Presenters: Chase Nordengren, Derrick Swistak, Tracey Giardina, & Melissa Spadin
February 25, 2021, 3 - 4:00 P.M. Eastern
For this webinar, we will discuss resources and professional learning supports for educators who are engaged in virtual or hybrid teaching and adjusting assessment practices to online learning. We will focus on topics like changes to grading (including not grading); adapting strategies like checks for understanding and exit tickets to the online environment; monitoring/assessing class participation; adjusting rubrics and late policies; and similar issues.
Chase Nordengren, PhD is a senior research scientist at NWEA, where he supports the professional learning team with primary and secondary research that drives instructional improvement. His work includes the development and execution of needs assessment and program evaluation services for partners, supporting school improvement processes, and thought leadership on formative assessment and student goal setting practices.
Derrick Swistak, is an educator and administrator in Maine Township High School District 207 located in Northwest Suburban Cook County. Swistak has been a science teacher for 21 years. He has a passion for educational technology, cooperative learning, and educational equity. Swistak has taught and facilitated alongside Roger and David Johnson at their international conference on cooperative learning. He most recently wrote an essay for the book, Ideas to Connect Your Classroom.
Tracey Giardina is the director and instructor at Justin F. Kimball’s Academy of Engineering in Dallas and teaches engineering design and development, civil engineering and architecture, and introduction to engineering design. A former chemical engineering graduate from Prairie View A&M University, Giardina worked at Texaco, General Electric, and Celanese before transitioning to education. Giardina taught all levels of math and AP Chemistry for Clear Creek Independent School District. After teaching math for 14 years, Giardina jumped at the chance to share her engineering skills and knowledge with students through Project Lead The Way’s curriculum. Giardina has spent her summers working for Eastfield College’s Dallas pre-engineering program, Southern Methodist University Upward Bound, and Dallas ISD as an internship supervisor. In her six years at Kimball, Giardina has been instrumental in the Academy of Engineering becoming Project Lead The Way certified and NAF distinguished as well as receiving 12 grants and being named 2018 Teacher of the Year.
Melissa Spadin currently serves as the director, system of supports in the Learning and Leadership Division at the San Diego County Office of Education. In this role she supports LEAs in continuous improvement around their LCAP development, MTSS, social emotional learning implementation, assessment system and metric alignment, and differentiated assistance.
Prior to this role, she was the coordinator of assessment, accountability and evaluation at the San Diego County Office of Education, helping to improve assessment literacy across southern California. Before moving to San Diego, she was an assessment program specialist and NAEP state coordinator with the Division of Curriculum, Research, Assessment & Accountability at the Maryland State Department of Education and helped implement and sustain the Formative Assessment for Maryland Educators professional learning program.