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Formative Instructional Practices Online Courses

Together with Battelle for Kids, Pearson ATI has created a series of online courses aimed at helping schools advance their understanding and use of formative instructional practices. Based on the ATI books Classroom Assessment for Student Learning and Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning, the courses include valuable tips, resources, examples, videos, and downloads that educators can use as they learn about and implement formative instructional practices.

Designed for educators to work independently or with a professional learning team, these courses offer flexible, high-quality professional development. Handbooks and face-to-face training are available for those seeking further implementation support.

Foundations of Formative Instructional Practices Learning Path

Through these modules, teachers learn to:

  • Establish clear learning targets for students
  • Collect and document accurate evidence of student learning
  • Provide effective feedback
  • Prepare students to engage in self-assessment, peer feedback, and goal setting

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Leading and Coaching Formative Instructional Practices Learning Path

This learning path helps those with leadership and coaching responsibilities understand how to support and sustain a successful implementation of formative instructional practices school-wide.

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Foundations of Formative Instructional Practices Learning Path

Module 1: Introducing Formative Instructional Practices

Two one-hour segments

  • Understand what formative instructional practices are.
  • Become familiar with key research findings on the effects of formative instructional practices on student achievement.

Module 2: Creating Clear Learning Targets

Two one-hour segments

  • Understand the benefits of clear learning targets.
  • Know how to ensure learning targets are clear to the teacher.
  • Know how to make learning targets clear to students.

Module 3: Collecting and Documenting Evidence of Student Learning

Two one-hour segments

  • Know how to collect accurate formative evidence of student learning.
  • Know how to document formative evidence of student learning.

Module 4: Analyzing Data and Providing Effective Feedback

Two one-hour segments

  • Know how to formatively use methods of assessment to analyze evidence of student learning.
  • Understand what makes feedback effective.
  • Know how to provide effective feedback.

Module 5: Involving Students: Peer Feedback, Self-Assessment, and More

Three one-hour segments

  • Know how to prepare students to give each other effective feedback.
  • Know how to prepare students to self assess with a focus on learning targets.
  • Know how to prepare students to create specific and challenging goals.
  • Know how to prepare students to track, reflect on, and share their learning with others.
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Module 6: Leading Formative Instructional Practices

Three one-hour segments

  • Know how to plan for change and promote a systemic approach to formative instructional practices.
  • Understand the importance of a balanced assessment system and the pivotal role formative instructional practices play in it.
  • Understand the conditions, structures, and processes needed to sustain formative instructional practices.
  • Know how to lead a quality implementation of formative instructional practices in your school or district by modeling and supporting the practices that you expect to permeate the entire school community.

Module 7: Coaching Formative Instructional Practices

Three one-hour segments

  • Know how to plan for change and promote a systemic approach to formative instructional practices.
  • Know how to leverage blended learning and professional learning teams.
  • Understand how to sustain the implementation of formative instructional practices.
  • Know how to provide teachers effective feedback as they learn about formative instructional practices.
  • Know how to employ resources and strategies that support the use of formative instructional practices.