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Empowering Teachers Through Student Learning Objectives

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Curtis Benjamin

on 11 June 2014

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Transcript of Empowering Teachers Through Student Learning Objectives

Looking Down the Road
SLOs are content and grade/course specific learning objectives describing what students should know and be able to do at the end of that course or grade.

SLOs are ambitious and realistic learning objectives established for groups of students.

SLOs can be measured to document student learning over a period of time.

SLOs are what good teachers already do.

Before we get much further
down the road,
let's listen to those who have been there…

Teachers who have already been down the road in, well Rhode—Island:

In what ways did teachers appear to be empowered?
Getting off the Interstate

Almost half the states and many districts are creating educator evaluation systems that include academic student performance information most of which is centered around Language Arts, Math, Reading and Science and the standardized test already in place for these "tested subjects."

States and districts now have to figure out how to incorporate student performance results from “non-tested subjects and grades” in educator evaluation systems as well.

But while states have been in a fast lane of high stakes testing, we have an opportunity take the smart scenic route and go SLO.

Heading the Right Direction

The SLO approaches teaching with the belief that “covering” material during a course does not guarantee that students learn it. It's not about making "good time."

SLOs will help us know that students have truly learned the material and can apply it.

Success is determined by students emerging from grades and courses with integrated, higher-order learning skills that they can demonstrate to others. Those demonstrations are the proof that they have truly learned.

Why are SLOs Important to US?


put student learning first
. (Student proficiency of content and skills is the primary focus.)

prioritize key standards/enduring understandings.
(Teachers ask themselves, “What do my students need to know to be successful?”)

improve the quality of student data use
(The SLO process will provide explicit guidance for teachers in selecting and gather student data.)

make teacher impact on student achievement visible.
(Based on data--classroom data, instruction can be adjusted and differentiated in real time for maximum student achievement.)

SLO Opportunities

Apply to all subjects, all grades, regardless of current state/district-mandated assessments and foster

meaningful goals,

opportunities for collaboration and feedback among educators sharing goals,

progress toward those goals,

the extent to which those goals are achieved using student evidence, to

Improve instructional practice.

It's the road we were on before being detoured
through bumper to bumper tests.

Empowering Teachers thru
Student Learning Objectives

Take it SLO!
Questions for Discussion:

1. How can we support ownership
and collaboration in helping
teachers create SLOs?

2. How can SLO development
empower teachers you know?

3. How do you help teachers
recognize their power and
credibility as resources in
developing SLOs and
organizing around them?

The potential with UEA
supporting this work is powerful as we

1. Support teachers' Professional Practice

2. Showcase teacher expertise again a la
Evaluations and ETTL.

3. Provide opportunities to engage members,
develop leaders and collaborate.
"Turns out, the next best thing is a better thing."
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