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Calibrating our scoring of student work is critical.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with Christina Nosek on a very powerful afternoon of writing calibration. We facilitated an afternoon professional development session where PAUSD colleagues from Escondido Elementary and Juana Briones Elementary Schools worked together to calibrate their scoring of student work. It was amazing to hear the academic discourse as teachers analyzed the sample students' pieces of informational writing in order to check their calibration and accuracy of scoring. The discussions around the writing progression taken from Teachers College's Reading and Writing Project were very strong and helped guide the next steps of scoring their classroom students' papers.
There was such a buzz in the air at the Back to School Nights at the four elementary schools in Palo Alto Unified School District that I got to experience this evening. Teachers were prepared to share their grade level curriculum programs, expectations, and structures; parents were eager to meet their child's teacher; principals and assistant principals were roaming throughout the schools greeting families and supporting the entire school community, and administrators from the district office were able to stop by to support the entire evening. It's always great to see the excitement at this point of the school year!
One thing I really want to highlight was the process a third grade teacher at Fairmeadow used for her classroom families to sign up for parent volunteer opportunities. It was definitely a great way to manage the sign up process in a paperless manner.
Math & STEAM Coach / TOSA in Palo Alto Unified School District.