Upcoming ZOOM! Professional Development Sessions

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January 19, 2012 We hope that you're having an excellent start to 2012. As the second part of the academic year begins, 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 the end of March. 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

Creating an Exam--Basic
1/24--3:30-4:30 PM
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 PM
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 PM
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 PM
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 PM
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 PM
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.

Data Resources
2/21--3:00-4:30 PM
To better help charter schools understand their student data and improve their performance, CCSA has created a number of free tools that are available to all charters. The CCSA Performance Institute "Data Resources" will walk participants through several such tools, including the CCSA Snapshots, School Profiler, and interactive tools created with information from the 2012 Portrait of the Movement. (This webinar is a "CCSA Performance Institute." Content will be applicable to all charters and registration will be open to all CCSA schools.)

Creating an Exam--Intermediate
2/23--3:30-4:30 PM
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.

March 2012

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs): Creating a Data-Driven School Community
3/6, 3:30-5:00 PM
The ZOOM! Data Institute "Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)" introduces schools to the steps to begin and sustain a Professional Learning Community (PLC) driven by student achievement data pulled by DataDirector.

Programs & Custom Reporting
3/8--3:30-4:30 PM
Many schools find Programs & Custom Reporting useful and easy ways to better break down and analyze their data. This ZOOM! Booster Shot will show you how to use DataDirector's Programs feature. Programs can be used to create specific groups of students for your data analysis needs. The second half will look at Custom Reporting, where you will learn how to create reports pulling specific fields of data that your school would like to look at and analyze.

Using Data to Differentiate Instruction
3/13--3:00-4:30 PM
The CCSA Performance Institute "Using Data to Differentiate Instruction" introduces schools to guidance around how to assist teachers in differentiating instruction in their classrooms, track students' progress in meeting grade-level, subject matter, and school-wide learning goals. (This webinar is a "CCSA Performance Institute." Content will be applicable to all charters and registration will be open to all CCSA schools.)

Troubleshooting Your Core Files
3/15--3:30-4:30 PM
During the ZOOM! Booster Shot, "Troubleshooting Your Core Files," the ZOOM! support team will review common issues with core files and how to fix them, as well as answer specific questions pertaining to your school's core files. The session will also include information on how to uploading supplemental information into DataDirector, such as new demographic fields.

Creating & Uploading Supplemental Demographics
3/20--3:30-4:30 PM
Do you find yourself wanting to upload more demographic information into DataDirector beyond what the typical demographics file allows? During this ZOOM! Booster Shot, you'll learn how to create and upload supplemental demographics (such as previous school, whether the student is in foster care, or whether the student receives a free lunch or reduced-price lunch) to better customize DataDirector to fit your school's needs.

ZOOM! and the Primary Grades
3/28--3:00-4:30 PM
You've been asking and we've heard you! How do you implement ZOOM! in the primary grades? To better help schools use ZOOM! in the primary grades, the ZOOM! team is offering this Data Institute showing schools how to put ZOOM! to use with their youngest students. This session will feature fellow school leaders sharing best practices from their sites, along with implementation successes and suggestions