Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) Educators and Administrators
Who will receive the training?
Kindergarten teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school staff whose district is part of a Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) Cohort. Districts in Cohort 3 receive priority during 2014.
What the grant provides
- Free training in the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool
- High-quality assessment courses with CEUs available at reasonable cost across the state. Participants can earn PDPs by completing two five-hour assessment courses and fulfilling the PDP requirements.
- Free online assessment licenses for Teaching Strategies GOLD for those educators participating in the GOLD training
- Some supplementary resources for schools learning the online assessment tool
This project will offer foundational trainings, trainings in using the assessment tool, and trainings in using data to plan individualized learning. Certificates of attendance and CEUs are available; PDPs may also be earned.
Teaching Strategies GOLD – 12 hours (10 PDPs)
This twelve-hour training introduces teachers to Teaching Strategies GOLD, a Web-based, developmentally appropriate assessment system for children from birth through kindergarten. Through video clips, small-group work, and facilitator-led discussions, teachers will explore the structure, features, and functionality of the tool and practice using it to follow the four-step assessment cycle. Hands-on activities include observing children and writing objective observation notes, evaluating a child portfolio, and communicating assessment information with families. By the end of the session, teachers will have the basic skills they need to begin implementing Teaching Strategies GOLD in their classrooms.
Observation and Documentation for Assessment and Planning – 5 hours
Observing children in the daily life of their early childhood classroom is a powerful way to assess them. By observing children, you can get a rich understanding of the whole child’s development over time. In this course you will learn ways to observe children and document your observations during a busy day. You will have the opportunity to further develop your skills by practicing observation and documentation using video vignettes and by participating in small-group discussions and reflection.
Assessing Diverse Learners – 5 hours
A child’s language, culture, and ability have an important impact on the assessment process. Through this course you will gain skills and understanding for fairly and effectively assessing children who are diverse in terms of culture, language, and ability. To enhance your ability to assess diverse learners, the course will present and incorporate the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) as well as important information on first and second language learning.
Understanding and Implementing Developmental Screening – 5 hours
In this course you will learn why developmental screening is so important when working with young children. You will also learn what to look for when choosing a screening tool, ways to implement a screening program, how to involve parents in the screening process, and how to follow-up when screening results indicate children may need further evaluation. This course will also provide an introduction to how to use the ASQ-3 screening tool.
Engaging Families in the Assessment Process – 5 hours
In this course educators will learn ideas, tools, and tips for engaging families in child assessments in order to make families strong partners in their child’s education. You will also learn ways to gain information from families to deepen your understanding of the child. Among the topics addressed will be attention to culturally responsive interactions, ideas for gathering information from families, and family-friendly ways of sharing data.
Utilizing Data for Planning Individualized Learning – 5 hours
For administrators – 5 hours, .5 CEU (Prerequisite: experience using a Formative Assessment Tool such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling)
Once you have been trained in a formative assessment tool, how do you use all the data that teachers have entered in it? In this course you will learn how to view and interpret the data in the assessment tool to support teachers, share information with parents, and inform decision-making for your program or school. You will learn about the variety of reports that can be created from the assessment tool and will have practice in interpreting the data in these reports.
For educators – 5 hours, .5 CEU (Prerequisite: experience using a Formative Assessment Tool such as Teaching Strategies GOLD or Work Sampling)
Once you have learned how to use a formative assessment tool, how do you interpret and use all the data you have entered into it? In this course you will learn how to use the data to plan individualized learning for children. You will also learn how to create reports to help them share information with families and colleagues who could help you make decisions around the child’s learning.
On-site and online assistance is provided to help you use the assessment tool well and to analyze and use the data you collect.