August 19, 2015 Agenda

August 19, 2015, 3 pm eastern Conference Call Agenda
Call in information

To prepare for the conference call on Wednesday, please watch this video and think over the options below.

Note:  This rubric aims not to be a comprehensive assessment of a traditional civics course.

For this entire project, our guiding question must remain in the forefront of our minds:

  • What knowledge do students need in order to be informed and effective civic participants?

We have 11 phone calls in which to create a Civic Knowledge rubric.  That is a very short amount of time.  From facilitating the development of the VALUE rubrics, I know that discussing and agreeing on each line of the rubric can sometimes take more than one phone call.  Given that reality, we do not have very much time to develop the criteria for this rubric.  Thus, we need to be in consensus agreement about the criteria by the end of the 9/2/15 conference call. That is our goal.

The direction we should take the rubric criteria in, for this rubric, is not obvious.  Here are three possible choices:

  1. We could use the exact language from the knowledge section of the Massachusetts definition as our criteria.  The difficulty with that option is that the language from the knowledge section of the Massachusetts definition is so broad that figuring out the focus of those words in order to write specific criteria for them would take a significant amount of time.  If such work was undertaken, it would be likely that the focus of the resulting criteria would not be comprehensive and might also seem arbitrarily selected.  A sample rubric of this option is here.
  2. We could use the exact language from the knowledge section on the chart on page four of the The Crucible Moment.  The difficulty with that option is that the language from the knowledge section on the chart on page of the The Crucible Moment separates out into far more than six criteria.  Extensive feedback from the VALUE Rubric process teaches us that rubrics with more than six criteria are unworkable.  A sample rubric of this option is here.
  3. A remaining option is to use the criteria to answer our guiding question (What knowledge do students need in order to be informed and effective civic participants?).  This option would have two advantages.  First, because these criteria would be crafted in this process, it might be that a set of criteria that is comprehensive and specific could be crafted.  Second, if we are crafting the criteria, we can obviously limit them to six.  A sample rubric of this option is here.

On the call today, we will:

  • Have an open discussion about our criteria options given our time constraints.

Other Tasks

  • Sign up to collect student work samples
  • Sign up to write criteria
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