2021 Maurice Hillman Essay Contest - April 2021

Web Seminar Series

Web Seminar Series

Tue Jun 01, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM Eastern
Tue Jun 08, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM Eastern
Tue Jun 15, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM Eastern
Tue Jun 22, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM Eastern


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This web seminar series on assessing three-dimensional learning will move our learning community from research to practice over the course of four weeks. We’ll use high-quality instructional and assessment materials to identify the similarities and differences between tasks designed for instruction and assessment tasks.

Participants will leverage knowledge of these similarities and differences to better take advantage of research-based assessment tools to revise and design multi-dimensional (two or three dimensions) assessment tasks for use in their classroom. We’ll use samples of K-12 assessment tasks which elicit the targeted elements of the three dimensions and create opportunities for students to communicate what they know and are able to do.

To better serve all participants, if you are teaching in a state, district or school that has not adopted or adapted the Next Generation Science Standards, you may want to read NGSS Appendix A: Conceptual Shifts to familiarize yourself with the three dimensions of teachings and learning and the conceptual shifts represented in the standards. Participants may also benefit with familiarizing themselves with commonly used acronyms such as DCI (disciplinary core ideas), SEP (science and engineering practices), and CCC (crosscutting concepts) to support their learning throughout the web series.

During the four-part series participants have access to:

  • A moderated private forum for group discussions with other participants
  • Digital resources and all NSTA online community tools (My Library, My Learning Plan, My Profile, Discussion Forums)
  • Web seminar series archive including video recordings and curated collection of supporting resources (continued access after the series ends)

By the end of the web seminar series, participants will be able to:

  • Use the four critical aspects of sensemaking to evaluate and revise existing assessment tasks
  • Design questions that elicit student responses for targeted elements of the three dimensions and create opportunities for students to communicate what they know using multiple modalities
  • Create a scenario-driven, multi-dimensional assessment task


Are you a state, district, or school leader responsible for providing professional learning experiences for K-12 educators? Consider sponsoring a group of teachers to participate in this Web Seminar Series.

Cost to Groups

Registration is $1,500.00 flat fee per cohort of up to 25 participants, regardless of their NSTA membership status. Contact Flavio Mendez via email (fmendez@nsta.org) to request a quote.




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