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Education Policy Center

Education Policy Center

Re-envisioning Assessment,  Accountability, and Data Use to Support Schools

Friday, March 28, 2014

8:15 am - 3:30 pm

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development

3535 Forest Road

Lansing, MI 48910

Free parking

Primary Audience: State,district, school and classroom leaders, MSU faculty and graduate students.

Conference Goal:

To systematically share how the field (broadly understood – school leaders, teachers, parents, the media, policy leaders, etc.) is responding creatively to the challenges of the assessment and accountability environment today. We are inviting individuals to discuss how they have worked to remain true to what we know is good for teaching and learning yet recognize and respond to the changing assessment and accountability context. Ultimately, we expect participants to leave with new insights about what’s being tried, how it’s working, and what work remains to be done. Further, we expect that participants may identify opportunities for working together around assessment and accountability.

Registration for the conference is now closed. Arrangements are underway to live stream the conference over the Internet and to archive recordings of the sessions for future viewing.

Draft Conference Agenda


8:15 – 9:00                   Registration – Coffee and Muffins provided


9:00 – 9:15                   Welcome by Dr. Donald Heller

                                     Dean, MSU College of Education


9:15 – 10:00                 Dr. Rick Stiggins

                                     Four Keys to Productive Assessment in Effective Schools

Dr. Rick Stiggins is the founder of the Assessment Training Institute (ATI).  Since 1992, Dr. Stiggins and ATI have been dedicated to maximizing student learning, confidence, and motivation by helping teachers and administrators meet the challenges of both classroom and standard assessment.  With his technical expertise and his commitment to student success, Dr. Stiggins has helped schools around the world implement better assessment programs that have led to dramatic increases in student achievement. Dr. Stiggins is the author of numerous books, articles and papers on assessment practices in the classroom and its impact on students and student success.


10:00 – 11:00            Session I: Formative Assessment

  • Panel Organizer: Amelia Gotwals, Assistant Professor, MSU
  • Kimberly Young, Michigan Department of Education
  • Edward Roeber, Wisconsin Center for Education Research/WIDA & Michigan Assessment Consortium
  • Jennifer McFarlane, Principal, Warren Woods Middle School
  • John Lane, PhD candidate, MSU in Education Policy and Teacher Education


11:00 – 11:15              Coffee Break


11:15 – 12:15              Session II: Teacher Evaluation 

  • Panel Organizer: Josh Cowen, Associate Professor, MSU
  • RJ Webber, Assistant Superintendent for Assessment at Novi School District
  • Jennifer Hammond, Principal at Grand Blanc high
  • Venessa Keesler, Deputy Superintendent for Education Service at the Michigan Department of Education


12:15 – 1:00                Lunch


1:00 – 2:00                 Session III: Parent and Public Use of Data

  • Panel Organizer: Rebecca Jacobsen, Associate Professor, MSU
  • Dan Varner, Chief Executive Office, Excellent Schools Detroit
  • Cindy Baumert, Director, Governor’s Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership in Kentucky, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
  • Dustin Dwyer, reporter for State of Opportunity on Michigan Public Radio


2:00 – 3:00                 Session IV: Data, Assessment and Teacher Education

  • Panel Organizer: Corey Drake, Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education, MSU
  • Leah Breen, Assistant Director, Office of Professional Preparation Services, Michigan Department of Education
  • Callie Heck, Math Teacher, Holt Junior High School
  • Kelly Hodges, Assistant Director of Teacher Preparation, MSU
  • Mark McGarry, English Teacher, Holt Junior High School
  • Marshall Perkins, Principal, Holt Junior High School


3:00-3:30                   Closing Remarks

  • Rick Stiggins, Corey Drake and Rebecca Jacobsen