WestEd is a research, development, and service agency that works with the education community to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. The Common Core State Standards are more demanding than previous requirements in most states and are accompanied by tests that measure student achievement. They include short answer and essay questions that assess content knowledge as well as reasoning and critical thinking skills. To prepare teachers for the implementation of more rigorous standards, WestEd proposes to work in five states to: (1) strengthen teacher implementation of performance assessments; (2) build teachers’ knowledge of, and support for, the Common Core and aligned assessments; and (3) develop a cadre of teachers to help implement the new state assessments.
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Grants to this Grantee
for a deeper learning curriculum and teacher professional development market scan
We propose this supplemental grant for WestEd to conduct a review of online teacher professional development (PD) practices, programs and technologies aligned with Deeper Learning goals.. The information gained through this analysis will make it clear what online teacher PD programs and technologies are readily available to support Deeper Learning. As Hewlett moves forward with the promotion of Deeper Learning, this analysis will make clear where key leverage points exist and where development and technical support activities can do the most good.This analysis will take place over a six-month period and conclude with a set of recommendations on possible strategies for promoting Deeper Learning through online professional development programs at scale. This grant is a supplement to a current WestEd project to scan curricula and traditional PD programs and will help extend the evaluation to include online PD programs and technologies.
for developing an online professional development course for science teachers
for support of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
WestEd is a leading research, development, and technical assistance organization. It will work with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to support the implementation of its five-year strategic plan.