Illinois CSI at AIR Experts Appear at the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographic Diversity Annual Meeting

Illinois CSI at AIR experts were proud to present at this year’s Superintendents Commission for the Study of Demographic Diversity, on April 20, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Illinois. See below to review content and materials presented during breakout sessions on assessment, English language learners, restorative justice and STEM.

Creating a Valid and Reliable Assessment

Presenter: Dan Frederking

Topic Areas: Balanced Assessments: Understanding Type I, II, and III Assessments

This content shares relevant existing research and proven practices for creating high-quality local assessments. This presentation was an adapted version of the presenter’s similar course available on the Ed Leaders Network.

Ensuring Equitable Access to Core Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Presenters: Nimisha Bhatt, EdD, and Valerie Butròn

Topic Areas:  Student Achievement

This presentation shares relevant existing research and proven practices for improving teaching and learning for English Language Learners (ELLs).  The Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework was utilized to support core instruction for ELLs.

Elevating Students With Practices That Are Restorative and Trauma-Informed

Presenters: Patti Furlano and Shanna Shipman

Topic Areas: Senate Bill 100 – Student Discipline, Student Achievement

Restorative justice, trauma-informed practices, cultural responsiveness, and social and emotional learning: each is an important competency-based lens that, when combined, form a clearer view of how to equitably meet diverse student needs. This presentation shares evidence-based, transformative discipline strategies in line with Senate Bill 100, while connecting and aligning complementary approaches to a safe and supportive learning environment within a multi-tiered system of support.

Engaging in Argument From Evidence: Supporting Student Achievement Across Multiple Content Areas

Presenter: Bridina Lemmer, PhD

Topic Areas: Student Achievement, STEM, and Implementation of the ILS-Science

This presentation focused on evidence and research- based strategies and tools available to schools and districts to support student learning across multiple content areas. Emphasis was placed on the current science landscape and how it supports and overlaps student learning in math, ELA, and social studies by examining the skills of engaging in argument from evidence and supporting student discourse in the classroom in each of these content areas.

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