On our Alaskan Education Innovation Network meeting today, we had quite the conversation about rubrics. One of the interesting points was trying to find ways to show that we are addressing the same standards as the English department is. A lot of us are suddenly under fire to prove that our classes are “worthy” members of the curriculum. At least one principal doesn’t believe that what we do shows up on state or national benchmark exams. I would beg to differ, and it would be really helpful to make sure that we are using the same language for at least part of our rubrics and the standards we say we are addressing. World Language standards in Alaska at least are very vague, but we can easily point out what we are doing to improve literacy in a host of ways.
Tomorrow I’ll come back and do some Laurie talk!