NWEA Fusion 2017, our user conference for MAP partners, is rolling into Indianapolis on June 20-22, and there are a couple of things you might want to know. In addition to the tremendous lineup of keynote speakers and sessions, there is a great four-session college readiness mini-track that is new this year. The first session focuses on research our NWEA team has conducted, the second is a panel with partners sharing their stories, the third is how one district is moving from good to great, and the fourth session is a hands-on ‘lab’ featuring our College Explorer tool. Here are some additional details:
- College Readiness: What Does Research Say?
Which students are ready for college—and what do the others need to do to prepare? Join us to learn about new findings from a college readiness study conducted by NWEA Research. A variety of data will be shared, including the power of teacher perception and goal setting in boosting college readiness. Roundtable discussions will facilitate idea-sharing to assist educators in planning how they can use these new trends in their districts and schools.
- College Readiness: Partner Stories
What are leaders like you doing to help students prepare for college? Come to this session to learn first-hand how current and former educators use NWEA data and resources to assist their students on their journey to college readiness. You will hear from a district assessment coordinator, a former middle and high school counselor, and a superintendent about how important they feel NWEA data is in preparing students for college.
- Moving from Good to Great: How One District is Using Data to Become the Best in the World
How can America’s education systems compete at a world-class level? Come learn how the Kettle Moraine School District, a MAP Growth partner for over a decade, added one more measurement, the OECD Test for Schools, to drive their improvement efforts with astounding results. Hear how the district is using this internationally respected benchmark to prove that their students can complete in today’s global economy.
- College Explorer Tool and Current NWEA Resources – Hands-On Session
In this hands-on session, you will learn about resources and tools to help students as they prepare to be college ready. The NWEA team will demonstrate how to use our College Explorer Tool, and analyze college readiness data from MAP Growth Reports and Linking Studies (SAT/ACT). If you have students in grade 5 or above, bring their NWEA MAP Growth scores.
At Fusion 2017, you also won’t want to miss our keynote speakers. This year, we have two social change catalysts who will discuss new ways to help students turn adversity into achievement. We promise you will leave inspired!
- Steve Pemberton, author of the bestselling memoir A Chance in the World, transformed childhood adversity into triumph and became a tireless advocate for the disenfranchised.
- Erin Gruwell, author of the New York Times bestselling book The Freedom Writers Diary, is a celebrated change agent who believes that education is the greatest equalizer.
We hope to see you in a few short weeks at Fusion 2017! For more information, click HERE.
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