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Data-Driven Planning and Assessment: Supporting Project-Based Learning and Flexible Grouping


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This session lends insight into using data to drive decisions on flexible student grouping to support project-based learning. Learn how to use key data elements to determine schedules, personalize learning, group students and leverage the best of project-based learning. Participants will leave this session with the ability to assess a diverse group of students in terms
of how much knowledge they gained.
Kim MacDonald, Kenneth Nagel, Ashley Windsor White, and Apex High School AOIT, and Karlene McCormick-Lee, NewLeef, LLC

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Data-Driven Planning and Assessment: Supporting Project-Based Learning and Flexible Grouping

  1. 1. Data Driven Planning and Assessment: Supporting PBL and Flexible Grouping – Distinguished Academy Series – Strand: Academy Development • “There is a weekly common planning time or other formal collaboration time for the academy team of more than three staff members, so that integrated learning, student supports, and individualized student assessment can occur across disciplines and grade levels”: 1.2.c”
  2. 2. #nafnext Introductions  The Apex High School Academy of Information Technology, Wake County Public Schools, NC: • Mr. Matthew Wight, Principal • Jeffrey Derda, 9th Grade Science Teacher • Kimberly MacDonald, Academy Director • Kenneth Nagel, 10th Grade Science Teacher • Susan Szep, 12th Grade Information Technology Teacher • Ashley Windsor White, 10th Grade Social Studies Teacher  NewLeef LLC - Dr. Karlene McCormick-Lee
  3. 3. #nafnext Overview and Barriers Different experiences with different outcomes. • Large groups • Small groups • Teams • Partners • Individuals • Classroom • Field Trips • Internships • Virtual • Project Based
  4. 4. #nafnext Overview and Barriers • Activities • Materials • Delivery • Student Work • Reporting • Assessment • Performance • Abilities • Needs • Approach • Formation • Dissolution Grouping Students ContentOutcomes
  5. 5. #nafnext Overview and Barriers • Standardized Tests • Classroom Assessments • Teacher Observation • Student Work • Academy Courses • Special Education • ELL Designation • Values • Beliefs • Attitudes • Observations • Enrollment, • Attendance, • Drop-out rate, • Grade level Demographics Perceptions Student Learning Processes and Programs
  6. 6. #nafnext Overview and Barriers  Brainstorm and share-out about flexible grouping • Two-column notes – Describe 1 barrier AND – List 2 informative pieces of data – Samples Barrier or Data Sample Identify barrier or data List examples
  7. 7. #nafnext Overview and Barriers Time Scheduling Collaborative Planning Resources Student Data Teacher Skills Support Administrative Teamwork
  8. 8. #nafnext Principal Perspective •Mr. Matthew Wight, Principal  Overcoming Barriers  Involving Stakeholders  Strategic Planning  Building Capacity  Implementation  Positive Results
  9. 9. #nafnext A School Perspective
  10. 10. #nafnext A School Perspective- Flexible Grouping Projects- 9th Grade
  11. 11. #nafnext A School Perspective- Flexible Grouping Projects- 10th Grade
  12. 12. #nafnext Student Group Assignments
  13. 13. #nafnext Rubric
  14. 14. #nafnext
  15. 15. #nafnext Peer & Self Assessment
  16. 16. #nafnext Final Grade
  17. 17. #nafnext A School Perspective- Flexible Grouping Projects- 12th Grade
  18. 18. #nafnext A School Perspective- Flexible Grouping Projects- 12th Grade • Work Sample • Flexible Group
  19. 19. #nafnext A School Perspective- Building Continuity Going Forward
  20. 20. #nafnext Challenges To Solutions • Small Group Work (Pairs) • Review and select one idea or thought • Describe why THAT idea or thought • Identify strategies for implementation • Define Next Steps • Share out – Large post its
  21. 21. #nafnext Challenges To Solutions ONE Great Idea! Why THAT Idea Implementation Next Steps
  22. 22. #nafnext Questions and Answers