Summer Institute, Bangor ME

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Attend a multi-day institute on learning to use educational technology for formative assessment

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Regional School Unit #19 is proud to host Neil and Cristina Heffernan, faculty from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, to present this workshop on ASSISTments. Professor Neil Heffernan began building and piloting this web-based tool in 2003 with funding from the US Department of Education. Teachers in Newport have been using this system for a year and want to know more! This event is their opportunity to learn from the experts and you are invited to join in. The system is free to use. It is used by hundreds of teachers and is linked to the Common Core Standards. For more information contact Newport’s mathematics curriculum specialist Jane Stork at

Note for school leaders

  • Attendees that have a leadership roll in their school will also received training on how to teach others in their schools. Access to 18 hours of training modules designed for teachers leaders to use in their schools to train teachers will be provided.
  • Principals and other school leaders are invited to join the institute for the final two hours to hear presentation of the participants work. This will facilitate cooperation between teachers and school leadership on the activities developed in the institute.

Event Details


Most participants will have had one workshop in ASSISTments or have used the system with students on their own for a while. (We will have a small pull out for teachers who have never used ASSISTments)

  • July 18 - 20, 2011: Detailed instruction on preparing for your year with ASSISTments.


Breakfast begins at 7:30 am.

We will convene in the conference room from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.


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Breakfast, lunch and two snacks will be provided each of the three days.


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395 Griffin Rd, Bangor Maine. (207) 941-8700

If you want to stay on site for the three days, please make your own arangements. All of the trainers will be staying here as well.

Cost and Equipment

Come to the three day workshop in the summer! We will have a pull out session for teachers completely new to the system but it is very appropriate for anyone who has done ASSISTments for a while. The cost for three days summer days is $350.

Each participant is expected to bring a laptop, power strips will be provided for charging.

New Grant will help fund you way!

We received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Next Generation Learning Challenge and now have funding to pay part of the registration cost for teachers from schools in need. If you are teaching in a urban or very rural school in need describe that need in an e-mail to Cristina Heffernan at Also if you are traveling to WPI and have to stay in a Hotel that is another reason why you will qualify for a scholarship.

How to Sign Up

Register by April 8, 2011.

Register online at this link. If you are using a purchase order submit the number in the registration form. Your place will not be held until your payment is in. If you must cancel do so by July 1, 2011, and we will refund 50% of your payment.

Make checks out to WPI (write ASSISTments Institute in the memo line)to:

Tricia Desmarais

c/o Computer Science Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

100 Institute Way

Worcester, MA 01545

What will be covered in the four days?

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The ASSISTments Platform is a web-based system by which teachers can freely make accounts, write or select questions and create assistance for students who get the questions incorrect. Teacher and students get instant reports detailing the responses for each item. These reports can then be used to inform instruction. These reports are aligned directly to the Common Core Standards. ASSISTments is merely a tool, in this workshop you will learn how to use this tool and prepare materials for your class that will allow you and your students to engage with the data the instant it is in, no waiting for papers to be graded. You will learn to build your own content but you will also have access to the thousands of questions already in the system for 4th to 10th grade math. Since the system is a tool it is used in a variety of ways. You will hear stories from many different schools and begin to design your own story.

Spring Day

OBJECTIVES: The participant will be able to:

  1. Create classes, assignments and be ready to enroll students.
  2. Create a curriculum of problem sets to assess your instructional objectives.
  3. Create a simple plan for using ASSISTments in the spring.
  4. Carry out a simple plan using ASSISTments for the spring.

Summer Institute

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OBJECTIVES: The participant will be able to:

  1. Use the “quick builder” and the editor to make ASSISTments. Including uploading an image.
  2. Utilize, Parent Notification, Open Response Critique, Data Driven rules and ARRS.
  3. Track assessment of Common Core Standards.
  4. Organize curriculum in the “School Folder.”
  5. Develop a routine that is sustainable and will foster formative assessment.
  6. Learn how to share ASSISTments and problem sets with the community.

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