Build a foundation for success

The Responsive Teaching and Learning series, composed of the Assessment Empowerment, Responsive Learning Cycles, and Goal Setting professional learning suites, helps educators develop and refine skills to empower students’ learning, well-being, and self-efficacy.

Goal Setting to Empower and Motivate Students

Explore how to use goal setting to empower students, amplify learning, and boost individual agency.
This suite is grounded in research and experiential practices found in Step Into Student Goal Setting: A Path to Growth, Motivation, and Agency, a joint publication of Corwin® and NWEA that was written by Dr. Chase Nordengren.

Part 1 (Introduction–chapter 2)

Guiding questions for this offering include:

  • What do goals provide students?
  • What are the characteristics of effective short-term learning goals?

Part 2 (Chapters 3–5)

Guiding questions for this offering include:

  • What are examples of goal conversations?
  • What are components of effective feedback?
  • How does goal setting fit into cycles of assessment?
  • What are sources of meaning that fuel learners’ motivation?

Part 3 (Chapter 5–conclusion)

Guiding questions for this offering include:

  • What’s at least one example of a goal-setting framework?
  • How do goals help bridge learning and schooling?
  • What are examples of goal autonomy, voice, choice, or reflection strategies?

Assessment Empowerment

This professional learning suite offers educators a framework for appropriately using assessments and their results to inform critical instruction-related decisions.

Student-Centered Assessment Literacy

Consider how to build a culture of learning to increase engagement and activate student ownership.

Balanced Assessment Systems for Leaders

Deepen knowledge of the essential elements of a balanced assessment system that proactively informs instruction to maximize student growth toward grade-level proficiencies and beyond.

Applying Classroom Assessment Standards

Explore and practice applying standards that guide sound classroom assessment, issued by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE).

Triangulating Data for Instructional Insights

Explore the development of focused questions to help guide efforts when triangulating data to inform decisions.

Using Achievement Level Descriptors to Ensure Classroom Rigor

Apply Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) to construct instructional pathways that develop from student readiness to rigor in the standards.

Responsive Learning Cycles

Learn research- and experience-based strategies and practices for eliciting evidence of student learning, both in the moment and from day to day.

Nurturing Collaborative Learning Spaces

Practice how to collaborate with students to foster a positive learning culture and climate marked by respect, rigor, and responsibility. Educators will have time and space to rehearse the skills foundational to learner success, well-being, and self-efficacy.

Building Learning Paths with Students

Discover strategies for translating large goals into relevant learning experiences for your students that give them voice and choice and practice using goals to make plans that promote student agency and learning success.

Activating Learners with Quality Classroom Assessments

Learn how to adopt, adapt, or create assessment processes, practices, and tools that engage students and stimulate learning. Educators will examine student-centered examples of quality classroom assessments.

Integrating Supports for Success

Explore how to collaborate with students to best apply supports—including accommodations, extensions, and scaffolds—to eliminate barriers to learning. Educators will practice how to refine teaching and learning processes and tools for accessibility and inclusivity.

Engaging Students in Collecting Learning Evidence

Learn how you can partner with students to elicit and gather goal-aligned learning evidence. Educators will examine strategies and tools for using evidence to inform teaching and empower students.