August 24, 2020

  Volume 1, Number 3


Join Us at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel

conference theme: Transforming Education through Assessment, Evaluation & Research

Dr. David C. Berliner   

to Keynote at the 

2021 CREATE Conference

Our 2020 Millman Scholar, Dr. David Berliner, will be joining us to keynote at the 2021 CREATE Conference at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel. 

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Looking Ahead Lecture,

The Paradox of a Pandemic

Univeristy of Newcastle

John Fischetti

for more information about the University of Newcastle about

The Paradox of a Pandemic, Lecture One: Looking Ahead Lecture Series

University of Newcastle about

The Paradox of a Pandemic, Lecture One: Looking Ahead Lecture Series


Nearpod is a free tool that educators can utilize for student engagement and voice that is easily accessible to students through a code. The student-friendly platform allows educators to create interactive lessons or use premade lessons that are aligned to Common Core State Standards. Some Nearpod features include the ability to have virtual filed trips and collaborative boards for student discussions. Most importantly, Nearpod connects to Zoom meetings and Google slides and classroom. Educators have an option to use Nearpod for synchronous or asynchronous teaching.

In my virtual learning environment, Nearpod is utilized as a formative assessment tool for student learning which is essential to track student understanding. Nearpod provides numerous assessment tools that include quizzes, polls, fill in the blanks, open ended questions and many more. Being able to instantly evaluate student responses is important for differentiation during virtual learning.  

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submitted by Tanisha Garrett

10th and 11th History Teacher

History Department, Chair

Madison Park Academy

Oakland Unified School District


Madison Park Academy

Oakland Unified School District

Douglas G. Wren, Ed.D.



CREATE's 2018 President, Doug Wren, is an Educational Consultant with nearly three decades of experience in public education. Doug's expertise and research interests include assessment development & improvement, performance tasks & rubrics, assessment literacy, children's test anxiety, and evaluating students for gifted services. The following are three of his most recent blog posts: 

Leading a School During

Non Traditional Instruction

When we all were faced with teaching and leading our students from home we all were nervous and wondering if this could be done with any validity. As there have been some school districts who use Non Traditional Instruction  (NTI) or virtual education periodically through the school year to salvage snow days or teacher PD days, our school district had never experimented with NTI. I knew that once we began this we truly were building the plane while we were flying. 

Being transformed into virtual educators overnight took away the human interaction that so many of us need and for many of my teachers added to the already anxious scenarios that we faced and are still facing. I recall a time in March while watching the news and hearing all the scary information coming my way I thought to myself, how in the world are we supposed to think about school when all of this is going on. I then realized that most of my teachers and principal friends were thinking the same thing. So, as it came down to planning and running a school during NTI I used a few strategies that seemed to make it smoother and better experience for all stakeholders. 

  • Communication is key when you need to have your staff, students, and parents on the same page, however over communication can majorly take away from your goals. Just like the boy who cried wolf, if your stakeholders are constantly hearing from you 2 times a day every day of the week, at what time do they just stop listening. My suggestions would be to stay consistent. Weekly staff meetings, parent memos kept my audience consistent and not overwhelmed. It also gave me an opportunity if there was an emergency or something very important, my staff or parents knew if I was sending them something out of the typical weekly routine, then maybe they should tune in and listen. 
  • Give your staff and families some grace. We take for granted how tuned in we can be with our stakeholders when we see them everyday. When you take away that ability to keep your finger on the pulse of your school by having quality interactions with faculty, parents, and students it can be difficult both for them and you. You might not know what is going on with that person. I also needed to remind myself to give myself some grace during these times. I know productivity might be down, that is just one of the many things that might be different and we must adjust. 
  • Listening is always a great quality for any school leader to have. I think that it is even more vital during NTI. As I said before in the previous point we do not know what some of our families might be struggling with. Sometimes just listening to your staff or families if they have a concern might be the fix they are asking for. 
  • Adjusting your game plan is difficult, but this is a must during NTI. We believe that we have thought of all the things that can go right and can go wrong, but you know there is always that surprise. Do not be that stubborn leader that is afraid to adjust. Learn from your mistakes and grow from them. If you communicate with honesty and have your students' best interests in mind then I am sure your stakeholders will have your back and support you in the change.

submitted by Scottie Collier


St. Matthews Elementary

Jefferson County Public Schools


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