STAT 21 Syllabus

Time line for 2009-2010 Activities

State Title IID Survey

K12 State Survey

Basic outline of tasks and process:

1. Look at eMetric scores of your CLASS (meaning the grade you taught) from LAST YEAR and find a standard that you teach that your class is traditionally low in. If you are in a grade or subject area that does not have an eMetric score, please find a score that low in your district and that you can affect with intervention.
2. Create a pretest in Achievement series finding questions built on that standard.
3. Administer that as a pretest, and then duplicate that test and administer formatively throughout the lesson plan to see if students are increasing their achievement level on that standard.
4. Infuse two tech lesson plans with that unit (which focus on the standard of low achievement).
5. Duplicate the achievement series test again to use as a post test.
6. Create a wikispace as an ePortfolio to hold all of your STAT21 information (please refer to this sample ePortfolio if you have questions or would like to see an example).
7. Finally when eMetric data is available for the year, We gather the data and compare last year’s eMetric scores to the grant year’s eMetric scores to see if there was an improvement.

Communication and collaboration

STAT21 Blog
Participants will be required to reflect via a blog once a month. E-mail notifications will be sent out when new postings are available to comment to. To set up an automatic notification when the blog has been posted to or commented upon, read the RSS section of this wiki. Participants are not required to create their own blog, however they are welcome to do so if they prefer to maintain reflections in a separate location than the stat21 blog.

Classes and workshops

All teachers will participate in a minimum of 4 days of instruction (direct and web based), comment or post on the STAT21 blog, and create an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio). All teachers will also participate in the final workshop where they share their projects and experiences. Instruction will be supported by cognitive coach© mentoring, technology coaching, and professional learning network characterized by face to face workshops, online workshops, blog reflections and the ePortfolio (all ePortfolios will be housed on a wiki).

Cohort 1: In addition to 21st Century Classrooms, cohort 1 is required to take three workshops. These workshops include 21st Century assessments, Blogs & Wikis, and one 21st Century tools workshop of the participant’s choice.
21st Century Assessments: will be required to attend a 21st century assessment workshop in which they will learn the principles of formative & summative assessment, as well as utilizing Achievement Series in a 21st century context. Achievement Series is a web-based assessment application that is available for all schools in South Dakota through the South Dakota Department of Education. Teachers will also access their state test results using the eMetric data application to obtain baseline test scores from the previous year. Teachers will be instructed how to analyze this data to determine where additional methods of instruction may be required.
Blogs & wikis: This workshop is required to ensure that all new teachers become comfortable with the 21st century tools used for the ePortfolio (a wiki) and reflections (the STAT21 blog).
21st Century Tools: All members of cohort 1 will be required to take at least one final 21st century tools workshop of their choice. If a member of cohort 1 feels proficient with 21st century tools, they may take a “transforming teaching” workshop as an alternate to a 21st century tools workshop.

After building instructional capacity over the first six months, teachers in cohort 1 will implement their knowledge by creating and administering two technology infused lesson plans which will address a low achieving standard (the low achieving standard will be identified during or following the 21st Century Assessment workshop). Following implementation, teachers will be asked to administer a post-test over the low achieving standard and reflect upon the process in their action research plan.

Cohort 2: In addition to 21st Century Classrooms, cohort 2 is required to take 3 “transforming teaching” workshops of their choice. Members of cohort 2 have already participated in three 21st century tools workshops in 2008-09, so the next step for this group is to learn how to extend their knowledge and use the tools to transform their classroom. In these interactive workshops, instructors will model 21st century teaching, demonstrate how to create 21st century learning environments, and provide best practices for project based learning. Teachers will also learn how to weave 21st century critical thinking and collaboration skills into their lesson plans. For collaborative learning to be effective, the instructor must view teaching as a process of developing and enhancing students' ability to learn. The instructor's role is not to transmit information, but to serve as a facilitator for learning. This involves creating and managing meaningful learning experiences and stimulating students' thinking through real world problems.” (Gohkale, 1995).

A member of cohort 2 may choose one 21st century tools workshop in place of one “transforming teaching” workshop as an alternate.

Workshop Schedule

The technology workshop listing and schedule is located on the technology workshops page of this wiki.

Technology Integration Matrix

Technology Integrated Lesson Plans


E-Metric data


Achievement Series Online Assessment Tool

Achievement Series website

Sample ePortfolio

Sample ePortfolio