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Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning

Creating a Responsive and Fluid Process to Inspire All Students

By: Garnet Hillman, Mandy Stalets

With the right mindset, the assessment process can be a gift to our students that propels meaningful learning for all. Discover how to embrace formative and summative assessment practices to identify and unwrap priority standards, develop learning progressions, and plan daily instruction that supports student growth and inspires learning.

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Practical strategies and tools to implement mindful, intentional assessment practices

When designed in ways that inspire and motivate, assessment is a gift to our students. With this resource as your guide, you’ll embrace a fresh mindset where assessment becomes a process that propels meaningful learning for all. Authors Garnet Hillman and Mandy Stalets dive deep into how you can work individually or collaboratively to intentionally identify and unwrap priority standards, develop learning progressions, design assessments, and plan daily instruction.

Design mindful, intentional assessment practices that develop learning progressions and help students plan their own path to proficiency:

  • Understand how to use formal and informal formative assessment as well as summative assessment to empower students and increase learning for all.
  • Analyze ways to plan backward and design mindful assessment and instruction.
  • Receive practical steps for application for developing learning progressions, summative assessments, and formative assessments.
  • Discover how to collaborate around assessment with professional learning community (PLC) concepts.
  • Answer end-of-chapter reflection questions to deepen your understanding of key concepts.

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Product Code: BKG007, EKF569

ISBN: 9781952812231

Page Count: 168

Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning is a must-read for teachers who wish to transform the culture of assessment in their classrooms. Hillman & Stalets, through a mix of research, practical examples, and personal experience, masterfully and methodically provide teachers with a roadmap for assessment planning. From the identification of priority standards to planning of daily instruction, this book provides an accessible yet brilliant process for teachers and collaborative teams to pull back the curtain on assessment to create a new paradigm that is transparent, agile, and inspirational.”

Tom Schimmer

“Hillman and Stalets synthesize assessment research and practices concisely in this text to provide examples that inspire student agency, teacher development, and collaborative action. Even after adjusting my own assessment practices the past few years, there was much for me to learn from this text about assessment as learning. Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning is for those just beginning to question their assessment understandings and for those who are already engaged in assessment discourse.”

Nicholas A. Emmanuele, high school English teacher, department chair, and preservice teacher educator

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