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January 8, 2015

Date: 01/03/2014 Description: AERO Common Core Plus Logo - State Dept Image
AERO/Common Core Plus
at the Madeira School
Social Studies Curriculum and Assessment Institute

June 14-19, 2015

The purpose of this week-long Institute is to help individual overseas schools refine and extend the principles of standards-based curriculum design. The AERO Common Core Plus initiative brings teams of teachers and curriculum coordinators from participating schools together to examine the principles of curriculum unit design and to examine principles and methods of student assessment. Participants will leave the Institute with the knowledge necessary to train colleagues at their schools in the design of authentic assessment and the processes of using student assessment to inform instructional planning. The work will be based on the AERO Standards.

Workshop participants will:

  • Examine the relationship of standards and learning progressions to curriculum.
  • Reveiw principles of "backward design" using existing units.
  • Develop effective assessments.
  • Design instruction in response to effective assessment.
  • Plan with team members to discuss using the process at their schools.

Participants may choose to take this course for university credit from the State University of New York at Buffalo. For course participants earning university credit, the cost is $500. (For participants not seeking university credit, there is no charge for the workshop.)

The workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Therefore, registration will be accepted on a space-available basis. Interested schools are asked to commit to sending a team consisting of both a curriculum coordinator and at least one teacher, or a team of 2-3 teachers.

Please send, email or fax the completed registration form by March 5, 2015 to:
Joy Ohagwu
U.S. Department of State
Office of Overseas Schools
SA-1, Room H328
Washington, DC 20522-0103
Fax: 202-261-8224