Welcome to the Teacher Roundtable! We are a group of educators (classroom teachers, teachers of special subjects, special educators, tutors, principals, etc.) in western Massachusetts who meet once a month to hone our practice looking at student work. Our meetings are open and welcoming. We have been community resource for teacher-led professional development for 13 years.
A collaborative and systematic examination of a single piece of student work reliably leads us to ideas and questions about teaching and learning in general. Using a descriptive process (we use the Collaborative Assessment Conference protocol developed by Steve Seidel at Project Zero) assures a level of respect for students and teachers and protects our time to think and reflect. As we look at the work, we give our attention to the students’ capabilities, efforts, and patterns that we might not notice without extra time and multiple perspectives.
You do not have to have any prior knowledge to join in; the protocol is reviewed every time. PDPs are available if you attend 3 or more conferences.
WHERE: Smith College Campus Center, room 205
DATES and TIMES :
Saturday, October 14, 9:30-11:30 (refreshments served at 9:15)
Saturday, November 18, 9:30-11:30 (refreshments served at 9:15)
Saturday, December 8, 9:30-11:30 (refreshments served at 9:15)
Wednesday, February 7, 4:30-6:30 (refreshments served at 4:15)
Wednesday, March 7, 4:30-6:30 (refreshments served at 4:15)
Saturday, April 28, 9:30-11:30 (refreshments served at 9:15)
We are extremely grateful to the Sherrerd Center at Smith College for supporting our professional community as a Teaching Circle. Other Teaching Circles of interest may be found at https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sherrerd-center/circles.