The theme of the 2014 NCSM Annual Conference is:

Building Systems to Trumpet Achievement

Conference Program Strand Descriptions

The five strands to be featured at this exciting and educational NCSM Annual Conference are:

  1. Teacher Evaluation and Teacher Quality: The focus is on approaches and tools that collect data and support sustained growth in teacher performance and quality. Consider how leaders can utilize instruments and evaluation practices to produce informative data and support areas to build on teacher skills to maximize student achievement.
  2. Formative Assessment Driving Instruction: The focus is on shifting teacher planning and daily instruction in ways that allow teachers to collect evidence of student thinking and then inform practice working both individually and collaboratively. This strand also includes a focus on strategies and techniques for helping students monitor and adjust their own learning.
  3. STEM and Career/College Readiness: The focus is on the increased attention to career and college readiness in the common core standards as related to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Consider the responsibilities of administrators and teachers in their efforts to work collaboratively with the school community to increase support for STEM-related courses and preparation for the future of today's learners.
  4. Teaching and Learning in the Era of the Common Core State Standards and Assessments: The focus is on leveraging the CCSS to help teachers make the adjustments in lesson planning and instruction to improve student learning and thinking skills.
  5. Understanding and Teaching CCSS Standards Progressions: The focus of this strand is on helping teachers make sense of and build student's mathematical understandings based on the progressions of the CCSS for whole number, fractions, measurement, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and statistics with examples for specific grade levels and implications for the surrounding grades. Sessions will also take-up implications for college/university placement and coursework, implications for professional development, research, curriculum development, and teacher preparation.
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