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To make it easier to understand what your students are ready to learn, the NWEA Professional Learning team created a step-by-step guide for accessing and applying data from the Class Breakdown by Goal report and the Learning Continuum.


Accompanying the guide, join Brooke Mabry, National Board Certified teacher and Professional Learning consultant with 17 years of experience in education, for a recorded webinar, MAP Growth for Virtual Learning. In the webinar, Brooke will model the reports and engage in a think-aloud regarding report use.  


Webinar Outcomes:

  • Explore ways to leverage MAP Growth data to support virtual teaching and learning during school closures
  • Identify high-impact reports for instructional action
  • Plan to act on existing MAP Growth data to inform virtual lesson planning responsive to student learning needs


Watch the webinar and download the guide.


We are here for you! Let us know in the comments how else we can help.

During this unprecedented time of school closures and virtual learning from home, our students need to build their independence and self-direction more than ever.


Empower Students as Independent Learners is a new weekly video series from NWEA Professional Learning to provide research-based ideas, resources, and models for teachers to support and empower students to own their learning.


Watch the videos on YouTube or read about the series in our blog, Build your virtual teaching toolkit with free professional learning during COVID-19 school closures.

Vicki Rodriguez

Meet Me in St. Louis

Posted by Vicki Rodriguez Nov 27, 2019

Will you be at the 2019 Learning Forward Annual Conference in St. Louis? Our NWEA® experts in Professional Learning will be there. Don’t miss our sessions:


Is Your Professional Learning Effective? Learning Walks Can Answer That!

Tuesday, December 10, 9:45–11:45 a.m.


  • Candi Fowler, principal, Hollis School District, New Hampshire
  • Kathy Dyer, manager of innovation and learning, Professional Learning, NWEA
  • Samantha Boudreau, computer integration specialist, Hollis School District
  • Elizabeth Keegan, fourth-grade teacher, Hollis School District

What you’ll learn

Translating new professional learning into action means teachers take risks to help students learn. This session will provide insight into a culture transformation at an elementary school. Investigate the learning walk process, which showcases how carefully crafted questions can highlight the implementation effectiveness of the new professional learning teachers employ. Explore the process (how to gather information from what students can be seen and heard doing with a five-to-seven-minute walk-through), the protocol, and the procedure for formative collaborative feedback.

If you’ve had professional learning involving any of the MAP® products, formative assessment, or other topics and want to see the impact that professional learning has on students, you‘ll want to attend this session. Using a formative classroom walk-through process (based on the work of focused on what students are saying and doing, staffers from an upper elementary school discuss shifts in the culture of their school.


Mindfulness and Literacy: Crafting Literacy Units of Study for All Students

Wednesday, December 11, 1:00–3:00 p.m.


  • Maxine Welcome-Joyner, instructional fellow, Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Amy Schmidt, content design manager, Professional Learning Design, NWEA

What you’ll learn

Teaching mindfulness to students can result in improved attention, stress reduction, increased compassion, and the promotion of emotional regulation. These factors an ideal learning environment that allows students to work through rigorous tasks with holistic supports in place. Teachers can make purposeful text choices for literacy instruction that incorporate mindfulness practices and meet students’ literacy needs. Using texts to facilitate the literacy content within a mindfulness context can address academic rigor and social-emotional needs. These two approaches are traditionally decoupled, which inhibits the transfer of knowledge across contexts we know are crucial to student success. Discover how to fuse literacy and mindful practices for students through text choice within an instructional literacy unit.

If you’ve had professional learning about literacy instruction, mindfulness, or social and emotional learning and want to understand how to weave relevant literary curricular choices together with the importance of student mindfulness, you’ll want to attend this session. Using the literacy recommendations outlined by the National Reading Panel (2000) and strong evidence to support a 90-minute literacy block (Education Northwest, January 2018), this session brings the research together to support teachers in meeting students’ literacy and mindfulness needs.


Hope to see you there!


