About this year’s conference

Neal Kinston
We are pleased to announce that Neal Kingston, Ph.D. will be our 2016 SIMposium keynote speaker. Dr. Kingston is a Professor in the Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics Program in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Kansas and serves as director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI).

In June 2015, the National Association of Assessment Directors honored him at the AERA annual conference for Outstanding Contributions to Education Assessment. These include Dynamic Learning Maps which “are poised to change standardized testing across the US by giving immediate feedback to teachers throughout the school year on the progress of their students,” according to School of Education Dean Rick Ginsberg. The grant supporting the DLMs is the largest grant in KU history.

Dr. Kingston’s research focuses broadly on improving large-scale assessments so they better support student learning, especially the use of fine-grained learning maps as an organizing structure for instruction and formative assessment, which will be the topic of his keynote address.

Author of over 180 publications and presentations on assessment topics, his specialized knowledge and experiences in the development and deployment of various tools are reasons for inviting him to keynote for the Network.


July 05, 2016

There is a new apartment complex going up on Indiana Street, the north/south street on the west side of the Oread Hotel.  Although the street is now open, there will be little to no parking on Indiana during our conference.  Eleventh Street is closed between Mississippi and Indiana as well, so it is not possible to drive up Mississippi to get to the hotel or to the Kansas Union parking garage.  The best way to the hotel is to approach from the east (downtown side), driving up 12th street.

Additionally, there is construction on I-70 when you return to the Kansas City Airport.  You will be detoured past I-435 North to take I-635 North and then I-29 North to the Airport.  It only makes for a 10 minute difference in travel time, but we just wanted you to be aware of the ramp closure.

Restaurant List

May 18, 2016

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Airport Buddy List

March 10, 2015

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