Session:  Keeping It Real:  How to Create Authentic Performance Tasks in the Urban Middle and High School Classroom

Presenters:  Victoria Abdulla, Colleen Wygal

In this make and take double session, teachers will be given the foundational principles of performance assessment, AND they will also be given a functional toolkit to create such assessments for themselves. The first half of the session will be spent learning what goes into making a performance assessment using the McTighe GRASP method, a study of the validity/reliability/authenticity continuum, rubric design, and a review of the various kinds of performance tasks. The second half of this session will be a time where teachers transform their current unit assessments into authentic, rigorous, and engaging performance tasks for students, and allow them a time to differentiate these tasks to help them meet all learner needs. With a focus on culturally relevant design, teachers will be given the opportunity to build performance experiences for students that engage them, and allow them to create products that matter to THEM, and matter beyond an academic setting. This session will be applicable to every teacher at every content in the middle and high school level. 

Grade Levels:  6-12

Format:  Make and Take

Number of Participants:  0-100

Areas of Focus:  Pedagogy and Instructional Design, Performance Assessment
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