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Monday, August 15, 2016

CCSSO Proposes SXSWedu Sessions

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

WASHIGNTON, D.C. (August 15, 2016) - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) proposed three sessions for the 2017 SXSWedu® Conference & Festival, including a session on the power of Open Educational Resources (OER), a session on service learning with 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes and a session on innovative assessments.

These sessions won't disappoint. Be sure to vote! Public voting accounts for 30 percent of the selection formula. For more information about a session, or to vote for it, click on its title below. Voting runs Aug. 8 - Sept. 2.

 • Let's #GoOpen! The potential power of OER

Over the past few years there has been an increased interest around high-quality aligned open educational resources (OER) and the flexibility OER can provide in terms of distribution to all students and adaptation for the individual learner. In the fall of 2015, the U.S. Department of Education launched the #GoOpen Campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to use openly licensed educational materials to transform teaching and learning. This session highlights the #GoOpen campaign at the state and local level in Oklahoma and provides an update on the work of all the #GoOpen states and districts.

Classroom to Community: Student Service Learning

Through service learning, 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes expands her classroom walls into the community. Community service projects build skills and empowerment, and provide students the opportunity to transfer the critical thinking and problem solving skills taught in the classroom into the real world. It also allows students to know the power of being the giver. Students build a sense of increased self-worth and self-sufficiency. This, in turn, can lead to academic success. 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

Much has been said of state tests in recent public discourse. Whether for or against them, one issue remains central: how can we best ensure that all students are making meaningful progress toward learning outcomes that matter? Recently, with the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the potential for states to apply for an "Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority," many states are rethinking this core question. Join a teacher, a state education commissioner and the director of a national innovation network to explore what matters in student assessment and how some states are fostering innovative, bottom-up approaches to assessment system redesign.


 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.