ZOOM! Professional Development Calendar

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December 9, 2011 We hope that you're having an excellent first term of the 2011-12 school year. As the first part of the year winds down, the ZOOM! team would like to remind you of the FREE Professional Development opportunities available to you and those at all participating ZOOM! schools. Delivered via webinar, these sessions are a great way to see how your school can improve and expand its use of ZOOM!.

Below is the list of sessions through March 2012. To register for any of the sessions, click on the title of the session to be taken to the registration page. If you have problems registering, please email Tristan Clerihew.

January 2012

Online Testing
1/10: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m
This ZOOM! Booster shot, led by the ZOOM! Support Team, will give you a brief demo of DataDirector's Online Testing Feature. It is recommended, although not necessary, that schools currently be using the item bank(s) to take advantage of online testing.

Using Data to Motivate Students
1/11: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m
The ZOOM! Performance Institute "Using Data to Motivate Students" introduces schools to ways the data may be used to motivate students to do their best, as well as empower parents and teachers to motivate their students. (This webinar is a "CCSA Performance Institute." Content will be applicable to all charters and registration will be open to all CCSA schools.)

What's New in DataDirector 4.0
1/17: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m
Following the release of DataDirector 4.0 on January 2, this timely Booster Shot, "What's New in DataDirector 4.0," will go over the changes that have been made to the system, including exams/assessments, user interface, and more. Presented by our DataDirector Account Manager, this session will be a valuable resource as schools adjust to DataDirector 4.0.

ZOOM!/DataDirector Tips & Tricks
1/18: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m
Have you ever found yourself wondering if there are any helpful hints to using DataDirector or features you might be missing out on? If so, the "Tips & Tricks" Booster Shot is exactly what you've been looking for! Led by the ZOOM! support team, "Tips & Tricks" will go over some technical tricks to using DataDirector, as well as helpful features and resources you may not be aware of.

Creating an Exam--Basic
1/24: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m
During the ZOOM! Booster Shot, "Creating An Exam - Basic," the ZOOM! support team will guide you through the basics of aligning an exam (i.e.: creating an exam shell) in DataDirector. Aligning the exam to standards and clusters, modifying performance bands, and much more will be introduced and reviewed. This Booster Shot will NOT address creating an exam using the item bank. That will be covered in a future Booster Shot.

DataDirector and STAR Reports
1/31: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m
The ZOOM! Data Institute "DataDirector Reports and STAR testing" introduces schools to ways to use the DataDirector tool to analyze STAR results, share those results with teachers and students and create a plan to prepare students for the upcoming STAR administration. This is a valuable opportunity to learn from other ZOOM! participants and share best practices among ZOOM! schools.

February 2012

Using Data for Vertical Teaming
2/8: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m
The CCSA Performance Institute "Data for Vertical Teaming" will share out how data reports can be used to establish a need, identify opportunities, and track the effectiveness of vertical teaming at your school site. (This webinar is a "CCSA Performance Institute." Content will be applicable to all charters and registration will be open to all CCSA schools.)

Pre-Built Report Basics
2/9: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m
During the ZOOM! Booster Shot, " Pre-Built Report Basics," the ZOOM! support team will lead you through generating some of DataDirector's most commonly used Pre-Built Reports for both summative and formative exams. The ZOOM! support team will also review the various reports you can run using School Profiler, a tool that quickly displays publically available data from CDE's DataQuest website into easy to understand graphs. This Booster Shot is designed as an introduction and for those unfamiliar with the Pre-Built Reports.

Assessment & Accountability 101
2/14: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m
Position your school for success by gaining a better understanding of the landscape of assessment and accountability in California. Learn what assessments and accountability requirements are essential in CA. Get tips and recommendations of other assessments that can help your charters increase and enrich student learning. (This webinar is a "CCSA Performance Institute." Content will be applicable to all charters and registration will be open to all CCSA schools.)

Using Data to Tell Your School's Story
2/16: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m
The ZOOM! Data Institute "Using Data to Tell Your School's Story" introduces schools to ways they can use the DataDirector reports to share and communicate student progress to external stakeholders.

Creating an Exam--Intermediate
2/23: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m
During the ZOOM! Booster Shot "Creating an Exam - Intermediate," the ZOOM! support team will guide you through aligning an exam to standards and clusters, modifying performance bands, and much more. Additionally, we will cover how to create an exam in DataDirector 4.0. This Booster Shot WILL address creating an exam using the item bank.