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PARCC Conference to be Held at Western Nov. 8

October 23, 2013

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Distance Learning, International Studies and Outreach will host, "New Directions - New Connections: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Common Core State Standards" on Friday, Nov. 8 in Macomb.

The conference will be held in the University Union and will include presentations from PARCC Illinois, from Achieve and from WIU educators.

PARCC is a group of states committed to the development of an assessment system for the Common Core State Standards, and Achieve is a nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington, DC, which focuses on college and career readiness.

Sessions planned as part of the conference include:

• "PARCC Prep – "Guidance for the Small Rural School," by Tim Farquer, superintendent/principal of Williamsfield schools.

• "A National Perspective on the Common Core and PARCC," by Callie Riley, senior policy associate for postsecondary engagement at Achieve.

• "Preparing for PARCC and the Common Core Classroom": Elementary level – by Professor Kimberly Hartweg, WIU Department of Mathematics. Middle school/secondary level – by Associate Professor Robert Mann, WIU Department of Mathematics.

• "A Snapshot Look at the PARCC Assessments for English Language Arts": Elementary level – By Professor Kathy Barclay, WIU Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Middle school/secondary level – by Professor Laurel Borgia, with Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Conference registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Heritage Gallery, and sessions run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration for the conference is $95 and must be completed before Nov. 6. Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) or WIU Continuing Education Units are available for the conference.

For more information on the conference, visit or call the WIU Office of Non-Credit Programs at (309) 298-1911 or toll free at (866) 933-8964.

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