Klea Scharberg

Improve Student Learning Through Teacher Effectiveness

Virtually every study that has examined the role of the classroom teacher in the process of educating students has come to the same conclusion: an effective teacher enhances student learning more than any other aspect of schooling that can be controlled by the school.

But that doesn't mean blaming teachers for low test scores. Starting tomorrow, ASCD's Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning focuses on how schools can support teacher effectiveness in a balanced way that addresses all of the factors research indicates improve student learning. Follow the conference learning online with Conference Daily and join the conversation on Twitter through the #ascdfc11 hashtag.

Six highly anticipated sessions will be live streamed gratis on ASCD EDge®, ASCD's professional networking community for educators. Each broadcast will be hosted by ASCD's Ann Cunningham-Morris and will feature additional discussion and Q&A about the presentation and the issues facing education today. At the close of each session, the program hosts will open the floor to real-time questions from both on-site and online attendees. The live-stream lineup is below, running from 8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m., pacific time (11:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m. eastern time). All times referenced are pacific.

Day One: Friday, October 28

Cunningham-Morris opens the day's coverage with a discussion with Carol O'Connor focusing on teacher leadership. At 8:15 a.m., Barnett Berry opens the conference with his keynote presentation, followed by a Q&A with Cunningham-Morris. At 9:45 a.m., Baruti Kafele and Cunningham-Morris discuss leadership and implementing best practices. At 10:00 a.m., education consultant Mary McDonough presents on formative assessment, followed by a Q&A session.

Barnett Barry • Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools—Now and in the Future - Learn how pedagogical know-how should inform policy ideas in the national school reform debate. Explore four emergent realities that will shape the learning experience of children born in the New Millennium, and discover six levels of change that can ignite a bright future for our nation's students.

Mary McDonough • Formative Assessment: Linchpin for Standards-Based Grading - Boost your understanding of formative assessment as a tool for providing feedback on student learning and skill and knowledge for using formative assessment to align curriculum, instruction, assessment, and grading.

Day Two: Saturday, October 29

Saturday's commentary opens with a discussion on teacher innovation with Whole Child Podcast guest Patricia Reynolds and Cunningham-Morris. At 8:15 a.m., the day's general session featuring Adora Svitak's keynote will be presented, followed by a Q&A with Cunningham-Morris. At 9:45 a.m., podcast guest Deborah Wortham talks with Cunningham-Morris about educating the whole child and student engagement. At 10:00 a.m., education consultant (and whole child blogger and podcast guest) Eric Jensen presents on classroom strategies to engage the whole child, followed by a Q&A session.

Adora Svitak • Both Sides of the Classroom - How have students changed? How has the world changed? Explore these questions and understand how education needs to catch up. Teacher-activist and child prodigy Adora Svitak explains how the new imperatives in education demand that teachers become more innovative and creative, exploring ways to motivate students, and getting students excited about learning.

Eric Jensen • Engagement with the Brain in Mind - This idea-packed session gives you three dozen classroom-tested and highly practical strategies you can use immediately to get sustainable engagement for the whole child in every class. Discover how to involve even the discouraged, hostile, or apathetic student. Each research-based strategy is role modeled, highly adaptable, and debriefed for instant application at your school.

Day Three: Sunday, October 30

Sunday begins with Robyn Jackson and Cunningham-Morris discussing teachers and integrating technology in the classroom. At 8:15 a.m., Cindy Johanson presents the day's general session with her keynote on technology integration best practices, followed by a Q&A with Cunningham-Morris. At 9:45 a.m., Cunningham-Morris and Patricia Reynolds return to talk about teacher leader/principal collaboration. At 10 a.m., Fairfax (Va.) County Public Schools educator Phyllis Pajardo continues the principals and teachers as partners theme in her presentation, followed by a Q&A session.

Cindy Johanson • Technology Integration Best Practices from Successful Classrooms - By the time today's students graduate from high school, they've been exposed to more information than their grandparents were in a lifetime. What's more, they enjoy previously unheard-of opportunities to create, collaborate, and share their own content both inside and outside the classroom. In this session, explore practical how-to advice from educators who have been innovating and implementing technology-rich programs at the classroom, school, and district levels.

Phyllis Pajardo • Principals and Teachers: Partners in Leadership - What happens when principals and teachers are involved in the work of leadership? Come and hear selected stories when principals and teacher leaders became partners in leadership. Learn about the results of these collaborative efforts and how you might be able to further enhance your collaborative partnerships.

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