LSI Formative Assessment National Conference
|Daniel Willingham||Everything Scientists Know About the Teaching of Reading||
A brisk tour of the scientific research on the teaching of reading, focusing on four components of competent reading: fluent decoding, comprehension, high reading motivation, and successful completion of discipline-specific reading tasks. For each goal, we will review pedagogic techniques that have proven successful with a broad variety of students and in a broad set of contexts.
We will also review popular pedagogic techniques that have a frail or absent research base. A cross-cutting theme will be that, although each of the four factors tends to be associated with particular grade levels, teachers at any grade should have an understanding of each factor, and can contribute to student success in each.
|David and Meredith Liben||Know Better, Do Better - why it’s critical you know what your students know about foundational reading - early and often.||Explore the imperatives of both informal and formal assessment when students are learning how to read. The research-based case for both regular, systematic formal assessment and in-the-moment informal assessing of student progress will be made. We will also look at why, in the face of compelling evidence of its value, regular foundational skills assessments are not done. The session will close with practical guidance on how to make both practices a regular part of your classroom and school.|
|David and Meredith Liben||Improving Reading for Older Students – Two Concrete Approaches||
A two-part session, each offering a system for supporting older students who are reading years behind grade level. First, research-based but lightweight supports will be explored that can be done during Tier One classroom instruction. These approaches can be implemented by teachers in any grade using Tier One instructional materials in ways that effectively bring more of their students into grade-level learning.
The second part of the presentation will look at integrated supports that can be used in addition to Tier One classroom work but would require drawing on support staff incoherent, research-based ways that serve older students reading years behind far more effectively.
|Deana Senn||Student-Led Classroom Formative Assessment||Create a dynamic classroom environment where students track their own progress to learning targets through a student grouping process called Academic Teaming. Increase engagement, student ownership, and academic achievement through student-led formative assessment.|
|Dylan Wiliam||Q&A for District Leaders with Dylan Wiliam||
District leaders come to this conference to build knowledge and to gain strategies and tools they can take back to their districts to improve student achievement. Our goal is to make sure you return to your schools with answers and fresh ideas that you, your principals, and your teachers can put into place in the upcoming school year.
This Q&A session for district leaders is the perfect setting in which to get honest and insightful advice specific to your needs and roles, straight from Dylan Wiliam. Bring your questions, specific to your district, for this great opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s leading experts on formative assessment.
|Dylan Wiliam||Q&A for School Leaders with Dylan Wiliam||
School leaders come to this conference to build knowledge and to gain strategies and tools they can take back to their school to improve student achievement. Our goal is to make sure you return to your schools with answers and fresh ideas that you, your coaches, and your teachers can put into place in the upcoming school year.
This Q&A session for principals is the perfect setting in which to get honest and insightful advice specific to your needs and roles, straight from Dylan Wiliam. Bring your questions, specific to your school, for this great opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s leading experts on formative assessment.
|Dylan Wiliam||Q&A for Teachers & Coaches with Dylan Wiliam||
Educators come to this conference to build knowledge and to gain strategies and tools they can take back to their classrooms to improve student achievement. Our goal is to make sure you return to your classroom with answers and fresh ideas to put into place in the upcoming school year.
This Q&A session for teachers is the perfect setting in which to get honest and insightful advice specific to your needs and roles, straight from Dylan Wiliam. Bring your questions, specific to your classroom, for this great opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s leading experts on formative assessment.
|Dylan Wiliam, Daniel Willingham, Sue Brookhart, David Liben, Meg Bowen||National Panel on Assessment: Best Practices for Early Literacy||The nation’s foremost assessment & literacy experts will discuss the best practices and policies using literacy assessment to close the achievement gap. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and ask their questions of the panelists in an intimate reception following the panel discussion. Intended audience/designed for Policy Makers, District Leaders and Chief Academic Officers.|
|Jaime Bailey||The Journey is as Important as the Destination…Maybe More!||
Focusing on Dylan Wiliam’s Five Key Strategies for effective formative assessment, this session dives into practical, hands-on ways for teachers to create classroom conditions where students self-regulate their learning, reflect, and act on feedback. Learn effective ways to use partner and group feedback, where students work as a group, not just co-exist in a group.
