Professional Learning Opportunities

 

Data and Assessment Literacy (MnDAL) Professional Learning Opportunities

The professional learning opportunities below are offered as COMPASS Pathways, various levels of support for educators and leaders interested in furthering their learning about assessment and data use. 

Three MnDAL Pathways

  1. On-Demand Learning (MnDAL Course for Educators and Leaders)
  2. Hybrid Learning (Community of Practice Meetings)
  3. Year-long Cohort (SAIL)

1. On-Demand Learning: MnDAL for Educators and Leaders Online Course

MDE is excited to partner with the WestEd's Formative Insights Team to provide educators and school leaders with a growing library of professional learning resources. Each module outlined on the On-Demand Learning page will be available for educators and Leaders to use in Canvas throughout the 2022-23 school year, divided into four strands of learning. 

Each module:

  • Builds understanding of assessment and data use practices in the context of standards-based instruction and school improvement efforts
  • Supports a coherent sequence of learning for both educators and school/district leaders by offering coherent yet separate learning sequences
  • Provides differentiated learning experiences through application and reflection tailored to the specific needs of school leaders and teachers
  • Uses examples that are inclusive of grade levels and discipline areas
  • Applies an asset-based approach to centers equity and culturally responsive, sustaining practices
  • Provides content that can reasonably be completed within an approximately 60-90-minute interval
  • Provides tools and community of practice activities that can be used to scale the work at district and school sites through professional development and communities of practice.

Outcomes

  • Participants will become familiar with each topic and will be able to explain and use the tools with their local staff or team.
  • Participants can earn educator CEUs for each module completed.
  • Leaders can earn administrative CEUs for completing an entire strand of modules.

For more information and to see a list of topics, visit the On-Demand Learning page.

2. MnDAL Community of Practice Meetings

The communities of practice virtual meetings are intended for educators and school leaders who have a collaborative team structure in place and would like support in implementing the tools and content from the Data and Assessment Literacy Modules to use as a framework for professional learning in their school or district. During each meeting, participants will be expected to have reviewed the modules before attending the session, and be willing to implement the provided tools and discuss with others. This works best under a larger umbrella of existing school/district MnMTSS infrastructure as a framework for PLC or team work. Supports for building this infrastructure is available through MnMTSS COMPASS cohorts.

This pathway is for instructional coaches, school/district leaders and/or district/school teams who want to sharpen their data and assessment literacy skills and use assessment concepts and data inquiry processes for leading teacher or leadership team meetings, or for structuring PLC work. 

Commitment

Attendance at all meetings in the series is encouraged (5-6 virtual meetings). Dates will be posted here when available. Meetings will coordinate with the release of each strand of modules.

Outcomes 

Participants will become familiar with collaborative data-based decision making and assessment literacy concepts. Participants will receive a curriculum framework and tools to use for structuring professional learning at their own sites.

  • Participants can earn educator CEUs for each module completed.
  • Leaders can earn administrative CEUs for completing an entire strand of modules. 

3. Year-Long Cohort: Student Agency in Learning (SAIL) 

In the 2022-23 school year, up to 20 teams of educators and leaders from across the state will have the opportunity to join Minnesota’s first Student Agency in Learning (SAIL) cohort. SAIL content integrates principles of formative assessment with student identity, and classroom culture - to enrich and deepen instructional practice in support of student agency. Teachers will participate in continuous learning cycles of new content, the application of formative assessment skills in the classroom, community of practice meetings, and self-reflection on progress within a blended, digital and in-person learning design. The blended learning design encourages teachers to take risks and integrate new content with existing expertise, while also developing an awareness of where they will lean in to improve student outcomes.

Leaders play a significant role in supporting the opportunities, culture and conditions that advance teacher learning. Schools that are most successful in SAIL have teachers and leaders working alongside one another to learn about and support the changing roles of students, through formative assessment. Each school-based team should include one school leader, a site facilitator, and three to seven teachers.

Outcomes

By the end of the year-long course, teachers report a significant shift in students’ development in their formative assessment practice over time. Through SAIL, teachers learn how to explicitly model and teach students to:
  • Use success criteria to guide their learning
  • Talk about evidence of their learning
  • Persevere in their learning
  • Give more thoughtful and extended answers during classroom dialogue
  • Engage with feedback to further their own, and peers, learning
  • Set academic and personal goals
  • Ask questions of themselves and others
  • Reflect on and learn from mistakes
All materials and training on facilitation will be provided, as well as cohort meetings to discuss what is and isn’t working and learn from a network of peers across the state. 
SAIL Module Content
ModuleTitle and TimeLearning Outcomes
1

