Rethinking Student Assessment: Shifting the Focus to Measures That Matter

Rethinking Student Assessment: Shifting the Focus to Measures That Matter
Rethinking Student Assessment: Shifting the Focus to Measures That Matter

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Your school aims to create curious lifelong learners, but do the student measurements you use reflect that goal? It’s time to think about your school’s approach to assessment—that is, how you measure evidence of learning and achievement.

Join us in an interrogation of common student measurements like multiple-choice tests, timed writings, worksheets, and other basic skills tests, as we rethink how to collect authentic evidence of student learning. Leave ready to dive deeper into your school’s approach and consider the changes you could make moving forward.

  • Do you wonder whether your school’s approach to assessment and measurement of achievement is the best method for your students?
  • Are you interested in revising your assessment methodologies, but aren’t sure what to do instead?
  • Do you want to explore the ways assessments can be more meaningful for students and teachers?

At their best, schools are places where curiosity is fostered and students discover ways to understand their world. School mission and outcome statements certainly reflect this desire—promising that students will become intellectually curious, engaged lifelong learners and active citizens in their communities.

Are your students involved in meaningful, hands-on work that keeps them actively engaged? Teachers and students often focus more on content knowledge and grades because they intuitively know that what “gets measured, gets done,” as the saying goes. Changing how you think about assessment and evidence of learning can help alter these attitudes about learning and achievement, and shift the focus to measures that matter.

You will learn how to:

  • align assessment and teaching with your school’s most profound learning goals;
  • encourage a school-wide focus on student curiosity and engagement with deep learning that really matters;
  • collect and report evidence of critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, citizenship, and other skills and behaviors that matter; and
  • communicate to teachers and parents that measuring students’ higher-order thinking, personal development, and engagement in learning is as important as basic skills and mastering content.

This webinar is for:

School Heads, Division Heads, Faculty and Academic Deans, Department Chairs, as well as academic leaders and teachers.

Mike GwaltneyMike Gwaltney

Director of Online Learning | ISM Consultant

Expertise

Mike is one of the pioneering leaders in online learning within the American private-independent school community. He is a recognized thought leader in developing constructivist learning experiences that connect students to each other online in highly collaborative, "high-touch" projects. Mike shares his expertise in blended, online, and project-based learning, along with faculty development and evaluation, high quality project-based learning, mission-based curriculum development, and transformative school leadership.

Current Role

As a Consultant for ISM, Mike advocates for progressive school approaches that include project-based and inquiry-based learning, equity-focused and evidence-based leadership, and connecting students with online communities and other learners around the world. Mike presents at regional and national conferences, and facilitates on-campus trainings and workshops for private-independent schools.

Prior Experience

Over his many years working in schools, Mike has led a variety of strategic academic initiatives while providing leadership and mentoring to scores of teachers. As a previous Head of Upper School at Rocky Hill School, RI, Mike helped lead school decisions on all issues related to academic and co-curricular programs.

Mike is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including recognition as “Most Inspirational Teacher” by the Mayor of Los Angeles six times. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, the New York Times Learning Network, Edutopia, and in several recent books.

Mike was given the annual Friends of the Muslim Educational Trust Award in 2016 for envisioning and designing project-based blended-online learning opportunities between students at an Episcopal independent school and students from the muslim community in the Pacific Northwest. In February 2017, Mike was given the OESIS “Innovation Leader” award for Digital Citizenship, Project-based Learning, and Interdisciplinary Learning, and in 2020 Mike was named a OESIS Faculty PD Pathways Leader.

Education

Mike received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from California State University at Fullerton.

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