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The latest on assessment and intervention
Education news, tips, & resources for April
Welcome to the April 2021 edition of Learning and Leading.

This month's theme is assessment and intervention. As April brings signs of spring to most of Canada, it is a great time to revisit assessment and grading practices and think about intervention strategies to help close any learning gaps revealed by assessments. With powerful resources and leadership from the Solution Tree Assessment Center and our premier intervention model, RTI at Work™, Solution Tree offers the very best support to improve assessment and intervention practices for your school or district.

In this edition you will find new and bestselling books, free reading and listening resources, and information about the Achieve Virtual Institute. Please enjoy this edition of Learning and Leading, and don't forget to share the newsletter with your colleagues.

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New and Best-selling Books
Essential Assessment
Essential Assessment
 
 
Explore six essential tenets of assessment that will help deepen your understanding of assessment to meet standards and enhance your students' academic success.
 
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Softening the Edges
Softening the Edges
 
 
Build a daily classroom practice that allows you to design, deliver, and differentiate instruction and assessment to address students' diverse intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs.
 
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Growing Tomorrow's Citizens in Today's Classrooms
Growing Tomorrow's Citizens in Today's Classrooms
 
 
Learn how to design meaningful assessment and instruction that promotes student mastery of essential 21st century skills, including collaboration, creative thinking, digital citizenship, and more.
 
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Best Practices at Tier 2
Best Practices at Tier 2
 
 
Discover a step-by-step process for providing high quality Tier 2 interventions to elementary students—without hiring additional staff or extending the school day.
 
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Behavior Solutions
Behavior Solutions
 
 
Take strategic action to close the systematic behavior gap with the support of Behavior Solutions.
 
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Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning
Assessment as a Catalyst for Learning
 
 
Embrace a fresh mindset where the assessment process is a gift to our students and propels meaningful learning for all.
 
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De-Stress the Test
De-Stress the Test
 
 
Acquire actionable steps you can take throughout the school year to alleviate student test anxiety and create brain-friendly classrooms full of focus and learning.
 
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On-site and Online
Professional Development
Solution Tree Assessment Center is the most comprehensive and practical solution for building authentic assessment practices that increase achievement, cultivate hope, and build confidence in all learners. Learn more »

Best Practices for Classroom Assessment in a Virtual or Blended Environment Portable Event Package provides tips, strategies, and tools to help you design and employ quality assessments in a virtual or blended environment. Learn more »
Expert Spotlight
Nicole M. Dimich works with elementary and secondary educators in presentations and trainings that address today's most critical issues all in the spirit of facilitating improved support of student learning.
 
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Upcoming Events
Achieve Virtual Institute
Achieve Virtual Institute
Virtual Event | August 16–18, 2021
 
 
The last year has challenged our schools and disrupted teaching and learning as we moved between in-person and remote instruction. As we look toward the future, it's time to capitalize on the moment and transform assessment practices to foster hope, efficacy, and achievement. Join us for a variety of practical sessions that support the whole child and the whole educator.
 
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Webinar
All Things Assessment Twitter Chat
April 6 & 20, May 4 & 18, June 1 & 15
Join the All Things Assessment Twitter chat every other Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. #ATAssessment
Free Resources
Free Chapter
Free chapter
Access a free chapter from Unlocked that explores the relationship between the creative process and assessment that supports the development of creative products.
 
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Free Reproducible
Free reproducible
Rely on this guide from Unlocked to help you apply assessment within each stage of the creative process.
 
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The Solution Tree Blog
Data as a Flashlight: Using the Evidence to Guide the Journey (Yours and Theirs) By Tom Hierck
My granddaughter was struggling with the latest topic in her grade 3 math class and her recent assessment result validated that she did not fully understand the learning target of patterns and the equations that supported them. Determining patterns is not always an easy process…

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Tom Hierck
Videos to watch and share
Video
Watch an interview with assessment expert Nicole M. Dimich in this episode of The Tom Schimmer Podcast, a show about learning, leadership, and life. They discuss powering student voice, using restorative justice to change the discipline in schools, and more.
 
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Video
In his brief talk, What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Assessment, author Dylan Wiliam outlines key ideas about assessment and addresses the two main threats to valid test interpretations.
 
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Additional Reading & Listening
Assessment and Grading with Tom Schimmer
Featured Podcast
Essential Assessment with Tom Schimmer
In a series of conversations, author and speaker Tom Schimmer takes listeners on a journey through his foundational book, Essential Assessment: Six Tenets for Bringing Hope, Efficacy, and Achievement to the Classroom.
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The Tom Schimmer Podcast
Featured Podcast
The Tom Schimmer Podcast
Through a mix of interviews, commentary, current news stories, and other segments, Tom Schimmer uses his 30 years of experience to inform and entertain listeners about the prevailing stories dominating the conversations around teaching and learning.
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Featured Article
A Conversation with Cassandra Erkens: Happy Accidents and Assessments
From facilitating workshops to finding innovative solutions, Cassandra Erkens embodies a true teaching professional. As a founding member and leader of the Solution Tree Assessment Center, Cassie is all about reinventing the assessment wheel. But, did you know that she also has…
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