Learning as Evidence: Improving Argumentation through Formative Assessment Practice (Feb 28 - May 30, 2017; Register NOW!!)

In this course, we will explore how formative assessment practices can be targeted in improve student argumentation skills, an essential, cross-disciplinary practice. Participants in this course will use a range of practical tools for gathering and analyzing language samples that show how students currently construct claims supported by evidence and/or reasoning, as well as identifying next steps in students' development. These tools support formative assessment and instructional planning. Focal topics include: articulating claims; linking evidence and/or reasoning to claims; and evaluating evidence and/or reasoning. We will also explore similarities and differences in argumentation across content areas and grade levels.

Sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation


Designing for Deeper Learning: How to Implement and Improve Performance Tasks (Feb 28 - May 16, 2017; Register NOW!!)

This course will focus on the wise implementation of performance assessments and the use of student work products to inform task design and subsequent instruction. Course activities include selecting and adapting a performance assessment to be used in a specific course, implementing that task, and evaluating student work to learn more about the task and students' learning. We will use a learning-centered approach where assessments are not only about measuring learning, but are also events for learning.

Sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation