Teachers learn skills for classroom assessment

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Nearly 50 local teachers participated in Year Two Resident Educator Training at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center on Dec. 9.

Nearly 50 local teachers participated in their Year Two Resident Educator training at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015.

New teachers starting their first job are given a Resident Educator Teaching License by the state of Ohio, and must complete four years of Resident Educator Training to receive their Professional Teaching License. Year One teachers meet four times a year for training; Year Two meets three times a year, Year Three meets once, and Year Four meets individually with teachers. During those four years, Resident Educator Teachers work closely with a mentor to guide and evaluate them.

Professional development workshops are conducted around topics of concern to all new teachers, such as classroom management, effective use of assessments, and standards-based education.

Nearly 50 Resident Educator Teachers participated in the Year Two training at the ESC on Tuesday.

“Our program serves teachers from throughout Scioto County, as well as Manchester in Adams County and Oak Hill in Jackson County,” Tammy Hambrick, Resident Educator program director, said. “Although participation is required, the Ohio Department of Education allows us to determine our own program structure as long as we include certain components. We decided to hold our meetings after school which makes for a long day, but it gives teachers more time in class with their students.”

The topic of the training on Tuesday was how to incorporate formative assessments into their classroom instruction.

“They’ve had training on how to give good, quality assessments, but at this point we’re really trying to make sure they are able to take what they’ve learned and actually use it correctly and effectively in the classroom,” Hambrick said. “We’re trying to grow really high-quality teachers who, very early in their careers, are able to instruct students with as much effectiveness as possible. Even to the level of teachers who have been teaching 10, 15, or 20 years.”

The next Year One Resident Educator Training is scheduled for March 1, 2016, and the next Year Two Resident Educator Training will be March 15, 2016. Registration for those events is closed. Various classroom management resources, including videos and web links, are available on the Resident Educator webpage, in the curriculum department of the South Central Ohio ESC website at www.scoesc.org.

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