Formative Assessment National Conference

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Location Speaker(s) Session Topic Intended Audience

Breakout 3


Q&A For Teachers

Dylan Wiliam, teachers

Assessment, Core Instruction

Teachers, Instructional Coaches/Teacher Leaders

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.


The Formative Assessment TrendTracker

Siobhan Leahy

Leadership Practices, Technology, Assessment

School Leaders, District Leaders

As a leader, how do you know whether teaching is improving learning across all classrooms? You probably visit most classrooms regularly in walk-throughs. This tool will allow you record which Formative Assessment strategies/techniques are being used in classrooms. TrendTracker then collates the data so that you can explore trends over time, and know the strategies that teachers need support in implementing. It also helps you calibrate the ratings of administrators.


Creating Opportunities for Informal Classroom Assessments

Deana Senn

Curriculum, PLCs, Core Instruction, Student Team Learning

Teacher, Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader, School Leader

Formative assessment can be so much more than just the choices we make at specific moments in time. It can also be the way we look at lessons and units. And when schools treat it as an “add-on” in classroom instruction, they run the risk of losing its potential to transform learning.

In this session, we’ll flesh out the power of formative assessment. We will cover how to create opportunities for students to generate evidence throughout the day, how to see the evidence that’s already present, and how to leverage it to make minute-to-minute instruction truly “formative.”


Equity and Access Through Curriculum and Assessment

Michael Toth, Carla Moore

Curriculum, Assessment, Leadership Practices

School Leaders, District Leaders

See how a cohesive curriculum and assessment system looks and works with a real-time tracking system. This bold vision embeds short-cycle formative assessment and performance assessments to quickly respond to student data and make timely adjustments. Participants will build their capacity to create a system with equity and access for all students through Core Instruction.


Everyday Assessment for Academic Teams

Sara Croll, Practitioner: TBA

PLCs, School Improvement, Core Instruction, Assessment, Student Team Learning

Teachers, coaches, teacher leaders, school leaders

Looking for a solid way to increase individual student gains in a small-group setting? In this session, you’ll learn how to embed formative assessment strategies that maximize the effects of student teaming, giving each learner an authentic road to success.

Equipped with practical tips and research-based strategies for incorporating academic teaming into daily instruction, you’ll leave this session prepared to assess your teams far beyond paper and pencil, and to show both shared and individual accountability through team implementation.


The Art and Power of Feedback

Libby Garst

Core Instruction, Assessment, Student Team Learning

Teacher, Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader

Providing feedback that moves learning forward is truly an art. Effective execution requires a bit of planning, a few practical techniques, and a great deal of finesse. After all, as Hattie and Clarke state, “feedback given but not heard is of little use.” In this session, we will review valuable ground rules and structures that help develop a feedback culture in the classroom. We will discuss ways to help students receive, interpret, and use the feedback provided by teachers and peers. Come and discover techniques that combine feedback with effective teaching and learning strategies to encourage growth and help students take control of their learning.


Negotiating the Essential Tensions

Dylan Wiliam

Keynote Session


The subject of grading evokes strong views at all levels of education, but people tend to adopt particularly entrenched positions in elementary and secondary education, with disagreements about the age at which students should be given grades, their frequency, the scales that are used, whether they should be referenced to norms or standards, whether students should be allowed to re-submit work, and the penalties that should be given for late or missing work.

In this keynote presentation, Dylan Wiliam will argue that harnessing the power of assessment to improve, as well as measure the results of, instruction requires moving away from “either/or” positions on grading and instead considering grading practices as involving a series of complex trade-offs, understanding the social as well as the informational role that grades play.

What this means is that there can never be a perfect assessment system. Any assessment system will represent a series of compromises, and the best chance of developing an assessment system that promotes, rather than hinders learning is to make these trade-offs explicit, and allow them to evolve over time.

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