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February 29 - March 2 | Hershey Lodge and Convention Center

Webcasts of the 2012 PDE Conference

John Tommasini - Director, Bureau of Special Education.

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Grant Wiggins  |  1pm-3pm

Ed.D., President, Authentic Education

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Less Teaching + More Feedback = Better Learning

Do most schools teach too much and assess and give feedback too infrequently? A renowned author–educator explains why the best achievement—in all fields—derives from far more feedback and opportunities to use it. Explore how to ensure optimal achievement via feedback.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Debra Pickering  |  1pm-2pm

Ph.D., Consultant

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Classroom Formative Assessment and Standards–Based Grading

Throughout the country, schools are working toward improving their assessment and grading practices in order to enhance student motivation and learning. Dr. Pickering will share the successes and the challenges that teachers have experienced and help participants to craft, or continue to pursue, their own vision of formative assessment and standards–based grading. Recommendations will range from baby steps for incremental change to ambitious transformations for systemic reform.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Debra Pickering  |  2:15-4:15pm

Ph.D., Consultant

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Classroom Formative Assessment and Standards–Based Grading—Digging Deeper

During this interactive breakout, Dr. Pickering will guide a more in–depth exploration of the recommendations described in the keynote. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of the issues and practices associated with both the small and the substantive changes that schools and districts are pursuing around the country. Topics will include recordkeeping, parent communication, life skills, college and career readiness, common core implications, traditions (honor rolls, class rank), grade point averages, matriculation, and graduation.

Friday, March 2, 2012

James Hiebert  |  11am-12:30pm

Ph.D., Professor, Univ. of Delaware

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The Teaching Gap

As educators, we are being asked now, more than ever, to help all students learn more challenging content. What does research say about the kind of teaching that could help us move toward this ambitious goal? The presenter will discuss how comparisons with other countries pursuing similar goals can help us see our own practices more clearly and can help us identify a few things we could do to improve the learning opportunities we provide our students.

Webcasts of the 2012 PDE Conference

We are excited to announce that we will be webcasting four presentations lives from our 2012 conference held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center! In addition to the four live presentations, we will be providing eleven presentations on-demand shortly after the conference.

Presented by the PDE Bureau of Special Education. John Tommasini, Director, Bureau of Special Education.

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