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Instructional Agility

Responding to Assessment With Real-Time Decisions

By: Nicole Dimich, Cassandra Erkens, Tom Schimmer

Discover how to become instructionally agile—moving seamlessly among instruction, formative assessment, and feedback—to enhance student engagement, proficiency, and ownership of learning.

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Instructional Agility

The true power of assessment comes when emerging results determine what comes next in student learning. This practical resource empowers readers to become instructionally agile—moving seamlessly among instruction, formative assessment, and feedback—to enhance student engagement, proficiency, and ownership of learning. Each chapter concludes with reflection questions that assist readers in determining next steps for supporting the whole child and the whole learning process.

  • Discover how instructional agility fits within the six tenets of essential assessment framework.
  • Learn how to foster and maintain a culture of learning in K–12 classrooms.
  • Gain strategies and tools to enhance instructional agility and assessment practices.
  • Consider examples of instructional agility in action.

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Product Code: BKF764, EKF359

ISBN: 9781943874705

Published By: Solution Tree

“Embedding assessment into the instructional flow and maneuvering instruction based on results can dramatically move student learning to a whole new level. In Instructional Agility, the authors provide ways to make sound instructional decisions 'on the fly' based on students’ understanding and plan for anticipated responses. Just as coaches can’t delay adjustments and feedback to their teams, teachers can’t afford to delay feedback that promotes student learning. This book is a must-read for anyone in education who wants to develop a true culture of learning.”

Joel Bednar, staff developer, Educational Service Unit 15, Nebraska

Instructional Agility provides specific, actionable strategies and tools to help teachers make instructional decisions in real time. This book entreats educators not only to examine, commit to, and improve their assessment and instruction but, most important, to inspire confidence in students as a result of the process. The authors also include a manifesto that urges readers to think and act differently to ensure learning for all.”

Chris Hansen, director of learning, Hortonville Area School District, Wisconsin

Instructional Agility offers a comprehensive guide for teachers and teams to use in all facets of instruction. From planning to feedback, the authors provide clear, practical strategies for the most critical aspects in today’s classrooms—using assessment to inform instruction on a day-to-day basis. This book is a must-read for teams looking to strengthen assessment and instruction and to engage students in their own learning.”

Natalie Romero, director of instructional support, Moriarty-Edgewood School District, New Mexico

“In their book, Instructional Agility, Erkens, Schimmer, and Vagle describe what it takes to be an agile teacher. Using specific strategies, along with examples and links to printable resources, the authors assure that all teachers are able to gain the knowledge to recognize the true strength behind the intentional use of assessments and descriptive feedback to continually guide the growth of their students while intentionally connecting assessment to instruction. This is a great read—definitely one I will share with my staff!”

Mandy Barrett, principal, Gravette Upper Elementary, Arkansas

Instructional Agility fills an urgent need for educators who are already working hard in a culture of learning and want to improve their instructional skills. It provides guidance in using real-time decisions and formative assessments to develop rigorous learning that not only increases engagement but also allows students to directly impact their learning experience. If you are looking for research-based, practical guidance to promote student learning and increase academic achievement, this book is the road map you have been waiting for.”

Richard J. Noblett, director of student achievement, Baldwin Park Unified School District, California
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