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Future-Ready Students: How to Develop and Measure Higher-Order Skills

Thursday, April 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Future-Ready Students: How to Develop and Measure Higher-Order Skills

Presented by Denise Mutlu, Ed.D., Senior Vice President, Project Lead The Way; Jimmy Han, Director of Project Management, UnboundEd; and Doris Zahner, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer, CAE

Sponsored by CAE

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How can we develop and measure the essential, higher-order skills that students need to achieve academic and career success? These vital skills—including critical thinking, problem solving, and communication—reflect what students can do, not just what they know. Mastery of these skills gives students the ability to learn and apply knowledge—applicable throughout grade school, to any field of study in college, and to any future career.

In this edWebinar, you learn:

  • How professional development can help teachers nurture the growth of higher-order skills in their students
  • How to transform instruction to go above and beyond traditional content areas, and how to embed measurement of essential skills into course content
  • Why essential skills are important for today’s secondary education leaders, as evidenced by Portrait of a Graduate initiatives
  • Why secondary, post-secondary institutions, and employers value mastery of higher-order thinking skills

The participants also share data from more than 120,000 students internationally who have participated in CAE’s Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+), a performance-based assessment of critical thinking and written communication.

Don’t miss this informative edWebinar, packed with actionable insights, to help students become flexible, successful adults. This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-12 teachers, school and district leaders, education technology leaders, and school counselors.

Denise MutluAbout the Presenters

Denise Mutlu, Ed.D. is the Senior Vice President at Project Lead The Way (PLTW), providing overall assessment design and strategic direction for formative and summative testing. Before she joined PLTW, Dr. Mutlu held leadership roles at McGraw-Hill, NYCDOE, The College Board, and the Educational Records Bureau. Her career spans over 25 years in assessment design, content development, and test preparation. She holds a BA and an MA in literature from Cornell University as well as an MBA and an Ed.D. in educational policy from New York University.

Jimmy Han

Jimmy Han is currently the Director of Project Management at UnboundEd, a professional learning organization that aims to promote high-quality, equitable instruction for educators. Before joining UnboundEd, he served as the Director of Assessment Programs & Support Services at the New York City Department of Education. In his role, he led a team responsible for developing and implementing formative assessments in over 1,600 schools citywide, including professional learning, communications, and operations for all programs. Previously, he worked at the American Institutes for Research, collaborating with multiple states to develop and administer their K-12 summative assessments.

Dr. Doris ZahnerDr. Doris Zahner is the Chief Academic Officer at CAE, where she provides thought leadership and oversees all research and development studies pertaining to CAE’s performance-based assessments. Dr. Zahner holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and an MS in applied statistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to her responsibilities at CAE, Dr. Zahner is an adjunct associate professor at Barnard College and Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as New York University, where she teaches statistics courses to undergraduate and graduate students in the social sciences and public policy.

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Since 2002, CAE has developed performance-based and custom assessments that authentically measure students’ essential academic and career skills. Our Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) and Success Skills Assessment (SSA+) for higher education and College and Career Readiness Assessment (CCRA+) for secondary education evaluate the skills that are predictive of positive college and career outcomes and in demand by employers: critical thinking, problem solving and effective written communication. Over 825,000 students at more than 1,300 secondary and higher education institutions globally have completed CAE’s essential skills assessments.

As a nonprofit whose mission is to improve student outcomes, CAE also offers critical thinking skills curriculum, professional development, and designs custom, innovative performance assessments across all subject areas and grades. To learn more, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

Do your students have the skills needed for college and career success?


Thursday, April 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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