LSI Formative Assessment National Conference

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Monday, 7/27

8:30 am

Everything Scientists Know About the Teaching of Reading

Daniel Willingham

This session will be 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.

Mon 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Tuesday, 7/28

10:30 am

Best Practices in Grading

Ken O'Connor

This session will provide guidelines by which teachers of all subjects can make grades accurate, effective, meaningful and supportive of learning.

Tue 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Building a Formative Assessment System

Beth Carr, Libby Garst

Are you looking to inspire and support teachers as they implement Formative Assessment in your school(s)? Learn how a simple technology can develop and expand an intentional formative assessment system in every classroom.

Tue 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Grading in a Comprehensive and Balanced Assessment System

Sue Brookhart, Jay McTighe

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.

Tue 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Know Better, Do Better – Why It’s Critical You Know What Your Students Know about Foundational Reading – Early and Often

David Liben, Meredith Liben

This session will 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.

Tue 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Q&A for District Leaders with Dylan Wiliam

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.

Tue 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

1:30 pm

Best Practices in Grading

Ken O'Connor

This session will provide guidelines by which teachers of all subjects can make grades accurate, effective, meaningful and supportive of learning.

Tue 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Designing Authentic Performance Tasks

Jay McTighe

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.

Tue 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Finally! An Integrated, Balanced Formative Assessment and Curriculum System Technology (LSI Curriculum Tracker)

Carla Moore

What does an aligned, balanced, integrated formative assessment and curriculum system look like? We will begin this session discussing what this means. What are the critical components to ensure equity and access for all students. See an example in LSI's newest technology, Curriculum Tracker to sharpen your vision for what is possible!

Tue 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Improving Reading for Older Students – Two Concrete Approaches

David Liben, Meredith Liben

This session will consist of two parts, 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 in coherent, research based ways that serve older students reading years behind far more effectively.

Tue 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Q&A for School Leaders with Dylan Wiliam

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.

Tue 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Wednesday, 7/29

8:30 am

Best Practices in Grading

Ken O'Connor

This session will provide guidelines by which teachers of all subjects can make grades accurate, effective, meaningful and supportive of learning.

Wed 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Building a Formative Assessment System

Beth Carr, Liby Garst

Are you looking to inspire and support teachers as they implement Formative Assessment in your school(s)? Learn how a simple technology can develop and expand an intentional formative assessment system in every classroom.

Wed 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Designing Authentic Performance Tasks

Jay McTighe

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.

Wed 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Looking at Student Work: Feedback on Students' Written Performance

Sue Brookhart

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.

Wed 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Q&A for Teachers & Coaches with Dylan Wiliam

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.

Wed 8:30 am - 10:00 am

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