See how to use discussions and activities as strategies to elicit evidence of learning. Support students as they gauge proximity to the learning target and persist in monitoring and making adjustments to meet that target. Leave with numerous techniques to strengthen your formative assessment practices in the learning cycle.
|Jay McTighe||Designing Authentic Performance Tasks||Jay will present ideas from his latest book, Designing Authentic Performance Tasks and Projects (ASCD, 2020). This session will explore a variety of practical and proven tools for the development of performance tasks to engage students in meaningful learning and assess important learning outcomes that often fall “through the cracks” of conventional testing. A compilation of excellent web-based resources will be presented. In addition, instructional implications and the role of formative assessment will be examined.|
|Ken O'Connor||Best Practices in Grading||This session will provide guidelines by which teachers of all subjects can make grades accurate, effective, meaningful and supportive of learning.|
|Michael Toth||Assessing and Coaching Senior Leadership Teams to High Performance||
A district or school improvement plan depends on a high performing leadership team to get results. Studies have shown a common denominator of higher vs. lower-performing districts and schools is how well the leadership team performs as a team. This is a critical factor in district and school improvement.
Learn the science of high functioning leadership teams including the critical conditions without which no team will perform well and how to relaunch a team into high performance. Learn how teams can use leading data to assess their own performance as a team and make adjustments to reach the team’s goals. The session will be led by Michael Toth, author, and CEO of Learning Sciences International.
|Sue Brookhart||Looking at Student Work: Feedback on Students’ Written Performance||
Writing is one of the most common performance assessment tasks students are asked to do in schools. This session focuses on two main points: (1) the nature of the writing task or prompt affects what students write and what evidence of learning is produced, and (2) feedback on student writing should be based on the criteria you shared before the assignment and include suggestions for improvement.
Participants will discover these points by looking at and interpreting student work, giving feedback on the work as presented, and envisioning how the teacher could modify the task to get different evidence. Participants who wish to bring student written work from their own classrooms are welcome to do so.
|Sue Brookhart & Jay McTighe||Grading in a Comprehensive and Balanced Assessment System||
What is the place of grading in a comprehensive and balanced assessment system? Four authors (Brookhart, McTighe, Guskey, and Wiliam) tackled this question in a panel discussion at the 2019 Formative Assessment National Conference and produced a white paper.
In this session, two of the authors will facilitate a discussion of this question with participants, based on key findings from the white paper and issues or questions from participants’ school districts. The goal is for participants to understand more deeply the role of grading in a comprehensive and balanced district assessment system.
|Jody Honaker||Easy and Effective Formative Assessment In Virtual, Blended, and Hybrid Learning Environments||
This session will focus on how to enhance formative assessment in a virtual, blended or hybrid classroom. Learn how teachers can create opportunities within their lessons or at the end of their lessons for students and teacher to assess the students' progress toward the learning goal. This session will specifically focus on examples of questions, and types of opportunities to ask students for evidence of learning, both synchronously and asynchronously.
|Meg Bowen||Dealing with COVID-19 Learning Losses – Remediation or Acceleration?||
The evidence is in; despite the heroic efforts of teachers, pandemic learning was uneven at best, leaving many students with significant learning losses. Coupled with the gaps that already existed prior to COVID-19, these learning losses can seem insurmountable. Research shows that remediation often results in students falling farther behind, while acceleration is a game changer in terms of ensuring all students have access to rigorous grade level content. In this timely session, we’ll explore the differences between remediation and acceleration and explore best practices for addressing learning losses to ensure all students are on track for success.
|Joan Pinkerton||Monitor and Verify Student Learning in Face-to-Face and Virtual Environments||
How will you monitor student participation and engagement? How do you verify learning targets when students are face to face and virtually? This session will explore tools and techniques for monitoring and verifying student learning in a variety of delivery formats, because let’s be honest, we need to be armed and ready for an array of blended learning formats in our future.
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