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California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD)

The California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) is a diverse community of educators throughout California committed to promoting exemplary practices that ensure all learners reach their fullest potential.

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Smarter Balanced Seeking Educators for Assessment Development Activities

  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is recruiting qualified educators for several assessment development activities in 2018:
  • Item authoring—Write sets of items for English language arts/literacy (ELA) or mathematics (mid-July).
  •  Item review—Review test items, considering content, fairness, and accessibility criteria (October).
  •  Range finding—Review student responses to field test items and confirm scores related to the scoring rubric (early August).
  • Data review—After the range finding process, complete the review of the items (December).
  • Participant qualifications are as follows:
  • Currently certified or licensed to teach ELA or mathematics in a K–12 public school or certified to teach English learners and/or students with disabilities
  • Currently teaching in a public school or currently employed by a public school, district, or state education entity, including higher education
  • Within the past three years and in grades three through eight and/or high school—Have taught ELA or mathematics or have worked in a classroom content support role (e.g., literacy or district or state content specialist); and/or have taught students with disabilities and/or English learners or have worked in a support role (e.g., district/school coordinator or instructional specialist)
  • Have previously reviewed part or all of the Common Core State Standards for the content area in which they are interested in working

Please note that:

  • For item writing, educators must submit a statement of interest that describes (1) the reasons for their interest in developing items for Smarter Balanced assessments; and (2) their qualifications for doing so.
  • Educators who have documented expertise in the areas of science and/or social science may apply for ELA item review.
  • Some activities will have additional preferred experience criteria.

Smarter Balanced and its contractors will make the final selection of educators to serve from each Consortium member state. The goal is to achieve a balance of geographic regions, grade levels, years of experience, and other demographic data. Selected participants and alternates will be notified by Smarter Balanced beginning in March and extending through October, depending on the associated activity.

  • For activities that require participant travel, airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be covered by Smarter Balanced, as will the cost of substitute pay.
Qualified teachers and other educators interested in these opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply! The online application must be completed and submitted by Friday, February 9.


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CASCD is excited to offer several workshops this year focused on developing and implementing a trauma-sensitive environment.  We will be offering the initial training with additional training to follow and is being scheduled in April.  Location and detailed information to be added soon.  

Childhood trauma is real, it is prevalent and it impacts students, their learning and the adults in their lives quite significantly.  In this engaging, relevant and practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers, MA LMHC, (author of "Fostering Resilient Learners:  Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom").

Check out the dates and locations below under Professional Development Events.  If your district is interested in hosting one of these events, please contact us!

Professional Development Events

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Every year CASCD selects an Outstanding Instructional Leader (OIL) who has significantly impacted/influenced public education in California. Individuals, who influence, advocate for and support professional growth and instructional leadership to ensure success for each learner are nominated by their CASCD peers. The award is given in recognition of Helen Heffernan who provided California with outstanding service, keen insight, vision and leadership. This year CASCD is pleased to recognize two outstanding California instructional leaders who have made significant contributions to the education of California's K-12 students.

For submitting a nomination for 2018 please click the following for the form and instructions which have been extended to December 15, 2017.   Nominate Outstanding Instructional Leader.

ASCD CaliforniaPhone: (530) 520-9412
Mailing: PO Box 1841
Oroville, CA 95965

The California Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (CASCD) is a diverse community of educators throughout California committed to promoting exemplary practices that ensure all learners reach their fullest potential.


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