Build a foundation for success

Learn practical strategies from two lanes of complementary experiences focused on assessment empowerment and responsive learning cycles. These workshops help educators build a deep understanding of a balanced assessment system—how assessments work together to inform instructional and operational decision-making—as well as the quintessential formative processes that drive student growth and agency.

Assessment Empowerment

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

Building your Formative Assessment Practice

What you’ll learn

  • Understand the role formative practice plays within your instruction
  • Learn about the four foundational formative assessment practices you can use in classrooms
  • Explore a specific practice, review the research behind it, and plan next steps for applying what you’ve learned

Clarifying Learning

What you’ll learn

Developing Learning Targets and Criteria

  • Understand how learning targets and success criteria impact student engagement and achievement
  • Learn how to make standards more meaningful for instruction and how to communicate them to students
  • Discover the five key elements for great learning targets

Using Learning Targets for Classroom Success

  • Explore the motivational benefits of clarifying learning (e.g. fostering self-efficacy and self-regulation)
  • Align instruction and assessment by clarifying success criteria
  • Translate standards into well-aligned instruction and assessment using clear targets

Eliciting Evidence  

What you’ll learn

Questioning for Learning

  • Understand why it’s important to plan strategic questions
  • Identify effective questioning methods and modalities for both teachers and students
  • Practice strategies that will increase the value of your classroom discussions

Engaging All Students

  • Connect current practice to research about why we should elicit evidence of learning
  • Identify strategies that can engage all students in providing evidence of their learning
  • Outline how to adjust instruction based on the data collection

Providing Feedback  

What you’ll learn

Learning-Focused Feedback

  • Understand how feedback strategies can bridge gaps in student learning
  • Explore the different types of feedback and feedback as a process
  • Investigate approaches to feedback that maximize learning

Classroom Feedback Strategies and Tools

  • Investigate tools that support quality feedback approaches
  • Learn from classroom examples of success with feedback models
  • Use strategies that enhance classroom learning culture

Activating Learners

What you’ll learn

Peer and Self-Assessment

  • Connect current practice to research about peer and self-assessment
  • Identify priorities when planning to support students in peer and self-assessment
  • Examine best practice strategies and tools

Student-Directed Learning

  • Understand why it’s important to engage students in making choices about their learning
  • Identify methods for students to use evidence of learning to monitor their own learning
  • Facilitate student ownership of learning goals and processes that lead to success