Among the many benefits of being an IEA member is access to tremendous professional development opportunities. Teacher evaluations and the ISAT by SBAC test are among the most prominent realities in the current landscape of Idaho education. To ensure that members are fully informed about and prepared for these important measurement tools, the IEA offers training sessions conducted by highly-qualified and knowledgeable educators—exclusively for IEA members.
For dates and information about evaluation, ISAT by SBAC and other IEA training sessions, please visit the IEA’s event calendar or call IEA headquarters at 208-344-1341.
IEA Evaluation Toolkit
The IEA Evaluation Toolkit training focuses on three major goals. The first is to help members see evaluations in a new light. Instead of viewing an evaluation as an opportunity for an evaluator to point out weaknesses, the training helps teachers see the evaluation as a tool to help them improve instruction for students.
The second goal of the training is to provide examples of evidence that empowers members to present a case that allows them to receive the highest scores possible on summative evaluations. Finally, the IEA wants teachers to see the professional development courses that we offer in a new light where trainings are driven by members needs and attempt to fuse concepts like advocacy and professionalism.
The Evaluation Toolkit training is conducted at the local level and gives members the tools they need for the best evaluation possible, while also giving them practical techniques to do so. Members who attend the training will receive the entire toolkit on a flash drive.. The flashdrive contains multiple examples of evidence that have been created by members for members. If you are interested in participating in or hosting this training, please contact an IEA Local and Regional President.
–Luke Franklin, IEA Region Director and evaluation trainer
What You Need to Know About ISAT by SBAC
Since 2010 the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium has worked to create a common, innovative assessment system for mathematics and English language arts that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and helps prepare students for college and careers. The Spring 2015 ISAT by SBAC is just around the corner. Are your students prepared? Are you sure that you’ve taught what will be tested?
IEA members have access to professional workshops that can help answer these questions! The major element of these workshops is to begin, encourage and expand academic conversations around the components of the SBAC ELA assessment. Then we take an in-depth look at how educators can support student learning to ensure that their students are prepared for these important assessments. Participants gain a greater understanding of the SBAC tests, share intense academic conversations around the SBAC assessments, discuss implications of the test on instruction and, most importantly, develop strategies for preparing students.
The ISAT by SBAC continues to be a central part of accountability for teachers and students. It is important that educators shore up their understanding and hone their skills to assure success for their students and themselves. This assessment can be a valuable tool in preparing students for college and career. Take advantage of the experience and expertise of veteran IEA members, and look for a workshop near you.
–Jolene Dockstader, IEA member and ISAT by SBAC trainer.