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Winter 2017 Standards Institute

February 13 - 17, 2017 / Orlando, FL

Please click here to view event details including payment information.

This winter, join educators from across the country for an intensive and transformative learning experience designed to improve, develop, and sustain instructional excellence. Come with a team from your school, district or network and study how the standards, content and systems can improve the performance of struggling students.

Please click here to download the flyer for this Institute.

New for this winter:

We now offer the next series of learning sessions to deepen understanding of instructional excellence and effective implementation for returning participants. To attend these sessions, you must have attended a prior Institute.

Please watch a short video about the Summer 2015 Institute to learn more!

July Standards Institute

 

PATHWAYS FOR FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES

Teachers, Coaches, Specialists

ELA I: Curriculum & Instruction

Math I: Curriculum & Instruction

Principals, Administrators, Superintendents

Leadership I: Leadership, Systems & Structures, and Curriculum & Instruction

 

PATHWAYS FOR RETURNING ATTENDEES

Teachers, Coaches, Specialists

ELA II: English Language Learners, Writing and Research, Text Sets & Practicum

Math II: English Language Learners, Practicum, and Electives

Principals, Administrators, Superintendents

Leadership II: English Language Learners, Writing, Aligning Standards & Student Tasks, Electives

 

Building a Strong Community, Together  

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and let us know who you are. What do you teach? Where do you lead? What has this past school year been like for you? What are you excited to learn at Standards Institute? Don’t forget to tag #standardsinstitute in all your comments!

Share Your Insights

UnboundEd is spearheading two social media campaigns, #lightbulbmoment, #whyiteach and #whyilead, showcasing what participants are learning both from sessions and from their schools throughout the year. There will be flyers in each session room where we encourage you to share any “Ah-ha!” moments of learning. We look forward to learning from you!

Tell us your story, ask us a question, or just say hi!

Hotel

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard

Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830

Hotel phone: 407-827-4000

Check-in is 4:00 pm |  Check out is 11:00 am    

Reminder: The resort fee of $24 at check-in is optional.

Friday’s sessions end at 2:30 pm. You must check out of your room no later than 11:00 am on Friday to avoid additional hotel charges. If needed, you can check your bags at the hotel registration desk until your departure. We will also have a place to store your luggage at the Standards Institute Registration Desk located in the Palm Ballroom Foyer (on Friday only).

Driving Directions

Parking

Parking at the hotel is being offered to Institute attendees for a specially discounted group rate of $15 per day.

Registration: Hotel Map

Please pick up your name badge and materials at the Standards Institute Registration Desk in the Palm (Grand) Ballroom Foyer located on the Lobby Level in the convention center of the hotel.

Registration Hours

Sunday, February 12: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Monday, February 13: 7:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, February 14: 7:00 - 9:00 am

We strongly encourage you to register Sunday evening to avoid long lines on Monday morning!

Special meal requests: If you noted special dietary requests, you will receive a special card in your registration that will identify your special request/allergy.

Hotel WIFI

(meeting space only)

  • Connect to "PSAV_Event_Solution" network
  • Open your browser and it will prompt you to enter our code on the splash page.
  • Input unbounded and click connect. After a few seconds, it will re-route you to the Hilton Hotel website. At that point, you can access the web as needed.

Happy Hour

On Monday, February 13, join us Poolside to kick-off the exciting week of learning over drinks!

Time: 6-7pm

Location: Poolside

Details: Cash Bar

Around Town

Hotel Dining Options

Explore Disney Springs!

The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs™ Area is located in the Walt Disney World® Resort and within walking distance to Disney Springs™. This truly amazing place has an eclectic mix of restaurants, unique boutiques, and nightlife.

Disney Tickets

These tickets offer pre-arrival savings of 10% on the Full-Multi-Day (2 days or longer) Tickets and include one (1) complimentary admission to an additional Disney Experience at any one (1) of the following (additional details are listed on the web site):

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4:00 pm)
  • A round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, a 9-hole walking course

The link above also contains partial-day tickets. Since these partial-day and multi-day tickets are not available for purchase at Theme Park Ticket Windows, you will need to purchase through this custom website prior to your arrival.  

