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Resiliency: What it is, Why It Matters, And How We Can Use Assessment Strategies to Foster It In Our Learning Spaces

Date: 06/11/2020 to 06/11/2020
Time: 8:30 to 3:30
Location: N.O. Nelson Campus - LeClaire Room, 600 Troy Rd. Edwardsville, IL 62025

Contact email: workshops@roe3.org
Contact phone: 6182835011

Resiliency has been described in many ways. To pick one’s self up after falling down, to be like ‘Gumby’ – the green rubber fictional character that literally bounces back from every setback, or to 'bend like a willow but not break'. The American Psychological Association defines ‘resilience’ in part as the ‘process of adapting well in the face of adversity.’ In health, sport and business, some cite resilience as the number one predictor of success or failure. Research suggests we can increase our levels of resilience by the mental and physical habits we adopt and practice. A resilient person does not avoid stress, but rather learns to tame and master it. If this is true, what are some ways that we can foster resilience by the design of our classroom systems and routines? In this session we will explore a variety of ways that we can help students re-frame difficulty, talk more openly about temporary struggles, and learn from setbacks. Assessment will be one of the primary lenses we will use to explore the topic of resiliency, as it is a tool that hold great power and forms an integral part of our learning. 


In addition to the themes discussed above, this full-day session will explore specific tools including:


·       Sharing circles - how to facilitate them, guidelines and possibilities.

·       The power of using strength-based language in assessment.

·       Designing open-ended and exploratory learning that is linked to standards - and how we could assess it.

·       Blending traditional content requirements with project-based learning.

·       'Desirable Difficulties' (Bjork and Bjork). 

·       Student self-reporting.

·       Ongoing assessment opportunities and structures.

·       Re-examining homework routines...and more.

Presenter: Myron Dueck

Over the past 22 years, Myron has gained teaching and administrative experience in both Canada and New Zealand in subjects ranging from grades 4 to 12.  Beginning in 2006, Myron developed a number of grading, assessment and reporting systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to the feedback they receive and play a significant role in the reporting of that learning.  Myron has been a part of administrative teams, district groups, school committees and governmental bodies that have further broadened his access to innovative ideas.  Myron has shared his stories, tools and first-hand experiences with public, charter and international school educators around the world, and recently his presentations have diverged to include global education trends and broader socio-economic realities that impact learning. Myron has twice been published in EL Magazine. His best-selling book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder– Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014 and in 2015 ASCD released a video project based in his own school district entitled ‘Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom’. In 2019, ASCD released the first of a three-part online streaming series entitled 'Ask Them', hosted by Myron, looking at how we include students in assessment. The series includes John Hattie, Lorin Anderson, Celeste Kidd and more. 


Myron lives in Summerland, BC, Canada with his wife and two children and is Vice-Principal for Assessment and Innovation in his local school district – Okanagan-Skaha 67.

The cost to attend this training is $125/person and lunch will be provided. Each participant will receive 6.5 PD Hours upon completion of the training.  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Registration Flyer: Register Here

Professional Development Provided By:
The Regional Office of Education for Bond, Christian, Effingham, Fayette and Montgomery Counties
Julie Wollerman, Regional Superintendent of Schools