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Monday, February 27, 2017

CCSSO Announces SXSWedu Sessions on Service Learning, Open Educational Resources and Assessment Redesign

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 27, 2017) -- How can educators engage students in service learning? What does an innovative assessment look like? And what is the potential power of open educational resources? 

Explore the answers to these questions and others, including whether teaching is an art, science -- or both, at the SXSWedu® Conference & Festival March 6-9 in Austin, TX.

In Classroom to Community: Student Service Learning, 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes will share best practices for engaging students in service learning and encourage educators to develop plans of their own to expand the network of teachers engaging in this valuable practice.

Now Trending: State Assessments Worth Taking will explore what matters in student assessment and how some states are fostering innovative, bottom-up approaches to assessment system redesign.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers the potential for states to apply for an "Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority," and many states are rethinking how to ensure that all students are making meaningful progress toward learning outcomes that matter. Join Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, Ohio's Orange City Schools Instructional Mathematics Coach Christa Krohn and Jennifer Poon, director of the Council of Chief State School Officers' Innovation Lab Network, for this discussion.

States and districts are increasingly interested in high-quality aligned open educational resources (OER), and the flexibility they can provide, and those resources are the focus of Let's #GoOpen! The Potential Power of OER. The U.S. Department of Education in 2015 launched the #GoOpen Campaign to encourage use of openly licensed educational materials. This session will highlight efforts at the state and local level in Oklahoma, and provide an update on the work of all the #GoOpen states and districts.

Join Kurt Bernhardt, Executive Director of Education Tech at the Oklahoma Department of Education, Suzanne Holt, Secondary English Language Arts Instructional Specialist at Broken Arrow Public Schools and Kristina Peters, the U.S. Department of Education's K-12 Open Education Fellow, for this session.

And don't miss an engaging discussion including 2014-15 North Carolina Teacher of the Year James E. Ford and 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki about whether teaching is an art, science -- or both.  

Representatives from state education agencies also will be presenting at other sessions at SXSWedu. For additional information on SXSWedu and sessions to attend, visit here.



The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.