MOOC Spring Series: New course on Formative Assessment Starts in May

Thursday, April 17, 2014

We are pleased to share with you a new free online professional development opportunity for school and district instructional coaches and leaders in the area of formative assessment practice! Offered by Sara Rutherford-Quach, Jeff Zwiers, and Kenji Hakuta from Understanding Language at Stanford, this short 6-week MOOC, Learning from Your Students: A Lab Course in Formative Assessment Practice in the Era of the Common Core State Standards, is launching in May.

We are targeting this course towards coaches and instructional leaders. We are calling it a “lab course” in order to emphasize that it is the first step in a progression of formative assessment courses and because participants will be gathering language data along as well as analyzing and sharing what is observed. Individual teacher may also participate. If you are interested, please read additional information and register for the course at

Those who complete the requirements for this lab course will receive a free Statement of Accomplishment from NovoEd. Those who wish to receive an official Record of Completion for the course from the Stanford Graduate School of Education with an accompanying Narrative Evaluation of their work in the course may do so for a fee ($100). Satisfactory completion of this course is equivalent to 15 hours of professional development. Please direct any questions about this course to .

We look forward to working with you in the course!