Travel to Disney Parks

* free shuttle to Disney Parks from hotel

* 40-50 passenger, runs every half our/top and bottom of the hour.

* runs hour before/after Parks open/close

* bus will be labeled for which park it will go to

Map of the area

General Information

To access electronic content during the Institute, please bring the device of your choice - we recommend either a laptop or tablet computer. A smartphone will also work, although is less preferable. If it is not possible for you to bring a device, please let us know by emailing us at support@standardsinstitutes.org.

Please dress casually and comfortably. The meeting spaces may be cool or hot at times; we suggest you dress in layers to ensure you are comfortable.

Free Common Core Standards App

Prior to the Standards Institute, download the free Common Core Standards app by MasteryConnect. This app is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, the Windows Store, and the Amazon AppStore. We know that many states use the Common Core Standards and others have adapted them. We will primarily use the Common Core MasteryConnect app for a shared experience, however, note that MasteryConnect has an app for all State Standards available here.

Important notes:

  • Please bring a laptop or tablet computer with you (fully charged) for each day.
  • You will use your device to access websites and documents during sessions each day.
  • Sessions start promptly at 8:30 am each morning.
  • Lunch and an afternoon snack are provided each day.
  • Pre-work. We have a full agenda planned and there are several things we are asking you to do to prepare for the week. Click here to access the pre-work.

Attire & Weather 5 Day Forecast

The Standards Institute is business casual event. We recommend wearing layers as the session rooms can sometimes feel too cold or too warm. Bring an umbrella as rain showers are not expected but always possible.

Sunday, February 12

(Registration Desk Open 5:00 -7:00 pm)

Monday, February 13

(Registration Desk Open 7:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Keynote/ Sessions 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Lunch (provided) 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Team Planning Time 5:00 - 5:45 pm

- Use this document as a reflection and planning tool

Tuesday, February 14

(Registration Desk Open 7:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Keynote/ Sessions 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lunch (provided) 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Team Planning Time 4:45 - 5:30 pm

- Use this document as a reflection and planning tool

 

Wednesday, February 15

(Registration Desk Open 7:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Keynote/ Sessions 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lunch (provided) 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Team Planning Time 4:45 - 5:30 pm

- Use this document as a reflection and planning tool

 

Thursday, February 16

(Registration Desk Open 7:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Keynote/ Sessions 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lunch (provided) 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Team Planning Time 4:45 - 5:30 pm

- Use this document as a reflection and planning tool

 

Friday, February 17

(Registration Desk Open 7:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Keynote/ Sessions 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Lunch (provided) 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Dismissal 2:30 pm

First-time Participants

ELA Pathway I     Schedule

  • Establishing a Solid Foundation for Instruction
  • Instructional Planning, Delivery & Reflection
  • Complex Text and Higher Standards

 

Mathematics Pathway I     Schedule

  • Understanding the Mathematical Standards and their Shifts
  • Instructional Practice
  • Deepening Content Knowledge

 

Leadership Pathway I     Schedule

  • Building High Standards Success and Leading Instructional Practice
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Development Through Observation and Feedback
  • Systems and Structures

 

Returning Participants

Focus on English Language Learners for All Pathways  Understanding and designing scaffolds for English Language Learners takes center stage through a series of large and small group sessions. Participants come to understand the latest research and thinking on supporting ELLs to meet the highest academic standards, while also getting an opportunity to apply these ideas to their own materials. 

