After our team of 23 individuals returned from the Dylan Wiliam presentation in Fresno we were "fired up." Teachers immediately began trying out various formative assessment strategies in their classrooms and reported great results. Two weeks after our event, 22 out of the 23 teachers, principals and D.O. staff voluntarily reconvened after school for two hours to discuss how we would message formative assessment practices to other OUSD staff. In addition, teachers enthusiastically shared their experiences and strategies with our group. Teachers volunteered to share their knowledge, strategies and experiences relative to formative assessment to other teachers during our site lead teacher trainings (K-8), grade level teacher trainings (K-8) and on site PLCs. The deeper dives into the meaning, and philosophy, of embedded formative assessment aligns beautifully with our embedded days and has provided opportunities to explore and experiment with formative assessment from new perspectives.
Following our reconvening after Fresno our teachers posted their reflections online. See the response from Cathy below:
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