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Orange Teacher to Present at National Education Conference
Orange Teacher to Present at National Education Conference(Pepper Pike, OH) – March 3, 2017 - Orange City School District’s reputation for innovative learning and authentically engaging work has led to national recognition as the District’s Instructional Mathematics Coach Christa Krohn has been invited to join Paolo DeMaria, Ohio Department of Education’s superintendent of Public Instruction, and Jennifer Poon, director of the Council of Chief State School Officers' (CCSSO) Innovation Lab Network, at the SXSWedu Conference and Festival on March 8, 2017 in Austin, Texas for an interactive discussion on “Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority.”

The focus of this session will explore what matters in student assessment and how some states are fostering innovative, bottom-up approaches to assessment system redesign. Presenters will discuss how educators can best ensure that all students are making meaningful progress toward learning outcomes that matter. “I am grateful and honored to be able to partner with State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria and with Jennifer Poon, the national Innovation Lab Network Director for the Council of Chief State School Officers to present to a broader national audience on behalf of Ohio,” said Krohn.

Krohn is a K-8 Instructional Math Coach at Brady Middle School and Moreland Hills Elementary School. She is a part of the Orange Schools team that is helping with the development of the “Lead to Learn” initiative that includes innovation and design thinking through project based learning, engineering, and real world application of learning for students by providing access to a FabLab, MakerSpace, and other design resources throughout the school campus. This initiative is funded through a Straight A Grant from the Ohio Department of Education to support and further Orange’s efforts in 21st Century Learning.

“I have been working for the past year with like minded Innovation Lab Network districts in Ohio and Stanford's Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) on behalf of Orange Schools,” said Krohn. “I am excited to be part of this groundbreaking work and part of a movement that is starting in a bottom-up approach in redesigning assessment systems.

I feel fortunate to work in Orange, an innovative and forward thinking district that is being recognized by the state for collaborating with other like minded districts in Ohio to create assessments that contrast our current standardized compliant system and measure what really matters. Our students deserve assessments that are worth their time, develop 21st Century competencies and promote college and career readiness.”

Theresa Morris of Stanford SCALE recommended Krohn to CCSSO for this opportunity because she “had previous experience with activities similar to performance assessments. But, more importantly you were inquisitive and self-motivating to improve your skills developing engaging high quality performance assessments. Additionally, your role provides the opportunity to share your knowledge and to coach teachers in implementing the tasks."

Orange Schools collaborative partnership with CCSSO and the Innovative Lab Network (ILN) further supports the efforts of Krohn and her fellow educators in the District. Orange is one of only a few districts in Ohio invited to be a part of the ILN, which identifies, tests, and implements student-centered approaches to learning to transform public education. The goal of the ILN is to spur system-level change by scaling locally-led innovation to widespread implementation with a constant focus on student outcomes. Current states in the ILN include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Virginia.

SXSWedu Conference and Festival is a four-day event that fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders. It offers compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, policy-centered discussions, business opportunities, networking and more. SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) family of conferences and festivals.

CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.