See below - a message I sent out over a few listservs - thought I'd post it here too. Please forward on to others and consider participating yourself (if appropriate). Do some good - earn $50!

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Dear colleagues,

We are looking for teachers, principals, assessment directors, and district technology coordinators who are interested in formative assessment and are willing to participate in an evaluation panel. The purpose of the panel is to review and contribute to the design of a formative assessment tool. This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education - its purpose is to design an affordable tool that would assist teachers with data collection and analysis on teacher-created and other formative assessments to help improve student achievement.

Each session will be no more than 1 hour long and will be conducted via webcast. Educators will receive a $50 stipend for participating.

Teachers from all subject areas are welcome. Sessions will be conducted in early October and early November. Please view the schedule at the end of this message for exact dates and times.

Educators can participate from home or from school. To participate in the webcast, each participant will need a phone to call into the discussion (toll-free) and a computer to see the presentation. Most individuals should be able to easily get into the web conference, but you may wish to check these system requirements:

  • A stable 56k, cable modem, ISDN, DSL, or better Internet connection
  • For Windows users: Internet Explorer 5.0 or newer, Netscape 6.0 or newer, Mozilla Firefox 1.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled)
  • For Mac OS X users: Safari 1.3 or newer, Firefox 1.5 or newer on PowerPC G3/G4/G5, Firefox 1.5.0.2 or newer on Intel (JavaScript and Java enabled)

If you are interested in participating, please reply to this e-mail as soon as possible by clicking the reply button and typing in your answer to each of the questions below - please address your e-mail to amuller@4roi.com. A confirmation message with the toll-free phone number and the web link you need to access the webcast will be sent to you.

  • Your name?
  • Your position? (teacher, principal, assessment director, district technology coordinator)
  • If a teacher or principal, are you in an elementary, middle or high school?
  • If you are a teacher, what subject do you teach?
  • In what state are you located?
  • Session date/time that is your 1st preference? (see below)
  • Session date/time that is your 2nd preference? (see below)

Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important project that aims to create helpful tools to meet educators' data-driven accountability needs. Please share this message freely with other educators.

Dr. Scott McLeod, Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota

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Session Dates / Times (all times Eastern)

Elementary School Teachers:

Oct 16 - 7:30 to 8:30 PM EST 

Oct 17 - 8:30 to 9:30 AM EST 

Oct 23 - 7:30 to 8:30 AM EST

Oct 25 - 9:30 to 10:30 AM EST

Nov 6 - 7:30 to 8:30 AM EST

Nov 8 - 9:30 to 10:30 AM EST

Nov 9 - 8:30 to 9:30 AM EST

Nov 10 - 10:30 to 11:30 AM EST

Nov 13 – 7:30 – 8:30 PM EST

Middle School/ Jr. High Teachers:

Oct 16 - 8:30 to 9:30 AM EST

Oct 16 - 7:30 to 8:30 PM EST 

Oct 17 - 10:30 to 11:30 AM EST

Oct 23 - 9:30 to 10:30 AM EST

Nov 8 - 7:30 to 8:30 AM EST

Nov 9 - 10:30 to 11:30 AM EST

Nov 10 - 8:30 to 9:30 AM EST

Nov 13 – 7:30 – 8:30 PM EST

High School Teachers:

Oct 16 - 3:30 to 4:30 PM EST

Oct 17 - 6:30 to 7:30 PM EST

Oct 23 – 8:30 – 9:30 PM EST

Nov 13 - 3:30 to 4:30 PM EST

Nov 14 - 5:30 to 6:30 PM EST

Nov 15 - 4:30 to 5:30 PM EST

Nov 16 - 8:30 to 9:30 PM EST

Principals:

Oct 16 - 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Oct 24 – 6:30 – 7:30 PM EST

Nov 13 - 10:00 to 11:00 AM EST

Nov 14 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

Nov 14 - 7:30 to 8:30 PM EST

Nov 15 - 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST

Nov 16 - 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Assessment Directors:

Oct 17 – 8:30 – 9:30 PM EST

Oct 24 - 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Nov 6 - 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Nov 7 - 4:00 to 5:00 PM EST

Nov 8 - 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST

Nov 9 - 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Nov 15 - 7:30 to 8:30 PM EST

Technology Coordinators:

Oct 17 – 8:30 – 9:30 PM EST

Oct 25 - 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Nov 6 - 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST

Nov 7 - 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST

Nov 8 - 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST

Nov 9 - 4:00 to 5:00 PM EST

Nov 15 - 7:30 to 8:30 PM EST

Note: If none of the above dates/times work for you but you're interested in participating, please e-mail amuller@4roi.com with preferred dates and times. We may be able to add more sessions.