Introduction to Formative Assessment and Student Agency

3-4 Weeks

Teachers will be able to:

  • Describe the changing roles of students and teachers in formative assessment
  • Articulate formative assessment as a process of eliciting, interpreting, and using evidence during learning
  • Articulate the relationship between formative assessment, learning culture, student identity, and agency
2

Eliciting and Interpreting Evidence

4-5 Weeks

Teachers will be able to:

  • Identify classroom routines through which to elicit and use evidence of learning from students
  • Develop strategies for students to understand what success will look like if they have met the learning goal
  • Apply key practices to strengthen key conditions (learning culture, identity, agency) that are prerequisites to students’ use of evidence
3

Using Learning Goals and Success Criteria

4-5 Weeks

Teachers will be able to:
  • Create learning goals and success criteria for students
  • Engage students in co-creating learning goals and success criteria
  • Articulate how learning goals and success criteria support students to use evidence of learning
4

Teachers and Students Responding to Evidence to Guide Next Steps in Learning

4-5 Weeks
Teachers will be able to:
  • Apply new strategies to use evidence of learning to adjust teaching
  • Utilize strategies of asset-based pedagogies to support students to reach the learning goals
5

Reflection, Celebration, and Next Steps in Learning

4 Weeks

Teachers will be able to:
  • Clarify key learnings from the course and how those are applied in the classroom
  • Explore the course Guiding Principles of agency, identity and learning culture, and clarify the shifts in these practices for teachers and students

 Commitment

The pilot cohort held two kickoff meetings in August for site leaders and facilitators. A teacher launch is scheduled for September along with six 3-hour professional learning sessions hosted by WestEd and MDE for site facilitators. The monthly facilitator meetings are to support the ongoing monthly meetings at each site led by the site facilitator on each school's team. There are independent learning and application activities between sessions that are discussed at each site's meeting. Participants must be willing to engage in each session, complete practice activities, apply new learning using the professional learning structure, provide feedback to inform ongoing content improvement, and agree to share their learning with others. Commitment for participation in SAIL includes:
  • Designating a site leader who will develop a professional development calendar that aligns to your school and district calendar (WestEd and MDE will provide sample resources);
  • Attendance at the virtual SAIL Leadership Launch in August for all site leaders and/or facilitators;
  • Attendance at the virtual SAIL Teacher Launch in September;
  • Engagement in asynchronous online learning throughout the school year via Canvas (roughly 2 hours per 2 weeks);
  • Implementation of the tools and practices learned in the asynchronous modules;
  • Attendance at all synchronous virtual meetings for site facilitators (bi-monthly; 6 total).

Additional Resources

COMPASS

Collaborative Minnesota Partnerships to Advance Student Success, COMPASS, is a statewide education system created through a collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Minnesota Service Cooperatives and Regional Centers for Excellence. COMPASS is designed to meet schools and districts where they are in the work to accelerate student learning and match the state's response to those needs. Throughout the 2021-22 school year and beyond, educators, school staff and school leaders will have new opportunities for professional learning and coaching, along with coordinated support from experts. Learn more about COMPASS here.

Resources and Recordings from Teaching and Learning Led by Evidence Webinar Series, 2020-21 School Year
Session TitleResourcesDatePresenter(s)
1: Reimagining Assessment and Data to Guide Learning for All Students - Considerations for Fall 2020

Handouts

Webinar Recording

8/19/2020Kendra Olsen and Panel of Education Leaders
2: Balancing Your Assessment System to Reflect Your Students

Handouts

Webinar Recording

8/27/2020Kendra Olsen
3: Leading Instructional Decisions with Evidence

Handouts

Webinar Recording

9/24/2020Kendra Olsen
4: Assessment for Learning - How do we know what our students really know?

Handouts

Webinar Recording

10/22/2020Jon Vaupel and Kendra Olsen
5: Assessment of Learning, Summative assessments for your classroom

Handouts

Webinar Recording

11/12/2020Kendra Olsen and MDE Assessment Specialists
6: Where can student data from MDE be accessed?

Handouts

Webinar Recording

1/28/2021Kat Edwards and Kendra Olsen
7: How can summary results from statewide assessments be accessed and used?

Handouts

Webinar Recording

2/25/2021Kat Edwards and Kendra Olsen
8: How should individual MCA scores be interpreted and used?

Handouts

Webinar Recording

 5/6/2021  Yufeng Berry and Kendra Olsen

  

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If you would like to request online or in-person professional development regarding any of the resources found on this site, or if you have general feedback regarding the site, please submit a request below to the Statewide Testing Division at MDE or contact Kendra Olsen, at Kendra.olsen@state.mn.us or 651-582-8542.