ELA Pathway II     Schedule

  • Writing for Understanding and Research
  • Text Set Project
  • ELA Practicum/Planning for the year

 

Mathematics Pathway II     Schedule

  • Deep Content Dive with a Practical Lens
  • A Closer Look at Tasks and Discussions

Leadership Pathway II     Schedule

  • Common Core Aligned Writing
  • Aligning Student Tasks to Standards in ELA
  • Ensuring Quality Instructional Tasks in Mathematics

Knowledge Survey Pre-Test 

All Pathways (Math, ELA and Leadership New & Returning Attendees)

To help us gather information about the impact of Institute on your learning, please complete a ~10-minute confidential survey about your current knowledge of the learning objectives by Sunday, January 29. You will receive the survey link through a separate email from research@standardsinstitutes.org. We do not expect that you will know the answers to all the questions right now. On Day 4 of Institute, you will be asked the same questions again to see how your knowledge has changed. At that time, you will be able to see the correct answer to each question. All results will only be shared in the aggregate and you will never be identified individually. Thank you so much for your time!

Please note that some school and district email servers block emails from Survey Monkey, our survey platform. Therefore, you might receive two separate requests to complete the Pre-Test survey if you provided us with two email addresses during registration. You only need to complete the survey once, through either email. You might continue to receive notifications asking you to complete the survey at the second email. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you do not receive the pre-test by tomorrow at 5:00 pm please email research@standardsinstitutes.org.

Pre-Work

For ELA I P-3 New Participants

Materials to bring along and read before the Institute:

  1. Bring a text that you would like to build a several-day read-aloud project around, ideally non-fiction and aligned with topics you currently address in your classroom. The text should be above your students' reading abilities.
  2. Read the following texts and and annotate looking for places where the text provokes ideas or questions:

For ELA I 4-8 New Participants

Materials to bring along and prepare before the Institute:

  1. Read and annotate the following texts, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions:

For ELA I 9-12 New Participants

Materials to bring along and prepare before the Institute:

  1. Listen to the “The Place Of Argumentation In Curriculum” podcast (approximately 20 minutes) with Judson Odell and David Abel.  Bring notes with ideas and questions from the podcast.
  2. Read and annotate the following text, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions:

For ELA II  K-5 Returning Participants

Materials to bring along and prepare before the Institute:

  1. Listen to the “The Impact Of Writing, Research And Argumentation On The Development Of Students As Critical Thinkers” podcast (approximately 20 minutes) with Judson Odell, Diana Leddy, Amy Rudat and David Abel. Bring notes with ideas and questions from the podcast. 
  2. Read and annotate the following texts, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions.
  3. Bring a unit or sequence of lessons that you would like to spend time revising on Day 5

For ELA II 6-12 Returning Participants

Materials to bring along and prepare before the Institute:

  1. Listen to the “The Impact Of Writing, Research And Argumentation On The Development Of Students As Critical Thinkers” podcast (approximately 20 minutes) with Judson Odell, Diana Leddy, Amy Rudat and David Abel. Bring notes with ideas and questions from the podcast. 
  2. Read and annotate the following texts, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions.
  3. Bring a unit or sequence of lessons that you would like to spend time revising on Day 5

For Math I New Participants

Materials to bring along and prepare before the Institute:

  1. (Required) You’ll need two artifacts from your practice to study during the training. Please bring one lesson plan and one curriculum map (scope and sequence) that you have used this year or will be using next year. You will use these several times throughout the week; these items are required even if you do not work in a school building. They do not need to be teacher created (but they can be); they may come from a commercial curriculum or textbook.
    • The lesson plan should be one day of instruction and include details like problems/exercises and recommended teacher instructions and/or dialogue.
    • The curriculum map should describe what topics and/or standards are taught and when throughout the school year. A district pacing guide is also acceptable.
  2. (Required) Please download the EngageNY module(s) listed below as you will use them during the week, depending on the grade for which you’ve registered. We will not be providing printed modules at Standards Institute; please bring these module materials with you, either in printed or digital form. These are available here: https://www.unbounded.org/explore_curriculum?subjects=math See below for details about which grades/courses are studying which modules:
    • Grades K-2: Download Module 1.
    • For Grade 2, please also download Module 2.
    • Grades 3-4: Download Module 5.
    • Grade 5: Download Module 3.
    • Grades 6-7: Download Module 1.
    • Grade 8: Download Modules 5 and 6.
    • All High School courses: Download Module 1.
  3. (Optional) Please download and read through the Mathematics Instructional Practice Guide from Student Achievement Partners:

