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Assessment for Learning and Leading

March 16, 2017

Southern Maine Partnership/USM

The 2nd Assessment for Learning & Leading two-day conference on May 3rd-4th in beautiful Portland, ME on the USM campus. This conference is provided by the Southern Maine Partnership and USMs Educational Leadership Program.

This conference will provide opportunities to engage with internationally acclaimed classroom assessment experts, Jan Chappuis and Rick Stiggins (in person), USM faculty, and a host of educational practitioners on high-impact strategies of assessment for learning.

Guest presenters/administrators from Ashland Middle School (Oregon) Katherine Holden and Steve Retzlaff will join us and focus on proficiency-based assessment rubrics and systems thinking.

Dr. Holly Couturier, Assistant Executive Director of the Maine Principals’ Association, will share her leadership and assessment expertise.

Another area of focus will be data literacy with interim benchmark assessments like the MAP assessment from the NWEA and the Lucy Calkins assessment program. Tim Neville will represent the NWEA and Kellie Smith will present on the reading and writing literacy connections to assessment/data.

Teacher leaders and staff from the Maine Research in STEM Education Center will join us to present their assessment literacy leadership/study group model as well as sound assessments and scoring guides created around NGSS practices.

Leaders from schools and districts will discuss strategies for successful teacher and administrator leadership in professional development. Another feature will be the implementation of assessment for learning strategies with regional partnerships like Southern Maine Partnership, Penobscot River Educational Partnership, Washington County Leaders Consortium, Midcoast Regional Professional Development Center, and Northwoods Partnership.

Who Should Attend: The primary audience will be preK-12 educators and leaders;  however, we encourage higher education faculty, legislators, educational researchers, school board members, and other policy makers to also attend.

Cost: $225 fee for full access to 2-day conference, including all keynotes, sessions, materials, lunch, and refreshments ($125 for one-day only)

Register Now:


Data Symposium

June 26, 2016

Summer opportunity


School of Education and Human Development

School of Education and and Development

Data Symposium
Southern Maine Partnership in collaboration with Northwest Evaluation Association

Dates: August 4th and 5th, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: University Events Room – Glickman Library 314 Forest Avenue
Portland, Maine 04104

Goals and Objectives

Goal of the data symposium to improve curriculum and instruction decisions through the use of data.

Know your data, understand the value of multiple data sources:

  • Identify the connections of multiple data sources to goal setting and growth measures
  • Know thy measures – evaluate the measures used (examples below, we will pre-survey participants to understand what you use)
    •  SAT, PSAT, AP
    • Teacher’s College
    • STAR
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    • Fountas and Pinnell
    • Classroom-based
    • Curriculum-embedded
  • Develop systems thinking for multiple data sources and decisions
    • Understand the uses of universal screeners and progress monitors (SMART goals)
    • Dine to Discuss: Managing data resources for school district leaders – a critical evaluation of the purpose, application, and added value of our instruments
  • Represent data interpretation and displays of data
    • Identify and practice protocols and processes for data interpretation
  • Plan next steps
    • Plot your path for performance checking and summative performance reports
    • Leave with a plan for the next year or two of data monitoring


Thursday, August 4th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Coffee and light breakfast snacks

Opening Plenary/Introductions

  • Establishing a common language, understanding, & purpose
  • Engaging our collective capacity
  • Understanding expectations in RTI/Understanding the role of State Assessment – Maine DOETeam (or job alike) Goal SettingBreakout Session I
    Breakout Session I (continued)

    Team (or job alike) Reflection

    Data Protocols

    Team (or job alike) Self Assess & Revisit Goals
    Evening: Dine 2 Discuss: Managing data sources/resources for school district leaders – Understanding the critical

    conversations for evaluation of the purpose, application, and added value of our instruments

    Friday, August 5th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Coffee and light breakfast snacks

    Opening Plenary
    Breakout 1
    Breakout 2
    Team (or job alike) huddles

    Processing, designing, action planning LUNCH

    GIFTS – Data Gallery/High Impact Strategies
    Plan for remote check progress checks, next steps, establish networks


Jeffrey S. Beaudry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Co-director, Southern Maine Partnership

Dr. Beaudry proudly serves the Southern Maine Partnership is a regional collaborative as co- director. With over twenty publications many on visual literacy, concept mapping, technology, and science and mathematics achievement in professional journals and program evaluation publications, Dr. Beaudry aims to explore issues relating to the visual learning, assessment literacy, formative assessment, arts and assessment, STEM, and action research. In March, 2016, Jeff’s book, Research Literacy, co-authored with Dr. Lynne Miller, was published, and will be a textbook for research methods and data analysis in education. He co-edited a book with Lenny Shedletsky, Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking with Visual Representations.

