbanks
Best Practices for Increasing End Use Adoption - Michael Richards, Gwinnett and Sean Vair, Performance Matters
QAing Test - Best Practices with OLA, Scanning, Scanview - Mel Scholtens, Performance Matters
K-2 Assessment Delivery Most Effective for Your Classroom; Alternative uses of OLA - Molly Walker, Hilliard
A Day in the Life of Data - Michelle Hall and Anna Harding, Anne Arundel
Professional Conversations: How to Talk to Teachers about their In-Class Performance - Albert "Duffy" Miller Ed.D., Teaching Learning Solutions

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Lunch
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1:00 - 2:00 PM
General Session - Performance Matters Product Roadmap
Jeanette Haren and Woody Dillaha
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Performance Matters Product Roadmap

2:00 - 2:15 PM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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2:15 - 3:00 PM
Focus Sessions 4
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Making it Easy for Teachers to Build Formative Assessments - Kerry Ferrara, Nutley
Creating Assessment Content with a Community of Educators Dave Nelson Ph. D., Performance Matters
Dive into Standards-Based Reporting and Student Item Analysis - Beth Kawecki, Performance Matters
Integrating Formative Assessment into Your School Culture - Faye Roman, Hunters Creek Middle School, Orange County and Kathleen Manchester and Tari Sexton, Forest Grove Middle School, St. Lucie
Understanding Calibration Measures to Inform Professional Growth - Albert "Duffy" Miller Ed.D. - Teaching Learning Solutions

3:00 - 3:15 PM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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3:15 - 4:00 PM
Focus Sessions 5
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Build Your Evaluation System with Reporting in Mind and How to Use Evaluation Data to Inform Instruction - Justin Miller, Performance Matters
Calibration and Certification: Building a Common Language Around Observations - Beth Bythrow, Jonathan Lesser and Jeff White, Los Angeles
Beginners: Using Technology-Enhanced Items for Authentic Performance Based Assessments - Includes Scoring - Janet Sankar, Performance Matters
Advanced: Transition from Multiple Choice to Technology-Enhanced Items - Candace Allevato and Crissy Stout, Lee County and Michelle Winchester, Performance Matters
Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement - Victoria Bernhardt Ph.D., Education for the Future
Response to Intervention: Multi-Tiered Steps to Help At-Risk Students - Joyce Taylor and Carrie Lewis, Wicomico
Principal Viewpoints on Personalized Professional Learning: PD Best Practices - Callie Turk, Intersections in Education

4:00 - 4:15 PM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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4:15 - 5:00 PM
Regional Breakout Session: ChalkTalk
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5:00 - 6:30 PM
Evening Break
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6:30 - 10:00 PM
Networking and Celebration Event
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February 9, 2017
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Registration
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7:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Learning Lounge
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7:30 - 8:30 AM
Breakfast
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8:45 - 9:45 AM
General Session
Dylan Wiliam
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"How formative assessment improves teacher effectiveness and student learning."

9:45 - 10:00 AM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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10:00 - 10:45 AM
Focus Sessions 6
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Survey Says: Educator Viewpoint on Personalized Professional Learning - Callie Turk, Intersections in Education Consulting
Configuring Evaluation Plans to Meet Your Needs - Carl Watson and Virginia Ramie, Osceola and Carlene Kirkpatrick, Performance Matters
Assessment Literacy - Dylan Wiliam, Ph.D.
Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement - Victoria Bernhardt, Ph.D., Education for the Future
Bridging the Equity Gap: A Workshop in Cultural Proficiency - Marina Gillmore, Generation Ready
Using Early Warning System Data to Ensure Students Don't Fall Through the Cracks - Todd Greenberg, Performance Matters

10:45 - 11:00 AM
Transition | Learning Lounge | Exhibits
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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
General Session - Conference Closing
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speakers


Don’t miss the chance to connect with thought leaders in education as they share their insights with you.

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    Talithia Williams

    Big Data Expert & Professor, Math & Statistics

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    Victoria Bernhardt

    Executive Director, Education for the Future Initiative

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    Dylan Wiliam

    Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, University College London

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Talithia Williams
Big Data Expert & Professor, Math & Statistics
Dr. Talithia Williams takes sophisticated numerical concepts, including her specialty field big data, and makes them understandable and relatable to everyone. As illustrated in her popular TedTalk, “Own Your Body’s Data,” she demystifies the mathematical process in amusing and insightful ways, using statistics as a way of seeing the world in a new light and transforming our future through the bold new possibilities inherent in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. As an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, she has made it her life’s work to get people —students, parents, educators and community members — more excited about the possibilities inherent in a STEM education. Her research also involves a partnership with the World Health Organization to develop incidence models of cataract for developing countries.
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Victoria Bernhardt
Executive Director, Education for the Future Initiative
Dr. Bernhardt is Executive Director of the Education for the Future Initiative, whose mission is to build the capacity of learning organizations at all levels to gather, analyze, and use data to continuously improve learning for all students. She is also a Professor (currently on leave) in the College of Communication and Education at California State University, Chico. Dr. Bernhardt will be sharing her expert insights during her Wednesday session, Data Analysis for Continuous School Improvement, which will be offered twice.
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Dylan Wiliam
Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment, University College London
Dylan Wiliam's, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London, recent work has focused on the use of assessment to support learning  (sometimes called formative assessment). He was the co-author, with Paul Black of a major review of the research evidence on formative assessment published and since then has worked with groups of teachers all over the world on developing formative assessment practices.

Pricing


    • $75-$100

    • Pre-Conference (2/7)

      • Breakfast and Lunch
      • 4 exclusive training sessions
    • Register
    • $195

    • One Day

      • Breakfast and Lunch
      • Access to engaging sessions
      • Networking
    • Register
    • $395

    • Full Conference

      • Breakfast and lunch each day
      • Conference Kick-Off
      • Welcome Reception and networking
      • Celebration Dinner and networking
    • Register

Hotel Info


B RESORT AND SPA LAKE BUENA VISTA

The B Resort room block is currently full. Please email Charlotte Reeves for a spot on the waiting list and she will get back to you with a confirmation

Please include in your email:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Arrival date
  • Departure date

Discounted rate of $139 a night plus tax.

The rooms are available first come and requests must be made by January 17th.

Contact


Contact us for any information

Address

Performance Matters Headquarters, 7730 Union Park Avenue, Suite 500 Sandy, UT 84047

Phone

801-453-0136

Email

sarah.webster@performancematters.com