For Math II Returning Participants

Materials to bring along and prepare before the Institute:

  1. (Required) All returning math participants must bring a unit of instruction that they will be teaching/supporting/coaching during the 2016-17 school year. The unit must include:
    • A list of standards addressed in the unit
    • A complete set of lessons (at least five) with teacher- and student-facing materials (including problems, tasks, and activities)
    • End-of-unit assessment materials
    • The Math II sessions will have a content focus for each grade. The unit must be designed to address at least some of the clusters/topics named for each grade below:
      • Grade K K.OA.A (Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from).
      • Grade 1 1.OA.C (Add and subtract within 20).
      • Grade 2 2.OA.B (Add and subtract within 20).
      • Grade 3 3.OA.A (Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division).
      • Grade 4 4.OA.A (Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems).
      • Grade 5 5.NBT.A (Write and interpret numerical expressions).
  2. ​(Required) Please read through the UnboundEd Mathematics Guide that corresponds to your grade level. They are located here: https://www.unbounded.org/enhance_instruction?subjects=math

For Leadership I K-5 New Participants

Materials to prepare and read before the Institute:

  • K-5 Math Leadership I Sessions (Days 1 and 2)

  1. We will not be providing printed modules at Standards Institute; please bring these module materials with you, either in printed or digital form.
  • K-5 ELA Leadership I Sessions (Days 3-5)

  1. Read the following texts and and annotate looking for places where the text provokes ideas or questions:

For Leadership I 6-8 New Participants

Materials to prepare and read before the Institute:

  • 6-8 Math Leadership I Sessions (Days 1 and 2)

  1. We will not be providing printed modules at Standards Institute; please bring these module materials with you, either in printed or digital form.
  2. The sessions are designed to build math content knowledge, and leaders will do math! To prepare, please read the following Content Guide on our website:
  • 6-8 ELA Leadership I Sessions (Days 3-5)

  1. Read and annotate the following texts, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions:
  2. Listen to the “The Place Of Argumentation In Curriculum” podcast (approximately 20 minutes) with Judson Odell and David Abel.  Bring notes with ideas and questions from the podcast.

For Leadership I 9-12 New Participants

Materials to prepare and read before the Institute:

  • 9-12 Math Leadership I Sessions (Days 1 and 2)

  1. We will not be providing printed modules at Standards Institute; please bring these module materials with you, either in printed or digital form.
  2. The sessions are designed to build math content knowledge, and leaders will do math! To prepare, please read the following Content Guides on our website. We want you to familiarize yourself with these resources to bolster your understanding and prepare you for the high school math we will be doing during the session:
  • 9-12 ELA Leadership I Sessions (Days 3 - 5)

  1. Read and annotate the following texts, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions:
  2. Listen to the “The Place Of Argumentation In Curriculum” podcast (approximately 20 minutes) with Judson Odell and David Abel.  Bring notes with ideas and questions from the podcast.

For Leadership II K-5 Returning Participants

Materials to prepare and read before the Institute:

  • K-5 ELA Leadership II Sessions (Days 1 and 4)

  1. Read and annotate the following texts, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions:
  • 6-12 ELA Leadership II Sessions (Days 1 and 4)

  1. Listen to the “The Place Of Argumentation In Curriculum” podcast (approximately 20 minutes) with Judson Odell and David Abel. Bring notes with ideas and questions from the podcast. 
  2. Read and annotate the following text, looking for places where the text provokes ideas and/or questions:

Keynote Presentation: Kate Gerson - Disrupt the Status Quo. Close the Opportunity Gap. #standardsinstitute (video) (audio) (research)

Keynote Presentation: Timothy Shanahan - Teaching with Challenging Text

Keynote Presentation: Aída Walqui - Key Elements In A Proleptic Pedagogy For English Language Learners 

Keynote Presentation: Andrew Chen - Music Is Not in the Guitar

ELA Pathway I

Establishing a Solid Foundation for Instruction

Examine the relationship between the standards, shifts, and instruction to better understand how a strong scope and sequence can move students toward college and career readiness. Through work with free curricular materials, understand how to immerse students in a learning environment that engages them to build fluency, knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension in the classroom.

