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Christopher Tienken - Uncovering the Blind Spots Through a Curriculum and Instruction Audit

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AASSA Educators’ Conference 2012

Christopher Tienken

"Uncovering the Blind Spots Through a Curriculum and Instruction Audit"



Presenter Name: Christopher Tienken

School/Organization:  Seton Hall University 

Presenter Contact Info--Email:   Christopher.Tienken@shu.edu 



Presentation Description:  Quality curriculum development and implementation/teaching are the two variables under the control of the school that have the largest influence on student achievement (Tramaglini, 2010; Tanner & Tanner, 2007; Wang, et al, 1993). This workshop will introduce school administrators and their teacher leadership teams to key components and processes of the curriculum and instruction audit process. Seton Hall University’s Institute for International Schools, in partnership with leadership from The American School of Brasilia, will present the process through the lens of a school that took the leap toward organizational improvement. Participants will leave with practical ideas they can use to begin to audit their learning systems at the school or district level. 


Date:  Friday, March 16, 2012


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Presentater Bio:

Christopher is an Assistant Professor of Education Administration at Seton Hall University. He has public school administration experience as a PK-12 assistant superintendent, middle school principal, and elementary school assistant principal. 

Dr. Tienken began his career in education as an elementary school teacher. He completed his studies at Kutztown University (B.S.), Rutgers University (M.A.), and Seton Hall University (Ed.D.). His research interests include the effect and influence of professional development on teacher practice and student achievement; the construct validity of high-stakes standardized tests as decision-making tools about student achievement and school effectiveness; and curricular interventions used in schools to improve achievement. His research about the effects of professional development on student achievement has been recognized by the Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Staff Development Council awarded him the Best Research Award in 2008.

Dr. Tienken has authored book chapters and articles on his research interests and presents papers regularly at state, national, and international venues. He has ongoing research collaborations with colleagues at the University of Rome, Italy and the University of Catania, Sicily, where he has also been invited as a lecturer as part of a European Union Master’s Degree Program. Dr. Tienken was named a Visiting Scholar at the Universita` degli Studi Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy for the 2009-2010 academic year as part of their Master’s Degree Program: Master Pedagogia per la Persona, L’Organizzazione, La Societa`. He is the editor of the American Association of School Administrators Journal of Scholarship and Practice and the Kappa Delta Pi Record.


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