Tim Neville, Senior Consultant, Professional Development, Northwest Evaluation Association

Since joining NWEA in 2013, Tim has served partner districts as a Professional Development Consultant on NWEA’s Professional Development Team. In this role, Tim works directly with district and school administrators, teachers, and parents to deliver coaching services and job-embedded professional learning. He draws on almost thirty years in the educational world to connect the dots between assessment and instruction, and to bring assessment literacy to NWEA partner districts. Tim takes great pride in collaborating with districts to develop custom Professional Development that will meet a school or district’s specific needs. Prior to joining NWEA, Mr. Neville worked as a principal, assistant principal, educational consultant, coach, and teacher. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education from Keene State College and a master’s of arts degree in K-12 Education Administration and Supervision from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, Tim received a certificate from Harvard University’s Change Leadership Group, a research initiative at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for meeting the changing needs of public education.
Tim Neville M.Ed.

Sr. Consultant Professional Development Cell Phone: 603-496-7091

Kellie Smith, Founder of Logos LLC, Literacy Consulting Group

Ms. Smith’s more than 10 years as a classroom teacher led to a 10 year position as a K-8 literacy coach within MSAD #51. In 2011, in response to statewide inquiry, she founded the consulting group Logos Literacy and began offering literacy coaching services specializing in reading and writing workshops to districts across the state. Logos offers one-day workshops, multiple day institutes, lab-site demonstration, and literacy coaching. Ms. Smith and her team support teachers in instructional methodology, content and the strategies requisite to ensure success for all learners. In addition to her work in Maine, Kellie was also fortunate enough to have been chosen to support the implementation of writing workshops at the Kaohsiung American School in Taiwan. Kellie has also presented at multiple conferences including NERA, ILA, and The East Asia Regional Council of Schools (“EARCOS”).
Education from the University of Southern Maine. Ms. Smith is also a former National Board Certified Teacher. Logos LLC, Literacy Consulting Group. Kellie earned her B.S. in Child Development Family Relations from the University of Maine and a M.S. in Literacy.

Registration information

Cost: $300 per participant – this includes materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the two days. * We encourage school teams to attend. The fourth person is free.

Registration link

For more information, please contact Susan Inman, Program Manager for the Professional Development Center (PDC) at USM,, phone: 207-780-5055.


Southern Maine Partnership

April 29, 2016

Learning opportunity at USM – two day conference

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Finding a Place at the Assessment Table

November 3, 2014

One-day conference, December 3, 2014

Southern Maine Partnership Presents



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Keynote by Rick Stiggins

Rick Stiggins, author of recent books Defensible Teacher Evaluation: Student Growth Through Classroom Assessment and Revolutionize Assessment: Empower Students, Inspire Learning will keynote the event. Rick founded Assessment Training Institute to provide professional development in assessment literacy for school leaders and teachers. He has authored several books and a host of papers on the subject.

Who Should Attend?

The one-day conference is designed for: School and District leaders, teachers, Effective Educator Steering Committee members, School Board members, and all interested in the implementation of Education Policy.

Price: $75 registration fee includes coffee, snacks, and lunch, USM, Portland campus

Registration Process: Complete the online registration at this link:  Limited space available.

3 Concurrent Sessions

  • Various districts will present their Educator Effectiveness Plans, including the student growth component
  • DOE Effective Educator Coordinator, Mary Paine
  • Student Learning Outcome (SLO) examples and processes
  • Assessment Literacy for Leaders and Practitioners
  • Teacher leaders from the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative will taker their place at the table and share teacher evaluation work.
  • The Center for Research on STEM Education (RISE) from UMaine Orono will share their work with pre-post tests.
  • USM graduate students and professors pilot student growth models

For more information please contact Anita Stewart at

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