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Deeper Learning in the Time of COVID-19: Leveraging performance assessments & Graduate Profiles to best prepare for re-opening (Part 3 of 3) - Friday, October 2nd, 2020 11am MT
Across the US, districts have been forced to transition to virtual learning due to the global pandemic. Education leaders have the arduous task of making an informed decision about whether instruction will be in-person, virtual, or a hybrid model. As schools reopen in the fall, how to best meet the needs of students, particularly those most impacted by COVID-19, becomes a top priority. In part 3 of 3 in AYPF’s Deeper Learning in the Time of COVID-19 webinar series, participants will hear from district-level leaders, teachers, and students to learn about how the Pasadena Unified School District and Envision Learning schools leveraged performance assessments and Graduate Student Profiles to meet the demands of this moment.
Performance Assessments have been used to capture students’ learning in k-12 classrooms and have been widely favored over standardized tests due to their ability to capture students’ 21st-century skills including collaboration, communication, content mastery, creativity, critical thinking, and self-direction. Through the California Performance Assessment Collaborative, California has been able to advance authentic and meaningful approaches to assessments such as presentations, projects, and portfolios – allowing students to demonstrate their mastery of 21st-century skills, which have proven to be relevant in our ever-changing world now more than ever.
Similarly, Graduate Student Profiles, which include a school or district’s top cognitive, personal, and interpersonal student competencies, have been effective in communicating a clear student-centered educational vision. South Carolina and Virginia are two states championing the implementation of Graduate Student Profiles and have made significant strides towards a state-wide strategy equipping students with the necessary 21st-century skills needed to thrive in school, workforce, and life. Beginning in 2019, the Pasadena Unified School District updated their graduation requirements to align with the Graduate Student Profile, now requiring students to participate in a Senior Defense in addition to participating in community service/work-based learning opportunities.
Combined, Performance Assessments and Graduate Student Profiles serve as a key tool to push districts and schools to reimagine education in such a way that allows for meaningful, authentic student learning. This webinar will highlight insights from leaders in California regarding the use of performance assessments and how Graduate Student Profiles cultivate the skills students need to thrive in a virtual environment.
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