Cassandra Erkens

Cassandra Erkens is a presenter, facilitator, coach, trainer of trainers, keynote speaker, author, and above all, a teacher. She presents nationally and internationally on assessment, instruction, school improvement, and professional learning communities.

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Empowering teachers makes leaders superheroes.

Powering Teacher Leadership

Categories: PLC, School Improvement

There are many rewards to operating as a Professional Learning Community, but one remarkable feature is found in the need for and value of teacher empowerment as the pathway to school improvement from the classroom level. In PLCs, teacher leadership is paramount to the school’s ultimate success. But what does leadership look like in a collaborative team of equal peers?
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Error Type to Instructional Strategy

Understanding Error Can Support Learning

Categories: Assessment

Assessment is a classroom tool that must be used to build hope and efficacy in learners. It must provide learners with the necessary information that they need to be able to make instructional decisions to support academic gains.

Too often, our assessments are returned to learners with any number of markings on them (total number wrong, percent correct, grades, rubric scores or scale score, standard based achievement levels, stickers or stamps, etc.) that do not help the learner understand exactly what went wrong.

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Deciding how to group

Groupings for Collaborative Learning

Categories: Assessment

Collaboration is critical to everyone’s success – especially learners in the classroom. In the early days of exploring brain research implications for the classroom, Pat Wolff was adamant that the speaker is always the learner (Wolff, 2010). Doug Fisher suggests that the Common Core speaking and listening standards are so critical to a learner’s success that every discipline and every state should consider employing them because they help learners ‘consolidate’ their learning (Fisher, April 13, 2015).

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