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Burton, Amy – Learning Professional, 2020
Why is formative assessment -- a proven powerful instructional practice -- so elusive in classrooms? As a regional professional learning provider for several years, Amy Burton rarely observed the use of formative assessment, even though, when asked, teachers could define it -- a quick check, during instruction, of what all students understand so…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Attitudes
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Foster, Elizabeth – Learning Professional, 2019
Assessment can provide information about student learning and the effectiveness of classroom strategies, but what are the special considerations when used with English learners? To better understand the research about how schools and systems can support multilingual learners through assessment, Elizabeth Foster spoke with Margo Gottlieb, an expert…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, English Language Learners, Second Language Learning, Bilingual Students
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Gonzales, Crystal; Skarin, Renae – Learning Professional, 2019
There is substantial evidence documenting the impact of high-quality, educative learning materials on teacher practices and student learning, yet this evidence has not translated widely into more equitable learning opportunities for all students. English learners tend to have less access to intellectually rich, grade-level content and…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Student Needs, English Language Learners, Equal Education
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Chapman, Sue; Mitchell, Mary – Learning Professional, 2019
Focused reflection is teacher directed professional learning that uses ongoing formative assessment aligned with research-based instructional practices and standards. It allows teachers to operate as researchers and hold themselves accountable for what they are teaching and what students are learning. This article provides a table that outlines…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Reflection, Planning, Mathematics Instruction
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Love, Nancy; Crowell, Michelle – Learning Professional, 2018
Teacher teams focused on developing collective expertise in high-leverage, equity-promoting practices can chip away at low expectations, racism, and cultural biases that marginalize special education students, English language learners, students of color, and other at-risk students. With appropriate professional learning on formative assessment,…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Teacher Collaboration, Equal Education, Elementary School Teachers
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Guskey, Thomas R. – Learning Professional, 2017
Educators often shy away from evaluating professional learning experiences because they believe the process requires knowledge and skills they don't possess. As a result, they either neglect evaluation procedures completely or leave them to "experts" who come in at the end and gather data to determine if anything made a difference. But…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Program Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Educational Quality
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Blakeslee, Theron; Chandler, Denny; Roeber, Edward; Kintz, Tara – Learning Professional, 2017
Formative assessment is one of the most effective tools that teachers use to promote student learning and watching one's self teach on video is one of the most effective ways to improve teaching. As part of a project for the Michigan Department of Education, the authors worked with eight teachers in Michigan who are using videos of their teaching…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics, Video Technology