Hey, Indiana administrators! It’s time to RISE Above! These presentations and templates will help your teachers conquer the RISE process. District licensing allows unlimited sharing within your school system. Pick and choose (or use them all!) for your next professional development.
As a bonus, at your request, I will share editable versions of the templates and/or my website, Teachers RISE Above
, so you may customize them to fit your district needs.
• Tackling RISE
– This 21-minute video presents eight steps to tackling the RISE process with special emphasis on unit planning. Steps include: (1) know your standards, (2) know your student assessment expectations, (3) know your teacher assessment expectations, (4) create a long-range plan, (5) select or create summative assessments, (6) select or create student activities, (7) step it up, and (8) change and rearrange. Examples from a fourth grade standard on comparing and contrasting folklore demonstrate how to unwrap a standard and use backward design to create a unit of study. This video is especially pertinent to teachers whose students take ISTEP.
• Creating Thorough Lessons
– A 15-minute video presents nine components necessary for creating a lesson plan that’s appropriate for a long observation: (1) objective, (2) direct instruction and modeling, (3) guided practice, (4) collaboration, (5) formative assessment, (6) independent practice, (7) differentiation, (8) assessment, and (9) higher order thinking skills. The analogy of teaching a child to ride a bicycle is used to help educators understand the importance of each component. Pieces of a sample lesson teaching a fifth grade standard on the coordinate plane provide solid examples.
• Presenting Evidence
– In addition to formal observations, teachers may provide evidence through classroom displays, record-keeping, formal unit plans, parent communication, PD and collaboration, photos, narratives, and blogging. The 7-minute video was created to get teachers thinking about ways they might convey additional evidence to their administrators.
• Strategizing to RISE Above
– This 45-slide PowerPoint presentation (editable) was not converted to a video. Instead, teachers may use it to consider their approach to RISE by working through the competencies of each domain.
• Unit Planner
– Teachers use backward design to plan their units with this straightforward unit planner. They can simply list the standard, convert it into a student-friendly objective, find or create an assessment, and select appropriate learning activities.
• Lesson Planner
– RISE asks teachers to employ many teaching strategies. This lesson planner will help them hit them all!
• Competency Checklists
– Seven pages of checklists provide “unwrapped” competencies in clear, teacher-friendly language. Indicators for Domains 1 (Planning) and 3 (Leadership) also have a space for teachers to list evidence they will submit.
• Quick Reference Guide
– This handy tool states each competency in the simplest possible terms.
• Note Sheets for Videos
– Three sheets list main points from the videos and allow space for taking notes.
If you’d like a more thorough look at everything that’s included, check out the RISE video overview
Single licenses of RISE Unit Planner, Lesson Planner, Competency Checklists, and Quick Reference Guides may be purchased separately for $3.00. Simply go to RISE Forms
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.
Brenda Kovich is not affiliated with the Indiana Department of Education. This set of unofficial documents was created by a teacher for teachers. Its intent is to calm, motivate, and prepare Indiana teacher for the RISE process.