Instructional Planning, Delivery & Reflection

Through collaborative video study and ongoing reflection, analyze lesson planning, instructional moves, and standards-alignment in the classroom.

Complex Text and Higher Standards

Practice determining text complexity to ensure student access to grade-level complex text. Develop targeted text dependent questions that support and scaffold reading experiences for struggling students. Distinguish between close reading and a volume of reading, and understand the roles of each in and out of the classroom. Through a study of argument writing at the secondary level, learn how to engage students in writing for understanding and support their claims with text- based evidence. Learn how to work non-evaluative formative assessment into planning and instruction to achieve stronger student outcomes.

ELA Pathway II

Writing for Understanding and Research

Learn about implementing the research skills addressed in the standards, and how an iterative inquiry process builds topic-specific knowledge in a systematic way. Focus on what higher standards demand for writing and how building knowledge and communicating knowledge go hand-in-hand in writing tasks.

Text Set Project

Building on the learning from prior sessions, continue learning about knowledge by developing an expert pack. The packs will contain annotated bibliographies and suggested sequencing of texts to provide a coherent learning experience for students. 

ELA Practicum/Planning for the year

In these sessions, participants choose to work on either a) a personal unit brought to be evaluated and revised based on the learning of the previous days of institute or b) continue work on an expert pack. For the unit work, participants will evaluate their unit for alignment to the standards and shifts, build scaffolds and adaptations for students below grade level, and get feedback during a peer-teaching activity. The cycle of aligning, adapting, and teaching will be replicable and a structure to repeat throughout the school year. For participants focusing on P-2, this will take the form of reviewing/evaluating their literacy structure rather than specific units. For the expert pack, participants will continue working on the expert pack in order to have a practical and replicable path to topical knowledge building when they return to school.

Math Pathway I

Understanding the Mathematical Standards and Shifts

Study the mathematical shifts of focus, coherence, and rigor through examining standards-aligned tasks and activities. Understand the structure of the standards as well as the language and meaning of the standards. Gain a deeper understanding of what content is prioritized and dive into the ideas of coherence within and across grades, with a focus on identifying prerequisite standards. Examine the standards to understand what is meant by conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application, and understand why rigor is important within the context of instruction, curriculum, and student work. Also examine how the shifts impact the practice of teachers and coaches.

Instructional Practice

Come to understand how students will engage with the math content standards and the math practice standards and describe the connections between them. Study the Instructional Practice Guide (IPG), a freely available tool from Student Achievement Partners, using the lens of the shifts to understand how it can drive effective instruction. Explain the implications for role-specific practice including understanding content, lesson planning and implementation, and reflection.

Deepening Content Knowledge

Deepen understanding of grade level content by examining curriculum maps and materials for the EngageNY curriculum. Come to see how the instructional shifts are embodied in a high level curriculum map and module assessment materials. In looking at curriculum, learn about ways of making adaptations for students that are below grade level as well as English Language Learners and practice making adaptations using the EngageNY curriculum. Annotate lessons according to the IPG indicators and practice teach.

Math Pathway II

Aligning Units

Dive deeply into the standards and shifts related to an upcoming unit of instruction. Through study of Parts 1 and 2 of the UnboundEd content guides, understand what the shifts of focus, coherence, and rigor look like for the standards addressed in units, and develop a list of indicators of high-quality, aligned instruction. Evaluate units for alignment in terms of focus, coherence, and rigor, and identify next steps for improving alignment by the fall.

