Freshman students at Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Los Angeles Unified review a lesson before final exams.

Webinar: Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning, July 27

San Jose State University Associate Professor Brent Duckor and Preservice Teacher Educator Carrie Holmberg will discuss seven “moves” that help teachers assess what their students are learning during a webinar from noon to 1 p.m. Pacific Time (3 p.m. ET) Thursday, July 27. The pair will discuss the research behind the following class discussion techniques: “priming, posing, pausing, probing, bouncing, tagging and binning,” which are explored in their book, “Mastering Formative Assessment Moves.”

According to the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, or ASCD, which is hosting the webinar, priming is “building on background knowledge” and creating an “equitable classroom culture;” posing is asking questions related to “learning targets across the curriculum;” pausing is “waiting after powerful questions and rich tasks to encourage more student responses by supporting them to think aloud and use speaking and listening skills related to academic language;” probing is “deepening discussions, asking for elaboration, and making connections” by giving students sentence starters; bouncing is “sampling student responses systematically” by listening to a variety of students in different contexts; tagging is writing down students’ responses and sharing them with the class; and binning is paying attention to student responses, “categorizing misconceptions,” and using that information to decide on “next steps.”

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Webinar: Paper Thin? Why all High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal, July 27

The Alliance for Excellent Education will release a report, “Paper Thin? Why All High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal,” on Thursday, July 27 and will host a webinar discussing its findings from noon to 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time (3-3:45 p.m. ET) that day. The national report looks at the problem that while high school graduation rates are going up, college readiness was low among traditionally underserved students.

The report studied  the class of 2014 in comparison with their peers. Although many states offer students “multiple pathways to a diploma,” they don’t always align with expectations for college and career-readiness, the report found.

Panelists will include Monica Almond, senior associate of policy development and government relations for the Alliance for Excellent Education and Valerie Wilson, director of the program on race, ethnicity, and the economy for the Economic Policy Institute. Additional panelists will be announced later.

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