Dr. Dylan Wiliam and Learning Sciences International Release Book on Embedding Formative Assessment

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Learning Sciences International releases book by Dr. Dylan Wiliam, Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K–12 Classrooms.

Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K–12 Classrooms

Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K–12 Classrooms

It’s not about a magical intervention to help the kids this year; it’s about helping teachers make decisions based on the level of understanding of all students.

Educators worldwide can now pre-order Embedding Formative Assessment: Practical Techniques for K–12 Classrooms, by internationally respected education authorities Dylan Wiliam and Siobhán Leahy. This practical guide, published by Learning Sciences International, provides teachers with guidance on when and how to use specific techniques—along with tips, cautions, and enhancements—to help them sustain formative assessment and make a significant positive impact on student achievement.

The authors discuss ways to support teachers in changing their practice as they adjust their instruction in real-time—when research shows it matters most. They wrote this book with a deep focus on specific techniques for implementing the five key strategies for improving teacher practice and increasing student achievement:

1)    Clarifying, sharing, and understanding learning intentions and success criteria
2)    Engineering productive discussion and activities that elicit evidence of learning
3)    Providing feedback that moves learners forward
4)    Activating students as learning resources for each other
5)    Activating students as owners of their own learning

“It’s not about a magical intervention to help the kids this year; it’s about helping teachers make decisions based on the level of understanding of all students,” says Wiliam. “That’s how you close the achievement gap.”

The book is available for pre-order from the Learning Sciences International bookstore. Wiliam will also present an informative webinar on embedding formative assessment on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, at 3 p.m. EST. District leaders, school leaders, teachers, and other education professionals are encouraged to register online.

Learning Sciences International, a leading provider of print, web-based, and on-site solutions for professional development and performance management in education, supports schools and educational initiatives in 11 countries, three provinces in Canada, and 40 states in the United States of America. The company currently serves 427 school districts; 5,575 school buildings; 311,000 teachers; and more than 4 million students in the United States alone. For more information about the company, visit LearningSciences.com.

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