In this episode of the TeacherCast Podcast, Jeff sits down with Sue Ann Towle from MetaMetrics to discuss the Lexile & Quantile Educator Academy, a new self-paced professional learning program to help teachers learn how to have a deeper understanding of Lexile and Quantile frameworks.
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Both the Lexile and Quantile courses offer an interactive curriculum featuring direct instruction, knowledge checks, summative assessments, and performance tasks. Each course is 10-hours, self-paced and asynchronous. Upon completion of the professional development courses, teachers become Certified Lexile or Quantile Educators. In addition, in more than 20 states, teachers will be awarded CEUs or professional development hours on completion of each course.
Summer has long been the time for teachers to take advantage of professional development opportunities, particularly options that are self-directed. A recent study by Rand’s American Teacher Panel revealed that 99 percent of teachers surveyed said they participated in professional learning activities over summer break.
“After facing the challenges of the 2020-2021 school year, teachers tell us they are looking for professional development opportunities to help individualize instruction when they return to the classroom in the fall,” said Malbert Smith, CEO and co-founder, MetaMetrics. “With our Lexile and Quantile certification courses, teachers can leverage the measures their students are likely already receiving through a state or classroom assessment and learn about strategies and resources for implementing individualized instruction.”
Teachers who complete the courses will gain a deeper understanding of how to make the Lexile and Quantile frameworks actionable for learning and discover award-winning tools and resources on the Lexile or Quantile Hub to support their efforts. They will also learn strategies for communicating effectively with parents about student performance and growth and ways to use the universal measures with their colleagues.
Educators who participated in a preview of the Quantile Certification Course had high praise. “This has been a very valuable course. I had zero background in all things related to Quantile measures,” said Laura Graham, elementary teacher at Pender County Schools in North Carolina, “This will help me better plan for my students, sharing with my colleagues, and communicating with parents. The myriad resources allow me to expand my knowledge of teaching mathematics.”
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MetaMetrics is an award-winning education technology organization that offers the only scientifically valid, universal scales for measuring silent and oral reading and listening (Lexile) and math (Quantile) with plans to develop measures for writing. The Lexile and Quantile Frameworks measure student ability and the complexity of the content they encounter. Lexile and Quantile measures and related technologies link assessment to instruction and provide next steps for students of all ages and abilities. The measures also provide valuable insights about students’ potential for growth. MetaMetrics’ measures, products and services are licensed to dozens of education product companies to help achieve that growth. For 35 years, MetaMetrics’ work has been increasingly recognized for its research-based approach to improving learning. For more information, visit metametricsinc.com.
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An experienced K-12 education product and marketing professional, Sue Ann leads the activities for both the product and project management teams with responsibility for MetaMetrics’ product portfolio, including the new Lexile & Quantile Educator Academy. Prior to joining MetaMetrics, she was director of channel management at Pearson, responsible for development, training and implementation for seven K-12 digital classroom assessments.
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