The March meeting of the Professional Learning Committee was held on March 6th, 2020 in Room A-110 at Centennial Education Center. The meeting had two main purposes: first, to assist the EL-CIVICS Coordinator at Centennial with reviewing the new EL CIVICS assessments, and second, to revise and finalize the Writing Rubrics for pilot-testing at Centennial in our ESL courses.
Sandra Watts, the EL CIVICS Coordinator at Centennial passed around the new EL CIVICS unit to the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced ESL teachers to examine. Teachers were asked to make comments on the assessments and suggested revisions to improve the readability of the tests for ESL students. Sandra expressed satisfaction at the high quality of input received from teachers. She stated it would help her to improve the EL CIVICS assessments before they were sent to production.
After Sandra completed her presentation, teachers met in their respective ESL level groups to finalize the Writing Rubrics for assessing student writing. Teachers spent the next hour discussing and revising the rubrics. A group of teacher-volunteers has been recruited to test out the Writing Rubrics with their classes. They will be compensated for their work. The pilot-testing of the Writing Rubrics will help PLC members to gauge their utility for evaluating Formative Writing Assessments completed by the teacher-volunteers.
Once the pilot process is completed, further revisions to the Rubrics may prove necessary. PLC Teachers will be working closely with the teacher-volunteers during this Spring, 2020 Semester.