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Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)

The New Hampshire Department of Education is pleased to announce its partnership with the NEA-NH and the Center for Assessment through a grant from NEA to develop a statewide understanding of Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). This three-year grant will provide training to approximately 90 educators. The training will include developing expertise in all areas of the SLO process: development, implementation and dissemination.

In year one, participating educators will develop a base of knowledge by piloting a student learning objective. They will build on their knowledge in year two by mentoring other educators in the SLO process and by sharing their experiences. Year three will further develop their expertise through an improvement cycle and continued outreach and mentoring on the systemic use of SLOs. The result of this work will be improved instructional practices around setting student goals, the use of data to guide instruction, the use of formative assessment and improved student learning.

We look forward to this exciting opportunity and are very grateful to have this strong partnership to develop educators who are truly leading the profession!

SLOs are content- and grade/course-specific measurable learning objectives that can be used to document student learning over a defined period of time. SLOs provide a means for educators to establish learning goals for individual or groups of students, monitor students’ progress toward these goals, and then evaluate the degree to which students achieve these goals. The active involvement of the teacher throughout the process is a key advantage of the SLO approach over traditional test-centered approaches to accountability. It is designed to reflect and develop good teaching practices such as setting clear learning targets, differentiating instruction for students, monitoring students’ progress toward these targets, and evaluating the extent to which students have met the targets.

Are you the type of classroom educator who wants to lead the profession? Do you want to improve your own classroom practices and then share your knowledge with colleagues? If so, I urge you to click here to download the application and RETURN IT BEFORE JUNE 14, 2014.

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