By Nancy Roberts, co-author with Mary Shea of Using FIVES for Writing A= Announce your topic, state your claim or intent B= Build and Backup your announcement with evidence and/or example B= Build and Backup your announcement with evidence and/or example B= Build and Backup your announcement with evidence and/or example C=
Dr. Dylan Wiliam is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers working to embed minute-to-minute formative assessment into their lessons and units. We’re happy to share the following techniques that he recommends. And by the way, you have an amazing opportunity to learn directly from Dr. Wiliam and other leading experts
By Rita Bean and Jacy Ippolito, authors of Cultivating Coaching Mindsets and Unpacking Coaching Mindsets The students are leaving the building; books are being put away; and you are getting ready to enjoy the summer season. Wait! Before you head on vacation, to your local university to take a few
By Willette Houston (Originally published in SEEN Magazine) Be bold. That’s where a school leader must start if you want to lead meaningful school change. There’s nothing wrong with incremental improvement or plotting out a step-by-step process, but we have to take a step back and look at the big picture
All those who produce tests claim that their tests are valid and reliable. Unfortunately, such claims are meaningless, because tests cannot be valid, and they cannot be reliable. A failure to understand why such claims are incorrect means that the substantial power of assessment to support learning is often lost.
By Scott Sterling Testing is one of the most contentious issues in education today, often creating a wedge between factions of the educational structure, crossing political and social lines. As educators, we know that assessment helps us do our jobs efficiently. What many of us could do without is testing.
“Having those conversations with their peers was so empowering for them that it just became a natural part of what they were doing.” — Walnut Middle School teacher Elizabeth Boyle This year, three schools in Grand Island, Nebraska are igniting student learning through a Schools for Rigor partnership with Learning
On January 31, 2018, the architects of the Marzano Focused Evaluation Models, Dr. Beverly Carbaugh and Dr. Robert J. Marzano, took webinar viewers through a comprehensive overview of the Marzano Focused Evaluation Model hierarchy, which includes a more focused, simplified, and aligned system for observation and evaluation in the following
We’re all familiar with the old script. The teacher stands at the front of the classroom lecturing, the students take notes, and then there’s an assignment. Unfortunately, that script can’t prepare today’s learners for success in college and the global workplace. As Principal of a Florida elementary school, LSI Practice
Bear Creek Elementary School in Pinellas County, Florida has shattered expectations over the past few years, having quickly moved from a “D” to an “A” in the state accountability system. Principal Willette Houston’s leadership is at the forefront of the progress. On December 12, we had the pleasure of hosting