Tagged “Assessment”

Donald Kachur

Teacher Walkthroughs Focusing on Student Learning

Engaging Teachers in Classroom Walkthroughs - ASCD

Although there is great value in observing peers teaching, for some classroom walkthroughs, teachers strictly focus their observations on student learning. This focus perfectly aligns with the second tenet of ASCD's Whole Child Initiative, "Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults," and the third tenet, "Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community." Instead of focusing on teacher behavior, observers watch and interact with students to determine their comfort level in learning and what they know and can do as a result of instruction.

Read more »

Klea Scharberg

ASCD Arias Author Panel: Answers You Need from Voices You Trust

What keeps you up at night? Perhaps you're struggling with preparing your students for the real world, or confused about how to assess individual learning when students work together. Maybe you need strategies to integrate tablets with effective instruction or to maximize time for learning in your classroom. Join leading ASCD authors in a free webinar about their new ASCD Arias™ publications, which provide the answers you need from voices you trust.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 3:00 p.m. eastern time
Register now!

Read more »

ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Profiles in Education: Josh Garcia

Josh Garcia, deputy superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools in Tacoma, Washington, strongly believes in creating success for every learner. "Every student can graduate prepared for higher education," Garcia says. "In order to provide each child with a whole child education, school and community leaders must relentlessly dissolve barriers and build cohesive systems that foster excellence. Only then will we fulfill our pledge to provide every child the opportunity to pursue a successful life."

Read more »

Walter McKenzie

Lots of Second Chances

My best friend often says, "People deserve lots of second chances."

"But why?" I ask, trying to grasp the concept. "At some point don't you risk people taking advantage?"

"Walter, people do the best they can. It makes no sense making it harder on them." I dedicate this blog post to my best friend and this wisdom I have come to adopt as my own.

In an age of cynicism and competition, I find the notion of second chances refreshing, intriguing even. But is it practical? Individually and collectively, how can we afford lots of second chances? Then again, are life and learning value equations? Is there some economic benefit to separating the men from the boys, so to speak? Or in reality, do we all rise to our own potential over time, given the chances and support we need to succeed?

As I look back over a lifetime of opportunities and challenges, how many times did I nail anything on a first try? Not many. How many second chances have I used? How many mentors supported me as I tried and failed and tried again? How many practice sessions? How many retests? How many mulligans? How many "I'm sorrys"? How many times redeemed by forgiveness? More times than I can count. And that's just my lifetime. How about yours?

Read more »

Melanie Olmstead

ASCD Advocates for Multiple Measures

No student, teacher, or school's performance should be determined using a single measure. As Congress attempts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), it has the opportunity to fix the currently exclusive emphasis on state assessments as the sole means of measuring student performance and school quality.

Read more »

Dawn Imada Chan

The Whole Child Movement: A Journey Between Two Nations

I have often been asked about the differences between teaching in the United States and Canada. That's often a difficult question to answer because I now consider both countries "home" and doing so often elicits a predictable follow-up question of which education system is better. This post is not an attempt to rank one over the other, as education systems between countries will have to be different to meet the needs of their given communities.

However, no matter where we are located in the world, we see in our own classrooms the practice of compare and contrast. Doing this work with our students can elicit powerful reflections about complex ideas. Having had the experience of being a teacher in both settings, and most recently as an administrator in Canada, reflecting on both the similarities and differences between the two countries has provided me with a more comprehensive picture of what can work well in education.

Read more »

ASCD Whole Child Bloggers

Take Action: Support Effective Professional Development and Evaluation

The Effective Teaching and Leading Act (S. 1063) was recently introduced by United States Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), and we need your help in getting your Senators to support it! The bill would help ensure that teachers and principals are effectively trained, mentored, developed, and evaluated through proven, team-based professional development strategies.

Read more »

Ken Endris

Principals: Reach Beyond the Walls of Your School

For the past five years, Fouke (Ark.) Elementary School has witnessed academic improvement in all K–5 grade levels. Attendance has also improved over the same time period. These accomplishments did not happen by accident, instead they are the results of the hard work by staff, students, and families. Not I as principal, not one teacher, nor one program alone is responsible for these successes. These achievements are a result of creating a collaborative and positive learning environment for all our stakeholders.

To achieve our essential goals, our school adopted elements from the Arkansas Leadership Academy and developed five areas to add more breadth, depth, ownership, and sustainability.

Read more »

Melissa Mellor

Quantifying Teacher Effectiveness

ASCD Policy Priorities - Spring 2013

Can you quantify the effectiveness of a good teacher? How much of that can be determined from student test scores? And how can teachers of untested subjects like the arts, physical education, and social studies be fairly evaluated? These are some of the questions raised in the newest edition of Policy Priorities, ASCD's quarterly policy newsletter, which examines U.S. efforts to transform its teacher evaluation systems.

Read more »

Klea Scharberg

Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success

This Hunt Institute video discusses the rationale behind the development of the Common Core State Standards.

"These standards now being implemented by more than 44 states across the nation were built upon strengths and lessons learned in states. They were informed by other top performing countries and grounded in research and evidence," says the Hunt Institute. Learn more with ASCD Express.

Read more »

Share |

Blog Archive

Blog Tags