The Network Team Institute: Overview and Agenda

OVERVIEW OF TRAINING

May 13-16, 2014
May 2014 NTI: Supporting Diverse Learners

The May 2014 Network Team Institute (NTI) is a differentiated professional development training for Network Teams, Network Team Equivalents, Network Team-selected ambassadors from across the state held in Albany, NY on May 13-16. The May Institute includes learning experiences that:

  • continue to target components of the Curriculum and Instruction and Feedback categories of the 2013-2014 New York State Metrics & Expectations for teachers, principals, and Network Teams
  • further prepare teachers and leaders to implement their district/school's curriculum strategy by deepening understanding of ELA and Math instructional Shifts through deep examination of curricular resources developed by NYSED
  • continue to deepen content knowledge associated with the Common Core State Standards to build and clarify meaning of standards addressed in the coming months
  • apply deeper knowledge of standards, paired with tools and resources, to diagnose and meet needs of struggling learners
  • leverage tools and guidance around change management, strategic planning, and feedback for growth around the Common Core
  • share the latest regarding next year's Geometry Regents as well as scoring upcoming ELA (very different scoring approach) and Algebra (same scoring approach) Regents examinations
  • explore the 5 performance levels of the Common Core Regents Examinations, digging into the details of each performance level.

Continued Support Structure for Principals

In response to strong and consistent feedback from the field, principals will again participate in their own sessions for supporting diverse learners with the Common Core, refining their skills in identifying common core aligned instruction, and discussing feedback and next steps for their own building.  

Continued Differentiated Format for Evening Sessions

NTI evening sessions will again have several options to choose from and will require pre-registration.  May’s theme is again focused on problem solving and collaboration.  Educators from across the state will share their learning and support participant thinking & planning around a variety of shared concerns including: analysis & DDI, sustainability plans, and navigating change using video.

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW 

Information about the May Network Team Institute
Day Content Covered

May 13 & 14

Curriculum Session 1

  • Option 1: 9-12 ELA Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lens of the modules
  • Option 2: 6-10 Math Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lens of the modules
  • Option 3: K-2 ELA (Tuesday ONLY) Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lens of the modules
  • Option 4: PreK ELA (Wednesday ONLY) Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lens of the modules

Tuesday Evening – Choice of:

  • DDI and Assessments in Mathematics: Analyzing and Tracking Data
  • DDI and Assessments in ELA: Analyzing and Tracking Data
  • Video Professional Development: Common Core in Action
  • Sustaining the Regents Reform Agenda Beyond 2013-2014: Sharing Strategies and Planning Next Steps

May 15 & 16

Curriculum Session 2
Day

  • Option 1: 3-8 ELA Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lens of the modules
  • Option 2: K-5 Math Common Core Implementation and Adaptation through the lens of the modules

Thursday Evening – Choice of:

  • DDI and Assessments in Mathematics: Analyzing and Tracking Data
  • DDI and Assessments in ELA: Analyzing and Tracking Data
  • Video Professional Development: Common Core in Action
  • Sustaining the Regents Reform Agenda Beyond 2013-2014: Sharing Strategies and Planning Next Steps

 

May 13
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening Session
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Day Sessions (lunch and dinner provided*)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: EVENING SESSION

May 14
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening Session
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Day Sessions (lunch and dinner provided*)

May 15
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Opening Session
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Day Sessions (lunch and dinner provided*)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: EVENING SESSION

May 16
7:30 – 8:30 AM: REGISTRATION (breakfast provided*)
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM: Day Sessions (lunch provided*)


DETAILED AGENDA

CURRICULUM SESSIONS

Below you will find more detail about the activities and take-home materials participants can expect within each Curriculum Session option:

May 13-14

9-12 ELA: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation
Public Consulting Group (PCG)

This 9-12 ELA Network Team Institute will focus on supporting teachers, coaches, and administrators to strengthen their implementation of the CCSS through adopting and adapting the NY ELA curriculum modules. Additionally, the holistic approach to scoring Parts 2 and 3 of the Regents Examination in English Language Arts (Common Core) will be introduced. The presentation will address the previously released rubrics, how to train scorers, and the overall approach to scoring. Sample tasks with student responses will be used to illustrate the scoring process.

Teachers will work with module content and consider how to support all students to meet the standards.

Principals will look closely at areas in which teachers might need additional support, will learn how to determine whether instruction is providing all students with a pathway to meet the standards, and will discuss how to help teachers course correct.  

Network teams will learn coaching and support strategies specific to the modules presented at this institute, and will troubleshoot potential implementation challenges with colleagues.

6-10 MATH: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation
Common Core, Inc.

This NTI is designed to support teachers and educational leaders as they prepare to implement newly released modules for each grade, 6-10, from A Story of Ratios and A Story of Functions.  Curricular training for teachers and network teams will examine the development of mathematical concepts within each module, including opportunities to use the Progressions documents to build understanding of coherence across the grades.  Instructional models and the sequence of algorithms used in this curriculum will be introduced within the context of the module focus sessions in order to clearly demonstrate how these components promote mathematical understanding.   Participants will be introduced to documents that provide critical information about the Regents Examination in Geometry (Common Core) that will be administered for the first time in June 2015, including the test guide, sample items, and other supplemental material for teachers.

