Understanding and Critiquing PBA’s

October 18 , 2017

Event Details

Understanding and Critiquing PBA’s

This is a hands-on workshop for teachers and school-based and division-level administrators with varying levels of experience in the development and use of Performance-based Assessments in all subject areas. 
During the workshop, Jay McTighe and Chris Gareis will:

  1. Introduce a peer critique protocol for reviewing and evaluating PBAs and then guide participants working collaboratively in small groups through the use of the protocol as they critique sample PBA’s;
  2. Model a process for developing rubrics in an effort to strengthen PBAs and to help teachers make sound instructional decisions; and
  3. Assist and provide feedback to peer groups as they use the protocol to review and revise PBAs that they have developed in their school divisions and classrooms (or sample PBAs which will be provided to participants)

In addition, Virginia Department of Education officials will share the current status and future directions of the state’s assessment initiative including ideas on how schools and divisions will be held accountable for results.
This workshop on October 18 will build on the work by the VA DOE and other professional organizations in the following ways:

  • The workshop is hands-on – participants will be collaborating in small groups, with the assistance of Jay McTighe, Chris Gareis, and selected Coaches, to review and critique sample PBAs developed by the Virginia School-University Partnership (VSUP) as well those developed in their school divisions and classrooms.
  • The workshop will provide participants with a wealth of resources, including templates and sample PBAs, as well as information about additional online resources for PBAs and rubric development.
  • Criteria for quality PBAs will be cross-referenced with the VDOE's guidelines for locally developed alternative assessments in order to facilitate the work within school divisions to replace identified SOL tests.

Featured Presenters

Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. He served as director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this position, Jay was involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education where he helped lead Maryland's standards-based reforms, including the development of performance-based statewide assessments. He also directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching. Well known for his work with thinking skills, Jay has coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. In addition to his work at the state level, Jay has experience at the district level in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as a classroom teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. He also directed a state residential enrichment program for gifted and talented students.

Learn more about Jay McTighe here.


Christopher Gareis, Ed.D., is a Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where he teaches courses in curriculum development, instructional leadership, and classroom assessment.  He began his career as a high school English teacher and varsity soccer coach.  He also taught middle school English, science, and mathematics and subsequently led two different middle schools as an assistant principal and then as principal.  Additionally, Dr. Gareis served as an assistant to the superintendent, with responsibilities in strategic planning and facilities design.  In 2001, he joined William and Mary as Associate Dean, in which role he directed the teacher preparation program and developed a network of partnership schools and clinical faculty in support of teacher preparation and school counselor education.  As a faculty member at William and Mary, Dr. Gareis has worked with schools, school districts, state departments of education in the areas of classroom assessment, instructional leadership, curriculum development, teacher evaluation, teacher compensation, strategic planning, and mentoring.  

Learn more about Chris Gareis here.

Event Schedule

The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served at noon.

Registration Details

The workshop fee is $200 for each participant.

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 13, 2017.

In the registration form (below), required fields are indicated with a red asterisk.  Mistakes made in completing the form will be highlighted in red.

Once you have submitted the registration, the person or people whom you have designated to receive a confirmation email should see that email (with registration information included) within 24 hours.

Pre-Payment is not required. However, if you would like to pay now by credit card or PayPal, you will be provided with a link to the VASS online payment portal after you complete your registration.

If you do not pay by credit card or PayPal at registration, the person whom you identify below as the Billing Contact will receive an invoice for payment of the registration fee after the workshop or conference has been held. 

If a purchase order number is provided on the registration form, it will be referenced on the invoice.

Notification of cancellation must be sent by email to Liza Scallet, the VASS Administrative Assistant, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017 . . . or you will be billed in full.


Venue Information

Chesterfield Public Schools CTC Hull Conference Center

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Contact VASS

If you have questions or concerns, or would like to receive more information about this event, please contact the VASS Administrative Assistant, Liza Scallet.

October 18 , 2017
Understanding and Critiquing PBA’s
Chesterfield CTC Hull Conference Center
October 13, 2017

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