Iowa ACTE Webinars
Instructional Strategies – (two presentations; second is a repeat of the first)
Dates: March 30, 2016 3:30–5:00 p.m. and April 14, 2016 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Presenter: Teresa Pinkston, Instructional Coordi-nator, Tulsa Tech, (918) 828-5031
Teresa Pinkston is a National Board Certified teacher and currently serves as an Instructional Coordinator for Tulsa Tech. In her current position she provides support to teachers with curriculum, online learning, technology integration and re-search. With over 23 years of classroom experi-ence and a career tech master teacher, Teresa has taught a variety of subjects including: animation, web design, video production, graphic design, net-work technology, office support, accounting and business. She has presented on a variety of topics at the local, state, regional, and national lev-els. Mrs. Pinkston is actively involved in the Career Tech organization, Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education (OkACTE), where she cur-rently serves as president.
In this workshop, learn and experience instruc¬tional strategies that will actively engage students in developing problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills. Take away great ideas from the presenter and participants that may work for you and your students.
Grading for Learning in CTE, Standards-Based Grading 101 – (TWO presentations – first is an in-troduction followed by the second that is more practical based for implementation and will in¬clude a CTE educator sharing their experiences.)
Dates: April 12, 2016 3:30–4:30 p.m. and April 28, 2016 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Presenter: Matt Townsley, Director of Instruction & Technology, Solon Community School District, (319)624-3401 x1352
Matt Townsley taught high school math in Eastern Iowa for six years until 2010 when he transitioned to his current role as a central office administra-tor. District Administration named the Solon Community Schools a “District of Distinction” in March 2015 for its innovative grading practices. Through conferences, professional development and workshops, Matt has consulted with over one thousand teachers and administrators on the top¬ics of formative assessment and standards-based grading. One of his articles, “Redesigning Grad-ing—Districtwide,” published in the December 2013 issue of Educational Leadership, describes his experiences as a teacher and administrator transi-tioning to standards-based grading. In 2012, Mr. Townsley was named Iowa’s (ITEC) K-12 Adminis-trator of the year and in 2014, he was recognized as an ASCD Emerging Leader.
This two webinar series will give an overview of standards based grading, share the “why” of SBG and include examples and take a look at gradebooks. How can grades have more meaning for students and teachers? Standards-based grad-ing is a philosophy of communicating student’s ac-ademic strengths and weaknesses relative to course standards. Join this interactive webinar for the opportunity to learn with a former high school teacher and current district leader familiar with the ins and outs of standards-based grading.