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February 17th, 2017

Nicole Barrick Renner supports the ongoing development and improvement of LDC’s core content, including task templates, rubrics, curriculum resources, and student work. Prior to joining LDC, Nicole worked as a performance assessment and ELA content specialist at SCALE, focusing on building educators’ assessment literacy through professional development and technical support. Always an English teacher at heart, she started out teaching high school English with a focus on PBL and Paideia Seminar at East Nashville Magnet School in Tennessee. Nicole holds an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College; she also holds an M.A. and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia. When not reading or otherwise geeking out about English language arts, Nicole also enjoys taming semi-feral cats, trying to cook the winning dishes from food competition shows, and cycling around Austin (during the few months of the year when it’s not blisteringly hot).

New Optional Fields in LDC Mini-Tasks

LDC mini-tasks now feature optional fields for Differentiation and Reflection. Inspired by the partnership between LDC and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the fields are relevant to and useful for all teachers.  Student all have unique strengths and needs, and the Differentiation field was created as an additional tool for providing the customized support that students need to reach high levels of achievement as specified in the standards. The Reflection field supports teacher and student learning by providing space to record and share notes about student performance, instructional next steps, and revisions to mini-task design.

National Board Mini-Task Template

An enhanced National Board mini-task template is newly available that includes prompts and resources to guide the use of these optional fields in ways that explicitly connect with the Architecture of Accomplished Teaching. The Differentiation field provides opportunities to tailor instructional support to the unique strengths and needs of individual students, while the Reflection field invites you to step back and evaluate formative assessment results, lesson successes and challenges, and instructional next steps. This template can be used by anyone and is particularly useful for National Board candidates working to accomplish Components 2 and 4 of their certification. Simply make a copy of the mini-task and start editing!

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