Are your assessments meaningful for student growth?

The teachers were inspired and ready to begin the year with one PBL unit in place. They thanked me for a workshop with meaning, structure, and support for innovative teaching that was useful for them in the classroom. We all absolutely loved Kris!!! I can't thank you all enough for providing such an amazing presenter! I can't wait to see all this hard work from our teachers translate into the classroom experience. Again, a big shout out for Kris and the TeachThought team. You definitely helped our teachers grow!!!

-Janet Jenkins, Director of General Studies

Thank you for changing the way I teach!

-Jana McCarthy, elementary teacher

Thank you so much for giving us (the teachers) the tools to make real education happen! Finally!

-Amy Guier, middle school english teacher

This is a must-attend workshop. It really changed my perspective on what exactly I should be teaching through my content.

-Philip Ellis, high school science teacher

We were constantly engaged in group activities and discussion/dialogue. Excellent trainer with a lot of knowledge and understanding about PBL, it took me out of my comfort zone!

-Shafaq Imran, teacher

Thank you very much. I have a new "light" on how to get my students to think on their own and at a deeper level.

-Morgan Payton, middle school ELA teacher

The content is excellent and the presenter was highly effective.

-Jim Whitaker, high school social studies teacher

This is effective and worthwhile professional development.

-Emilie Clemmens, math teacher and curriculum coordinator

I enjoyed the workshop. I am able to use what I learned in my classroom!

-Tonya Jones, elementary teacher

Well designed learning presentations and activities...wonderful enriching learning activity.

-Marlene Burek, Manager of Special Education

Fantastic job facilitating a super helpful workshop. I hope to have an opportunity to attend a TeachThought PD again soon!

-Leann Turner, agriculture sciences teacher

Excellent training, built confidence in teachers to further become facilitators of student learning!

-Ron Lockhart, high school math teacher

I found this to be more informative and useful than any other PD I've participated in.

-Deborah Shirley, Elementary Teacher

All feedback from my teacher was positive. She reported that the articles John sent were informative, the conversation was both clarifying and insightful, and the strategies were immediately useful. This is all great news! I have reported back to my administrative team and recommended that we keep Virtual Coaching in mind as we finish up our end of year evaluation conversations.

-Heather Bishop, Language & Literacy Department Chair

Our workshops help you build authentic assessments to engage and empower teachers and students.

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Boosting the Level of Rigor in Critical Thinking Tasks and Assessments

One Day Workshop

This interactive professional development engages teachers in creating and refining assessments to align to standards and high levels of complexity.  Participants will be shown multiple models of revised assessments and work together to refine their own assessments.

Learning targets:

  • Develop/revise multiple choice and open-ended items that align to standards and high levels of complexity.
  • Create authentic tasks or project-based assignments that align to standards and high levels of complexity.

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Creating Meaningful Performance Assessments

One Day Workshop

Students crave assessments that are engaging and rigorous. They crave assessments that are more than traditional exams, but are rather truly authentic and fun. Learn how to create rich performance assessments that assess higher-order thinking skills connected to content standards and skills. Unpack standards to create assessments that truly align to what you want and need to assess as an educator. Learn how to allow for voice and choice in these assessments for further student engagement. In addition, learn how to design rubrics for students that align to these performance assessments to ensure clarity of expectations and rigor.

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Moving Away from Traditional Grading

One Day Workshop

Grades may or may not motivate students to learn, and in many cases can actual harm student learning. Unpack the ways grading can get in the way of learn and learn some of the pitfalls of traditional grading systems. Learn how reductions for late work, zeros, and related grading practices can cloud actual measurement of student performance. Gain specific strategies on how to assess instead of grade, and learn strategies to target behavioral issues that get in the way of academic performance.

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Foundations of Formative Assessment

One Day Workshop

Formative Assessment can be a powerful tool to students and teachers. In fact, great teachers already formatively assess on a regular basis to help students succeed. Learn the basic principle differences between formative and summative assessment, as well as the implications for grading and instruction in the classroom. Create sample learning targets, built from standards, to formatively assessment in your classroom. Gain practical formative assessment strategies to use in the classroom. Learn how to tie formative assessment to instructional choices and create an error analysis tool to use in your classroom to target instruction for all students. Create a sample lesson plan using formative assessment principles.

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