|Preconference Workshops — Monday, February 20, 8:30–11:30 a.m.|
How to Go from Novice DTC to a Super Hero DTC!
Chris Cordell, Director, Systemwide Testing, Austin ISD
Shannon Kuhrt, Director of Assessment, Wichita Falls ISD
Thomas Negri, Director of Testing, Fort Bend ISD
This session is designed to provide you with the super powers needed to not only survive but to triumph over any situation that may confront you during the assessment cycle. Designed for the novice district testing coordinator, this session, presented by the officers of TSNAP, will help you build the skills you need to conquer anything that may arise during the spring testing season. Leave with highly effective methods and knowledge to ensure you are victorious in all your testing endeavors!
TEA GED Updates
Cindee Tonnesen, GED liasion, Texas Education Agency
Attendees will be informed of the latest updates regarding the GED, TASC, and HiSET exams along with policies set forth by the Texas Education Agency with regards to the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency program.
Testing Is Like a Box of Chocolates!
Laura Witte, Director of Testing Services, North East ISD
Sarah Howell, Testing Specialist, North East ISD
Beverly Lebherz, Testing Analyst, North East ISD
Come and learn how to plan for the worst and expect the best! Learn from seasoned assessment professionals who are able to keep calm, stay focused and maintain flexibility even during the most stressful testing events. Learn practical tips of the trade and time-saving strategies as well as how to lead your campus/district from the beginning until the end of each administration during the year. Emphasis will be placed on what needs to be accomplished each month leading up to STAAR testing.
Time – An Eternity of Time is Not Enough!
Michael W. Strozeski, CEO, Strozeski Consulting
Brian Krieger, Product Developer, Strozeski Consulting
Has the assessment system and all that it encompasses turned you into an unprofessional, foul-mouthed lunatic? You are not alone! Remember to "sweat the small stuff," but also remember to concentrate your energy on what YOU have control of (I know, don't end with a preposition). There are lots of ways to make your job of turning data into information more efficient and more accurate. We will discuss some of the practices used in Texas districts that have preserved sanity and saved many hours.
Understanding the Adolescent Brain and Improving Individual Testing Results
Robert Forti, Assistant Director of Testing, San Antonio ISD
We will discuss how studies in adolescent brain development and brain imaging have opened new pathways into understanding how the adolescent brain works. We will discuss the best practices tools that will help students train their brains to better handle life’s and school’s stressors. The presentation will include newer brain imaging data that was used to create a more targeted approach for setting up testing.