Adapting Lessons

Leverage progressions of learning in the Standards with an eye towards adapting materials for struggling students. Identify and better understand the highest-leverage progressions for specific units using the principle of Coherent Content in Context. Detect gaps in students’ learning and proactively make adjustments to their own instruction. Examine and use formative assessment strategies to develop comprehensive instructional support plans for specific units.

Teaching Lessons

Identify the "load bearing walls" (i.e., important standards-aligned aspects) in lessons. Determine what the most important questions, problems, and other "moments" are, and how to focus on these when planning and delivering instruction. Participants will apply learning and prepare a lesson from their own unit for teaching. Engage in a “buddy teaching” exercise to put new learning into practice.

Supporting English Language Learners in the Math Classroom

Through analysis and discussion of an exemplar lesson plan, participants will unpack the language demands of learning mathematics, as well as key instructional moves that support language minority students and ELLs. Participants will then turn their attention to a lesson in their own unit, applying ELL supports for purposes of adapting. 

Take Control of Math Tasks

Objectives are necessary, but not sufficient. Without high quality, well aligned tasks in the math classroom, student work and progress toward meeting objectives will always be hindered. In this session, learn how to recognize and fix misaligned and low quality tasks to ensure student work informs instruction the way it needs to. Use the Smith and Stein levels of cognitive demand for tasks to both evaluate and adjust them to meet students where they are, and accelerate them up to grade level.

Leadership Pathway I

Building High Standards Success and Leading Instructional Practice 

Leading high standards implementation requires a level of instructional leadership that is entirely new for many school leaders. In-depth and hands-on learning experiences develop understanding of the standards for both ELA and math: recognizing what they look like in a classroom setting; matching instructional strategies appropriately; and developing teachers’ capacity to plan and deliver standards-aligned curriculum.

Instructional Leadership 

Participate in a cycle of learning to deepen understanding of what the standards look like - and don’t look like -in practice. Spend significant time on content-specific work to better understand what to look and listen for in classrooms and how to change practice through evidence.

Development Through Observation and Feedback 

Using instructional video and artifacts, unpack what teachers need to know and be able to do to design and lead a standards-aligned classroom. Discuss how to provide feedback to teachers in order to move practice.

Systems and Structures 

Identify the systems and structures that are essential for sound decision making and successful implementation of standards-aligned curriculum and instruction. Address planning and making choices based on student needs, including strategies for closing gaps in knowledge or skill.

Leadership Pathway II

Standards-Aligned Writing

Learn how to engage students in rigorous and scaffolded research and text based writing that builds knowledge and vocabulary. Practice protocols that train the eye to recognize standards-aligned writing across grade levels and that can be used for professional development back at school.

Adapting Curriculum for Below Grade Level Students

Learn how to effectively adapt curriculum to accelerate students who are behind grade level while also teaching grade-level standards. Apply the concepts of Load Bearing Walls and Coherent Content in Context to increase curricular alignment and adapt and refine lessons. Practice coaching teachers to meet students where they are and get them where they need to be.

Ensuring Quality Instructional Tasks in Mathematics

Determine whether student tasks are aligned to the grade level standards. Using UnboundED Content Guides, deepen understanding of the intent of the standards of focus. Leaders then learn to use a protocol to determine alignment of tasks to standards. To support implementation of this work back at school, practice using protocols and coaching teachers in planning for lesson-embedded task alignment.

English Language Learners, Linguistically Marginalized Students and Complex Text in the Classroom

Unpack the language demands embedded in grade-level complex texts and tasks with attention to supporting linguistically marginalized students and English Language Learners. Practice framing tasks to build knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension around complex text with attention to grade level standards, annotating text for instructional moves, and inserting ongoing opportunities for collaborative work and communication in the classroom.

Systems Thinking for Leaders Who Want Different Results

Get up on the balcony and conduct a systems analysis to diagnose the forces and interrelationships that are currently in place and contributing to student results. By analyzing one content area and looking below the surface, identify the ways in which current systems of structures, models and values are affecting students.