Cover photo by CillanXC at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Tami Hunter, Content Designer on the Professional Learning Design team at NWEA, shares her experience as a 5th grade teacher watching her students take the MAP Growth test.  Read her Teach. Learn. Grow. post to find out more about how your students can benefit from you observing the testing process.  You can go directly to her blog post by clicking here!


Kathy Dyer  Joi Converse  Amanda Johnson  Kimberly Gonzalez  Sharon Smith  Justin Patterson  Deborah O'Neil  Andrew Sprunger  Catherine Abler  Shonda Williams  Amanda Harris

The NWEA Professional Learning Online community has a powerful new search feature. Let’s talk about how to use it to navigate the community and find resources and discussions that can help your own professional development.

Select the images if you need to view a larger version of them.


1.   Let’s start by searching a subspace on the community.  

Note, all Professional Learning Online communities have a search.

Top left corner of Professional Learning Online homepage with subspace navigation and click on Formative Assessment.

2.   In the search type in what you’re looking for.

Focus on the search field with the word "Growth" typed in the field.

3.   Notice, a list of what’s available will appear beneath the search.  

You see the name of the resources and what it’s about.

You can also see which community space the resource sits in.

*Note, you will only see resources in communities you have access to.

Search results for "Growth" appear.

4.   If you scroll down to the end of the list, you can “Load more >” resources or see both People and Places (communities) associated with your search topic.

Screenshot of People and  Places results of a search

5.   You can also filter for types of resources (discussions, documents, Polls etc.).

Select filter then choose your options.
Natalie Laderas

Tagging 101

Posted by Natalie Laderas Employee Jun 14, 2017

Tagging helps other users and the community manager find your posts and questions to the community. In the MAP Growth & Formative Assessment communities, you'll want to tag any of your conversations with "chatter" or "backchannel" if you want these to be promoted in the Event Forums area at the top of the space.


Tagging is simple. Just scroll down to the bottom of your post and find the tag field. Add your tags, check their spelling*, and then post your question.


Scroll to the bottom of your post to see the tagging field.

*Note that as you type suggested tags that you can select from will automatically appear.

Did you know you can explore and interact with the site content and get points? You can also earn points by asking questions and posting discussions.


Participating by replying, liking, bookmarking marking discussions, posts, questions, etc. as helpful can help you earn points. You also are giving us direct feedback by letting us know which discussions or content shared in the community is of interest or helpful to you.


As you earn more points, you earn badges.



To view your badges, select Rewards.

In your profile select "Rewards"

View your mission badges on this page. Completed quests can also be viewed here.

Example of mission badges earned.

You can also see your rewards and badges in your inbox (accessible from the top right by selecting the bell.


How to access mission badge information from your inbox


Note: Professional Learning Community Managers will be periodically checking to see those individuals who are leading with certain missions who regularly have their posts marked as helpful and liked by their peers and gifting these participants with additional points.


Additional resources on community participation, points and badges:

Participate in Content and Discussions 

Get On Board: Learn and Connect 

Need to find resources or discussions you like or want to follow? Simply follow these three steps to bookmark and return to them as you need to.



Bookmark the content (discussion, blog post, question, document, etc.).

From the actions menu in the top right, select Bookmark.



Visit your profile.

From the actions menu, select View Profile. Select Bookmarks from your Profile



Find the content  you're interested in.

You can filter or sort by content type or date in the bookmark view.

WELCOME to our community. We're glad to have you here.


One of the best ways to become acquainted with the NWEA Connection community and all its sub spaces is to complete the Onboarding Quest. Quest are lists of activities that help you accomplish a family of tasks.  In this case, onboarding allows you to practice completing the most commonly used tasks in the community.


To view your current mission badges and find the Onboarding quest, follow these steps:


  1. Go to your Profile (not sure how to do this? Refer to these instructions)
  2. In your Profile, select the Rewards option. From the profile select the Rewards tab
  3. You can now view all your rewards including the badges you have earned.
  4. Select Unearned Mission Badges to view badges that you can earn. Select to view unearned badges.
  5. To find the quests, scroll down to view Available Quests. Scroll down and select Available Quests
  6. Select the quest Onboarding.