Monday, September 23, 2013

Galileo® Professional Development

ATI offers a variety of on-site professional development sessions for Galileo K-12 Online and Galileo Pre-K Online users. The sessions are designed to assist educators in implementing the systems’ tools and technology throughout the school year.

Galileo trainers can help you discover new strategies and approaches to:

• building your local Common-Core-aligned curricula using ATI Unit and Instructional Dialog technology.
• implementing multiple levels of differentiated instruction to promote learning for all students.
• monitoring the effects of your district's or school's approaches to differentiated instruction.    

• providing the background needed to implement Galileo technology to new users, future trainers, and administrators.
• empowering supervisors, administrators, and trainers with expertise to lead their program in the Early Intervention Cycle.

Schedule an on-site professional development session today.
Contact a Professional Development staff member at 1.800.367.4762 or at for additional information, pricing, and to reserve a date.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Depth of Knowledge

Depth of knowledge, or DOK, evaluates the alignment between the depth or complexity of cognitive processing required for a student to complete an assessment task and how well that assessment task aligns with the cognitive complexity expressed in the standards being assessed.

The concept of DOK, developed by Norman Webb, breaks down into four levels - explained in the table that follows.

ATI offers a number of ways to measure the achievement of complex skills aligned to Common Core State Standards using Galileo K-12 Online assessment solutions. Items involving analysis and reasoning (available now in the ATI item banks) measure student capabilities and comprehension beyond factual recall. Assessments can be integrated into the instructional process and thereby expanded to cover student performance occurring over time periods that extend beyond the limited time periods allotted for selected-response tests.

Frequently Asked Questions: ATI and Common Core State Standards

Text reference: Are state-level standards and assessments aligned? Wisconsin Center for Education Research Highlights Fall 1999: 1-3.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Galileo® K-12 Online Dashboards offer Actionable Information for both Administrators and Teachers All in One Location

To help administrators with the new challenges of elevating student achievement, ATI offers the easy-to-use administrator view Dashboard within Galileo K-12 Online. This Dashboard ensures that curriculum and interventions are effectively implemented by providing, all in one place, actionable information linked to the attainment of staff goals for effective instruction and student goals for growth.

Progress management also becomes much easier when using the Dashboards. Administrators can build and administer proficiency rating scales and monitor staff observations, ensuring proficiency ratings are completed as scheduled. This information can also be used to plan staff professional development. Read more about the Dashboards.

To help teachers provide instruction aligned with local curriculum and deliver differentiated instruction, ATI offers the staff view Dashboard for teachers within Galileo. This Dashboard provides, all in one place, actionable information to teachers to meet the needs of individual students and groups of students with similar learning needs. The Dashboard is convenient and easy to use, plus it links to the attainment of valued instructional goals.

Teachers can quickly view all kinds of events, from upcoming to recently accomplished, such as local curriculum units and assessment schedules. They can even examine unit content and create, schedule, and implement online or offline lessons and assignments all aligned to unit standards. Read more about the staff view Dashboard.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New: Webisodes

In our conversations with users, we have learned that schools have a growing interest in digital professional development opportunities for teachers seeking to increase student engagement and achievement. We are developing educational K-12 webisodes that emphasize the integration of technology and teaching strategies relevant to Common-Core- and/or new-science-standards-curricula and to the goal of increasing student involvement in the learning process.

ATI and the New K-12 Science Standards, the first-released webisode, introduces a discussion centering on the new K-12 science standards’ emphasis on modeling throughout the performance expectations. These models are expected to explain, explore, and predict scientific phenomena. The webisode also shares modeling resources available through ATI’s dialogic technology.

View the webisode now