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Assessing Three-Dimensional Learning Workshop

December 14, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Room 605, Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, WA

Workshop Only:
Earlybird (closes 11/4/19)
$275 nonmember | $200 member

Full rate (after 11/4/19):
$350 nonmember | $275 member

Workshop + Conference:
Earlybird (closes 11/4/19)
$375 nonmember | $300 member

Full rate (after 11/4/19):
$450 nonmember | $375 member

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Three-dimensional teaching and learning presents new opportunities to build assessments that move student learning forward. The challenge we face is how do we get there from our current system of assessment. In this workshop, participants will begin by learning how to leverage student artifacts as part of a formative assessment cycle using a student work analysis protocol. Participants will also gain experience using science assessment tasks screening tools. These tools can be used to evaluate and improve existing formative and summative assessment tasks as well as to develop phenomenon-driven, multidimensional tasks.

Participants receive The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS, K-12, edited by Ted Willard

Workshop Objectives:

  • Construct and explanation of the key feature of assessing three-dimensional learning
  • Analyze assessment tasks to determine whether they are likely to elicit evidence of three-dimensional learning
  • Evaluate student artifacts for evidence of three-dimensional learning
  • Modify assessment tasks to better assess three-dimensional learning based on criteria for evaluating the quality of the tasks

Susan Koba, science education consultant, provides science professional development for school districts. She consults with NSTA as they offer workshops for science leaders about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). She has published and presented on topics including school and teacher change, equity in science, action research, and the NGSS.

Koba contributed to multiple NSTA Press efforts, including authorship of Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts and co-authorship of Discover the NGSS Workshop Facilitator's Guide. She developed curriculum at the local, state, and national level and served as a curriculum specialist for a U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant. She is past president of the National Science Education Leadership Association, past-director of coordination and supervision on the NSTA Board, and a past president of her state chapter. She has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Biology Teacher for Nebraska, Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Awardee, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. She also received the 2017 NSTA Citation for Distinguished Service to Science Education.

Ted Willard is Assistant Executive Director of Science Standards for NSTA. In this role, he supports implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and three-dimensional learning more broadly by creating resources such as web seminars, conference sessions, workshops, books, and journal articles. In addition, he edited The NSTA Quick-Reference Guide to the NGSS and oversees the content of the NGSS@NSTA Hub, a website that offers dynamic browsing and searching of the NGSS, tools to support curriculum planning and professional learning, and classroom resources focused on the standards.


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