HU to convene education summit on topic of assessment

Feb 25, 2013

Heidelberg University’s School of Education will present its inaugural Education Summit on the topic of assessment March 21-22. Co-sponsors for the summit are the alumni organization, Friends of Heidelberg Education, and Kappa Delta Pi, the education student honorary.

Area educators are invited to participate in the summit, titled Assessment: Teaching to the Test or Teaching for Learning? It is designed to engage pre-service teachers, area school administrators, teachers and alumni in conversations about student learning, testing and accountability.

Heidelberg will welcome keynote speaker Dr. George H. Wood, former Ohio University education professor who is currently serving as superintendent and high school principal of Federal Hocking Local Schools in Stewart, Ohio. An author and advocate for democracy in education and empowerment of teachers and children, Wood serves as executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy. He is the author of Time to Learn: How to Create High Schools that Serve All Students, Schools that Work: America’s Most Innovative Public Education Programs and Many Children Left Behind, which he co-authored with Deborah Meier.

Wood’s 30-year career in public education includes work as a classroom teacher and school board member in addition to professor and administrator. Federal Hocking, a rural Appalachian district where he has worked for 17 years, has been recognized as a Coalition of Essential Schools Mentor School, a First Amendment School and one of America’s 100 best by Readers’ Digest. Wood also authored former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s K-12 Education Transition Paper.

The summit kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21, with Wood’s keynote address. On Friday, March 22, a series of presentations are scheduled, beginning at 9 a.m.:

  • Make it Real: Where Authentic Assessment and Standards Meet – Dr. Wood
  • It’s More than Just Grades: Formative Assessment for Learning – Dr. Julie Green, assistant professor of special education at Heidelberg
  • Uncommon Ways to Meet Common Core State Standards – Dr. Robin Dever, assistant professor of education at Kent State University and formerly a member of the education faculty at Heidelberg.

A panel discussion will conclude the summit.

Additional information and to register for the summit.