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The following resources are available, courtesy of Achieve the Core.

This is the time of year when teachers and students take time to reflect on learning that has occurred over the past 3 quarters and make decisions about what final steps towards mastery will be taken in the next 9 weeks. One approach to helping students monitor their own learning progress is the Grid approach to instructional planning created by Chad Ostrowski, a former MS Science Teacher. Chad presented at the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) Symposium this past January. The Grid method integrates Depth of Knowledge with student choice and progress towards mastery in a way that encourage students to monitor their own progress. Take time in the next week to reflect on what you are doing that is facilitating student ownership of learning. Interested in learning more about the Grid approach - for science or any other content area? Check out the Upcoming Opportunities section below.

Spotlight Resources

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • March 27 9:00-10:00 PM #OHedchat with Special Guest Facilitator, Dr. Jim Popham with Dr. Bryan Drost.  Making Testing Help, Not Harm: Alternatives. What a great opportunity to learn along with 2 assessment leaders.
  • SECO - Science Education Council of Ohio is sponsoring a FREE webinar;  April 3, 2019 from 4:00-5:00 (EDT) on The Grid Method - An Approach to Mastery Learning  - this webinar is the launch of their Spring webinar series and is FREE to all teachers.  Chad Ostrowski, the CEO of #TeachBetter ( will be leading us in a one-hour webinar focusing on the Grid Method. This approach to mastery learning incorporates DOK levels with teacher created Mastery Grids and easy-to-implement routines. The Grid Method allows students in any content area classroom to find success at their own pace and take ownership of their learning. The targeted design of the Grids allows teachers to focus on student success and progress instead of day-to-day planning.  Chad presented this session at SECO’s 2019 Symposium and a number of SECO Board Members are already using this approach and seeing successes in their own classrooms.
  • April 3  7:00-8:00 EST Free Webinar - Text At the Center in any content area. Is text truly at the center of instruction in your school? This webinar will walk you through the concepts explored in the Text at the Center brief. What does research tell us about the implications for instruction when text and evidence are at the center of student learning and school experiences? Participants will also get a sneak preview of some of the thinking SAP is doing around altering the ways interim assessment results are reported out to teachers. Join Sue Pimentel and Meredith Liben as they dive into this topic!
    • For those of you who are interested in the webinar and are unable to attend, we will record the webinar and put it up on in the next couple of days following the webinar.