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Practical Assessment Strategies: Finding Ways to Utilize Assessment Throughout the Learning Process

3-Part Series

Multiple Cohorts

Fall Cohort

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October 27, November 10, and November 17, 2022

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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Central Time

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LOCATION

Sessions Occur on Zoom

COST / REGISTER

$225/person

Recorded Access Until December 31, 2022

Winter Cohort (Flipped)

Participants in the Flipped Cohort will watch the session videos in advance of the live Zoom session. During the live Zoom session, the attendees will work to develop assessment practices that can be used in their classroom, school or district to gain a deeper understanding of the content of the series
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February 8, 2023

School Teacher

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5:00 - 7:00 pm Central Time

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LOCATION

Session Occurs on Zoom

COST / REGISTER

$225/person

Recorded Access Until February 28, 2023

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We spend so much time focusing on the summative assessments, while, in reality, the daily assessment that occurs in our classroom is of utmost importance. Assessing students throughout the learning process is not only essential for our students, but also for us, as educators. So, how can we shift our focus to ensure that we are putting a priority on assessment practices during the learning process? Join Becky Peppler, Director of the Learner FIRST STAGR Center, to learn ways to use pre-assessment, assessment choice and student self- assessment and reflection to help plan and drive your classroom instruction.

Presenter

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Becky Peppler

Becky Peppler is the Director of the Learner FIRST Center for Assessment and Grading (a division of FIRST Educational Resources). She has 15 years of professional experience in public education, working in the Winneconne Community School District in northeast Wisconsin. Becky has spent time as a 6-12 Instructional Coach with a focus on supporting teachers in the classroom on a daily basis. Prior to her role as an instructional coach, Becky taught Chemistry and Forensic Science and was the 6-12 Science Curriculum Chair. She is a member of the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST), where she was awarded the Excellence in Science Education Award for the state of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Science Education Leadership Association (WSELA). Becky has helped the Winneconne Community School District transition to Target Based Grading at the middle and high school levels. She has a passion for designing meaningful assessments practices, making reassessment work, target based learning implementation, building social and emotional skills and ensuring that all students continue to learn at high levels. Becky currently consults to school districts all over the United States in these areas.

Session Information

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Topic 1

Using Pre-Assessment to Guide and Plan Instruction

Determining what our students know, think they know, understand, and misunderstand is essential for us to be able to create effective learning experiences. While we know, in theory, that pre-assessment is essential, the question of "How do we actually make this happen and use the data to drive instruction" remains the biggest roadblock for using pre-assessments. During this session participants will learn about the importance of pre-assessment, see strategies that have been vetted and utilized in the classroom and walk-away with ideas that can be used immediately in your classroom to help plan and drive instruction.

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Topic 2

Incorporating Student Self-Assessment and Reflection Throughout the Learning Process

As educators, we remain very aware of the power of self-assessment and reflection of our own learning and place a high value on the process. If we, as educators, find this so valuable, the question becomes, “How can we teach our students to do the same?” Student self-reflection and self-assessments will involve students in the learning process. In addition to the involvement, incorporating these pieces throughout the learning process encourages students to be more invested in their learning, therefore gaining and taking ownership of their learning. During this session participants will learn about the importance of student self-assessment and reflection, see strategies that have been vetted and utilized in the classroom and walk-away with ideas that can be used immediately in your classroom.

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Topic 3

I want to give students choice - but HOW do I make it work?

We know that our students learn differently. But what if having only one type of assessment is not accurately portraying student knowledge? How can we fix this dilemma? What if we could meet student learning needs by allowing them to be assessed in a way that best meets their needs? Giving students choice allows them to feel more invested in their learning, creates an avenue for differentiation and better meets each of their learning needs.  This session will focus on HOW to make assessment choice an option in your classroom and will be filled with practical examples and resources. This session will help guide you through how you can make assessment choice a reality in your classroom and/or school.