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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.

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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.

Fatima Ali Farhat Shireen Molly Amelse Virginia Williams  - Thank you for being our top engaged members in the month of June. Your responses and feedback are helping build our Professional Learning Online community.


Remember you can earn points and make the community conversation richer by participating in the latest discussions in this community.


This July we will continue to post additional content and discussions to the community as well as introduce an online community participation contest. Stay tuned!  Thanks again!




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If you are at Fusion 2017 and stopped by our Conversation Station or table in the lobby. Thank you for following our community space! It was nice to meet you.


  • A few things you can do now that you're a Professional Learning Online community member
  • Take a brief poll - what is your top professional learning topic
  • Introduce yourself in the forum (open to all community members)
  • Explore the topics and discussions on this community using Search PL Online.
  • Ask a question (using the button above)


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Again, welcome. We look forward to engaging with you and building the professional learning experience for our entire community.


2017 Fusion badge buttons given away by the community team.

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.

Summer is here! I've always loved the summer time as an educator because it was time to relax and also learn.

NWEA has some events coming that you might be interested in. Even if you do not get to attend Fusion Indianapolis 2017, there are other opportunities to learn. We will be updating this calendar with additional events and details. Bookmark and check this page later for details (How do I do this?).


Ways you can learn and participate:

  • See the event links below to learn more.
  • Post to the discussion thread in the link to ask questions before and after the events.


June 19June 19June 20June 21-22June 21-22

We've Got Data

Yes We Do

Digging into Formative Assessment

Activate Your Learners!

Building Your Formative Assessment PracticeBuilding a Coherent Assessment System
Speaker/ FacilitatorJoyce Dammer Brooke Mabry and Kathy DyerMichael Koranda & Kathy DyerKimm RombardoKimm Rombardo
LocationEvanston,  ILIndianapolis, IN (Fusion)Seaside, ORSeaside, OR
TopicAssessment literacy, Skills NavigatorFormative assessmentFormative assessment, MAPFormative assessmentAssessment literacy and practices and uses of data.

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.