Tools for Teachers
The new instructional resource called Tools for Teachers (https://smartertoolsforteachers.org/), developed in partnership with Smarter Balanced, is now available to help educators support their students during this challenging back-to-school season. Tools for Teachers features standards- aligned lessons and activities created by educators to enhance their instruction. These high-quality resources are flexible and accessible to meet the needs of diverse learners, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.
The website is currently available for preview, and additional resources and functionality will be available for the grand opening on September 30, 2020. Tools for Teachers, along with companion Smarter Balanced resources like:
– the Back to School Assessment Playbook (https://portal.smarterbalanced.org/wpcontent/uploads/Back-To- School-Assessment-Playbook_July-2020_FINAL.pdf)
– the Remote Teaching and Learning website (https://remote.smartertoolsforteachers.org/), providing guidance on using the formative assessment process
– (https://youtu.be/wpwZCqvt70U) to support instruction and accelerate learning this coming school year.
Tools for Teachers was developed with a commitment to accessibility and is available free to educators throughout Oregon. The website provides access to a variety of resources, including:
- Lessons and activities with built-in accessibility strategies that can help teachers support students’ varying needs and preferences.
- Meaningful descriptions of grade-level expectations to help teachers monitor progress.
- Formative strategies to help teachers identify where students are in their learning, where they are going, and how they will get there.
All K-12 educators with an active account in TIDE can access Tools for Teachers through a direct link or through the OSAS Portal. Test Administrators automatically have access to Tools for Teachers; for users who will not be TAs, or users new to a district, ODE has created a new “Tools for Teachers” user role (TFT_SC) through which users can access Tools for Teachers. This user role can be activated in TIDE by the district’s DTC (Ken). See the Oregon Department of Education’s Formative Assessment web page (https://www.oregon.gov/ode/educatorresources/assessment/Pages/Formative_Assessment.aspx) for more
information, including a series of videos, an informational flier for distribution in your district, sample resources, and frequently asked questions. For more information, contact Andrew Byerley, Mathematics
Assessment Specialist, or Tony Bertrand, ELA and Social Sciences Assessment Specialist.
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