Teachers will deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts and instructional models needed to successfully implement the modules and to support diverse learners.  This understanding will equip teachers to make other professional decisions such as calendaring to ensure standards are taught as the assessment window approaches and communicating with parents and other adults who are assisting children with homework.

Principals will gain a high level understanding of the instructional concepts presented in the newly released modules at each grade level and understand how they look in classrooms.  Through practice and discussion, leaders refine their ability to support teachers with differentiation that maintains the rigor in A Story of Units lessons.  Additional topics include shifts in school culture through the lens of grading practices, the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and structures for shared leadership.

Network teams will not only deepen their own understanding of mathematical concepts and instructional models needed to successfully implement the modules, but will also leave this NTI with professional development strategies needed to  support the implementation of teachers and other instructional leaders in this transition year.   

K-2 ELA: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation
Core Knowledge - TUESDAY ONLY  

Also intended for individuals in the pilot program

This training is designed to support high-quality implementation of CKLA. The focus will be on understanding ways CKLA materials can accommodate diverse learners, with an emphasis on strategies, tools and resources for ELLs and children with high-incidence disabilities (e.g., language-related disabilities).

Teachers will become grounded (or re-grounded) in UDL as a framework for considering accommodations to CKLA lessons, as well as examine case studies and videos with a focus on recognizing “non-negotiables” of lesson implementation, as well as recognizing allowable accommodations.

Principals will also examine case studies and videos with a focus on recognizing “non-negotiables” of lesson implementation, as well as recognizing allowable accommodations.  This training will allow some time for differentiated sessions (principal pull-out, pull-out for those new to CKLA), as well as will provide a coach on-hand for some individual or small group 15-minute  “office hours”  appointments during different segments of the day.  

Network teams will examine case studies and videos for patterns of lesson accommodations and will gain hands on practice in planning for lesson accommodations, using resources within CKLA (e.g., the A&R guide) as well as tools.

Pre-K ELA: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation
Core Knowledge - WEDNESDAY ONLY  

Also intended for individuals in the pilot program

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) allows educators to support children with a variety of needs as they progress toward common learning goals.  In this training module, educators will learn the scaffolding strategies that have been used within CKLA-Preschool to reflect the principles of UDL.

Teachers and Network teams will identify where these scaffolding strategies are already reflected in the materials, as well as learn, practice, and reflect on how they might further use these strategies in other areas of the program.

Principals will also reflect on materials and supports that they can provide to help classroom educators best implement the CKLA-Preschool program with a broad array of scaffolding opportunities.

May 15-16

3-8 ELA: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation
Expeditionary Learning

In this NTI, participants will learn how the 3-8 ELA modules teach students to integrate and apply their reading and writing skills to complete high-quality research tasks.

Teachers will leave prepared to effectively implement the 3-8 research modules.

Principals will leave prepared to support teachers in implementing the research modules through effective feedback, particularly around appropriate scaffolding/not over supporting or modifying curriculum where unecessary. In addition, principals will explore new ways to engage parents in their children’s ELA work.

Network Teams leave prepared to support schools in effectively implementing the 3-8 research modules.  

K-5 MATH: Common Core Implementation and Adaptation
Common Core, Inc.

This NTI is designed to support teachers and educational leaders as they prepare to implement newly released modules for each grade, K-5, from A Story of Units.  Curricular training for teachers and network teams will examine the development of mathematical concepts within each module, including opportunities to use the Progressions documents to build understanding of coherence across the grades.  Instructional models and the sequence of algorithms used in this curriculum will be introduced within the context of the module focus sessions in order to clearly demonstrate how these components promote mathematical understanding.

Teachers will deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts and instructional models needed to successfully implement the modules and to support diverse learners.  This understanding will equip teachers to make other professional decisions such as calendaring to ensure standards are taught as the assessment window approaches and communicating with parents and other adults who are assisting children with homework.

Principals will gain a high level understanding of the instructional concepts presented in the newly released modules at each grade level and understand how they look in classrooms.  Through practice and discussion leaders refine their ability to support teachers with differentiation that maintains the rigor in A Story of Units lessons.  Additional topics include shifts in school culture through the lens of grading practices, the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and structures for shared leadership.

Network teams will not only deepen their own understanding of mathematical concepts and instructional models needed to successfully implement the modules, but will also leave this NTI with professional development strategies needed to  support the implementation of teachers and other instructional leaders in this transition year.    

Questions

Network Teams: Please direct participants from your districts to contact you with any questions they may have regarding the upcoming Institute.  

All questions can be sent to ntinstitute@mail.nysed.gov or you may call the NTI Desk at 518-474-5520.


MATERIALS AND INSTITUTE PREPARATION:

  • Materials for this Institute will be posted here on engageNY.org as they are received from the Institute presenters. Participants are expected to download all materials to a laptop computer or tablet PRIOR to the training.
  • Meals will not be paid for with Race to the Top funds.
  • Please be advised that no federal ARRA funds may be used to pay the registration fee as a portion of the registration will be applied toward the cost of food.
Last Updated: April 1, 2014