EARCOS Sponsored Professional Learning Weekend (2019)

Leading the Way to Standards Based Grading and Assessment in Your Classroom and School


Presented by Dr. Douglas Reeves

Dates: January 11-12, 2019
Times: Friday (9:00 to 4:00 P.M.) Saturday (9:00 to 3:00 P.M.)
Venue: Morrison Academy (Taichung) 216 Si Ping Road, Taichung, Taiwan 40679
Workshop Fee: USD $100 USD (or equivalent New Taiwan Dollar NTD) payable in cash or check on the first day of the workshop — or you may pay online (see below). Current Exchange Rate: USD 1 = NTD 30 (approx.) **This includes two morning snacks, two lunches, and two afternoon tea breaks.


Registration

Please register first then return to this page if you plan on paying online via a credit card.

To register, click here!

Registration Deadline: January 4th, 2019 (Workshop will be closed at 60 participants)

Questions or problems registering? Contact Missy Basnett, basnettm@mca.org.tw


Workshop Overview

Grading and reporting are among the most emotional issues in education. Most grading systems have not changed for more than a century and despite a mountain of evidence testifying to the ineffectiveness of traditional grading practices, the vast majority of schools persist in them. Even more recent movements, such as “standards-based grading,” are fraught with peril if they are not established on a firm foundation of trust and communication among faculty, students, parents, administrators, and governing board members. This workshop equips participants to analyze their existing grading and reporting structure and leave with a plan to make significant improvements that will bear fruit in the form of better engagement and student results.


DAY 1

FAST Grading: Grading Practices that are Fair, Accurate, Specific, and Timely

Grading and reporting are among the most emotional issues in education. Most grading systems have not changed for more than a century and despite a mountain of evidence testifying to the ineffectiveness of traditional grading practices, the vast majority of schools persist in them. Even more recent movements, such as “standards-based grading,” are fraught with peril if they are not established on a firm foundation of trust and communication among faculty, students, parents, administrators, and governing board members. This workshop equips participants to analyze their existing grading and reporting structure and leave with a plan to make significant improvements that will bear fruit in the form of better engagement and student results.

Agenda:

9:00 – 10:30 FAST Grading
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 FAST Grading
12:00- 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 – FAST Grading
2:00-2:15 Break
2:15 – 4:00 Questions, Challenges, and Success Stories

Day 2

High Impact Leadership: What Matters Most for Student Results

Dr. Reeves will address the factors that matter most for effective educational leadership. “Even when faculties, students, home environment, and socioeconomic status are the same, leaders make a profound difference for students.” This presentation will include national and international evidence on student achievement and engagement. There will also be opportunities for participants to engage in questions, challenges, and the sharing of success stories.

Topics to be considered include:

1. The latest evidence on how leaders and teachers influence student achievement
2. The seven elements of effective leadership in education
3. The power of focus in improving student results and teaching excellence
4. How schools promote (and sometimes undermine) creativity and critical thinking
5. The power of student engagement – and how schools can increase it

Agenda:

9:00 – 10:30 High Impact Leadership
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 High Impact Leadership (continued)
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 – Creativity and Critical Thinking
2:00 – 2:15 Break


Douglas Reeves’s Biography

Dr. Reeves is the author of more than 30 books and more than 100 articles on leadership and educational effectiveness. Twice named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series, Doug was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education. Dr. Reeves received both the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Parent’s Choice Award for his writing for children and parents. His career of work in professional learning led to the Contribution to the Field Award from the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward). For his international work, Dr. Reeves was named the William Walker Scholar by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

His volunteer activities include FinishTheDissertation.org, providing free and non-commercial support for doctoral students, and The SNAFU Review, publishing the essays, poetry, stories, and artwork of disabled veterans. Doug lives with his family in downtown Boston. He Tweets @DouglasReeves, blogs at creativeLeadership.net, and can be reached at 1.781.710.9633.


Accommodations

Morrison recommends staying at the Herkang Hotel or the Taichung Maison de Chine Hotel. Both hotels are a 20 min walk or 8 min. taxi ride to Morrison Academy:

Taichung Maison de Chine Hotel
http://taichung.maisondechinehotel.com/en/index.php
Taichung Maison de Chine Hotel [Information HERE]

Herkang Hotel
http://www.herkang.com.tw/
Google Map from Herkang Hotel to Morrison [HERE]
Image of map to Morrison Academy from Herkang Hotel [HERE]

Airport

Morrison recommends you fly into Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) or Taichung Airport (RMQ). Getting to Morrison from Airport for more information on getting to campus from the airport.