October 29, 2019
9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Seattle Pacific University
Upper Gwinn Commons
3310 6th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

This workshop will explore: 
  • The difference between difficult and complex learning tasks
  • Understanding the connection between access to complex tasks and achievement gaps
  • A common language to understand rigor and cognitive demand in assessments, curriculum, lessons and tasks
  • Educators will engage with Dr. Webb’s keynote to understand DoK and how to move cognitive demand levels of tasks
  • Educators can describe how thinking has changed around connecting DoK to access and equity
  • Educators will use strategies, concepts and support from Dr. Webb’s keynote to examine and revise their original artifacts
  • Educators will go back to their buildings and enact their learning to promote rigorous cognitive learning tasks for all learners
  • Educators will bring original artifacts from their districts that align with DoK levels and learning standards to participate in a pre-assessment (draft, revise)
  • Educators can take a given district learning task and describe how to move the cognitive demands from lower to higher DoK levels

Who should attend?
Principals, coaches, teachers and pre-service, teacher leaders, district office staff connected to equity and teaching and learning, Title 1 directors, targeted support. Send a team from your school or district and you will have time to work as a team.  

What to bring?
Participants are asked to bring artifacts (i.e. standards-aligned unit, learning task) any examples of assessments to look at the learning of students at different levels; focus on student work; and examples of different performance.


Public Schools. Eligible for for Title and School Improvement funding source under: Title I (K-5 Educators, Secondary Math Educators, Secondary Literacy Educators), Title II (Educators engaging in this workshop to help all students develop the skills essential for learning readiness and academic success), and Title IV (Elective Teachers participating in this workshop to support a high quality, well-rounded education for all learners).

Private Schools. Talk with your public partner about accessing Title II funds for this workshop opportunity. 


Norman Webb, PhD, is a senior research scientist emeritus for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where his principle area of research was evaluation, assessment, and alignment. He is most active now with the non-profit organization, the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services. WCEPS commercializes and disseminates educational products and services for university innovators.  He oversees the design and operations of WebbAlign alignment studies. Since 2000, Dr. Webb has conducted alignment studies for states or commonwealths (Puerto Rico) as well as for other entities including the National Assessment Governing Board. In his position at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the UW-Madison, he developed alignment study procedures and criteria through the National Institute for Science Education in 1997, funded by the National Science Foundation, and in cooperation with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). His work on alignment led to the development of the Depth-of-Knowledge (DOK) language system that has been widely used by schools, school districts, and states. Continued work on his alignment methodology, over 20 years, has resulted in the refinement and addition of processes, including new methodology components for computer adaptive test (CAT) alignment as well as new methodology components for Next Generation Science Standards alignment considerations. His academic training was in mathematics and mathematics education. He chaired the evaluation working group in writing the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics and served on the validation committee for the Common Core State Standards. He served as the principal investigator on a number of projects on evaluations of curriculum and professional development. In 2010 and 2011, he served as a program officer for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Currently he provides professional development on the DOK language system and conducts alignment studies of curriculum standards and assessments.

Light morning snacks and lunch will be provided.
Clock hours available—included in registration.
Confirmation, directions, and parking pass will be sent to your email address. Participants will need to print the parking pass prior to the event.
Cancellation fee: $50.00 applies to all cancellations after October 15.
No Shows = No Refund.