Rocking the Regents: Analysis and Instruction for the NYS English Regents

February 4, 2019 - april 29, 2019

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This course explains the design of the NYS ELA Regents exam and hard-to-master skills needed to pass, how to use data from formative assessments to inform targeted instruction, and how to implement dynamic, differentiated instructional strategies based on student needs and progress.

This course aims to support teachers who are preparing students for the English Regents to better understand the design of the exam, locate the leverage areas and use relevant data points to develop targeted instruction for students performing at all levels.

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Identify the components of the exam and the skills that make the test difficult for some students.
  • Analyze data from the exam and use the data to inform targeted instruction.
  • Implement dynamic instructional strategies based on student needs and track progress.
  • Engage in an online community of other English teachers who can share ideas and resources.
Registration Fee: $303 - Registration closes at 4:00 pm EST on jan. 5, 2019

Any attendee who is taking this course for CTLE credit for NY State must enter their name exactly as it appears on the TEACH website in accordance with NYSED requirements.

Units Awarded: Participants receive 2 CEUs OR 20 clock hours OR 20 CTLEs (applicable only to NYS residents).

Who should attend?

  • New York State High School ELA teachers
  • New York State High School ELA coaches

Course Outline

Introduction the English Regents

History of the exam and the values embedded in the test, and the stakes for not getting the passing grade.

Reading the Regents

In-depth analysis of the exam’s three parts: Reading comprehension, Argument Essay, Literary Response

Digging into the Data

Analysis of the Scoring Guides, Rubrics, and Conversion Charts and Student Data Reports

Designing Targeted Instruction

Developing a targeted plan of support for students with different needs through backwards design of macro and micro skills, utilizing the A++ Framework: Access, Agency & Authority

Classroom Instruction & Monitoring Progress

Developing methods for classroom instruction utilizing differentiated instruction and formative assessments to track progress over time.

Faculty Bio

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Roberta Lenger Kang

Dr. Roberta Lenger Kang was a high school English teacher for eight years in Denver, Colorado and New York City. She wrote several district wide curricula for Denver Public Schools and the NYC Department of Education before transitioning from classroom teacher to professional development coach in 2006. As a coach, Roberta has supported schools on instruction, assessment, systems and structures, literacy and accountability mandates. In 2015, Roberta completed her doctorate in English Education from Columbia's University, Teachers College with a focus on the impact of mandated assessments on students, teachers and school leaders. In her role as the Initiative Director, Roberta supervises the professional development programs and initiatives projects across the Center. Roberta cultivates partnerships with schools, districts, and organizations, in critical areas such as developing academic rigor, refining literacy in high school, creating meaningful instruction for high stakes assessments, and leveraging city and state mandates for authentic school change.