Assessment is the process of gathering evidence of student learning to inform educational decisions. But how do you ensure that every stakeholder has the right information at the right time? And how do you maintain student motivation? In this edWebinar, Dr. Rick Stiggins, founder of the Assessment Training Institute, demonstrated how to create an assessment system that provides all stakeholders with quality evidence to meet their needs.
Open-ended questions create meaningful opportunities for learning, prompting children to reason and reflect while encouraging their use of language. In this edWebinar, Teachstone Training’s Chief Strategy Officer Dr. Rebecca Berlin shared tips on using open-ended questions to improve classroom interactions with young learners.
In this webinar, Lee Kern, Ph.D., and Michael George, Ed.D., provided basic classroom management and instructional strategies that have a large impact on problem behavior and learning. They introduced three basic behavior management strategies and three powerful instructional strategies that will greatly improve student behavior and learning. Familiarize yourself with assessments that will allow you to take a deeper look at your classroom environment in order to optimize behavior and learning over the long term. The assessments introduced in this webinar will help you determine strengths in your classroom and identify areas needing improvement.
Have you ever given a formative assessment and not used the data? Learn about nontraditional types of formative assessments such as concept maps and games as a way to spot check students’ learning through a course of study. In this webinar, you’ll learn how Cathie Gillner, an educator from Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh, PA and Common Sense Ambassador, uses concept mapping and games as formative assessments.
School and district leaders, consider school and district-wide use of classroom-based formative assessment to inform planning and teaching AND impact student achievement. In this webinar, Francis (Skip) Fennell shared a framework for school and district-based leaders to develop elements of leadership while establishing a grade-level or school-based learning community focusing on everyday use of formative assessment.
Today’s students face assessment and standards-based expectations for concise argumentative writing as early as third grade. Teachers lack time to grade increased writing tasks, and student language skills leave them unable or unmotivated to write independently. How do we close the gap? In this webinar from the Writing Readiness Project and IXL Learning, our presenter shared immediately actionable strategies for coaching teachers, aligning curricula, and tweaking classroom instruction to increase alignment and accelerate student fluency in writing.
Half of all students who took online assessments in Spring 2015 noted that the tests were not aligned to what they learned in the classrooms. How can students succeed on assessments when they don’t even understand the questions? In this research-driven presentation, Kevin Baird, Chairman at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness, presented a practical, pragmatic five-step routine any teacher in any grade and any subject can use to help students make sense of assessment questions.
Authentic tasks can serve as both rich learning activities and assessments of understanding and transfer. In this webinar, Jay introduced some of the principles and best practices for creating and implementing ELA, science, and social studies performance tasks.
How do you ensure that students have baseline understandings to show what they know on a performance task? Can you modify a task to stretch your accelerated students? In this webinar presentation, Jack Beers explored ways to rework an existing performance task to show what all students with different learning styles can do, and help you stretch the effectiveness of tasks you write yourself.
The two most common forms of teacher feedback to students in classrooms are oral and written. In part two of this series, participants analyzed examples of oral and written feedback, evaluate their quality, and judge their effectiveness. This webinar applied the framework for looking at feedback from part one, to examples in different content areas and at different grade levels.
In part one of a two-part series, viewers learned the characteristics of feedback that are most likely to be useful to students. Susan M. Brookhart, Ph.D., demonstrated how to examine feedback episodes for evidence of learning, and how to couple each feedback episode with an immediate opportunity for students to use the information.
Kevin Baird, Chairman at the nonprofit Center for College & Career Readiness, revealed the latest assessment data, uncovering the new priority skill gaps grade by grade, in ELA and Mathematics. Which grades are hardest hit? Which areas need the most attention? Which student skills need to be reinforced now? Which teacher strategies are most important?
In this webinar, attendees learned how to tell the difference between struggle that is productive and fosters learning, and struggle that is destructive and leads to frustration and failure. Discover specific ways you can foster productive struggle, and the exact approach you need to get students out of destructive struggle and break the cycle of failure.
In this webinar, Dr. Craig A. Mertler discussed developing a data-driven mindset. In addition, Craig shared specific processes for using student assessment data as a means to guide data-driven decision making.
Formative assessment is one of the most effective ways for a teacher to affect student learning. In fact, formative assessment has been shown to affect learning more than class size and educational level of the teacher! In this webinar, Shannon Holden, showed teachers how to use the free platform “Plickers” to execute “on demand” formative assessment.
Waiting until learning is complete to correct gaps or misconceptions can sometimes be too late. Changing instruction in the moment as a response to how and what students are learning is the key to ensuring that all students succeed. In this webinar, Steven W. Anderson, explored looking at the formative assessment process through a technology lens and most importantly, how school leaders can use this data to make effective decisions.
In this session, Kevin Baird used actual assessment items to develop understanding of what “ultimate rigor” looks like, determine the factors which make the items most challenging, and work back to lesson design to prepare students for success.
In this webinar, Shannon Holden showed novices how to implement formative assessment techniques, and take corrective action with students having difficulty mastering concepts.
In this last webinar of our Five-Session Series, Dr. Sara Delano Moore shared strategies for helping students understand why fraction multiplication and division seem to behave differently from fraction addition and subtraction.
The application of reading, writing and original thinking is research, and the research simulation is at the heart of the Common Core Performance Task and accountable Problem Based / Inquiry Based Learning. In this session, Kevin Baird used the actual assessment items as a guide to “deconstruct” the requirements for a research simulation, and then worked backwards into lesson design to develop student proficiency.
Too often, criteria in rubrics examine surface level features of student performance or the requirements of an assignment. In contrast, effective rubrics employ criteria that look for qualities in student work that indicate the quality of student learning. Just like the task itself, rubrics must match the learning outcomes they are intended to assess. In this webinar, Susan M. Brookhart, Ph.D., focused on creating or adapting rubrics for classroom use.The webinar shared principles for writing such effective rubrics and provided examples to critique.
In this webinar, presenter Michelle Luhtala highlighted examples of how such partnerships can increase student achievement and professional learning for teachers. Michelle covered assessment, blogging, and discussion forums. The webinar is especially beneficial for school librarians, classroom teachers, curriculum leaders, and administrators in grades 6-12.
Digital imagery offers countless new opportunities for teachers to assess student understanding. In this webinar, Sara Torpey considered practical approaches to both formative and summative student assessment that can be used immediately!
In Part Three of this Five-Session Series, Dr. Sara Delano Moore shared strategies for helping students understand adding and subtracting fractions. View the webinar on making fraction addition and subtraction make sense to students.