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Embedding Formative Assessment with Dr. Dylan Wiliam

Dr. Dylan Wiliam, PhD will present a full-day workshop on formative assessment practices on November 2, 2016 from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Location TBA. Dylan Wiliam is Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London. In a varied career, he has taught in urban public schools, directed a large-scale testing program, served a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and pursued a research program focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning.

There is now a large and growing evidence base that helping teachers develop their use of minute-to-minute and day-by-day assessment is one of, if not the most powerful ways to improve student learning. However, adopting formative assessment, or assessment for learning as it is sometimes called, involves far more than adding a few “quick fixes” to teachers’ classroom repertoires. It involves a fundamental shift in focus, from what the teacher is putting in to the process to what the students are getting out of it. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn: Why we need to raise achievement, what's been tried, and why it hasn't worked; formative assessment: what it is and what it isn't; strategies and practical techniques for formative assessment; sustaining professional learning with teacher learning communities.

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An Evening with Congressman John Lewis

Join the Sweetwater Center for the Arts from 7:00pm-10:00pm for this intimate evening with Congressman Lewis, along with his co-writer Andrew Aydin and illustrator, Nate Powell, of March, the New York Times bestselling trilogy of graphic novels. They will be discussing Congressman Lewis’ role as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and how they transformed his story onto this powerful graphic novel series. Note that the web registration does not include the special ticket price of $25 for educators and $20 per person for parties of 5 or more! To receive the discounted rate, please contact Mrs. Burton, lburton[at]sewickley[dot]org.

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