Washburn Leadership Academy Registration
Using Common Formative Assessment to Assure Student Learning
Districts that wish to participate, but have not attended a previous Leadership Academy or other PLC training, need to attend a oneday“Foundations of PLCs” training, to be held June 12, 2012 at CESA #4, facilitated by Billie Finco and Julie Jensen.
We know that Common Formative Assessments written, administered, and used by teams of teachers can have a significant impact on student achievement. They are often described as the “tipping point” in the work of Professional Learning Communities when collaborative teams begin to really understand how to make a difference for their students. Participants in this two-day workshop will learn key ideas about how to design and use quality assessments in a way that is both practical and effective.
This workshop is designed to provide both an understanding about why assessments are so important as well as to provide specific tools and protocols that teams can use when writing and using assessments. Participants are encouraged to attend as a team, bring a copy of your standards, and any other resources that will help you in the design process. A team laptop will be helpful to download the tools and templates as well as save your work.
During these two days, you’ll learn how to identify which standards are essential for your course or grade level so that your formative assessments become more focused and provide more specific ideas for team response. We’ll explore how to plan each assessment so that you’ll be confident the information you get back is both valid and reliable. As part of assessment design, we’ll also look at how to write questions that provide good information to know what to do next for students.
This workshop will also focus on building an assessment culture that includes student participation and that addresses grading practices that make sense. We’ll explore how to link the data from formative assessments to the PRtI framework ensuring that students are getting the time and support they need to be successful.
Chris Jakicic, EdD, served as principal of Woodlawn Middle School in Long Grove, Illinois, from its opening day in 1999 through the spring of 2007. Under her leadership, the staff shifted toward a collaborative culture implementing PLC practices. During that time student achievement increased each year and Woodlawn Middle School was one of the first schools to be included in the “Evidence of Effectiveness” list on the allthingsplc.info website. Dr. Jakicic began her career teaching middle school science before serving as principal of Willow Grove Elementary School in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, for nine years.
Through her work with teachers and administrators across the country, Dr. Jakicic emphasizes that effective teaming is the heart of PLCs. She also shares practical knowledge about how to use common formative assessments to improve student achievement.
She is the co-author of Common Formative Assessment: A Toolkit for Professional Learning Communities at WorkTM. She is the author of book chapters in the PLC anthologies: The Collaborative Teacher, Teacher as Assessment Leader, and Principal as Assessment Leader, as well articles for a variety of professional journals.
|No Credit||1 Graduate Credit||Additional Graduate Credit|
Workshop Fee.........$ 410.00
See page 6 of the catalog for
|$125 additional charge
Credit will be earned through
and completion of all assigned
payable to CESA #4
(Registration and Credit Fees Only)
|A 1-credit independent study
option (C-I 796 Section 730)
is available at full tuition
$430.56, payable to UW-L.
Contact Karen Hansen at
UW-La Crosse to register.